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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. "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."
It is most often enjoyed through pictures, stories, videos, and video games, and can appear in mainstream media. In some cases, vorarephilia may be described as a variation of macrophilia and may combine with other paraphilias. The connection with macrophilia often manifests as a giantess devouring humans, particularly human males.
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".
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