Exhibitionistic disorder is a condition marked by the urge, fantasy, or act of exposing one’s genitals to non-consenting people, particularly strangers.
This condition is considered a paraphilic disorder, which refers to persistent and intense atypical sexual arousal patterns that are accompanied by clinically significant distress or impairment.
There are several subtypes of exhibitionistic disorder, and these depend on the age of the non-consenting person to whom someone with exhibitionistic disorder prefers to show their genitals. For example, the preference could be to show genitals to prepubescent children, adults, or both. Some people may deny that they show their genitals to unsuspecting others or deny that this act causes them distress; if they have indeed exposed themselves repeatedly to non-consenting people, they may still receive a diagnosis of exhibitionistic disorder.
The prevalence of exhibitionistic disorder is unknown, but it is thought to affect approximately 2-4 percent of the male population. This condition is less common in females, although prevalence estimates are unknown.