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Vorarephilia (often shortened to vore) is a paraphilia wherein sexual arousal occurs in response to the idea of someone/something eating or being eaten by someone/something. It is distinguishable from cannibalism, the actual eating of human flesh; there are no bounds on the species in vorarephilia. The fantasy sometimes involves the victim being swallowed dead or alive and may or may not include digestion. Because satisfying the desire in real life may be illegal or physically impossible (depending on the specific vorarephilic fantasy), it is most often enjoyed through pictures, stories, videos, and video games which are usually legal, and can appear in mainstream media. In some cases, vorarephilia may be described as a variation of macrophilia and may combine with other paraphilias.
Armin Meiwes was a vorarephiliac 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.
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