Is Breaking the Norm Exhibitionism?
This probably comes down to really one’s perspective of what exhibitionism is. My guess is probably a lot of people relate it to sexual related exhibition, which is the first definition I see in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. I think their second definition is better. Here it is.
“the act or practice of behaving so as to attract attention to oneself”
I would say breaking the norm is probably going to attract attention to oneself. It seems we should look at the first part about the act or practice of behaving. So it seems it would be the actions and behavior that contributes to exhibitionism. Not just having attention drawn to you.
Basically, it is your intent and actions. If your main intent is to show off (especially the package) then that could constitute exhibitionism. If you are flaunting around and going out of your way to make yourself seen then it seems that would fall into being an exhibitionist.
I would say what I just mentioned above doesn’t exactly fall into what I call breaking a norm. Breaking a norm in this case would be wearing an article of clothing like a swim brief, thong, bikini, tights, etc that us guys are not known for wearing. We’d be wearing and acting the same as we were wearing what is the so called norm for guys in those categories. If I were to wear a swim brief to the beach, I’d act the same as if I was wearing swim trunks. If I decided to wear tights/leggings out and about, I’d act the same as if I were wearing pants. Yes, these items show off curves, but why can’t men show curves if women can. We shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of our bodies.
In general I wouldn’t say breaking the norm is exhibitionism. As long as we are not going out of the way to try and show off and flaunt then we shouldn’t be seen as exhibitionists. We should be seen as confident and comfortable in our skin. So what do you think? Is breaking a norm a form of exhibitionism?