IMPORTANT:This page has used Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia in either a refactored, modified, abridged, expanded, built on or 'straight from' text content! (view authors)

File:Tit Flashing.jpg

A young woman flashing her breasts

Template:Disputed Exhibitionism, colloquially referred to flashing, is behavior by a person that involves the exposure of private parts of his body to another person in a situation when he would not normally be exposed, with a tendency toward an extravagant. The act may be at least partially sexual or intended to attract the attention of another or others, or to shock. Some people have a psychological compulsion to sexually expose themselves. The condition is sometimes called apodysophilia[1] or Lady Godiva syndrome. In some situations exposing in public is a crime of indecent exposure or public nuisance. Though the offense is not often prosecuted, it is taken especially seriously when the flasher is a man.

Public exhibitionism by women has been recorded since classical times, often in the context of women shaming groups of men into committing, or inciting them to commit, some public action.[2]

Types of exposure


Students mooning at Stanford University

Various types of behavior are classified as exhibitionism, including:

  • Anasyrma: the lifting of the skirt when not wearing underwear, to expose genitals.
  • Flashing: chiefly the momentary display of bare female breasts by a woman with an up-and-down lifting of the shirt and/or bra. It can also involve the exposure of a man's or woman's genitalia.
  • Martymachlia: a paraphilia which involves sexual attraction to having others watch the execution of a sexual act.[citation needed]
  • Mooning : the display of bare buttocks by pulling down of trousers and underwear. There tends to be a gendered double standard here: with males, the act is most often done for the sake of humor, disparagement, and/or mockery than for sexual excitement, whereas with females, the reverse tends to be true, and sexual arousal (or at least sexual attention) of those mooned is the intent.
  • Streaking: the act of running nude through a public place.

Some researchers have claimed that telephone scatalogia is a variant of exhibitionism, even though it has no in-person physical connotations.[3][4]

Psychological aspects

Exhibitionism as a disorder was first described in a scientific journal in 1877 by a French physician and psychiatrist Charles Lasègue (1809–1883).[5][6] Typically, the part(s) of the body exposed when referring to "flashing" are bare female breasts and/or buttocks. In theory, however, flashing and exhibitionism can also involve the genitalia or buttocks of either gender. A "male flasher" stands in stark comparison to this definition as the latter usually refers to a male indecently exposing his penis to an observer.

A research team asked a sample of 185 exhibitionists, “How would you have preferred a person to react if you were to expose your privates to him or her?” The most common response was “Would want to have sexual intercourse” (35.1%), followed by “No reaction necessary at all” (19.5%), “To show their privates also” (15.1%), “Admiration” (14.1%), and “Any reaction” (11.9%). Only very few exhibitionists chose “Anger and disgust” (3.8%) or “Fear” (0.5%).[7]


Exhibitionism is considered a psychological disorder if it interferes with the quality of life or normal functioning capacity of the individual. Exhibitionism is referred to in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Edition (class 302.4).[8] Many psychiatric definitions of exhibitionism broadly define it as "sexual gratification, above and beyond the sexual act itself, that is achieved by risky public sexual activity and/or bodily exposure." Beyond bodily exposure, it can also include "engaging in sex where one may possibly be seen in the act, or caught in the act."[9]

See also



  1. apodysophilia - Dictionary of sexual terms
  2. Origin of the world
  3. Hirschfeld, M. (1938). *Sexual anomalies and perversions: Physical and psychological development, diagnosis and treatment (new and revised ed.). London: Encyclopaedic Press.
  4. Nadler, R. P. (1968). Approach to psychodynamics of obscene telephone calls. New York State Journal of Medicine, 68, 521–526.
  5. Lasègue C. Les Exhibitionistes. L'Union Médicale (Paris), series 3, vol. 23; 1877. Pages 709–714.
  6. Aggrawal, Anil (2009). Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices. Boca Raton: CRC Press. ISBN 1420043080.
  7. Freund, K., Watson, R., & Rienzo, D. (1988). The value of self-reports in the study of voyeurism and exhibitionism. Annals of Sex Research, 2, 243–262.
  8. DSM-IV, American Psychiatric Association 1994
  9. American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Washington, DC: Author.

External links


ar:استعرائية bn:প্রদর্শনকামনা be:Эксгібіцыянізм be-x-old:Эксгібіцыянізм bs:Egzibicionizam bg:Ексхибиционизъм ca:Exhibicionisme cs:Exhibicionismus da:Ekshibitionisme de:Exhibitionismus et:Ekshibitsionism es:Exhibicionismo eu:Erakuskeria fa:بدن‌نمایی fr:Exhibitionnisme gl:Exhibicionismo ko:노출증 hr:Egzibicionizam is:Strípihneigð it:Esibizionismo he:אקסהיביציוניזם ka:ექსჰიბიციონიზმი lt:Ekshibicionizmas nl:Exhibitionisme ja:露出狂 pl:Ekshibicjonizm pt:Exibicionismo ru:Эксгибиционизм simple:Exhibitionism sk:Exhibicionizmus sr:Егзибиционизам fi:Ekshibitionismi sv:Exhibitionism tr:Teşhircilik uk:Ексгібіціонізм zh:暴露癖

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.