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Coprophilia

Coprophilia is an erotic fascination with feces and general filth and uncleanliness. When a person experiences some type of sexual pleasure associated with feces, they are called coprophiliacs. Coprophiliacs enjoy either watching people defecate, defecating on someone themselves, being defecated on, smearing feces (scatolia), and sometimes eating feces (coprophagia). In some adults, coprophilia may manifest itself in people who find the act of defecation pleasurable and erotic. Other individuals may enjoy the incorporation of feces into partnered or solo sexual activity. Because of the involvement of human waste, there are dangers associated with the incorporation of fecal matter into sex; these dangers include the risk of infections, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and hepatitis.

Origins of Coprophilia

To explore the origins of coprophilia, we may first look to evolution. Many animals, including our primate ancestors, have a history of interacting with the fecal matter for several reasons. In the animal kingdom, fecal matter has been used in communication, as shown through territorial markings, mating rituals, and sexual attitude. By depositing feces with secretions from sex accessory glands (the anal glands), or by covering themselves in feces, animals are able to employ scent communication through the chemicals found in their fecal matter. In addition to using feces to supplement communication tactics, animals also consume feces to extract the vitamins and minerals necessary for survival. Animals have been reported to seek out sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and specific vitamins. These items may be found in natural food sources, mineral licks, or even in the animals’ own feces.

Uncommon erotic fetishes, such as coprophilia, have deep historical roots that can be dated back to ancient Greece. During orgies dedicated to honoring the Greek god Dionysus, bizarre or uncommon erotic fetishes were in constant use and have even been illustrated through ancient drawings. Many depictions of people defecating in clay pots during an orgy, or group sex, may show the prevalence of erotic deviation in ancient cultures. While Coprophilia may seem like a new type of deviant sexual behavior, its roots come from primordial animal instinct and can be seen practiced in historical texts and depictions.

Types of Coprophilia

Several different types of coprophilia exist and are categorized by the source of sexual pleasure resulting from different behaviors.

Coprospheres

Coprospheres are individuals who find pleasure in throwing their feces. Coproshperes are mostly found in the context of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s who may throw their feces to attract attention or communicate.

Coprophagia

Coprophagia, known as the most taboo form of coprophilia, describes the consumption of feces. Thought to be practiced by an exceptionally small number of people, it is one of the riskiest sexual behaviors. As previously mentioned, some species of animals, such as rabbits, routinely practice coprophagia as a part of their digestive process, and others, such as dogs, engage in the practice without any obvious physiological need. One case study indicates that the consumption of feces can be a way to dispose of or hide the evidence of the feces used for previous sexual acts. The erotic sensation associated with the consumption of feces may be confined to coprophilia; in contrast, coprophagia may serve to destroy the evidence of coprophilic practices.

Scatolia 

Scatolia is the act of smearing feces on a surface or the presence of it on the body. There are not many studies of coprophilia, but of coprophilic behaviors, scatolia is the least understood. In children, fecal smearing is not an uncommon problem and has been given more informal names: code brown, diaper digging, and painting the town brown. When a person smears feces on a wall, it is called “plastering” or “finger painting” and is thought to be an outlet for artistic expression; feces are used in the absence of markers or paint.

Feces and Sex

Little is known about the prevalence of coprophilia as a form of sexual activity, but it has been associated with BDSM (bondage, discipline/dominance, sadism, masochism). Typically, within BDSM relationships and encounters, the dominant partner, or “top”, defecates on or requests that the submissive partner, or “bottom,” eat the feces as a way to humiliate them and demonstrate their dominance. Another way to participate in coprophilia is when the dominant partner does not allow the submissive to defecate without their permission as a display of dominance over them.

The Risk

Coprophilia and especially coprophagia are considered unsafe sexual practices due to the possible transmission of bacterial infections, HIV, and Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis is a particular danger to coprophiliacs, although many other infections are also possible, such as HIV, because it is easy to transmit infections through oral or open-wound contact. Even though eating a handful of feces (especially your own feces) is considered to be of mild toxicity and at most causes, a physical reaction similar to food poisoning, coprophilic, or scatophilic activity, is considered a risky sexual activity and is not recommended.

Slang Terms 

The following are informal terms that describe coprophilic sexual acts and their risk factors:

Glass bottom boat: The act of holding a glass or clear plastic wrap over a partner’s face and then defecating on the glass or wrap.  As the partner watches from under the glass or plastic protection, they get the feeling of being defecated without any physical contact with the feces. Because there is no physical contact with the feces, this act is considered to be of minimal risk.

Steamer: Direct defecation onto a partner’s body without a barrier is often described by the slang terms “steamer” and “Cleveland steamer.” Direct defecation is a riskier behavior because these practices allow for direct contact with the feces and present a higher risk for infections such as hepatitis or HIV.

Minimizing Risk

Even though coprophilic behaviors are not recommended by health professionals and carry a great risk of complications, the following are some ways to decrease risk when practicing fecal sex play.

  • Using your own feces is less of a risk than a partner’s, but both carry the risk of contracting bacterial infections (and viral infections).
  • If your sexual gratification comes from watching others defecate or watching yourself defecate then you are in a much safer position because there is no direct contact with the feces. 

 

When a partner is involved, even if you are just smelling their feces or watching them defecate, you are in a riskier position than if it was a solitary act. Still, there is a low probability of infection. The best way to reduce the risks associated with coprophilic behavior is to not play with fecal matter at all, but those who still practice fecal play, they may want to consider the amount of risk they are taking.

Conclusion

Many paraphilias ⎯ sexual preferences towards atypical objects, activities, and situations that are unusual or outside the norm of sexual interests may be normal aspects of one’s sex life. However, for some, paraphilias may become paraphilic disorders when they begin to cause distress to the individual or when the sexual satisfaction entails harm to oneself or others.

For those in which coprophilia becomes a paraphilic disorder or begins to interfere with their everyday life, there are treatment options available to address the problems it may cause. Psychopharmacologic therapy, as well as prescriptions for Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), have been prescribed to treat those negatively affected by coprophilia. Additionally, psychotherapy is often used in an effort to correct coprophilic behaviors in patients with moderate to mild dementia.

 

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