This morning's Daily Mail features a story about trichotillomania - also known as tricho and TTM - and briefly comments on the sexual aspects of this condition.
Known as trichotillophilia, women and men both can find pleasure in having their hair pulled or pulling someone's hair. Just watch any naked mud wrestling match and you'll soon see this at play. Of course there are sites devoted to hair pulling porn, too.
While many fetishes are equal opportunity, it seems that this one's more weighted in a woman's favour. She gets the BDSM thrill of being the incapacitated submissive. She gets all of the endorphins from each hair pulled, too.
Josie, a 24-year-old barmaid from North London, gushes: "I love getting my hair pulled during sex! Rough sex is so hot and I've found that it can make you more comfortable with your partner both in and out of the bedroom."
Paraphila is an umbrella term used to cover the family of philias. In sexology, it is sometimes more widely used to cover atypical sexual interests or deviances. While the word paraphilia may seem alien, the philias it encompasses may seem slightly familiar. Think fetishes and unusual desires and you're on the right track!