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Vorarephilia (or vore) is a fetish and paraphilia where arousal occurs from the idea of being eaten, eating another, or watching this process. The fantasy may include digestion, painless or otherwise. The word is derived from the Latin vorare (to 'swallow' or 'devour') and the Ancient Greek φιλία (philia, 'love').
Vorarephilia is typically considered an "imaginary fetish", as fulfilling vore fantasies in reality is difficult. Most vorarephiles are aware of the inherent silliness of their fetish, and are largely uninterested in the idea of cannibalism.
The term vorarephile describes someone who enjoys vore. Most vorarephiles describe themselves as being "prey" — based on how animals are considered to be prey for other animals who are in a higher chain position — while those who actually do the eating in the fantasies, are referred to as a "pred" (derived from the word predator).
 Soft vore
In soft vore, prey is consumed alive and whole — though not always willingly — and is often unharmed before reaching the stomach, where digestion, asphyxiaton, transformation or simple captivation may await. Soft vore is often regarded as sensual and sexually-oriented due to its largely non-violent nature. Some vorarephiles derive pleasure from watching animals like snakes eat other animals, as they usually swallow their prey whole, a major element in soft vore.
Non-sexual soft vore is used in a variety of literature and artwork. Examples come from Native American folklore, such as one story where Coyote enters the stomach of a giant to rescue a number of people who were eaten alive, or the biblical story of Jonah. Soft vore is also used in today's cartoons and anime (such as "Eat or Be Eaten: Panic in the Forest", an episode of the anime Naruto). Most instances are harmless sight gags or minor inconveniences for a character, such as any Footsoldier being eaten by a Kodo in Warcraft III.
Sometimes the prey simply being in the pred's mouth--often with implied intent-to-eat--but without actually being swallowed is considered soft vore. Examples include when a recurring character can't actually be eaten, such as in Tom & Jerry, or when they are only supposed to appear to have been eaten, like in Shark Tale. This tends to be for humor. In these cases, the prey is likely to comment on the pred's breath upon exiting the mouth.
 Hard vore
Hard vore describes scenarios where prey is subjected to injuries, being ripped and chewed. This type of vore involves cutting, biting, tearing and usually blood. Although there is no inherent sexual characteristic to these actions, to someone with a vore fetish they could be taken in a sexual context. Hard vore has sometimes been referred to as "gore" to separate it from soft vore. Non-sexual hard vore is regularly portrayed in movies for mature audiences, such as the Jaws franchise and Deep Blue Sea.
Being a fantasy, any orifice may be thought of as capable of vore, but it's really just adding a body part to the word vore. This incorrect use of the word vore is now common place. Examples of this well known twisting of the word vore are the "genital vore" scenarios, which includes unbirth. Unbirthing involves being consumed by the vagina and taking refuge in the woman's womb, which is simply a "reverse birth" and, in a pure sense, can only be done by a female. It is sometimes referred to as "Female Genital Vore" or "vaginal vore." Others think of it as a mutual, erotic and consensual activity with no injury to the sexual partners involved — in that case, it is not considered a form of vore.
Cock vore (or male genital vore), refers to being consumed by the penis. Prey enters the urethral opening at the top of the penis, after which they are pulled down the urethra to the predator's scrotum, in which prey is absorbed, digested, or turned into semen (sometimes known as cum vore) and ejaculated. Further variants involve the prey being taken to the prostate for conversion into semen, or to the bladder for storage or digestion.
Anal vore is consumption by the anus. The prey is typically drawn through the digestive tract to the stomach where they are digested in a normal fashion. Conversely, prey may simply remain in the predator's rectum for a time.
 Related fetishes
Macro vore (or, for females, giantess vore) is quite common, which describes being consumed by a large or giant predator. Conversely, micro vore is a combination of vorarephilia and microphilia; the transformation into a smaller being often involves magic. Scat is combined with vore as coprophilia, in which the prey has been digested (or pushed through the digestive system alive) and excreted.
Maiesiophilia describes a love of the pregnant female form; one expression of this is for characters who look pregnant while holding prey inside their stomach.
It is easy to draw a connection between vore and the 'snuff' fetish. For some it plays an integral role in their fantasies, but death is frequently sidestepped in stories and roleplaying.
Motivations behind the vore paraphilia vary, but endosomatophilia (attraction to fantasies involving complete encapsulation of a living thing within the body of another living thing) and dominance/submission play are two common driving forces. Allowing oneself to be devoured represents an ultimate act of submission on the prey's part, and the ultimate act of dominance by a predator.
 Vorarephilia and furry
Though still considered a fringe interest, vorarephilia is a relatively popular topic for roleplay and art in furry fandom, being shared to a greater or lesser extent by perhaps 2-5% of furry fans. Its popularity may be due to the large number of predator/prey species that mingle daily, although some vorarephile characters will eat just about anything with no regard for the conventional food chain. Furry vore is also made somewhat easier to depict since many furry characters do not wear clothes to begin with; those eating often have claws to handle the rest.
The general sequence of roleplay goes something like this:
- Boy/Girl meets girl/Boy
- (optional) Non-vore roleplay of various kinds
- Girl/Boy declares that boy/girl looks awfully tasty, either verbally or by nibbling on something
- (optional) Boy/girl tries to appease girl/boy with gifts of alternate foods and/or tries to reason with her/him
- Girl/boy pounces upon boy/girl
- Boy/girl puts up a token resistance but lacks the physical strength to escape
- Girl/boy swallows boy/girl, either all at once, or (more commonly) over a series of poses in which boy/girl bemoans his/her fate (if swallowed tail/feet first) or struggles (if swallowed head first)
- (Optional) Boy/girl is crushed into the (usually tight) confines of girl/boy's stomach, and expires from digestion, typically falling unconscious first due to lack of oxygen
The above is just a rough guide of the most typical sequence of events - for example, each participant may be of either gender, or both, or none. Vore may not be fatal - such consumption is sometimes offered as a "warm place to stay the night". Even if digestion occurs, the consumed participant typically "respawns" or "reforms" within a few minutes to a few days. This neatly sidesteps the major disadvantage of real life vore: you only get to do it once. The level of realism in a roleplay varies from player to player, ranging from absurd and cartoonish to anatomically correct and theoretically feasible.
Vore is often a consensual activity, even when in character. For every player who wants his fox to go down kicking and screaming as he is ruthlessly gobbled up, there are others who enter a chatroom with the comment "I'm feeling tasty tonight." Some wish to be hunted while others offer themselves up on a platter, and not always figuratively.
Preferences vary so widely in regards to the 'ideal' vore scenario that MUCKs like FurryMUCK and Tapestries allow players to create publicly accessible tables of 'flags' to indicate their preferences and facilitate compatible pairings. Flags like 'no pain,' 'predator,' and 'soft vore' supplement broader flags not specific to vore like 'bisexual' and 'male-biased.'
Popular places for vorarephiles include the Vor Cafe on Tapestries (adjoined by The Feedery, which caters to fat furs), the Zaftig City mailing list, (for some inhabitants) The Giants' Club on FurryMUCK, Jess and Avon's Vor-com, the largest vore MUCK Voregotten Realm, and one of the largest Vore communities, Eka's Portal.
- ↑ Adams, Cecil (2 July 2004) "Eat or be eaten: Is cannibalism a pathology as listed in the DSM-IV?" at The Straight Dope. Accessed 4 April 2007
- ↑ Vorarephilia is also known as phagophilia, and often misspelled voreaphilia or voraphilia
- ↑ Brathwaite, Brenda (August 30, 2006). "Defining Sex", Sex in Video Games. Charles River Media, p. 20. ISBN 1584504595.
- ↑ "What is vore? An attempt at a definition." Accessed 26 February 2008
- ↑ "Soft Vore" Eka's Portal
- ↑ "Hard Vore" Eka's Portal
- ↑ "Vore fetishism: Why and how?"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "Unbirth" Eka's Portal
- ↑ "Cock Vore" Eka's Portal
- ↑ Roco cockvore + cum tf P2, by PurpleKecleon (24 November 2009)
- ↑ "Cock vore"
- ↑ "Anal Vore" Eka's Portal
- ↑ "Breast vore" Eka's Portal
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 The Vore Club