Sexual Fetishes Likely Still Included In DSM-V — But Not Necessarily As Mental Illnesses
The Huffington Post | By Emma Gray
Posted: 04/04/2013 10:03 am EDT | Updated: 04/04/2013 3:13 pm EDT
Those who hoped to see sexual fetishes removed completely from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the bible of psychiatry published by the American Psychiatric Association, will likely be disappointed when the new edition is released in May. The DSM-V will probably still mention certain sexual predilections, reported LiveScience, but they won’t necessarily be labelled as mental illnesses.
The DSM currently defines “unusual” sexual turn-ons as paraphilias. Paraphilias include everything from foot fetishes, S&M and erotic eating to exhibitionism and pedophilia. These paraphilias are considered harmless unless the person experiencing them feels distressed about their preferences or if their unusual sexual practices are harmful to others. “Simply put, the DSM V will say that happy kinksters don’t have a mental disorder. But unhappy kinksters do,” wrote Slate’s Jillian Keenan.