The number of sm/fetish people

More SM people than homosexuals?

Gay and lesbian parade in Oslo 2008. Photo: Svein Skeid

According to NCSF’s DSM Revision White Paper, “Unusual” sexual interests are commonly found in the general population (Renaud & Byers, 1999; Sue, 1979)

Renaud, C., & Byers, E. S. (1999). Exploring the frequency, diversity and content of university students’ positive and negative sexual cognitions. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 8 (1), 17-30.
Sue, D. (1979). Erotic fantasies of college students during coitus. Journal of Sex Research, 15, 299-305.

The American Kinsey Institute estimate that 5-10 percent of the population practise some kind of sadomasochism.

“Researchers estimate that 5-10 percent of the U.S. population engages in sadomasochism for sexual pleasure on at least an occasional basis, with most incidents being either mild or stage activities involving no real pain or violence.”
The 1990 Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex (June M. Reinisch, Ph.D. with Ruth Beasley, M.L.S., New York: St. Martin’s Press, pp. 162-163).

A British NetDoctor 2001 survey of over 850 adults, showed that 18 per cent of women and 14 per cent of men described themselves as ‘into bondage’. 16 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men described themselves as being ‘into’ bedroom spanks. 5 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men had interest in fetishism. 8 per cent of both male and female respondents had tried cross-dressing. Only 2.1 per cent of women and 7 per cent of men described themselves as ‘gay or bisexual’. 5 per cent of women and 12 per cent of men reported that they had had lesbian/homosexual experiences inthe past.

According to the world’s largest ever survey of sexual attitudes and behaviour, undertaken by Durex in 2004, with more than 350,000 respondents from 41 countries, 19 per cent practise spanking, which probably is the most common SM activity. 22% indulge in blindfolding or handcuffing, which we presumably can call “bondage”. 15 per cent enjoy various kind of role play and 13 per cent appreciate “dressing up” or fetishism.

Retrieved October 19, 2004, from [dead link]

See also:
How Many People Engage in SM Activities? A handful studies done to determine the percentage of the population engaging in SM activities. By Charles Moser, Ph.D., M.D. and Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.


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