A Crash Course In Autoerotic Asphyxiation

A Crash Course In Autoerotic Asphyxiation

A Crash Course In Autoerotic Asphyxiation

Thumbnail: 
Dek: 
A few facts about the kinky sex act that may have killed actor David Carradine.

As everyone surely knows by now, actor David Carradine was found dead in a Thai hotel room with a shoe lace tied around his neck and genitals last Thursday. Nobody knows for sure, but it's rumored Carradine was taking part in a kinky self-love sex act called autoerotic asphyxiation. David Carradine Got His Kicks from Kink

To the more mild at heart, the emergence of this autoerotic asphyxiation act into the mainstream media has been a revolting eye-opener of sorts. If you're still wrapping your head around threesomes, one-nighters and trannies, than the thought of cutting off one's oxygen while masturbating or during sex, just seems abhorrent on a whole new level of disgusting. Not to mention uncomfortable and painful.

Well, we've never tried it (and can honestly say we never will), Fox News' FOXSexpert Yvonne Fulbright gave us a crash course in the whos, whys, wheres and whats of autoerotic asphyxiation.

 

Here's what we learned:

1.) WHAT IS IT:

The act of cutting off yours (or your partner's) oxygen during sex or masturbation. It's also known as "scarfing" or "terminal sex."

2.) WHY PEOPLE DO IT:

It is supposed to intensify an orgasm. As Fulbright writes:

Practitioners say it makes for a much more intense orgasm. The people who engage in such activity feel like they're having a thrilling "high" while having sex with themselves. For couples, the power play, role playing, and trust components are a turn on — they love the feeling of being dominated, and the comfort of being with someone with whom they feel safe. The giddiness and euphoria it creates has been likened to a good alcohol buzz or drug high.

3.) WHO DOES IT THE MOST

White males, aged 12-25 and women on the receiving end.

An estimated 500-1,000 Americans, mostly 12- to 25-year-old males, are thought to die from autoerotic asphyxiation annually. Yet when it comes to autoerotic asphyxiation, such is usually pursued by namely straight, white, middle-class young men and adolescent boys. These baggers or gaspers, as they are known, place a plastic bag (to be torn when they desperately need oxygen) over their heads during self pleasuring.Alternatively, they may tie a rope around their neck. According to Paul Joannides, author of “Guide to Getting It On!,” up to a quarter of them don female underwear while masturbating in this way.

As part of her dissertation research, Kathryn Ando, of the Center for Sex and Culture, found that more women are on the receiving end of such play, while men are mostly on the giving end. In her sample of 350 people, Ando also learned that the ratio of those practicing partnered breath control versus solitary breath play was about 3 to 1.

4.) ASIDE FROM DEATH, WHAT ARE SOME OTHER CONSEQUENCES?

Cutting off blood supply to the brain can induce cerebral anoxia, oxygen deficiency to the brain, resulting in death or tissue damage. Other risky side effects include cutting, bruising, or lacerating the neck, trachea, and esophagus. These are dependent upon the suffocation or strangulation technique employed.

Join the Conversation