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Xenophilia is literally an attraction to, or love of, that which is foreign. In modern usage, it generally refers to a social or sexual attraction to cultures, lands, or beings which are different from one's native experience. In science fiction it can also mean sexual attraction to aliens. Xenophilia is the opposite of xenophobia.

The paraphilia defined as sexual attraction to furry characters is a form of xenophilia.

While this desire may be confused with bestiality and zoophilia, the primary difference from those paraphilias is anthropomorphism, the addition of human-like abilities and characteristics, such as high-level reasoning and/or an upright form.