FETISH SPOTLIGHT: MACROPHILIA
Another day, another fetish spotlight—today’s of which is all about macrophilia.
Drawing from high school Latin classes you definitely remember, you might have a guess as to what the term means. But we’re here to clear the air and give you a detailed run-down of this fetish. To no one’s surprise, macrophilia translates to “lover of large”.
Think Alice and Wonderland, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, that one episode of I Dream of Jeannie and I think you’ll start to catch my drift.
WHAT IS IT?
Macrophilia (also sometimes referred to as the “giantess fetish”) refers to people who have sexual fantasies involving someone who’s significantly larger than they are. Often times (but not always) the fantasizer is male. He likely dreams of a woman that’s anywhere from a few feet to hundreds of feet taller than him.
So as you can imagine, there’s major power dynamics at play. The larger partner typically dominates the smaller in some way. The fantasy often includes destroying cities and/or crushing people and cars with their feet. It’s clear why macrophilia can also tie into several other fetishes. These include BDSM, vorarephilia (sexual attraction to eating or being eaten by another person/creature), podophilia (sexual attraction to feet) and crush fetishes.
WHERE’D IT COME FROM?
As with many other fetishes, the root “cause” of Macrophilia is quite ambiguous. Some psychologists wonder if it has something to do with feeling “overwhelmed” by a dominant or sadistic mother, whereas other people have said it’s just something they realized at a young age and it’s stuck ever since.
HOW POPULAR IS IT?
I know you might be thinking, how popular can this one REALLY be? But the truth is, it’s surprisingly more common than you might think! No one has done any academic studies done on macrophilia. But the Internet – as usual – has played a huge role in its growing prevalence in recent years. So much so that the term saw a 1,091% gain in searches on Pornhub from 2014 to 2015 alone.
HOW IS IT DONE?
With Photoshop and video editing, people have created and posted thousands of giantess videos on the web. The internet is full of bountiful macrophile-friendly artwork, comics, stories and forums. Other macrophiles take photos and video from extremely low angles in order to make the subject appear larger. Toys/model cities are great tools to use when simulating a giant-like size difference.
However, there are ways that some people try to carry out their fantasies in real life, too. Exceptionally tall individuals who refer to themselves as “Amazons” offer private sessions where they do things like lift, trample and otherwise dominate the client. Plus, with so much advancement in technology nowadays, it’s thought that mediums like virtual reality could eventually bring macrophilic fantasies to (digital) life as well.
ON THE FLIP SIDE…
A lot of what you read and hear about macrophilia surrounds the POV of males who are on the receiving end of the fantasy. However, there are plenty of gals (and guys) out there who dream about being giantesses themselves! Whether they choose to be the subject of their own macrophilic photos and video, or act it out as an Amazon IRL, there are definitely people who get off on being the dominating half of the equation. So never think that a fetish is ever exclusive to only one gender or orientation.
The world of fetishes is complex to say the least, but for as lonely as it may feel at times, it’s almost always guaranteed that there’s a group of people out there who are into the same things you are. As long as your interests aren’t causing any harm to another person or other being, then let it bring some comfort to know there’s no shame in exploring what turns you on.
Alex Anderson is an LA-based lifestyle designer proactively raging against the cultural grain. By day she works in television production, and by night enjoys writing, sewing and seeking guidance from the stars. She also finally has an all black kitty named “Cher.” You can follow her website (www.alexjanderson.com) and on Instagram (@AJAndMore)!