In the spirit of exploring the varied world of human sex, here are some of the rarer sexual fetishes out there.
It's a practice that can get worrisome, depending on what klismphilics use to get their jollies. A 2005 case report in the journal Gastrointestinal Images told the tale of a 27-year-old man who gave himself an epoxy resin enema. The resin hardened as soon as he inserted it into his rectum via glue gun, requiring an operation. Surgeons pulled a perfect cast of the patient's rectum from his body, measuring 6.2 inches long (16 centimeters) and weighing 0.66 pounds (300 grams).
Among consensual masochists, however, major maladjustment appears rare. A 1987 study published in the Journal of Sex Research of men recruited through sadism/masochism support groups and a sadism/masochism magazine found that only 6 percent were emotionally disturbed by their own sexual behavior.
Urophilia got its place in the pop-culture sun in December 2005, when pop star Ricky Martin told Blender magazine that he "loved giving the golden shower" in the shower.
An unscientific survey of 80 plushies, the vast majority male, on the website of "FoxWolfie" Galen, a member of the plushie community, found that people's tastes in stuffed animals varied widely. Some respondents focused in on particular species (like one person only interested in lions), while others cast a wide net. "I like variety," one respondent wrote. Others mentioned stuffed dragons, foxes, raccoons and polar bears.
Dacryphilia is truly unusual, at least for men. A 2011 study found that the scent of tears decreases both testosterone and sexual desire in males.
But in some cases, the object doesn’t just enhance attraction — it becomes the target of attraction. In this case, the person is said to have a fetish, or attraction to a nonliving object. The most common objects of fixation are underwear and shoes, according to a 2012 article in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior.
Men appear more into troilist fantasies than women, at least according to a 1987 study in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, which found more interest in group sex among males than among females.
Some people develop a sexual fixation in becoming amputees themselves. This paraphilia is called apotemnophilia. In rare cases, people with this paraphilia actually arrange elective surgery to have limbs removed.