Autoeroticism is the practice of becoming sexually stimulated through
internal stimuli. The term was popularized toward the end of the 19th
century by British sexologist Havelock Ellis, who defined
autoeroticism as "the phenomena of spontaneous sexual emotion
generated in the absence of an external stimulus proceeding, directly
or indirectly, from another person".
The most common autoerotic practice is masturbation. Though the terms
autoeroticism and masturbation are often used interchangeably, they
are not synonymous as not all autoerotic behaviors are masturbatory.
Nocturnal emissions, erotic daydreams, and sexual arousal to
'sexually-neutral' stimuli (music, scenery, art, risk, spiritual
reverie, etc.) are also examples of autoeroticism.
Autoeroticism in women
3 Criticism and controversies
5 In other animal species
7 External links
Autoeroticism in women
A 1977 paper titled Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible
Groups, by Myra T. Johnson, contrasts autoerotic women with asexual
women: "The asexual woman ... has no sexual desires at all [but]
the autoerotic woman ... recognizes such desires but prefers to
satisfy them alone." Johnson's evidence is mostly letters to the
editor found in women's magazines written by autoerotic/asexual women.
She portrays them as invisible, "oppressed by a consensus that they
are nonexistent," and left behind by both the sexual revolution and
the feminist movement. Society either ignores or denies their
existence or insists they must be ascetic for religious reasons,
neurotic, or asexual for political reasons.
Some people use sex toys such as dildos, vibrators, anal beads and
Sybian machines while alone.
Autocunnilingus remains unproved but
autofellatio, the act of orally stimulating one's own penis, is
thought to occur in less than 1% of the male population, possibly
because of the physical flexibility required to perform it.
Criticism and controversies
Some people, for religious or personal reasons, believe autoeroticism
to be wrong. For example, masturbation is considered a sin by the
Roman Catholic Church. Teaching adolescents about masturbation
remains controversial in some parts of the world. For example, in 1994
Bill Clinton fired
Joycelyn Elders who was Surgeon General of the
United States in part because she advocated teaching about
masturbation in schools as a way of preventing teenage pregnancy and
sexually transmitted diseases.
A few autoerotic practices are considered unsafe, sometimes even
leading to death. These include autoerotic asphyxiation and
self-bondage. The potential for injury or even death that exists while
engaging in these practices rather than the partnered versions (erotic
asphyxiation and bondage, respectively) becomes drastically increased
due to the isolation and lack of assistance in the event of a problem.
In other animal species
Main article: Non-reproductive sexual behavior in animals
Autoeroticism or masturbation
Animal sexual behavior has been observed in many species, both in the
wild and in captivity. Individuals of some[specify] species have been
known to create tools for autoerotic purposes.
^ Lagache, Daniel; Laplanche, Jean (1988). The language of
psycho-analysis. London: Karnac Books. p. 45.
^ "Asexul and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups" found in ed.
Gochros, H.L.; J.S. Gochros (1977). The Sexually Oppressed. Associated
Press. ISBN 978-0-8096-1915-3
^ William Guy; Michael H. P. Finn (1954). "A Review of Autofellatio: A
Psychological Study of Two New Cases".
Psychoanalytic Review (41):
^ "II. The Vocation to Chastity, 2352". Catechism of the Catholic
Church, part 3, section 2, chapter 2, article 6. The Holy See.
Retrieved 4 July 2013.
^ Duffy, Michael (19 December 1994). "Getting Out the Wrecking Ball".
Time. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
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AUTOEROTIC FATALITIES by Brent E. Turvey, MS
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