Not everyone sees Tom and Jerry as an innocent cat and mouse chase. Like Alice in Wonderland and I Dream of Jeannie , the disparate size of the main characters can be of special significance. For thirty-something Katelyn, watching these shows as a child was to experience the very first stirrings of sexual arousal. I so badly wanted to be that cat. Little did I know it was the start of my sexuality. By high school, Katelyn was fantasising about literally crushing her high school crushes, swallowing her boyfriends and girlfriends alive, and putting her entire foot through the school. But once she reached university, she discovered — through a Google image search — that there was an entire online community who shared her fetish. Macrophilia which literally translates to "lover of large" is a fetish whereby people experience sexual arousal while fantasizing about others that are significantly bigger than them.
Men who want to have sex with giants are using the internet and new technology to bring their incredibly niche fetish to life — and virtual reality could be the next frontier. Limited studies on the fetish have found that it is domination and vulnerability that lie at the very heart of macrophilia. Photoshop and video editing tools allow men to share images and videos — ranging from the amateurish to the professional — of rampaging giant women in various settings. On fetish forums across the web, macrophiliacs are realising the potential of virtual reality headsets which can place you in another world. As technology continues to progress, the scope for realising the most outlandish of fetishes will too.
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Known in the psychiatric community as paraphilias , fetishes are loosely defined as the experience of being sexually aroused by unusual or highly specific stimuli. There's a wide range of fetishes out there, from your standard foot fetish podophilia to the more obscure acrotomophilia attraction to people with amputations , or forniphilia an attraction to people being used as furniture. They're also surprisingly common: according to one study, nearly 1 in 6 people has a fetish. Macrophilia — more commonly known as the "giantess fetish" — falls into this category. In most cases, macrophilia takes the form of heterosexual men being turned on by the idea of very large women or, less frequently, men doing massive things, like destroying cities, crushing people and cars underfoot, and generally wreaking havoc. Such videos are often shot from below and feature a woman stomping around, sometimes with tiny toy soldiers or model cities at her feet, as she crushes them or squishes them under her butt or between her breasts. Sometimes, she even eats them.
Such fantasies may include the macrophiles themselves shrinking in front of a normal sized person male or female. Alternatively, macrophiles may fantasize about their sexual partner growing to an abnormal height while the macrophiles themselves remain unchanged. As the scale between small and tall is not generally found in real human life, almost all macrophilic behaviour is sexual fantasy. However, even non-sexual scenarios involving giants can result in sexual stimulation. Each fantasy situation is different for every macrophile as the behaviour is fantasy-based. Even the preferred heights of the fantasy giants differ between individuals. For instance, some macrophiles have a preference for people only a few feet taller than themselves whereas others involve giants who are hundreds of feet high. Because the paraphilia is almost totally fantasy-based, much of the material from which macrophiles gain their sexual gratification is placed and distributed online.