Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 09:40:45 +0000
From: Jim Rader jrader[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]M-W.COM
Subject: Re: autoerotic asphyxiation
The earliest cite I can find for this is New York Times, March 31,
1984. In 1981 Hustler magazine published a how-to article on this
practice which led to some lawsuits by parents whose kids died trying
it out; the article was entitled "Orgasm of Death." Ann Landers'
column produced a letter from a parent about the practice in the late
'80's. Auto(-)erotic asphyxiation and autoerotic asphyxia got a
lot of press in Britain in Feb. 1994 when a Conservative MP
accidentally killed himself trying it.
I can only find gasper used for someone who practices this in
reference to the Michael Crichton novel/movie; however, the databases
turn up too much static on gasper (a common colloquialism for
"cigarette" in Britain) to make searching for this practical (given my
only motive was morbid curiosity). One slang term offered for the
practice is scarfing .