A study has set out to define sexual deviation by grouping sexual fantasies according to how widespread they are.

In research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, scientists asked 1,517 Quebec adults (799 men and 718 women) to rank 55 different sexual fantasies, as well as to describe their own favourite fantasy in detail.

Of this sample, 85.1 per cent were heterosexual, 3.6 per cent were homosexual and the remainder identified as neither of these.

This is what they found:

The answers in full

Christian Joyal, lead author of the study said: “Clinically, we know what pathological sexual fantasies are: they involve non-consenting partners, they induce pain, or they are absolutely necessary in deriving satisfaction. But apart from that, what exactly are abnormal or atypical fantasies?”

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Additional reporting: Antonia Molloy

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