Sex is one of the most psychological and complicated of human behaviors. Some individuals can be aroused by some of the most obscure--and sometimes disturbing--stimuli. Psychologists use the word "paraphilia" to describe these atypical or deviant sexual fantasies and behaviors. This blog will explore the psychology behind and the cultural prevalence of paraphilias and the people who live with them everyday.
Sadomasochistic imagery, most particularly bondage, has been employed in many pop music videos in the past two decades, from Madonna’s videos for “Erotica” (1992) and “Human Nature” (1995) to Christina Aguilera’s video for “Not Myself Tonight” last year. Rihanna is the most current artist to turn to the BDSM world for creative inspiration. In her video for her appropriately titled single “S&M,” Rihanna walks Perez Hilton around on a leash, whips a bound reporter and is shown tied up and rolling around the floor.