What is “Exhibitionism”?
Exhibitionism is the act of having sex or performing sexual acts in a public setting. The desire to perform exhibitionism stems from the desire to be watched or potentially watched, and or get caught. This can be done in a controlled, consensual environment, or in public where the consent of the other party isn’t obtainable beforehand.
Exhibitionism and tendencies towards it are some of the most controversial acts in sexual paraphilia. The desire for an individual or couple to watched or be caught during sex or sexually related acts can be very arousing. There does exist an aspect of non-consent of the viewing party which is where the controversy arises. Exposing someone to something they find uncomfortable but not explicitly sexual is where the line is usually drawn.
For exhibitionists, they take the shocked reaction of people to their scandalous and indecent behavior as a form of sexual interest of flirtation. If a person who, after enduring strong interpersonal or social challenges and distresses has performed these sexual fantasies on a non-consenting and unsuspecting individual, then it is the onset of the exhibitionistic disorder.
Exhibitionist tendencies are not necessarily bad and do not always or often contain aspects of non-consent. Many exhibitionists engage in safe play during the confines of a scene, party, or in a dungeon. BDSM and D/s dynamics can play a part in a BDSM scene but do not have to.
Dos and Don’ts
When engaging in exhibitionism one should always follow the law. Exposing someone to sex or nudity without their consent is unacceptable. If engaging in sexual acts in public, alone or with a partner, be sure it is done in a place where that is expected. This can be a dungeon, at a party, or another similar place.
Many exhibitionists do not seek or concern themselves with the consent of others. While displays of sexuality, when not engaging other people, is a topic of discussion but generally frowned upon. Part of the thrill is the reaction of those who are forced to see or be exposed to it.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Public nudity means roaming around in a public setting with no clothes on. There are several different reasons why people decide to openly go nude. Many swingers and those who attend BDSM parties have at least a passing interest in exhibitionism.