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In recent days, the scandal that occurred about a public figure has unleashed a wave of curiosity and surprise around the world at the first media case of cannibalism with erotic and libidinous overtones (EFE)

The internet is awash with speculation about Armie Hammer and sexual fetishes. “I want to eat you, I have never admitted this before”, “I need to drink your blood, I long for it” and “I would like to cut off one of your toes and keep it with me in my pocket”, they are just some of the sentences supposedly written by the famous actor to one of his lovers, among many others even more bloodthirsty and depraved.

It all started when an anonymous woman uploaded to Instagram a screenshot of her conversations with the actor from Call me by your name in which he acknowledged that he was “100% cannibal” and that he loved to eat human flesh and drink blood. Since then, a woman with whom Hammer came out in August he told the magazine Page Six: “He told me he wanted to break my ribs, roast them and eat them.”

While the veracity of the messages has yet to be proven and the actor has disassociated himself from the allegations, the internet storm shed light. about the sexual problems described in the screenshots, that fall under the umbrella of BDSM, blood games, cannibalism and vorarephilia.

In everyday love language, we may hear expressions like ‘eat with kisses’. We also usually use this kind of comments in front of something that gives us tenderness. But evidently, everything is part of a metaphorical universe in which for nothing in the world we would want to “eat” the subject, but rather the opposite.

In one of your comments, Armie Hammer expresses the fantasy of taking the other inside himself through ingestion. Fantasy is not the same as reality, an important delimitation usually in sexual and erotic life. There are always fantasies that are not necessarily brought to life and do not necessarily want to be brought to life. Taking your statements as they are, they could be considered as fantasies. That is a huge difference. In the realm of fantasy there is an enormous plurality ”, held in dialogue with Infobae Maximiliano Martínez Donaire, psychoanalyst and member of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association.

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“Sexual practices that we consider normal today such as homosexuality, masturbation or oral sex, in the middle of the last century were considered deviations or perversions” (Shutterstock)

In the same line, the doctor Beatriz Literat, clinical sexologist and gynecologist from the Department of Gynecology-Sex-Aesthetics of Halitus Medical Institute, assured: “From historical times of exclusion, discrimination and taboos, we have gone on to a time of inclusion and extreme exposure, in which many times behaviors that bewildering ‘creep in’ because in this new trend of inclusion they are not yet classified. Paraphilias, or sexual behaviors considered pathological and perverse historically, today, in a cybernetic setting decorated with colors of freedom, lightness and inclusion, and carried out by media characters that we all know because of their beauty or fame, would not seem, in principle , serious or dangerous ”.

Consulted hereby, Claudia Borensztejn, president of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, explained: “It is common in psychoanalysis to analyze this type of fantasy, especially for psychoanalysts who work with the concept of early psyche. Evidently, cannibalism is easy to associate with the early stages of life. The sucking baby is, in a way, a cannibal. Suckling and the entire oral stage of life is a stage that psychoanalysts have actually called ‘oral cannibalistic’. Is to say that it is in the primitive fantasies of all humans. But nonetheless, putting fantasies into play openly is an attention-grabbing step. It is a component of primitive sexuality that is still present in our lives but in a non-aggressive, but in a loving way. Like everything that happens in the minds of human beings, there is a history in which it is collected. Cannibalism is collected in the history of men and is incorporated into our psychic life but in a different way ”.

The concept of cannibalism it usually turns out unpleasant, scary and macabre for the majority of the population. However, some people link this act to a situation of power and domination, seeing the act of devouring or being eaten by another person as something sexually exciting. This is what happens with a curious paraphilia called vorarephilia, warns an investigation published in the journal Psychology and Mind.

“Receives the name of vorarefilia one of the most dangerous paraphilias, which is characterized by the recurrent existence of sexual fantasies linked to the idea of ​​devouring or being eaten while alive by another person, either in part or in whole. Sometimes also with the idea of ​​being digested. These fantasies repeat themselves constantly for at least six months and are generators of great sexual arousal or even being the only means by which the subject reaches orgasm, being able to try to carry them out “, describe the experts on the portal.

But, What are paraphilias? For Martinez Donaire, “It is understood as paraphilias atypical sexual behaviors, interests or inclinations, that is, they are directed towards objects or situations that we frequently do not link to sexual arousal. The word is currently used as a replacement for what was previously known as ‘sexual perversion’. The difficulty with these notions is that When trying to establish what is a typical or atypical sexual behavior, we enter a relative field since in different sociocultural contexts the behaviors considered normal or abnormal change. A certain sexual practice in a certain moment can be considered normal, while in another atypical or abnormal. This has historically been problematic. Sexual practices that we consider normal today, such as homosexuality, masturbation or oral sex, in the middle of the last century were considered deviations or perversions ”.

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We are facing a rare paraphilia that is generally not put into practice, knowing the people with this paraphilia its implications and the damage that can be caused (Shutterstock)

Often, vorarephilia can be confused with sexual cannibalism due to their great resemblance. However, there is a difference between the two concepts, although it is a nuance that can be difficult for many people to detect: sexual cannibalism implies the excitement to eat human flesh, this being the object of desire. In vorarephilia, however, the object of desire is not to eat human flesh but to devour or be devoured by something or someone, It is not necessary that said consumption be carried out through the intake.

“This paraphilia It is linked to other types of paraphilia, especially those linked to domination and submission and the link between pleasure and pain. It has part of sadism and masochism, Although it is not the pain itself that generates excitement. It can also appear related to other paraphilias such as macrophilia (sexual attraction towards giants, being eaten by a giant a common fantasy) or microfilia (Sexual attraction for a creature of a much smaller size, being able to fantasize of also devouring or being devoured) ”, the specialists emphasize.

We are before a rare paraphilia that is generally not carried out, knowing the people with this paraphilia its implications and the damage that can be caused. However, generally does not always imply: there have been cases of subjects with vorarephilia who have come to practice cannibalism or be victims of it, resulting in the death or mutilation of one of those involved.

It is for this reason that vorarephilia is one of the most dangerous paraphilias, since in the case of going from fantasy to action in most cases it will mean death or serious damage to someone’s physical integrity. It would therefore be, whether with or without the consent of the consumed person, a blood crime punishable by law in most countries.

When paraphilias become a disorder

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“The sexual life of human beings is very varied and polymorphic, and establishing what is normal and what is not problematic” (Shutterstock)

According to the doctor Walter Ghedin, psychiatrist and sexologist, “paraphilias are Parallel ‘relationships or ties’ that turn into a disorder when, for at least a period of six months, the subject becomes overwhelmed by fantasies and takes action. The person is aware of their actions and the risk they entail, and yet the desire and the impulse to consummate the act are stronger ”.

“The sexual life of human beings is very varied and polymorphic, and establishing what is normal and what is not problematic. From there, the trend of these last decades that To try to locate when we are talking about some kind of disorder around sexuality, he resorts to certain criteria that go in the context of sexual behavior. This is, for example, that this sexual inclination or practice entails discomfort for the person who exercises it, that implies some type of harm or injury to another person and finally, that involves the performance of an act without the consent of the other person ”, asserted Martinez Donaire. And he concluded: “The definition It no longer has to do with the practice itself, but with these three basic criteria ”.

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