Falling Down The Stairway to Heaven
The world is vast and full of sexual kinks. Some of those kinks are so well known that they border on mundane - no one bats an eye at spanking or handcuffs. Other kinks are very well known but still extreme - most people's attention will get caught by piss drinking. Yet, there are still kinks that are so unknown that the research regarding them is nearly nonexistent. Those are the kinks that might only make one person orgasm, but they still get into a textbook. Climacophilia is closer to that classification.
Meet the Stair Fetish
Fetishes are subjects that are endlessly fascinating. They are part of what make people interesting. It makes those people more fascinating when their fetishes are dangerous. Would you risk a broken neck for an orgasm? There's at least one person that will. Climacophilia is a fetish for falling down stairs. The people that have Climacophilia can cum without stairs, but their most intense orgasms will happen while falling down stairs(1). One of the interesting things about Climacophilia is that it's the direct opposite of a phobia. Climacophobia is a fear of falling down stairs. That makes sense as a phobia because one could die from falling down stairs(2). The human instinct for survival is a part of phobias, especially one that could so obviously lead to death or injury. Climacophilia is fascinating because it doesn't make any sense and is so rare.
The Rarity of Climacophilia
Climacophilia is astonishingly rare and the rarity of this fetish makes quite a bit of sense. When you throw yourself down stairs for an orgasm you will most definitely get hurt. You're courting serious injury - including broken bones, head injuries, damage to your spinal cord, and possibly death. Falling down stairs doesn't have any biological incentive, therefore it's probably neurological reasons that lead to Climacophilia. Try and research Climacophilia, there doesn't seem to be any case studies on it. There are mostly articles and book chapters about it. Climacophilia does exist, but it might be one person. It's important to keep in mind that as you move into the more exotic fetishes less and less people are going to take part in them. Climacophilia doesn't appear in Dr. Brenda Love's Love's Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, however it did gain prominence in 2013 after a mention in Dr. Jesse Bering's book Perv(2). It captivated people with it's danger and unfamiliarity.
The Pain of Climacophilia
Just take a moment and put yourself in the mind of a Climacophiliac. The biggest sexual thrill that you get is not from sex itself, but from hurling yourself from the top of a staircase. That is the height of ecstasy. Now, in other fetishes increasing the intensity increases the sexual gratification. Take spanking for example, the harder you spank someone who's into it the more they enjoy it. By that token, Climacophiliacs would get intensified orgasms by intensifying their fall down the stairs. This could be done by controlling certain parameters of that fall. The most obvious one being the amount of pain felt while falling. One could control this by increasing the velocity that they fell at or increasing the number of times impact was made with the steps. Another way to increase the intensity of this kind of fall would be by increasing the number of steps you're falling down. By leaping down bigger flights of stairs you would be adding to the experience, in a way similar to how size queens seek out bigger and bigger cocks to ride. Whichever way you increase the intensity of falling down stairs you will certainly increase your likelihood of getting injured. As you increase the likelihood of injury the likelihood of death also increases. As both of these dangerous factors increase the orgasms of the Climacophiliac should also intensify. This danger must be part of the attraction. Leaping down stairs would give you an adrenaline rush, you would feel the effect of endorphins, and those feelings could get intoxicating. It is certainly possible that part of Climacophilia is an attraction to pain and danger, similar to how adrenaline junkies pursue dangerous activities or how BDSM fetishists seek out pain. It is impossible to remove the elements of pain and danger from this fetish, therefore those factors have to be a part of the attraction. You also have to take into account the location that is demanded by this fetish.
The Humiliation of Climacophilia
The fetish of Climacophilia absolutely requires you to fall down stairs. An incredible amount of stair cases are public places, especially the biggest ones. That being the case, it's rather likely that you will be caught participating in this fetish. Being caught engaging in your favorite sex act invites humiliation. Even if the person who catches you doesn't know you just had an orgasm, you know that you did. Just being caught engaging in behavior that we have always been taught is private, cumming, will invoke humiliation. It isn't just the connection to sex that can be humiliating. When you fall down stairs you are failing at a basic motor skill that the majority of people have no problem with. Most people walk down stairs all the time without even a little problem. This perceived failure in walking can lead to a feeling of humiliation and shame. Due to the somewhat public nature of this fetish you are inviting humiliation onto yourself. Much like pain, because humiliation is so tied to Climacophilia it has to be part of the attraction. Climacophilia seems to be related to other fetishes like sadomasochism and domination. Climacophilia will hurt you and you will probably be humiliated. The fetishist then takes that pain and humiliation and makes them erotic, in the same way that those in BDSM do.
The sexual world is a never ending maze of fascination. Just when you think you've learned everything it contains, you hear about Climacophilia. This incredibly rare fetish is sexual gratification that comes from falling down stairs. It's difficult to find any cases of this fetish. You are more likely to find intellectual musings on it, like this blog. However, the general consensus is that it does exist, so it has made it's way into literature. Like other fetishes, Climacophilia must have ways to increase the orgasms. Such as by intensifying your fall down the stairs. No matter how you attempt to control this fall it will always be dangerous. You will most likely get hurt in some way. This danger and pain must be related to the sexual attraction. Perhaps, it's the intoxication of the adrenaline and endorphins that contribute to the orgasm. Climacophilia is one fetish that seems counter intuitive to sex. However, other fetishes involve danger, pain, and humiliation such as sadomasochism. Climacophilia is just far more specific and involves a public space – stairs. Climacophilia appears to be related to sadomasochism, humiliation, and adrenaline seeking. The oddest part about it is it's specificity in location.
“C is for Climacophilia,” accessed on April, 10, 2017, http://www.theproboner.com/sex-az/2015/2-5
“Staring at The Rude Boys: A Brief Look at Climacophilia,” accessed on April 10, 2017, https://drmarkgriffiths.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/stairing-at-the-rude-boys-a-brief-look-at-climacophilia/