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Macrophilia: Sexual Attraction to Giants and Giantesses

January 20, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller


Sigmund Freud once argued that human beings are “polymorphously perverse,” meaning that we have the potential to develop a sexual interest in virtually anything. Yes, we all know that Freud had his share of wacky ideas over the years; however, this wasn’t one of them. In fact, if I’ve learned anything over the course of my career as a sex educator and researcher, it’s this: if you can think of it, there’s probably someone out there who’s sexually aroused by it.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’ve previously written about many uncommon sexual interests, from people who derive sexual arousal from insect bites (formicophilia) to people who get sexual pleasure from feeding others and watching them gain weight (feederism) to adults who find it sexually arousing to act like an infant and/or wear a diaper (autonepiophilia or Adult Baby Syndrome).

However, one fascinating sexual interest that I’m guessing most of you are probably unaware of is macrophilia, a term that refers to people who find giant persons or creatures to be sexually arousing. Indeed, macrophilia literally means “lover of large.” And wee’re talking really, really large. Indeed, many macrophiles fantasize about people who are so large that they could squash you like a bug.

I recently wrote an article about macrophilia over at Playboy, in which I explored the psychology behind this sexual interest. I was prompted to do this by the discovery that macrophilia porn witnessed a big jump in search traffic last year, according to Pornhub’s annual report on viewer trends.

Read the full article here, and while you’re over at Playboy, check out the rest of my Hard Science column to learn more about the science of sex. Some of my other recent articles include:

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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