Internet Paraphilias

Internet Paraphilias

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Paraphilias are experiences of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, or individuals. [3] An internet paraphillia is any paraphilia (fetish) that originates from, or is spread largely in part by the internet community. Because many fetishes are either dangerous and/or impossible to enact in real life, fantasies are satisfied via drawings, games, erotica, videos, and online role-play.

Origins

It isn’t clear when the first of such fetishes started appearing on the internet. It can be assumed that with the internet furry/porn community developing in the early/mid 1990’s with Usenet groups, interest for paraphillia art grew. By 1997, the TF-based site Transfur was established, and in September of 1999, the cartoon paraphillia archive site Shadowlord Inc. was created.

With the creation of deviantART in mid-2000, fetishes and paraphillia developed much further. By around 2005/2006, furry paraphillia and fetishes had become a common sight on the newly-created FurAffinity, as well as deviantART.

4chan’s /d/ board also contains a lot of such paraphilia, but in a more pornographic and explicit nature.

Internet paraphilias might’ve stemmed from more common fetishes/paraphilia (i.e. BDSM, S&M, latex, masochism, and to some extent even pedophilia, necrophilia, zoophilia, etc.) then over time developed to fit to a certain group’s sexual tastes and likings. For example, the vore or micro/macro fetish has roots in masochism and submission, the muscle fetish has roots in homosexuality, while diapers/“messy” might’ve come from coprophilia and pedophilia.

In extreme cases, some paraphilias have been known to be very explicit. Hardcore pornography, coprophilia, gore, and any forms of torture/death are known to have its patrons. FurAffinity has some examples, but 4chan’s /hc/ and /d/ boards have better examples.

Spread

Like what “Origins” says, it’s difficult to determine how fast the spread of the Internet Paraphilia is, and when the peak of it’s spread was. Paraphillia sites began to spread in the late 1990’s, and a simple search in popular fetish sites like deviantART and FurAffinity using generic topics like Pokémon or any anthro creature will often yield such results as early as 2002. In 4chan, these kinds of fetishes are often ridiculed, like many Encyclopedia Dramatica articles created as early as 2005. Paraphillias have even spread to social media sites, like Tumblr and Twitter.

Examples

Inflation

The inflation paraphilia evokes the phenomenon of expansion in a subject through the use of gas, water, or other viscous fluids.

Generally, inflation works appeals to the inflatophile crowd (a group of people that find interaction with inflatable objects pleasing, which may or may not be sexual) by showing the subject expanded with some type of gas, liquid or gel. A common part of inflation is popping, when the subject ruptures due to outside influence (such as a pin), and bursting, when the subject catastrophically fails due to being inflated to its limits. Often times at the end of popping or bursting, the creator will have the subject reform in some way.

Inflation is normally defined by two things, one of which being the part of the subject that is being inflated. Popular inflation areas include bust, belly, rear, and full body. Another way inflation is defined is by what the subject is being inflated with. Popular inflation means include pressurized air, helium, water, gel, and sentient goo. Inflation bears several similarities to other genres that invoke expansion, as a result, many creators of inflation works often make other works in similar genres. Common crosses with inflation include Fat (extreme weight gain, fat inflation), Hyper (normally the breasts or genatalia), and Macro.


Transformation

Transformation (TF) is a fetish that involves a character, usually human, transforming into an animal or any other fantasy creatures which is usually not a human (bottom left). Perhaps the fetish with the highest proliferation, little is known about the origins of the TF fetish, but it can be traced back to the 1990s and 1980s, most likely stemming from multiple cartoons of which on ocassion contained TFs.

A popular subset of TFs are TGs, which simply involve a character, human or not, “transforming” into another gender (usually through a series of pictures), either male to female, the most prominent choice, or female to male. TGs are often paired with pregnancy, transformation, and even fat/weight gain.

Then there are inanimate TFs, involving a character turning into an inanimate object, e.g. appliances, pool toys, “plushies”, etc. (bottom right).

TF of any kind makes up a large amount of fetish art in the DeviantART and FurAffinity community, making it one of the fetishes with the highest spread. Unlike in FA, most of the TF artists in DA do it only as a part of their interests. It is also noticeable that most TF artists in DA are below 20 years old.


Vore

Vorarephilia, more commonly known as Vore, is a paraphilia characterized by the erotic desire to consume or be consumed by another person or creature or to spectate another person or creature be eaten. Vore may or may not involve bloodshed and is not restricted to oral consumption.


Micro/Macro

Macro/Micro works depict a character as incredibly large or incredibly small in comparison to the character’s setting.

Macro works appeal to the macrophile crowd by showing off how large the subject is, which could be larger than an average man to a titan that dwarfs galaxies. Often times, the context for the size of the character is attributed to some type of growth device, ray, or pill, having the character be inflated to its size, or simply having the character be born at its size. It is often crossed with the inflation, vore, and fat paraphilia genres.

Micro works also depict the size of it’s subject, namely how small they are which could be from the size of a small child to the size of an ant. Context for the size of the character is similar to Macro: some type of shrinking device or drug or just have the character be made tiny. Micro is quite commonly used for vore, with the size of the character exaggerating the pred/prey dilemma and allowing more “creative” points of insertion.


Fat/Food Play/Weight Gain

Fat paraphilia works feature characters with a noticeable amount of fat on them. This can range from noticeably pudgy, to excessively blobby. Fat works in this sense tend to focus on the features of the subject, like the size of their anatomy or how soft they feel. These can also include characters playing with, snuggling, or appreciating one’s bulk.
A rather common type of fat work includes weight gain, or WG (bottom right). These works usually show the subject gaining weight over time, through various “causes”, forcefully or not (usually as part of a series of pictures), or actively eating/inflating with weight. This paraphillia is often paired with inflation, and/or transformation (often called TFWG).
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Pregnancy/Male Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Male Pregnancy (often shortened to MPreg) works feature subjects in some kind of pregnant state. They also include works that deal with the ideas of conception, gestation, and birth.

These works can be considered sexual in the sense that they tend to showcase the closeness the subject has with the unborn young, or focus on the growth and change of the pregnant subject. But since pregnancy works can also deal with the idea of growth and expansion, they also mix with a few other genres such as fat, hyper, and unbirthing. If the subject is female, often times their features are over-exaggerated, unbirthing is sometimes used as a catalyst for the situation, and often times, the subject is show as impossibly overburdened with children.


Tickle

The Tickle fetish is self-explanatory; usually, it involves feet. On dA, there’s a lot of such art. Also related to the foot fetish.


Watersports/Pissplay

The Watersport fetish focuses on the expulsion of bodily fluids from or onto the subject.
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Diaper/Infantalism

Diaper or infantilism art normally depicts a character in diapers or baby clothes, but can pander to different audiences in the AB/DL community depending on the context.

Work appealing to the Adult Baby (AB) crowd focuses on general age regression, either physically or mentally. Normally, work in this genre has the subject role playing as a toddler, with the subject being treated as such or interacting with set pieces that pertain to the subject matter (such as diapers, cribs, rattles, baby clothes, etc.). Alternatively, the subject can also be playing the role of a “caregiver”, usually to other toddlers or AB characters. While the subject can be of any age (although most older subjects never seem to be over their early 40’s), most artists simply depict their character as a toddler. Overall, AB works are considered non-sexual, in the sense that there isn’t a sexual attraction to the set pieces or subject in question. Some common sub genres include: Mental regression, age regression, soiling (when done to regress the character), feeding, sissy (feminized and docile or submissive leaning regression), and ageplay (role playing done in the sexual sense).

Diaper Lover (DL) work tends to be closely associated with AB pieces but differs in some key areas. DL work differs from AB work in the sense that DL work focuses on the diaper as a sexual object, as opposed to AB work which uses diapers as a set piece for the regression of the character. In that sense, DL work has more similarities to underwear fetishes and some forms of crossdressing that focus on the objects themselves as sexual instead of using them as set pieces for some overarching scenario. Some common sub genres include: soiling (when crossed with slob work), and AB cross (AB work done with a DL focus).


Gore/Guro

Classified as a “hardcore” fetish, Gore is a fetish which involves extreme physical injury and graphic violence or even death (snuff). This fetish is quite rare and is restricted to a limited amount of patrons.

Crush

Crush is a fetish involving the crushing of people, animals, and inanimate objects, often via trampling or with other body parts. Although there are no known laws outlawing video depicting the crushing of live invertebrates and objects, fetish videos featuring live vertebrates have been illegal in the United States since 1999 and other countries have made similar bans [1]. The Hangzhou Kitten Killer is a particularly infamous example of the fetish.

Scat

Scat is a fetish directly derived from coprophilia, which is sexual attraction to fecal matter and/or the act of defecation. Either by being covered with it; or eating it. It is categorized as a “hardcore” fetish, due to it’s extremely ideologically sensitive nature. One of the most notorious examples of Scat is the viral shock video 2 Girls 1 Cup.

Fetish Websites and Roleplaying Communities

F-List

F-List is a website in which members can register multiple characters to a Profile listing the fetishes of each for the purpose of role-play. Each character’s “Kinks” are divided into “Fave”, “Yes”, “Maybe”, and “No” categories that describe which fetishes the character likes and doesn’t like. [2]

e621

e621 is a mature, furry image booru containing many pornographic images including extremely graphic paraphilias. The website has been closed down three times due to accusations of child pornography but has come back online each time. e621 has over sixty-thousand registered users.

Eka’s Portal

Eka’s Portal is a website dedicated to vore in which users can submit art and literature related to vore as well as browse forums and participate in role-play. The website was created in 2005 when the founders, Eka and Strega, decided to merge their respective sites, artists.aryion.com and strega.aryion.com.

Giantess World

Giantess World is a website where users can write and share macro/micro stories centered around giant females, although there are some stories that feature giant males. Giantess World categorizes its stories based on the age and size of the characters and the different scenarios featured in the story (ex. crush). As of November 2014 the site has over 29,000 members and over 3,100 stories.

Notable Authors

Some notable figures of Internet Paraphilia are:

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