Exhibitionism refers to a desire or compulsion to expose parts of one's body – specifically the genitals or buttocks of a man or woman, or the breasts of a woman – in a public or semi-public circumstance, in crowds or groups of friends or acquaintances, or to strangers.
Exhibitionism is referred to in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Edition (class 302.4). Many psychiatric definitions of exhibitionism broadly define it as "sexual gratification, above and beyond the sexual act itself that is achieved by risky public sexual activity and/or bodily exposure."
Beyond bodily exposure, it can also include "engaging in sex where one may possibly be seen in the act, or caught in the act." A research team asked a sample of 185
- "Would want to have sexual intercourse" (35.1%)
- "No reaction necessary at all" (19.5%)
- "To show their privates also" (15.1%)
- "Admiration" (14.1%)
- "Any reaction" (11.9%).
- "Anger and disgust" (3.8%)
- "Fear" (0.5%
Various types of behavior are classified as exhibitionism, including:
•Anasyrma: the lifting of the skirt when not wearing underwear, to expose genitals.
•Flashing: chiefly the momentary display of bare female breasts by a woman with an up-and-down lifting of the shirt and/or bra. It can also involve the exposure of a man's or woman's genitalia.
•Martymachlia: a paraphilia which involves sexual attraction to having others watch the execution of a sexual act.
•Mooning: the display of bare buttocks by pulling down of trousers and underwear. There tends to be a gendered double standard in this case: with males, the act is most often done for the sake of humor, disparagement, or mockery, as opposed to sexual excitement, whereas with females, the reverse tends to be true, and sexual arousal (or at least sexual attention) of those mooned is the intent.
•Streaking: the act of running nude through a public place. The intent is not usually sexual but for shock value, including when done by a female.
•Candaulism: when a person exposes his or her partner in a sexually explicit manner.
•Reflectoporn: the act of stripping and taking a photograph using an object with a reflective surface as a mirror, then posting the image on the Internet in a public forum.
Examples include "images of naked men and women reflected in kettles, TVs, toasters and even knives and forks".
The instance generally credited with starting the trend involved a man selling a kettle on an Australian auction site featuring a photograph where his naked body is clearly visible; other instances followed, and the specific term "reflectoporn" was coined by Chris Stevens of Internet Magazine.
Exhibionism is a risky fetish for the model due to the fact that in states that do allow porn (like
If you've ever gotten an indecent exposure conviction anywhere else in the past five years, this is a felony and requires sex offender registration. So, for those of you who wonder why there are very few exhibionist clips filmed in the