Paraphilias Across Cultures: Contexts and Controversies

  title={Paraphilias Across Cultures: Contexts and Controversies},
  author={Dinesh Bhugra and Dmitri Popelyuk and Isabel McMullen},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={242 - 256}
Cultures define and describe what is normal and what is deviant. These definitions of normality vary across cultures and are influenced by a number of factors, such as religion. Cultures have been described in various ways, including sex-positive where the sexual act itself is seen as important for pleasure, or sex-negative where the sexual act is seen only as for procreative purposes. The role and development of paraphilias across cultures is also variable, with cultures defining what is legal… 

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