Thursday, 8 April 2010

Is this funny or just sad?

Transcultural sexology: formicophilia*, a newly named paraphilia in a young Buddhist male. (Published by the National Centre for Biotechnological Information.)

*The sexual interest in being crawled upon or nibbled by ants

Children whose species-specific, juvenile sexual rehearsal play is thwarted or traumatized are at risk for developing a compensatory paraphilia. The case of a Buddhist male exemplifies the cross-cultural application of this principle. His syndrome, formicophilia, was endogenously generated without reference to or influence by commercial pornography. The complete causal explanation of paraphilia will require both a phylogenetic (phylismic) and an ontogenetic (life-history) component. The treatment of paraphilia may combine an antiandrogenic hormone with sexological counseling.
I can't help smiling at the thought of this kid getting .. er .. aroused by having ants crawl all over, and possibly bite him. It seems mostly harmless. On the other hand, what must have been done to him to make this his preferred fetish?

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