Definition - What does Candaulism mean?
The term comes from the activities of King Candaules; he was an ancient monarch who planned to show his naked wife to his servant without her knowledge. It was coined by German psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his famous book Psychopathia Sexualis.
Kinkly explains Candaulism
Sadger believed that a candaulist identifies completely with his partner’s body; deep in his mind, he is actually revealing himself. However, his theory has never been proven.
Candaulism is closely associated with voyeurism, but an important distinction exists between the two. When couples practice candaulism and engage in sexual behavior, they do so with knowledge of the third party’s presence. This is not the case with voyeurism. While three people are involved in sexual behavior like this, this arrangement is not considered a threesome since just two people are physically engaging in sexual interaction.