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UNUSUSAL SEXUAL INTERESTS? PARAPHYLIAS Paraphilias are some sort of difficulties with controlling impulses which are characterized by repetitive and intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, or individuals. Most paraphilias are rare. They are more common in males than in females (20 : 1). There are some behaviors which are considered as Paraphilias. They are exhibitionism ("flashing"), fetishism, frotteurism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, transvestitism and voyeurism ("peeping tom") Exhibitionism is an action which involves exposing one's sexual organs to a stranger, "abnormal attraction" and a mania of unusual sexual practices. The exhibitionist fantasizes about masturbating. The individual might fantasize that the observer will become sexually aroused. The exhibitionist is most often a male, and the victim is usually a female (adult or child). This unusual behavior may be the main sexual activity in the individual's life. These kind of