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Exhibitionism is attributed to French physician Charles Lasègue, and described in more detail by early sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing, in the 1880s. The diagnostic criteria for exhibitionism are similar to those for other paraphilic disorders. Two criteria are required. The first is that the individual for at least 6 months obtains intense and recurrent sexual arousal from exposing his or her genitals to an unsuspecting person either through behavior or through fantasies. The second is that either the person has acted on the urges or the urges or the fantasies lead to clinically significant distress or impair social, occupational, or other areas of functioning. The disorder can be further clarified by specifying whether the arousal is through exposing genitals to prepubertal children, to physically ...

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