Higher Love

Higher Love

The highest kind of pleasure comes at a high price, of course. But, before we get to the ridiculous details of it, let us make it clear that it is absolutely fine to gain pleasure without another human being involved in the act. However, how far can you go to attain it? If you are inquisitive, let us answer this question for you. Autoerotic asphyxiation, or more commonly known as asphyxiophilia, is a lethal way of enhancing one’s sexual arousal by deliberately restricting the oxygen supply to the brain.

The absurd activity is done by tightening a rope around the neck and strangling until an orgasm is achieved. Although normally correlated with hardcore sexual masochists, it oftentimes stimulates interest amongst the less mature - curious young men enthusiastic to try masturbation in the hope that the method intensifies sensation at orgasm. While rumours about how and why to do it abound in all-male locker rooms and dormitories, what is not passed on are the fatal facts.

According to a U.S. study, there are an estimated 500 to 1,000 deaths from autoerotic asphyxia each year. The vast majority don’t mean to kill themselves. They usually devise some kind of rescue mechanism to stop the asphyxiation once they have climaxed. However, the fail-safe often fails. For instance, they may tie a slip-knot or hang themselves from something that is shorter than they are, so they can simply stand up to deter the strangulation. But they may get so disoriented and weak from lack of oxygen that they can not pull out the knot or stand up and eventually pass out and die. To each his own, but this type of sexual expression can be very disturbing, to begin with, let alone if a loved one finds a dismantled body, which is beyond repair.

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