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a paraphilia in which there are repetitive sexual urges to gain gratification by rubbing against another person, often acted out in a public place. Called also frottage.


/frot·teur·ism/ (frŏ-toor´izm) a paraphilia in which sexual arousal or orgasm is achieved by actual or fantasized rubbing up against another person, usually in a crowded place with an unsuspecting victim.
A paraphilia consisting of recurrent, intense sexual urges involving surreptitiously rubbing one’s genitals against a nonconsenting person. Frotteurism is particularly common in Japan, where it is known as chikan, and is regarded as a public safety problem, as it occurs on crowded trains, buses, elevators and at bike stands. Fondling the victim may be part of the condition and is called toucherism


Sexual gratification derived from rubbing a bodily area against another person, often a stranger, in an inappropriate way.
Synonym(s): frottage (2) .
[Fr. frotteur, one who rubs, fr. frotter, to rub, + -ism]


Obtaining sexual arousal and gratification by rubbing one's genitals against others in public places.
Mentioned in: Sexual Perversions
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Although Money has defined nearly 50 paraphilias, there are currently eight paraphilic disorders recognized in the DSM-IV: pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, fetishism, transvestic fetishism, and frotteurism.
In the section on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, DSM-IV states that "the paraphiliac focus of Frotteurism involves touching and rubbing against a nonconsenting person" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 1994, p.
Table 1 DSM-IV Paraphilic Disorders(*) DSM-IV Defining Paraphilic Disorder Characteristic Exhibitionism Exposure of genitals Fetishism Use of nonliving objects Frotteurism Touching and rubbing against a nonconsenting person Pedophilia Focus on prepubescent children Sexual masochism Receiving humiliation or suffering Sexual sadism Inflicting humiliation or suffering Transvestic fetishism Cross-dressing as member of the other sex Voyeurism Observing sexual activity Paraphilia not All other paraphilias otherwise specified