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Quebec Is One Kinky Province And That's OK: Study

03/11/2016 05:05 EST | Updated 03/11/2016 05:59 EST
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If you ever feel like your sexual fantasies or habits are out of the "norm," one study is here to tell you it's all OK.

In a recent study published to The Journal of Sex Research, two Montreal-based researchers found 45.6 per cent of study participants had interest in at least one type of sexual behaviour labelled "abnormal," including voyeurism, fetishism and masochism, the Montreal Gazette reports.

The study, which was conducted with 1,040 people in Quebec, also found one-third of them had kinky sex at least once.

“As long as it’s with a consenting partner, people will be relieved to know that their desires are not necessarily abnormal,” researcher Christian Joyal told the paper.

And that's the bigger message. As far as Joyal is concerned this is a sign for people to not feel alone about their kinky appetite. Often, those who enjoy sex that involves handcuffs, blindfolds or spanking could be labelled as sexual deviants, Joyal adds.

And with movies like "Fifty Shades of Grey" portraying kinky sex in a much more mainstream way, other studies by Joyal have shown fantasizing about themes associated with submission, being tied up and being filmed while having sex were all common among study participants.

Author Emily Dubberley of Garden of Desires told Cosmo after the "Fifty Shades of Grey" BDSM obsession, some women also had fantasies of being the dominant partner.

However, Joyal notes this current study might have a bias because some Quebecers refused to participate.

“One hundred years ago, oral sex was considered gross, 50 years ago it was illegal and now it is the No. 1 fantasy,” Joyal told the paper. “In 30 years from now, I would be surprised if BDSM wasn’t part of normal sexuality.”

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