What is an ‘unusual’ sexual fantasy?

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“Clinically, we know what pathological sexual fantasies are: they involve non-consenting partners, they induce pain, or they are absolutely necessary in deriving satisfaction,” says lead author Christian Joyal. “But apart from that, what exactly are abnormal or atypical fantasies?”

Joyal and colleagues conducted a survey among the general population to find out. The participants in the survey were 799 men and 718 women from Quebec with a mean age of 30 years. The respondents were required to describe their sexual fantasies in a questionnaire and to describe their favorite fantasy in detail.

Surprisingly few fantasies are ‘rare,’ statistically


The survey shows that the nature of sexual fantasies are very varied among the general population, with surprisingly few fantasies actually being statistically “rare,” “unusual” or “typical.”

sexualfantasies The researchers give examples of “rare” fantasies as scenarios that might involve sex with a child or animal, “unusual” fantasies as those that might involve urination, cross-dressing, sex with prostitutes or abusing an intoxicated person, while “typical” fantasies might be those that involve sex in a romantic location, receiving oral sex or – for men – having sex with two women.

The study also confirms the sexual stereotype of men having more fantasies, and describing them more vividly, than women.

In addition, the results point to marked differences between how men and women interpret sexual fantasies.

For instance, although 30-60% of women detailed fantasies that involved submissive themes – the researchers give the examples of being tied up, spanked or forced to have sex – the survey found that women were much less likely to want to act their fantasy out in real life than men. The majority of men said that they would love their fantasies to come true. Continue reading…

Fantasies Differ for Men and Women

sex_4The researchers recruited participants via advertisements in public places, interviews with the authors on a local radio show and in local daily newspapers and magazines, presentations to groups of elderly people, word of mouth, a Facebook page, and university mailing lists.

Of the 1516 participants, 799 (52.7%) were women, which is close to the female-to-male ratio of Quebec’s general adult population. On other measures, the sample was not representative of the general population. The majority of respondents (85.1%) described themselves as heterosexual; 3.6% described themselves as homosexual, and the remainder as bisexual.

The team administered a modified version of the Wilson Sex Fantasy Questionnaire, bringing it into line with current cultural and social trends. The resulting 55-item questionnaire asked participants to rate fantasies in terms of intensity of interest from 1 (not at all) to 7 (very strong). A final, open question allowed additional fantasies to be gathered.

Sexual fantasies were defined as rare if they were shared by fewer than 2.3% of participants or were 2 standard deviations (SD) below the mean, as unusual if shared by fewer than 15.9% of participants or were 1 SD below the mean, as common if they were shared by more than 50% of participants, and as typical if shared by more than 84.1% of participants or were 1 SD above the mean.

There were two rare fantasies: sex with a child younger than 12 years; and sex with an animal.

Unusual fantasies for women were of urinating on a partner, being urinated on, cross-dressing, being forced to have sex, abusing an intoxicated person, having sex with a prostitute, and having sex with a small-breasted woman. Continue reading…

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