If you’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time on the internet in the past week or so, as I have, you’ve probably stumbled across the allegations that accomplished actor Armie Hammer has a cannibalism fetish. Now, whether or not these allegations are true or false is up in the air, but they really got me thinking about what other kinks might exist out there in the world.
Anyway, I jumped down the rabbit hole and the answers were too interesting not to share, so these are some of the more obscure kinks in the world that likely would not make it into a Fifty Shades Of Grey-eqsue movie franchise.
Vorarephilia (often called “vore” for short) includes fantasies about being eaten or seeing someone else be eaten, chewed, or swallowed whole—essentially a fetish about the concept of cannibalism. People with vore fetishes tend to “dirty talk” about things like consuming a partner and might fall into more natural roleplay concepts like prey vs. predator dynamics.
Climacophilia is rare, but it occurs when someone is aroused by falling down stairs. It can also involve someone getting aroused by watching someone else fall down the stairs. In fact, some climacophiles are only able to achieve climax while falling down that stairs. It sounds a tad painful to me, but if it works for some, I guess it works.
A little less obscure is urophilia, which is a fetish that involves being sexually aroused by someone else urinating on you. In fact, this fetish is so widely known that it also has developed colloquial names such as “golden shower” and “water sports.”
At the heart of it, this fetish is a subset of dominance/submission kinks—the person peeing is dominant, the receiver is submissive.
Agalmatophilia is the attraction to statues, dolls, mannequins, or similar humanoid objects. Agalmatophilia may include actually attempting sexual contact with a humanoid object or watching two humanoid objects interact. This fetish also includes Pygmalionism (named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion), which is an attraction/love for an object that one creates themselves.
Macrophilia is defined as a sexual attraction to giants or giantesses, and often includes fantasies such as being crushed by a giant, being dominated by a giant, or interacting with a giant’s extra-large body parts. While some macrophiles like to engage in sexual activities with people who are significantly taller than them, much of the kink lies in imagining scenarios or engaging with animation that depicts it.
Emetophilia, which is an extremely rare fetish, is an attraction to vomit. It can mean that you’re attracted to vomit (your own or someone else’s) or that you are aroused by the sensory experience of someone else or yourself vomiting. While there hasn’t been too much scientific study into this particular fetish, there are themes of domination, submission, and humiliation tied into it.
Normally, telling someone to go to Hell is a pretty hard insult, but others might find it kind of hot. Stygiophilia, which derives its name from the River Styx that leads to the Underworld in Greek mythology, is sexual arousal to the idea of hellfire and eternal damnation. Specifically, people with this fetish are attracted to the idea that certain sexual acts that they perceive as “sinful.”
Somnophlilia is a sexual attraction to someone who is sleeping or otherwise unconscious. This fetish can manifest as someone liking to watch sexual content where one party is supposedly “sleeping” or can occur in consensual roleplay situations where one party acts as though they are asleep during a sexual encounter while the other person in a dominant role performs acts on them.
Titillagnia is sexual arousal that derives from tickling someone or being tickled by someone else. It’s most often used in BDSM as a type of pleasure or, conversely, a type of torture. In practice, there tends to be a designated “tickle top” (the one doing the tickling) and a “tickle bottom” (the one receiving the tickling).
Zoophilia refers to an attraction to animals. It’s often conflated with bestiality, but that’s not quite the case. Zoophilia includes an emotional component and the idea that the human-animal relationship is mutually loving. It tends to be more common amongst people who grew up on farms and people who find social interactions difficult.