An example of manga-style vorarephilic artwork

Vorarephilia (often shortened to vore) is a paraphilia characterized by the erotic desire to be consumed by, or to personally consume, another person or creature, or an erotic attraction to the process of eating in general practice.[1][2][3] Soft vore fantasies are separated from sexual fantasies of cannibalism, also referred to as "hard vore",[4] because the soft vore victim is normally swallowed alive and whole.[1] The word vorarephilia is derived from the Latin vorare (to "swallow" or "devour"), and Ancient Greek φιλία (philía, "love").

Content

Usually, vorarephilic fantasies involve a consumer (usually referred to as predator or pred for short) ingesting one or multiple victims (sometimes called prey) in some way. Since vorarephilic fantasies cannot usually be acted out in reality, they are often expressed in stories or drawings as well as AI characters on the Internet.[1]

Vore is most often enjoyed through pictures, stories, videos, and video games, and it can appear in mainstream media.[5] Expressions can involve humans, animals, dragons, giant snakes, and other creatures, real or fictional.[1] In some cases, vorarephilia may be described as a variation of macrophilia and may combine with other paraphilias.[6] Apart from macrophilia, vore fantasies often have themes of BDSM, microphilia, pregnancy fetishism, anthropomorphized animals, and sexual cannibalism.[1][4]

Although it would be easy to suspect, most vorarephiles are not overly interested in sadomasochism,[4] instead getting their pleasure from other aspects, such as the total annihilation of their essence. This does not necessarily indicate suicidal tendencies but is more often linked to fantasies as being able to forget about everything that bothers you, as nothing matters to someone who disappears from the surface of the earth completely. Other people may however just enjoy the extreme proximity to their partner. Personal motivations vary a lot and can not be assumed for any individual.

Variations

There are several variations to the fantasy, often changing the way the victim is ingested.

Typically when the victim is consumed orally, most of the time it is portrayed as soft vore; the victim is swallowed whole and enters the stomach of the consumer, then either is kept there safely, or gets digested inside.[7] If the victim is kept safe (also known as endo vore or endosoma), the victim can eventually be let out by regurgitation, whereas if digestion happens, the victim is usually killed, but may be magically reformed in some cases, although most prey prefer to stay dead.[4]

On the other hand, there is the less commonly seen hard vore, which consists of the victim being chewed and torn apart by the consumer, followed by a more gruesome depiction of digestion.[7]

The sizes of the consumer and/or victim can vary as well. Macro/micro vore consists of either a shrunken victim or a giant consumer, possibly a combination of both.[7] Same-size or larger-victim vore is more common, and oftentimes the enlarged belly of the consumer is described or shown with great care.[1]

Aside from typical oral vore, there are plenty of subcategories. Anal vore consists of the victim being ingested through the anus instead of the mouth, and into the stomach. Unbirth is the ingestion of a victim through the vagina, where it is often delivered to the uterus and may be transformed into discharge. Cock vore is when the victim is sucked into the penis (which may be depicted as erect and excessively large) and delivered to the scrotum, where it may be transformed into semen. Breast vore consists of the victim being sucked into the breasts, where it may be transformed into breast milk. Besides these main ones listed, there are many other subcategories that may be less commonly seen, but they all more or less amount to a victim being ingested through a consumer's orifice of some kind, which may even contain very small ones such as skin pores or eye sockets.[7]

A somewhat rare form of vore that stands on its own is soul vore, in which the prey's body is not necessarily devoured but instead the soul.

Research

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One case study analysis connected the fantasy with sexual masochism, and suggested that it could be motivated by a desire to merge with a more powerful other or permanently escape loneliness.[1] 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" the sexual interest.[8] Medication for libido reduction could be used if deemed necessary.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Lykins, Amy D.; Cantor, James M. (21 September 2013). "Vorarephilia: A Case Study in Masochism and Erotic Consumption". Archives of Sexual Behavior. 43 (1): 181–186. doi:10.1007/s10508-013-0185-y. PMID 24057211. S2CID 21413433.
  2. ^ Ågmo, Anders (2007). "Hyperactive sexual desire and the paraphilias". 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 978-0-12-370590-7.
  3. ^ Brundage, Sandy (31 July 2002). "Fetish Confessions". The Wave Magazine. 2 (15). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d "2021-Vore Survey Results : foxygrandpa : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming". Internet Archive. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  5. ^ Brathwaite, Brenda (2007). "Defining sex". Sex in video games (PDF). Advances in computer graphics and game development. London: Charles River Media. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-58450-459-7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007.
  6. ^ Ceilán, Cynthia (2008). Weirdly Beloved: Tales of Strange Bedfellows, Odd Couplings, and Love Gone Bad. Globe Pequot. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-59921-403-0.
  7. ^ a b c d "What are all types of vore?". Answers. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  8. ^ Brean, Joseph (1 October 2013). "Man who desired to be eaten by a 'large, dominant woman' a baffling case for Toronto psychiatric hospital doctors". National Post.