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Food play can have sexual or non-sexual connotations. It often refers to sitophilia, a form of sexual fetishism in which participants are aroused by erotic situations involving food. The phrase is also used to refer to non-sexual play with food, such as playful and decorative food displays, enjoyment of preparing food, or even a play about food. This article refers to the sitophilia connotation of food play.
Some foods and herbs themselves are purported to cause sexual arousal in and of themselves. Food play overlaps with other fetishes, including wet and messy fetishism, feederism, and nyotaimori. It is differentiated from vorarephilia, AKA "vore," in that food play fetishizes food while vore fetishizes the act of eating a living creature, or being eaten alive.
Certain fruits (e.g., bananas), vegetables (e.g., cucumbers and zucchinis) and processed meat (e.g., sausages and hot dogs), if used safely, may be fetish objects because they have a phallic shape, and can be substitutes for dildos, useful for vaginal or anal penetration. Other foods are so constituted that they can be sexually penetrated by a male, if an appropriate hole is drilled in them, such as the namesake of American Pie.
Francesco Morackini, an Austrian designer and artist, designed and created the first home Dildo Maker. It allows phallic food to be sculpted into an even more phallic shape for easier insertion.
In one version of the body shot, the person taking the shot holds a shot glass in one hand, while the person giving the shot holds a wedge of lime (or lemon) in his or her mouth. The person taking the shot then licks a body part of his or her choosing on the person giving the shot, sprinkles salt on that body part, and then licks the salt off the body part. The person then drinks the alcohol and then takes the citrus wedge out of the subject's mouth using only his or her mouth.
Another version of the body shot requires licking the partner's body as the shot runs down him or her. In this example, the person having liquor poured on them lies on a table, floor, or any other flat surface, slightly propped up, leaning on an arm perhaps. The person taking the shot positions him or herself around the belt buckle. A third person then pours the shot slowly into the navel of the person lying down, and the person taking the shot must lick or suck the liquor up before it runs into the clothes of the person lying down. This can also be done on the breasts, and with practice, the thighs, testicles, or buttocks.
The Japanese version, wakamezake (わかめ酒?), also called wakame sake and seaweed sake, similarly involves drinking alcohol from a woman's body. The woman closes her legs tight enough that the triangle between the thighs and mons pubis form a cup, and then pours sake down her chest into this triangle. Her partner then drinks the sake from there. The name comes from the idea that the woman's pubic hair in the sake resembles soft seaweed (wakame) floating in the sea.
- In the novel Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, the main character, Alexander Portnoy, masturbates using a liver steak as well as a cored-out apple.
- In Seijun Suzuki's 1967 film Branded to Kill, protagonist Goro Hanada (Joe Shishido) has a food fetish in which he must sniff boiling rice in order to become sexually aroused or enthusiastic about his life and career as a hitman.
- Sex with fruit is similarly discussed in the "Rome" scene in Night on Earth, where a taxicab driver played by Roberto Benigni confesses to his passenger—a priest—of having had sex with a pumpkin as a child.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Blood", George "combined food and sex into one disgusting uncontrollable urge" according to Jerry. George and food-play partner Vivian have a particular fetish for pastrami, which both Vivian and George find to be "the most sensual of the salted cured meats."
- The Japanese comedy film Tampopo has a subplot in which a couple makes erotic use of food.
- In the erotic drama film 9 1/2 Weeks, John feeds a blindfolded Elizabeth various foods as foreplay, including strawberries.
- A character in the film American Pie has sex with a warm apple pie.
- in From Dusk Till Dawn Quentin Tarantino sucks an alcohol drink off the toe of Salma Hayek, who is pouring it from her knee down her leg.
- In the romantic comedy Eight Days a Week the protagonist's friend Matt speaks repeatedly about having sex with a watermelon, especially after it had been left out in the sun to get warm. In one scene the two friends are seen eating a watermelon and the protagonist notices a round hole in his slice.
- In several episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Frank Reynolds and Artemis reference their exploration of food fetishes, including sprinkling bacon bits in Artemis's hair so that they "rain down on me [Frank] while they bang". Artemis also exclaims that this makes her feel "like a cobb salad", while Dee is confused why anyone would want to feel like a cobb salad.
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