Macrophilia is a fascination with or a sexual fantasy involving giants, more commonly expressed as giantesses (female giants). The fantasy is typically based around one or more larger beings dominating a smaller being. Many fantasies include the macrophile shrinking before a normal sized woman or keeping his or her normal height while the partner grows in size. Others involve partners who naturally have a significant difference in size.
Although macrophilia literally translates to simply a "lover of large," in the context of a sexual fantasy it is used to mean someone who's attracted to beings larger than themselves. Generally, interest differs between people, and gender depends on sexual orientation. They often enjoy feeling small and being abused, degraded, dominated, or eaten, and they may also view female giants as being powerful and dominating.
Commenting on why there are not as many female macrophiles, psychologist Helen Friedman theorized that because women in most societies already view men as dominant and powerful, there's no need for them to fantasize about it. Women that take on the roles of the giantess within this fetish often find the practice to be empowering and enjoy being worshiped.
The actual height of the giantess within the fantasy may vary depending on the individual. While some fantasize about a giantess who is slightly taller than himself, others are interested in giantesses that are hundreds or even thousands of feet tall.
Media and experience
The internet has played an important role in helping to develop the fetish. Because this fantasy is purely fictional, macrophilia media generally takes the form of artwork, collages created using Photoshop, photographs taken from a low angle (also known as a "point of view" shot) or amateur videos of giantess trampling and destroying model cities. The act of a giantess trampling or crushing smaller objects with their feet often ties the fetish together with the crush fetish, and the controversial crush videos. There also existed an exhibit at the Museum of Sex titled "Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination" which explored many different fantasies, including macrophilia.
One way in which it is possible to experience the fetish in real life is with extraordinarily tall women who refer to themselves as amazons—after the mythological Greek warriors. An amazon, such as the 6ft 4in Mikayla Miles who stands just under 7 ft in her fetish boots, will schedule private sessions with macrophiles to engage in non-sexual interaction such as: trampling, lifting and carrying, foot worshiping, roleplaying and domination. An annual rally known as the Amazon Convention (or AmazonCon for short) gathers a selection of tall women to network with other amazons and to meet and greet their admirers.
Relationship to other fetishes
An interest in macrophilia can also be commonly and closely linked to a variety of other fetishes:
- Crush fetishism – Being stepped, or sat on by a giantess
- Foot fetishism – Worshiping the feet of a giantess.
- Vorarephilia – Being eaten by a giantess.
- Breast fetishism – Being pressed against, or placed in between, the breasts of a giantess.
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- Anders, Charlie Jane (December 24, 2009). "The Larger-Than-Life Sex Lives Of Giant Women". io9. Gawker Media. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
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- Further reading
- Biles, Jeremy (August 2004). "I, Insect or Bataille and the Crush Freaks". In Raschke, Carl. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 5 (3): 7–21. ISSN 1530-5228.
- Ceilán, Cynthia (2008). Weirdly Beloved: Tales of Strange Bedfellows, Odd Couplings, and Love Gone Bad. Globe Pequot. pp. 88–90. ISBN 1-59921-403-2.
- Gates, Katharine (September 1999). Deviant Desires: Incredibly Strange Sex. Juno Books. ISBN 1890451037.
- Mills, David (December 11, 1993). "The Lady Is A Trampler; '50 Ft. Woman' Fans Crave That Touch of Style". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). p. C1. ISSN 0190-8286.
- "Dwarves and Giants". Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Culture Society History. Macmillan Reference USA. 2007.
- Daniell, Sarah (July 25, 2001). Features. "Tall stories time". Evening Post (New Zealand) (Wellington Newspapers Limited). p. 16.
- "When Foot Fetishes Attack". Chicago Tribune (Chicago Tribune Company). April 26, 2006. p. 59.
- Oliver, Robin (December 26, 2006). The Guide. "Pay TV Saturday December 30". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 16.
- Nott, Robert (March 13, 2009). Pasatiempo. "In Other Words". Santa Fe New Mexican. p. A18.
- Canning, Richard (July 1, 2012). "What you weren't reading in 1952.". The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 19 (4): 16.
- Kenter, Peter (July 27, 2012). Driving. "Gongo crush all cars! YouTube videos cater to macrophiliacs". National Post. p. 14.
- G4TV: Giantism – a clip from an Attack of the Show! segment about macrophilia and vorarephilia
- Giantess Gallery – collages from an io9 article
- Big Love – clip from an episode of Strange Sex on TLC about making giantess films