This weekend I had reason to google shrinking machines. After some clicking about, a note near the bottom of this wikipedia article caught my attention:
Size-changing has recently been seen as a sexual fetish with the advent of the internet. Macrophilia/Microphilia, and to some extent vorarephilia are rooted in size-changing fiction. Social networking sites such as Writing.com, DeviantArt, and YouTube have thousands of user-submitted stories, groups, blogs, video, and artwork related to microphilia.
Well, all right, not the most disturbing fetish I’ve ever encountered on the internet – weird, but then, all sex is weird.
My eye stuck on that one interior mention however, Vorarephilia? Wha?
Vorarephilia (often shortened to vore) is a sexual fetish and paraphilia where arousal occurs from the idea of being eaten or by the process of eating. The fantasy may involve the person being swallowed alive, and may or may not include digestion.
The word vorarephilia is derived from the Latin vorare (to ‘swallow’ or ‘devour’) and Ancient Greek φιλία (philia, ‘love’).
I find that middle sentence especially interesting – is there already splintering amongst the vorarephiliacs? A virulently pro-digestion sect? Maybe a holier-than-thou group who find the ‘swallowed alive’ people to be perverted degenerates?