Vorarephilia

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Vorarephilia (often shortened to vore) is a paraphilia wherein an individual's sexual arousal occurs in response to a fantasy of themselves, another person or an object eating or being eaten.[1][2][3][4] "Because this sexual interest cannot be enacted in real life […], vorarephilic fantasies are often composed in text or illustrations and shared with other[s …] via the Internet."[1]

The fantasy sometimes involves the victim being swallowed whole, alive or dead, and may or may not include digestion.[4][5] Other times, it may be expressed through being swallowed into other parts of the body, such as through the genitals. It may be imagined as a form of rebirth.

It is most often enjoyed through pictures, stories, videos, and video games, and can appear in mainstream media.[6] In some cases, vorarephilia may be described as a variation of macrophilia and may combine with other paraphilias.[7]

Although most vorephiles consider their fetish to be based in fantasy, similar to vampires, Armin Meiwes was a cannibal who acted out his fantasy with a willing victim. After reports of the "Rotenburg Cannibal" appeared in the media, websites began appearing in which people advertised for volunteers to be eaten, similar to the fan letters received by many serial killers.[8]

With "no known treatment" for vorarephiles who feel ill at ease with their sexuality, psychologists at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have recommended trying to "adjust to, rather than change or suppress, [their] sexual interests".[5]

The word vorarephilia is derived from the Latin vorare (to "swallow" or "devour"), and Ancient Greek φιλία (philía, "love").

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  1. ^ a b A.D. Lykins & J.M. Cantor, "Vorarephilia: a case study in masochism and erotic consumption", PubMed.gov, January 2014
  2. ^ Adams, Cecil (2004-07-02). "Eat or be eaten: Is cannibalism a pathology as listed in the DSM-IV?". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  3. ^ Ågmo, Anders (2007). Functional and dysfunctional sexual behavior: a synthesis of neuroscience and comparative psychology. Academic Press. p. 454. doi:10.1016/B978-012370590-7/50013-X. ISBN 0-12-370590-8. 
  4. ^ a b Brundage, Sandy (2002-07-31). "Fetish Confessions". The Wave Magazine 2 (15). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Man who desired to be eaten by a ‘large, dominant woman’ a baffling case for Toronto psychiatric hospital doctors", National Post, 1 October 2013
  6. ^ Brathwaite, Brenda (2007). "Defining sex". Sex in video games. Advances in computer graphics and game development. London: Charles River Media. p. 20. ISBN 1-58450-459-5. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. 
  7. ^ Ceilán, Cynthia (2008). Weirdly Beloved: Tales of Strange Bedfellows, Odd Couplings, and Love Gone Bad. Globe Pequot. p. 90. ISBN 1-59921-403-2. 
  8. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3230774.stm

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