Martin van Maële's print Francion 15
Martin van Maële's print Francion 15
Two birds that appear to be exhibiting affection

Paraphilia (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation ) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals.

- Paraphilia

When sexual arousal is achieved by or dependent on the use of objects, it is referred to as sexual fetishism, or in some instances a paraphilia.

- Sexual arousal
Martin van Maële's print Francion 15

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Sexual intercourse in the missionary position depicted by Édouard-Henri Avril (1892)

Sexual intercourse

Primarily about humans.

Primarily about humans.

Sexual intercourse in the missionary position depicted by Édouard-Henri Avril (1892)
Modern artwork of a couple engaged in vaginal intercourse
19th-century erotic interpretation of Roman emperor Hadrian and Antinous engaged in anal intercourse, by Édouard-Henri Avril
Édouard-Henri Avril depiction of a woman on top position, a position that is more likely to stimulate the clitoris
Édouard-Henri Avril depiction of cunnilingus in the life of Sappho
Chance of fertilization by menstrual cycle day relative to ovulation
"Coition of a Hemisected Man and Woman" (c. 1492), an interpretation of what happens inside the body during coitus, by Leonardo da Vinci
Sex positions for pregnant women: Sexual activity during pregnancy
Painting of a couple (a prince and lady) prolonging sexual intercourse
Erotic painting on ancient Greek kylix
Max Slevogt depiction of rape
Lawrence Alma-Tadema depiction of courtship and a marriage proposal
A pair of lions copulating in the Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mating houseflies

Foreplay may precede some sexual activities, often leading to sexual arousal of the partners and resulting in the erection of the penis or natural lubrication of the vagina.

Another sexual matter concerning consent is zoophilia, which is a paraphilia involving sexual activity between human and non-human animals, or a fixation on such practice.

Foot fetishism, the most common sexual fetish

Sexual fetishism

Sexual fixation on a nonliving object or nongenital body part.

Sexual fixation on a nonliving object or nongenital body part.

Foot fetishism, the most common sexual fetish
The sensory regions for the feet and genitals lie next to each other, as shown in this cortical homunculus.

Sexual arousal from a particular body part can be further classified as partialism.

Paraphilias such as urophilia, necrophilia and coprophilia have been described as fetishes.

One of the illustrations to De Figuris Veneris by Édouard-Henri Avril. It portrays a male masturbating while sexually fantasizing

Sexual fantasy

One of the illustrations to De Figuris Veneris by Édouard-Henri Avril. It portrays a male masturbating while sexually fantasizing
The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife by Hokusai is an artistic depiction of a sexual fantasy.
Oral sex is one of the most common fantasies among men and women
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Rape fantasy is common in both men and women
St. Sebastian has historically been depicted as both a religious icon and a figure of covert sexual fantasy
Deviant sexual fantasies involve nonconsensual, illegal and sadistic themes
Inflicting pain upon others is a common fantasy of sex offenders, which may include spanking as illustrated in the above image. Produced by Lewis Bald in 1913.

A sexual fantasy or erotic fantasy is a mental image or pattern of thought that stirs a person's sexuality and can create or enhance sexual arousal.

Sex differences have also been found with regard to paraphilic fantasies (i.e. those which are considered to be atypical).