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Stigmatofilia: feel sexual attraction for tattoos and piercings

Stigmatofilia: feel sexual attraction for tattoos and piercings

August 5, 2022

I'm lucky to live on the coast, and When I go running on the beach I can see the number of people who wear "tattoos" . In fact, nowadays it is unusual for a person not to have a piercing or a tattoo. In my sessions of running I see that both young people and adults have them.

For some, tattooing and wearing piercings is a way of life, others are tattooed with something symbolic, such as the name of a child, and there are even online initiatives that motivate young people to tattoo a symbol with a special meaning.

Tattoos and piercings, actually, come from far away

Piercings and tattoos have existed since almost the beginning of time and have been used by different cultures and tribes of the world. The Mayans already had perforations in the lips, the ears and the nose to show their status; in the Roman Empire, the centurions wore rings on their nipples to show their courage and virility, Egyptian kings pierced their navels as a mark of distinction, and the Polynesians not only tattooed themselves as a sign of wealth, but they were also a sign of strength and power.


Therefore, whether for aesthetics or cultural or religious issues, Both piercings and tattoos have accompanied the human being for thousands of years .

Piercings and tattoos can excite some individuals

For three decades researchers have tried to find answers to falling in love and to attraction, since this phenomenon concerns us all. There are many causes that define our tastes when we feel attracted to someone. Culture, education or our past experiences, among other factors, influyen in our mental map that will unleash the chemical waterfall of attraction .

You may be interested in this article: "The chemistry of love, a very powerful drug"

Some people will be attracted by physical attractiveness, others by money and others by leisure or exciting experiences that the other person provides. But beyond an enviable body or a very desirable social life, there are people who are attracted by the perforations and the works of art drawn on the skin . Recently, with the fashion of tattoos and piercings, experts have begun to show curiosity about the Stigmatomyphilia.

Stigmatophilia refers to the excitement that some individuals feel for piercings and tattoos . That is, they put loquitos by people who carry tattoos and piercings. But the stigmatofilia does not make reference precisely to that a person likes the tattoos and the piercings in another person of the other sex because it is modern. "Cool" and sexy, but also, they also feel attracted to the scars and marks on the skin.


Stigmatophilia is a paraphilia

For some experts the stigmatofilia it is a paraphilia , because it does not refer only to that the person likes tattoos, scars or piercing in the body of the other sex, but these individuals do not feel sexual arousal if the other person does not have those characteristics. Paraphilia is a sexual behavior in which pleasure is not found in penetration, that is, in intercourse, but in the act or thing that accompanies this sexual encounter.

Stigmatofilicos are often attracted to tattoos, piercings and scars in general, although in some cases they are also attracted to only one of these marks or perforations . In some cases the stigmatophilic is attracted to the pain caused by these marks or perforations, in other cases because of the history behind it.

Fetish and stigmatofilia

Other experts classify stigmaphilia as a type of fetish (which is a type of paraphilia). In the world of sex and pleasure fetishes are the order of the day, and consist of erotic excitement or achievement of orgasm through fetish objects or parts of the body that provoke arousal. For example: feet, heels, costumes, etc.

In the case of piercings, sexual arousal is more common in people under 40 years of age, and the preferred areas of the body are the tongue, lips, nipples and genital areas, since they are located in parts of sexual interaction.

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