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Poster of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, depicting a giantess attacking comparatively tiny people.

Macrophilia is a fascination with or a sexual fantasy involving giants, more commonly expressed as giantesses (female giants).[1][2][3] It is typically a male fantasy, with the male playing the "smaller" part—entering, being dominated, or being eaten by the larger woman.[4] Others involve partners who naturally have a significant difference in size.


Although macrophilia literally translates to simply a "lover of large,"[1] in the context of a sexual fantasy, it is used to mean someone who is attracted to beings larger than themselves. Generally, the interest differs between people, and depends on gender and sexual orientation. They often enjoy feeling small and being abused, degraded, dominated, or eaten,[5] 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 is no need for them to fantasize about it.[1] Women that take on the roles of the giantess within this fetish often find the practice to be empowering and enjoy being worshipped.[5][6]

The roots of macrophilia may lie in sexual arousal in childhood and early adolescence which is accidentally associated with giants, according to Mark Griffiths's speculation.[7]

Media and experience[edit]

The internet has played an important role in helping to develop the fetish.[1] The pornography site Pornhub's 2015 annual report showed that compared to 2014, the biggest increasing of sex tape was giantess, which had a 1091 percent gain in searches.[8] There also existed an exhibit at the Museum of Sex titled "Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination" which explored many different fantasies, including macrophilia.[9][10]

Online content creators also developed homemade media that helped grow the fetish's reach.[11] In addition to generating content across websites, some content creators even branded themselves in ways that helped them generate a following and gain revenue for their work.[12]

After data was gathered from 4,814,732 videos on clips4sale, an established porn site, it was found that "giantess" was the 34th most popular category.[13]

A way to experience the fetish in real life is with extraordinarily tall women who can schedule private sessions with macrophiles to engage in non-sexual interaction such as: trampling, lifting and carrying, foot worshiping, roleplaying and domination.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Bowen, Jon (May 22, 1999). "Urge: A Giant Fetish". Associated Press. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Weisman, Carrie (November 6, 2014). "Inside The World Of 'Macrophilia,' the Sexual Fetish That Celebrates Everything Big". AlterNet. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Big Love". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b c O'Neill, Natalie (October 2, 2008). "Amazonia: Big Girls, Little Guys, Lots of Fun". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. The Village Voice. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Mahler, Kristina (June 25, 2010). "Chatting with a Giantess". Vice. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Monk, Felicity (2016-10-26). "The Men Who Want to Have Sex with Actual Giants". Vice. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  8. ^ Lehmiller, Justin (January 19, 2016). "GIANTESS WOMEN ARE THE NEW BIG THING IN PORN". Playboy. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  9. ^ Saknussemm, Kris (May 25, 2009). "My Ten Favorite Fetishes". Nerve. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  10. ^ Walker, Steve (March 31, 2007). "Kinks Galore, for All to See". Camp. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  11. ^ "Gay Macrophilia: A Sexual Fantasy of Great Proportions | Contemporary Queer". Contemporary Queer. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  12. ^ "Interview with Microphile Erotic Artist Drevon the Colossus | Contemporary Queer". Contemporary Queer. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  13. ^ Robbins, Martin (2015-04-30). "Porn data: visualising fetish space". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-19.

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