autoerotic asphyxia


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autoerotic asphyxia

n.
A form of sexual masochism in which oxygen flow to the brain is reduced, as by controlled strangulation or suffocation, in order to enhance the pleasure of masturbation.
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au′toerot′ic asphyx′ia


n.
asphyxia caused by intentionally strangling oneself while masturbating in order to intensify the orgasm through reduced oxygen flow to the brain.
autoerot′ic asphyxia′tion, n.
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Psychoanalysts Temmerman and Quackelbeen make this argument in their paper 'Autoerotic Asphyxia from Phenomenology to Psychoanalysis' as a direct redress to Hazelwood, Burgess and Groth's gender-stereotypical assertions in Autoerotic Fatalities that autoerotic asphyxiation is mainly found among men because men 'participate to a greater extent in unconventional sexual practices than do women'.
Likewise, when I reviewed the scholarly literature, the cases I cited used criteria that would rule out suicide by hanging or autoerotic asphyxia.
For example, in autoerotic asphyxia, victims may use a rope around their necks to constrict their oxygen supply to increase pleasure while masturbating; although the rope is supposed to use a slipknot as a "self-rescue" mechanism, death can occur if that fails and the rope fails to loosen.