Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Zoology and Physiology

First Advisor

Dr. Erin Abraham


This analysis examines the trends of fifty years of forensic rhetoric regarding autoerotic asphyxiation (AEA) in Judeo-Christian society and discusses how taboos influence this society’s perception of the act. Each component mechanism of the AEA taboo is separately analyzed; both for its own effects on society and for its influence on the overarching AEA taboo. A recommendation is made about ways to combat the effects of the taboo. Emphasis is placed on why these changes are important.