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What It’s Like to Have a Kink for Blood

Blood is our life force, yet it’s something that many people fear. This contradiction also creates pathways to arousal. “For some, it may be more about blood signaling a very intense experience, such as when blood appears from contact between a person’s fingernails and their partner’s back,” Lehmiller says. “For others, it may be a symbolic way of establishing dominance or submission, or something that co-occurs with sexual pain. Blood may also hold appeal to those who are drawn to the taboo.”