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Conflation with auto-erotic asphyxiation[edit]

This article is clearly about self-asphyxiation. As far as I can tell, there is not a single mention of acts involving more than one person. The article should be renamed or extensively re-written to remove this assumption. At least having a section that explains this distinction would be an improvement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:51, 10 September 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Editor-created images[edit]

I'm a bit unsettled by photos related to sexuality that were clearly created by a Wikipedia editor. Haven't there been issues in the past of "self-made" visual content featuring editors' genitals and such? I'm concerned about matters of both ethics and taste.

Wouldn't it be more appropriate if images of "delicate" subjects (such as sexual activities) came from some sort of... "official" source, like a textbook or crime scene photo? Rather than from some Wikipedian who set up a camera in his bedroom? Minetruly (talk) 22:53, 11 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We're pretty much limited to using freely licensed images, so text books are generally a no-no. Crime scene photos, even if they were usable would only illustrate sexual violence: I for one would oppose that being realistically illustrated (and I also have some doubts about this particular use of an image on this page). Just like our text we rely on volunteer produced material. It helps in making delicate choices (which we tend to debate vigorously) to have a good range and that's come under attack recently. Please see what's on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Sexology and sexuality and follow the links from there. --Simon Speed (talk) 23:08, 11 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Poor quality of the page[edit]

As a breath play practitioner and someone who has researched and written on the subject in various Internet groups as well as having done 'safer breathplay' outreach and talks I'm very dissatisfied with this article, particularly in the way autoerotic asphyxiation is mixed into this piece.

I propose creating a separate page for autoerotic asphyxiation as the dangers there are immeasurably higher than in partnered breath play and I would be happy to work with others on both improving this page and creating an autoerotic asphyxiation page. Peterboots (talk) 21:17, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I think this was the central plot device to one of Dick Francis's novels... not sure which one though. Anyone know? - Ta bu shi da yu 13:08, 13 November 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dangers / not suicide[edit]

NPOV - The dangers of EA, while very real, do not even remotely come close to the dire warning that is prominent in the article. I'm working on an edit to correct this.

Second, the conflation of accidental deaths due to EA and people that *want* to die is absurd. This will also be fixed in an upcoming edit. Wrath0fb0b

Holding your breath[edit]

Wouldn't holding your breath have the same effect? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:19, 10 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Or you could just do a partial blood choke on yourself with your hands, so you won't be making anything hypoxic except your brain. Maybe a bit more healthy for your other organs that way. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong. (talk)
It would not be possible to hold one's breath for as long as it would be possible to asphixiate oneself for, nor could someone use enough pressure to choke themself with one hand. Best name (talk) 21:00, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


From this link:

Comes this tidbit:

2 Feb 1793 Czech composer Franz Kotzwara, who penned "The Battle of Prague," dies from autoerotic asphyxiation in a London brothel.

Also, I just saw an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation wherein we are informed that long ago, erections were observed in criminals being hanged, and that is was called the killer orgasim. While funny, I can't find any Internet or other sources to back this up. Does anyone know any more historical information on the topic? 03:28, 23 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

And here is another interesting link:
With this relevent paragraph:
There isn’t much recorded history on erotic asphyxiation. The earliest documentation of it goes back to the 1700s (Joergensen). Apparently it was noted that some hanging victims died with erections, and so asphyxiation became one of the first “cures” for impotency. There were also references to it in DeSade’s Justine. In 1856 it got its first mention in medical text by French psychiatrist DeBoismont. In 1987 Hustler was sued by a boy’s family for an article it published describing how to use asphyxiation for pleasure, after the boy was found dead with the magazine (Jenkins).

And here is a great link:

Read down to the article called PLEASE BE TENDER WHEN YOU CUT ME DOWN. There is some great historical info. 03:42, 23 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, there is information about the physiological effect of Hanging on Male Victims including some photos of this phenomenon. One photo graphically showing the asphyxiation effect on a male victim of hanging with a very good informative caption of explanation at the bottom of the photo can be found at this link:

In Media references[edit]

...a 2002 episode of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, the US version of Queer as Folk,...

Isnt the american version of Queer as Folk, Queer as Folk (US TV series) ? JonEastham 08:40, 10 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It is. Best name (talk) 21:00, 5 June 2009 (UTC)aReply[reply]

Also: in the 2011 movie The Mechanic, Jason Statham frames a "hit" on EA.

Question: possible cause of pleasure in erotic asphyxiation?[edit]

Since things in the throat such as the adam's apple get larger at the same time private parts are increasing in size (during puberty), is it possible some of the same or closely related hormones are involved? If so, couldn't whatever structures and types of nerve endings that are responsible for feelings of sexual pleasure exist in the neck region as well as the genital region?Rich 11:02, 25 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

if it is based on the adams apple why do females like it too? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:34, 3 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

above is good point.I dont think that there are "nerve endings" that are stimulated because If there ware some nerves people could stimulate them without choking oneself for example they could press thoes regions hard in some intervals and still fell pleasure. I think it may be something with higher blood pressure in brain and/or amount of carbon dioxide in blood. (talk) 13:00, 18 April 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A few questions and comments by an "average person"[edit]

Angel of Twilight 23:59, 12 December 2006 (UTC) All I gotta say is well, damn, this is a nice way to wake up....Go looking for a little self sex-ed and then I find this, and realize: "ok so thats the scientific term for what I was just praying that I would have a dream about last night....."*reads on more*"HOLY #$%^ this is a lot of scientific terms......."*reads it all*" sucks, seems that one of the only 'edge play' things im interested in is totally and irreperably dangerous." This is quite depressing for me. Up until now I had no privacy to look up stuff like this (my mother NEVER leaves me the #$%^ alone, but now im at collage *grin*), so I had no idea what it was. I got two questions here though.Reply[reply]

Question 1: If there is no "safe" way to do this, and doing it without "props", in the most "gentle" ways, AND with a partner has little to no effect on the danger level.....then I wonder if anyone is looking into making it safer using new medical technology? I know there are things doctors can do to "treat the problem" that is liking this kind of activity but I dont see (liking doing) this as a problem or a medical condition. I see it as a facet of someone's personality that they have to deal with, either by rejecting it and suppressing it, or by embacing it and chasing it regardless of the risks. Personally, Ill have to think on it, and when (not if) I get a girlfriend/married ill have to discuss this with her, as well as my doctor, and rexamine the question: "to do it, or not to do it?" So my real question here is: Do they have/Are they developing/Is it possible to make something that makes this safe or safer than it is? Even a theory of how it could be done (put in as plain english as possible, remember im not a doctor >_>), would be nice. PS: Alot of the damage said to be caused by doing this is explained in very scientific terms, and it would be nice to have a "layman's version". PPS: How much of these risks depend on the fitness of the individual? This page makes most of the things that can go wrong sound like they are totally random.

Question 2: If "Breath Control Play" is defined as such in this page, then what would be the act of sharing a breath with your partner back and forth a bit, with one person controlling the flow of said breath? My personal imaginings and fantasies have lead me in that direction more than once and I would like to know what its called/what risks are involved considering it doesnt STOP the flow of oxygen or inhibit breathing in any way.

This was a long post, and rightly so. This page needs more information, and I look forward to the edit mentioned above. I would like to have a more objective view rather than basicly a rant (no offense ment to poster of this page) that says "its too risky, dont do it, you could very well end up dead." (I also appologize if that edit has already been made, but this page still seems a little opinionated....) That is a little disconcerting for people like me who seem to have an affinity for this and just found out what it was called by reading this page.

Anyway! I will get off my soap box now! *steps off his soap box and walks out* Also, I appologize for any and all internet slang and implied cursing used in this post, I try to keep it to a minimum but I *AM* only 18. Can you blame me?

Signed: The Angel of Twilight

EDIT: Found all my answers and am feeling alot better about this subject now after reading this site: puts this in a light that is much more informative than this page and doesnt try to scare you #$%^-less. If possible, I would love to edit it into the page as a link for more info, however, im not sure how many people who follow this page would like that. This will teach me to wiki first and google later....although, if I had, I may not have even found this term existed since I wasnt searching for it. Sorry for the long post and edit, im very talkative when im excited or nervous and I was both while writing the post above. ^^

Hey, Twilight's Messager!
Your page is 404 now.
Well, anyone can access it via, though.

Potentially lethal[edit]

I've just added these two words to the introductory sentence of this article again. I think it is a rather important aspect of this activity that doing it can cause someone to stop living, and it is certainly what the activity is infamous for. For those reasons I think it should stay in. Robotman1974 22:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The increased pleasure results from the body producing more endorphins as it approaches the state of asphyxia. - is there a reference for this? Raul654 15:23, 26 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Absolutely not. Even in the couple of academic papers I found, the relationship is theorized by analogy to masochism where it is justified. Moreover, the people who were theorizing don't have any kind of medical credentials. I'm going to delete it. BenB4 08:44, 27 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I didn't believe the number of deaths per year for the USA, so I checked the reference. I found another reference: —Preceding unsigned comment added by USA alltheway3 (talkcontribs) 23:33, 9 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2015. We have "deprived of oxygen" term and info from 3 articles.


Poor overall quality[edit]

The quality of this article is poor. It has a clear POV. One example is the phrase: "those who think flirting with death in sex is healthy." The opinion of the writer is self-evident. The phrase assumes that erotic asphyxiation is a mental issue, rather than a practice based on physiological mechanisms. There is no mention of these mechanisms. The restriction of oxygen to the brain causes hypoxia, which people who enjoy erotic asphyxiation claim heightens the sensations of sex. The risks of erotic asphyxiation are overstated, although this is difficult to discern, because there are no statistics cited. In auto-erotic asphyxiation a person sometimes simply holds his/her breath during masturbation or sex. 04:55, 31 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There are few psychological experts, if any, who do not feel that this is a mental disorder since it puts the practitioner at risk. An analogy would be someone who insisted on having sex with a lot of people without a condom because it feels better, even with people they know may have a disease. The risks are too high to one's long term survival, simply for a moment of pleasure, that there currently aren't any serious experts who do not see it as a form of Russian Roulette, and thus a disorder. I removed the tag at the top. David Shankbone 01:21, 10 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hmmmm... but is mountain climbing or hand-gliding a mental disease? Those activities are quite risky too... I'm not trying to minimize the risk of this practice, just pointing out that this argument isn't really consistent Observer31 (talk) 14:30, 3 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If the potential health effects are simply lack of oxygen circulation in the brain. Which could potentially cause brain damage, as it does in mountain climbers [[April/May 2008 Scientific American Mind]]. Then would mountain climbing be an analogous mental disorder? --Anoid (talk) 21:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Questionable or irrelevant citation[edit]

Citation 2, pertaining to the frequency of deaths due to autoerotic asphyxiation, contains no verifiable information. The source is not as reputable as the citation suggests. The information, supposedly from the FBI, is illusory. I could only find a PubMed article suggesting 250 deaths per year in the US, not 1000. --Anoid (talk) 21:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've removed the following from the article:-

The mysterious 1998 death of heavy metal guitarist Hideto Matsumoto, while officially determined to be a suicide, has been speculated to have been an accident, possibly as a result of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

There is no mention of this in the main article on this guy, in fact his friends' speculation about back massage is described (and fully referenced). No reference is given, so the quality of any source (should one exist) cannot be checked. --Simon Speed (talk) 12:52, 7 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Devus link[edit]

I've removed the link to an "article" on a site called "Devus". External links are supposed to provide the reader with additional information of one sort or another. This has a small portion of what is already on the Wikipedia article with a few unsourced words downplaying the risks. --Simon Speed (talk) 12:59, 13 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I removed the listing for David Carradine from the famous cases. It may prove to be true that he is worthy of inclusion, but I would not do so based on a single news story when so many of the stories are currently inconsistent. Information like this should be based on facts, not rumors or speculation. (talk) 16:09, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A single news story? Well, here in Thailand, every news story mention a rope tied to his genitals. International media, on the other hand, remove that information, to protect his dignity or something. As much as I respect the guy, it's obvious that he died suffocating himself during masturbation. It is even suggested at the Death section in his article by now. -- DTRY (talk) 18:11, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is no harm in waiting for confirmation before we ascribe a manner of death in a case where there is no certainty. -->David Shankbone 18:13, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The listing is stil on there. The man is not dead for very long and there hasnt been an autopsy yet. Why do we put this stuff on the internet, He hasnt even been buried yet. s there no honor on wikipedia? DO we not think of the families of people. Does anything go? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Freely (talkcontribs) 19:40, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

While I appreciate your concern and agree it is premature to rush into mentioning this, right now his family appears to desire more to have it an accidental death, even by this method, than they prefer to have it that he just upped and killed himself. So, I don't think that's a big concern. Regardless, he died under unusual circumstances; it's just figuring out which one. -->David Shankbone 19:43, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The point of wikipedia is to give accurate information, not to become another tabloid with gossip. You do not have any accurate information. This is designed as an encyclopedia disseminating "truthful" information. The stand should be to be prudent not unrestrained because of the "Sexy" nature of this topc.. And by the way, you DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE FAMILY DESIRES. They probably want to be left alone in their grief and to deal with what happened. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Freely (talkcontribs) 19:53, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Given the current evidence, it seems the most logical conclusion. Citing this should not pose a problem to anyone, so long as moral judgement is not involved. - Tenebris —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:42, 5 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
DIsagreed. Respectable news sources haven't attributed a cause, and autopsy results won't be back for weeks. This should be removed until findings become definite, and perhaps this topic should be moderated until that time. Ninja housewife (talk) 01:22, 6 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Fair enough (and setting aside the question of what exactly is a news source "respectable" enough for Wikipedia -- enough of those debates on the politics pages). As you will have noticed, I have been reading, not editing. But what would you see as the appropriate step if autopsy results or an official cause are never released to the public? This is by far the most common result in such cases. - Tenebris —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:42, 7 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I have removed Carradine from the article. When we receive confirmation, we can re-insert. This is in accordance with our policies. -->David Shankbone 20:18, 8 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

David Carradine should not be included as an example at this time because for all anyone really knows what was found in his room may have been staged. Every encyclopedia needs to be updated, yet not at such a pace as to include what is now mere speculation, regardless of appearance.

Jackspratfacts (talk) 01:30, 12 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm it seems strange that it mentions his death as a possible case of erotic asphyxiation on his page but it isn't mentioned here. That said, there's no harm in waiting for the autopsy (although am I right in thinking it may never be released to the public?) TastyCakes (talk) 21:21, 20 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have removed this, as the source does not discuss Autoerotic Asphyxiation. To draw that conclusion based on the report is WP:OR or WP:synth. To list it here there ought to be an official inquest verdict that states this. Mish (talk) 16:27, 5 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

When somebody dies it's right and proper that we don't include lurid speculation and rumor in encyclopedia articles. However, when some time has passed and there is a publicly accepted and evidenced story, it's a different matter. If you follow the link to the subject's main article David Carradine#Death, you will find the fact that the accepted cause of his death is "accidental asphyxiation" (with references) and a link to this article: this is no longer a violation of BLP policy. Furthermore, when documenting a very dangerous practice, it's very unwise to hush up any cases where it lead to tragedy. --Simon Speed (talk) 11:12, 25 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If there is a WP:RS that states some official release acknowledging this person died this way, then it should be cited to support this as a statement about how he is known to have died. However, if the WP:RS states some sort of speculation or claim that he died this way (as absent in an inquest verdict), then it would need to be cited, and the text reflect this for what it is. The only difference between a BLP and any other biography is the urgency with which we address inaccuracy - the requirements for both are much the same. Accuracy, reliability, verifiability. We cannot verify that he died this way, on the contrary; however, from the link you provided, it seems that we can verify that it is claimed he died this way. That is how we would have to include it, and just because there is such a source on another article, that does not mean we can be lazy and include it without citing a WP:RS. However, I am not clear that The People is a WP:RS. I'll leave it up to you to demonstrate that it is considered to be so before introducing the properly worded entry here. If you are unable to do so, then I will be moving onto the biography to ensure the information there is fully backed up by WP:RS, and is not WP:SYNTH stitched together from a few otherwise unconnected articles.
It is our place to report things accurately, whether dangerous or not, and I am unclear why it would be wise to point out it may have happened to so-and-so, on the basis of something written in a Sunday tabloid. We are not in the business of explaining to people that hanging themselves from a door with an orange in their mouth and a stiletto heel up their anus might be fatal - that should speak for itself, regardless of who may or may not have died that way. We are in the business of explaining to people that this is something people do, and it can be fatal. Mish (talk) 12:14, 25 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I hope the current edit clarifies that Autoerotic Asphyxiation is the most reasonable explanation. As such, I have not asserted it as a fact, as in the case of Kevin Gilbert --Andreba (talk) 13:20, 25 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have tidied the edit up a bit, removing repetition and and what we might assume ('apparently') to ensure we stick to what is in sources. It may well be the most reasonable explanation, but it is only the most reasonable explanation if somebody else says so - not because we say so. Mish (talk) 15:21, 25 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for tidying it up. It looks better now. --Andreba (talk) 16:48, 25 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dead Link[edit]

This seem to be a dead link in the footnotes: Jenkins AP. When Self-Pleasuring Becomes Self-Destruction: Autoerotic Asphyxiation Paraphilia

Yet it is still referenced. I left it there for anyone to have a look at since I am not sure who added this link and if it's available elsewhere? Starryrendezvous (talk) 08:51, 8 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

9:19 PM GMT+1: Can't remove the link article is locked due to vandalism.

Well, there still is
Why not to try it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:53, 7 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit with tag[edit]

I just added an edit, with a fact tag, because I could not find a link (yet). I used to do contract work in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and they have an entire room devoted to the subject. The walls are covered in photographs of victims with case notes. Many involve cases incorrectly diagnosed as murder and give information on what could be observed at the scene to correct the diagnosis etc. Quite a few of the cases lacked strong evidence of the autoerotic component and would easily have led to a conviction so I can see why such training is neccessary. A sign near the door advises that the room has been set up for doctors to familiarise themselves with the condition to avoid incorrect diagnoses. I'm sure this hospital is not alone in doing this. If other editors could help find a ref it would be great. Wayne (talk) 07:25, 13 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

i recently lost my son, after he tried this horrible sexual act, i would like to warn peaple, male, female, gay or hetrosexual, this is not worth doing the dangers are something will go badly wrong and you will loose your life please think about your families and friends, who will find you, what they will have to deal with, my life and my families life is in bits because of the death of my son, we will never understand why he did this, yet i am writing this e-mail, to stop people from doing this, is it relly worth losing your life for a minite of pleasure. thank you,

  a heartbroken mother  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:21, 7 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply] 

Incorrectly categorized example[edit]

The March 28, 2007 New York Times reference to a boy who played the "choking game" for a "rush" is not an example of autoerotic asphyxiation. There is a separate page for the choking game, and a rush is not sexual (autoerotic). —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dangrossman (talkcontribs) 08:02, 12 October 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kick it loose[edit]

This article was protected on June 9, 2009. This article has been locked from "unregistered" edits for almost 4 months. Kick it loose and see what happens. (I put "unregistered" in quotation marks since Wikipedia says registered users are more anonymous. Ah-yuh.) (talk) 08:16, 9 November 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


'... 250 to 1000 deaths per year in the United States. Cases have also been reported in Scandinavia and in Germany'

This implies that it is an unusual occurrence in countries other than the US, Scandanavia and Germany - is this the case? If not then it should be reworded. -- (talk) 00:33, 31 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New Case of Accidental Death due to Erotic asphyxiation[edit]

Kristian Digby, the presenter of a popular BBC television program was found dead in his apartment apparently died after a solo sex game went wrong, aka: auto-erotic asphyxiation.

The source and the photo of the Digby can be found here: [1]

I couldn't update the main article so for those whom are able to do so, please update it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Firas SG (talkcontribs) 13:09, 2 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This has not been announced following the post mortem (which Sky News report as being "inconclusive" [2]). Until an official statement is released, all reports are tabloid speculation and so neither verifiable nor reliable. We'll can update Digby's article (and this one, if necessary) in due course – there's no rush. matt (talk) 17:34, 2 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reports are that police describe it as a "solo sex game gone wrong." Since all cases are not "verifiable" since they could have been suicides and it is simply presumed that they are not, I added Digby. I understand there is no rush, but the police source was reported in the Daily Mail, which is a mainstream news source and not a tabloid. Sanzoneja (talk) 18:53, 2 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've removed Digby. He's only just died and any such reports have to be speculation. This is an encyclopedia, not a newspaper dealing in celebrity gossip. Wait a couple of weeks (at least) and if the story remains accepted in the press we can report the "fact". --Simon Speed (talk) 11:17, 3 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This has now been officially confirmed by the coroner as a case of autoerotic asphyxiation, although the actual verdict is death by misadventure. It can be now be added to the main page. ref: Britwizard (talk) 18:21, 9 November 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


There has been no official verdict that his death was Erotic Asphyxiation, but suicide. There is speculation by the late Paula Yates, but I don't see that speculation about how somebody might have died, as opposed to a coroner's report, would justify placing anybody on this page as an example of somebody who died this way. Mish (talk) 16:31, 5 March 2010 (UTC) Michael Hutchence's name is practically synonymous with Erotix Asphyxiation. Whatever the coroner said, it's ridiculous for Wikipedia not to include a mention. There are hundreds of sources. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:34, 23 December 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rescue mechanism[edit]

Here's a reference for the rescue mechanism sentence: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:52, 5 April 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Please remove: Author George Shuman describes the effect as such "When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it induces a lucid, semi-hallucinogenic state called hypoxia. Combined with orgasm, the rush is said to be no less powerful than cocaine, and highly addictive".[3] People could be too fascinated and try it out. DangerousMary-rose curio (talk) 20:33, 6 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sure, while we're at it, all pages on contraception should be removed from wikipedia as well. Don't want those kids to think pre-marital sex is okay. Seriously tho, this is an encyclopedia lady, not your kids babysitter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:09, 30 May 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request from, 12 July 2011[edit]

Under ===Popular culture=== add

  • Erotic asphyxiation plays a big part in the novel Rising Sun by Michael Crighton. (talk) 04:40, 12 July 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done for what its worth. Monkeymanman (talk) 15:08, 12 July 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

<! Under ===Popular culture=== edit

The Xfiles reference is incorrect. Fox Mulder's predicted demise is from a knife wound. The psychic character predicts his OWN death via autoerotic asphyxiation and Agent Scully finds him in this state at the end.

Auto-erotic Asphyxiation in Season 4 of Californication[edit]

In the TV series Californication, Fisher Stevens plays a financier who dies of Auto-erotic asphyxiation in Season 4, Episode 4 'Monkey Business'. Reference: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:31, 14 August 2011 (UTC) Siddharth363 (talk) 12:24, 13 August 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Avicennasis @ 17:32, 14 Av 5771 / 14 August 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from , 22 October 2011[edit]

Under Popular Culture:

"In episode four of the third season of The X Files (Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose) the clairvoyant Bruckman character (played by Peter Boyle) predicts that FBI agent Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) will die from autoerotic asphyxiation."

Should read:

"In episode four of the third season of The X Files (Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose) the clairvoyant Bruckman character (played by Peter Boyle) makes a cryptic statement to FBI agent Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) that autoerotic asphyxiation is undignified, but not a bad way to die. The end of the episode reveals that Bruckman himself dies of this cause." (talk) 09:05, 22 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done I removed the whole section "in pop culture" since everything is unsourced and by WP:POPCULTURE. Regards, mabdul 17:15, 22 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request from , 23 October 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}} The feeling of auto-asphyxiation is established after regaining consciousness from a degree of unconsciousness. Thus getting the oxygen back into the body creates the actual emotional heightened state. To not get oxygen over a series of time just builds up to when you eventually release the bondage. A better explanation is that the person is drunk. There is no need to explain it with any more serious drugs. To have sex after consuming too much alchohol is the actual auto-asphyxiation experience. I imagine it is predominated with people that have restrictions on consuming alchohol. Such as underage, mormons and so on. (talk) 17:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You have not actually said what should be changed, and you have not given any reliable sources - therefore, I cannot fulfil this edit request, sorry.  Chzz  ►  06:23, 24 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done

Edit request on 10 October 2013[edit]

The sentence "Commonly, teenagers are the ones most likely to commit suicide, so in some cases autoerotic asphyxiation may be falsely ruled as suicide.[11]" is poorly phrased and could use cleanup. (talk) 20:18, 10 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done. Thanks. It looks like a bungled attempt at paraphrasing the source. Rephrased now. --Stfg (talk) 12:56, 11 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I've heard of erotic asphyxiation dozens of time, but never have I heard of people who enjoy this activity being called "gaspers." Does something like this really belong in the second sentence of the article, or in the article at all? Obviously, if this is actually a common phrase I just haven't heard of, by all means, let it stay, but otherwise I don't see how it adds much to the article. (talk) 22:02, 17 June 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 30 December 2014[edit]

dusk blackman 17:10, 30 December 2014 (UTC) dusk blackman

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I have a question to idea of "breathplay". Is it possible to not choke throat, but to wrap tightly a reinforced belt or a sleek rope around ribs an have fun breathing only with help of diaphragm? it's not fully asphyxion, but if it's true, I belive it should included in "techincs" section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:56, 7 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

fiction--famous movie left out[edit]

In the 1972 film The Ruling Class (film) , the opening scene features the death from accidental asphyxiation of Ralph Gurney, the 13th Earl of Gurney. Seems pretty clear that he was doing it for sexual gratification.

¶ I cannot provide the date or other details, but in the cable series OZ (about a brutal American prison), one prisoner manages to rid himself of a rapacious bully of a cellmate by inducing him to try erotic asphyxiation - and letting him hang himself. Sussmanbern (talk) 16:03, 4 July 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q too — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:07, 8 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Semi-protected edit request on 21 February 2018[edit]

In the "In fiction" section, add a reference to S02E06 of BoJack Horseman, "Higher Love".

Suggested content : The entire theme of the episode "Higher Love" of BoJack Horseman revolves comically around autoerotic asphyxiation.

Reference : Anuvabchhotray (talk) 20:46, 21 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Add London Spy[edit]

Add London Spy:

Danny is arrested by D.I. Taylor, who suggests that Alex, at his own request, was locked in a trunk for erotic asphyxiation but Danny let him suffocate by not releasing him.[1]


  1. ^ "London Spy on IMDb". {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |dead-url= (help)

Semi-protected edit request on 23 February 2020[edit]

Add to the "In fiction" list: In YouTubeRED's series "Ghostmates, this was Ed's falsely presumed cause of death. (talk) 11:37, 23 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does not appear to be a notable series, have secondary sources discussed this? – Thjarkur (talk) 12:32, 23 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 15 March 2020[edit]

Please add on to list of FICTION WORKS: "In "Redemption the Advent" a science fiction novel, an ethereal being from a parallel universe conjoins with terrestrials in a symbiotic love triangle. (talk) 20:58, 15 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not done, the book is not notable and does not have a Wikipedia article. See WP:COI. – Thjarkur (talk) 21:15, 15 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 28 June 2020[edit]

In the "In fiction" section, it uses the example of D'Angelo Barksdale and says he was set up to look like autoerotic asphyxiation. This is not the case. On the TV show, D'Angelo Barkdale's death is intentionally set up to look like a suicide by hanging, not autoerotic asphyxiation. (talk) 10:56, 28 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done! GoingBatty (talk) 15:42, 28 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 27 March 2021[edit] (talk) 14:42, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Family Guy[edit]

In season 10 episode 3, "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q", Glenn Quagmire ends up in a Coma from autoerotic asphyxiation, but manages to wake up. He's actually become used to it that it helps him in faking his death to kill his sister's abusive boyfriend.

 Not done: I don't really see how that's relevant to this article. ƒirefly ( t · c ) 19:17, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Later his sister's boyfriend strangles him, but he chokes himself through erotic asphyxiation everyday. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:01, 28 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 29 December 2022[edit]

Delete the entire thing. Auto-erotic asphyxiation and all. 2600:6C54:4500:19E3:B093:BA6A:89E6:29A (talk) 14:56, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not done. Appears to be notable, and a deletion request would fail, certainly without a good reason given for deletion. --Mvqr (talk) 16:21, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]