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New study determines which sexual fantasies are "normal"

And which ones are just plain WEIRD.

New study determines which sexual fantasies are "normal"

Ever fantasized about getting it on with two chicks? Well, turns out that’s totally normal. On the other hand, lusting after a "golden shower" or sex with an animal is proof you’re a sexual deviant, according to science.

Researchers at the Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montreal, affiliated with the University of Montreal, reckon their new study is the first one to scientifically define sexual deviation.

Sure, there are plenty of theories out there discussing the concept of freaky fantasies, but the scientific literature doesn’t describe exactly WHAT these fantasies are. And we love a bit of detail when it comes to this sort of thing!

"Clinically, we know what pathological sexual fantasies are: They involve non-consenting partners, they induce pain, or they are absolutely necessary in deriving satisfaction," said Christian Joyal, lead author of the study.

"But apart from that, what exactly are abnormal or atypical fantasies? To find out, we asked people in the general population, as simple as that. Our main objective was to specify norms in sexual fantasies, an essential step in defining pathologies."

Obviously the research was restricted because only adults willing to describe their sexual fantasies could be included, but they eventually recruited 1,517 Quebec adults (799 men, 718 women) with a mean age of 30.

Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire describing their sexual fantasies, as well as describe their favourite fantasy in explicit detail.

The findings? Men have a higher number of fantasies and describe them more vividly than women.

The study also discovered that 30 – 60 percent of women have fantasies associated with submission. As in, they’d like to get spanked, tied up or forced into having sex.

The research showed that women were able to clearly distinguish between fantasy and desire. Men, not so much. The majority of women who shared their extreme fantasies also specified that they wouldn’t expect these to happen IRL. But the guys were keen to have all of their fantasies come true.

The presence of a S.O. was considerably higher in female fantasies than male fantasies and, in general, men in relationships were more likely to fantasise about cheating compared to women.

"One of the most intriguing findings has to do with the significant number of unique male fantasies, for example, regarding she-males, anal sex among heterosexuals, and the idea of watching their partner have sex with another man," Joyal said.

"Evolutionary biological theories cannot explain these fantasies, which, among males, are typically desires."

The study also explains why we’re so obsessed with the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon.

"The subject is fascinating," he said. "We are currently conducting statistical analyses with the same data to demonstrate the existence of homogeneous subgroups of individuals based on combinations of fantasies.

"For example, people who have submission fantasies also often report domination fantasies. These two themes are therefore not exclusive — quite the contrary. They also seem associated with a higher level of satisfaction."

There you have it, people. We’ve all got a bit more Anastasia Steele in us than we’d like to admit.