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Arch Sex Behav. 2015 May;44(4):825-36. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0524-2. Epub 2015 Mar 21.

Sensual, erotic, and sexual behaviors of women from the "kink" community.

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Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94132, USA,


Unconventional sensual, erotic, and sexual behaviors (herein referred to as kink behaviors) investigated by academia are based largely on clinical and criminal cases, and most published, peer-reviewed, quantitative research on these behaviors is based almost exclusively on male participants. For this study, information was collected and analyzed from 1580 female participants recruited from the kink community, using a non-clinical and non-criminal sample. We explored and described the preferences and diversity of more than 126 sensual, erotic, and sexual behaviors found among these participants, along with recommendations for continued research. Gaining a better understanding of the breadth and depth of activities engaged in by female kink practitioners could benefit educators, counselors, therapists, medical doctors, and other professionals when interacting with members of the kink community.

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