Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 181–186 | Cite as

Vorarephilia: A Case Study in Masochism and Erotic Consumption

  • Amy D. LykinsEmail author
  • James M. Cantor
Clinical Case Report Series


Vorarephilia (“vore”) is an infrequently presenting paraphilia, characterized by the erotic desire to consume or be consumed by another person or creature. Few data exist on vore though several cases have been reported which appear to be consistent with basic vorarephilic interests. Because this sexual interest cannot be enacted in real life due to physical and/or legal restraints, vorarephilic fantasies are often composed in text or illustrations and shared with other members of this subculture via the Internet. Similarities with aspects of bondage/dominance sadomasochism interests, more specifically dominance and submission, are noted. The current case report describes a man with masochistic sexual interests which intersected with submissive vorarephilic fantasy.


Vorarephilia Vore Paraphilia Sexual masochism DSM-5 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Discipline of Psychology, School of Behavioural, Cognitive, and Social SciencesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Law and Mental Health ProgramCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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