Plushophilia

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Plushophilia (from "plushie" and "-philia") is a paraphilia involving stuffed animals. Most plushophiles modify their plushies with a hole or holes reminiscent of those found in sex toys, to allow them to sexually interact with their plushies. Plushophiles are sometimes called plushies, although this term (plushies) can also refer to non-sexual stuffed animal enthusiasts, and to stuffed animals in general.[1][2]

Popular plushies for plushophiles[edit]

  • Ponies – a plush in a pony form, a cartoon from My Little Pony.
  • Wolf – a plush in a wolf form.
  • Jaguar – a plush in a jaguar form.
  • Tiger – a plush in a tiger form.
  • Bears – a large plush in a bear form.

Furry fandom[edit]

Plushophilia is sometimes assumed to be a practice common within furry fandom, due in part to a 2001 article by Vanity Fair that linked various members of the furry community with plushophilia.[3][4][5][6][7] A 1998 survey of 360 members of the furry community suggested less than one percent (that is, fewer than four people) attested to being plushophiles.[8]

Pornography and sexual activity involving animal anthropomorphism (including plushophilia and paraphilias involving fursuits and cartoon animals) is known in the furry fandom community as "yiff" (and sexual acts as "yiffing").[6][9]

Being in another form[edit]

Anne Lawrence has proposed that sexual arousal that depends upon imagining one's self as plush or "representations of anthropomorphic animal characters in animated cartoons" be termed autoplushophilia.[10] Paraphilic interests that involve being in another form have been referred to as erotic target location errors.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Dave (2000-06-19), "Cuddle Time", Salon.com
  2. ^ Kelleher, Kathleen (2001-06-04). "Once Seen as Taboos, Sexual Fetishes Are Gaining Acceptance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ Craig Malisow (2003-12-18). "Wild Kingdom". Houston Press. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  4. ^ "Montreal's furries and furverts defend their unusual lifestyle". Archived from the original on August 30, 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Kates, Tasha. "Animal Magnetism". Citypaper.net. Archived from the original on 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  6. ^ a b Meinzer, Melissa (2006-06-29), "Animal Passions", Pittsburgh City Paper
  7. ^ Gurley, George (March 2001), "Pleasures of the Fur", Vanity Fair
  8. ^ "The Darken Hollow - Thoughts - Furry Sociology". Visi.com. 2002-08-01. Archived from the original on 2006-10-15. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  9. ^ "Who are the furries?". BBC News. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  10. ^ Lawrence, A. A. (2009). Erotic target location errors: An under appreciated paraphilic dimension. The Journal of Sex Research, 46, 194-215.

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