We all know someone who can be called a bit of an exhibitionist, frankly there are times when we can even surprise ourselves with a bit of uninhibited exhibitionist behaviour…especially on a night out. Hen and stag nights thrive on them. However, would you be surprised to know that a bit of flashing, whilst being a bit of fun for the average pre-pubescent boy or drunken twenty something on a night out, exhibitionism is in fact a fetish.
Exhibitionism typically refers to an intense desire or compulsion to expose sexual parts of the body (i.e., genitals, buttocks, breasts) to unwilling observers in public (or semi-public) places. If the behaviour is anti-social or threatening it is typically defined as ‘indecent exposure’ and becomes a matter for the law. Non-threatening exposure of sexual body parts (such as women showing their breasts during the Mardi Gras festival or Burning Man) is usually termed flashing as opposed to indecent exposure.
The distinction between the two is important and also hard to define (legally anyway). How can someone prove that what appears to one person to be harmless fun or a celebration of bodily freedom and liberal expressionism, could be something offensive and worthy of punishment. Streakers on football pitches for example, are prosecuted for disturbing the peace (well in some matches it can be the only bit of entertainment but that’s neither here nor there) rather than for indecent exposure.
Lately, our girls have informed us there has been a boon in body painting, where in girls don only a g-string and are painted as either works of art or even as if they are wearing clothes, then they strut around festivals and public places as eye-catching living art works, never accused of indecency or anything disturbing of the peace.
There is a whole range of different terms used to describe various exhibitionist acts including (in alphabetical order):
• Anasyrma: Typically refers to the lifting of a skirt or dress by a woman when not wearing any knickers and exposing her genitals.
• Candaulism: Specifically refers to those people who expose themselves to their partners in a sexually explicit way.
• Flashing: Typically the brief display of bare female breasts or the brief showing of genitals by a man or woman.
• Martymachlia: Specifically refers to a paraphilic behaviour that involves being sexually aroused by having others watch the sexual act.
• Mooning: Typically refers to the displaying of bare buttocks by pulling down trousers and/or underwear. Evidence suggests that when performed by women the primary motivation may be sexual whereas for males it may be done for the sake of mockery or humour.
• Streaking: Typically refers to running naked (usually men) or topless (usually female) in a public place (e.g., a cricket or football match).
It seems as with many fetishes, the biggest lure of exhibitionism is the sexual gratification, above and beyond the sexual act itself, that is achieved by risky public sexual activity and/or bodily exposure [and can also include] engaging in sex where one may possibly be seen in the act, or caught in the act. As it is, getting caught is one of the greatest lures of all. Exhibitionism is not necessarily a compulsive or impulsive behaviour but in its most extreme and compulsive form it is called apodysophilia. Furthermore, exhibitionism is only considered a psychological disorder if it interferes with a person’s quality of life or their normal functioning capacity.
Apodysophilia, is almost exclusively male and some exhibitionists will even go as far to expose themselves and then enjoy recounting the experience at a later time when alone, or replay fantasies while engaging in sex with partner.
Because data about exhibitionists typically come from either those caught offending and/or those that are receiving treatment, the true incidence and prevalence of exhibitionism is unknown.
It also seems that people who partake in exhibitionist behaviour are more likely to partake in other fetish sexual behaviour, although really this is not too much of a surprise, once people have been bitten by the sexual exploration bug, they rarely go back.
Some people seem to find the lure of the chance to getting caught out as part of the prelude to sex itself especially with their own partners. They will use exposing themselves to others as a way of combatting the need to indulge in sex with other people, their need to satisfy the risk is slaked with their own exhibitionism which comes with its own risk attached.
So next time you are on a night out and find the need to expose yourself maybe you should think about how much of a thrill you are really getting. If you ever want a bit of mutual risk then our girls are more than happy to indulge your little whims and fantasies. That way you might be able to avoid the indecency risk should you ever get caught. We would suggest that some of our girls in particular will be more than happy to share your fantasies of exposing a bit of skin, on the sly you understand…after all that’s where all the thrill comes from.