In an obviously misguided attempt at mocking the playoff structure of the NCAA tournament, we’re inviting readers to enjoy matchups of actual fetishes in a voter-powered tournament, culminating in April with the Nasty Fetish Final Four. That tournament continues today with Round One action. Remember, you’re voting for what you consider the more nasty fetish.
Literal Meaning: “The erotic interest in being or looking like an amputee. When experienced very strongly, some people with apotemnophilia come to feel discontented with their bodies and want to actually remove an otherwise healthy limb, a condition called Body Integrity Identity Disorder. Some apotemnophiles seek surgeons to perform an amputation or purposefully injure a limb in order to force emergency medical amputation.”
Atlantic Monthly says: “Healthy people seeking amputations are nowhere near as rare as one might think. In May of 1998 a seventy-nine-year-old man from New York traveled to Mexico and paid $10,000 for a black-market leg amputation; he died of gangrene in a motel. In October of 1999 a mentally competent man in Milwaukee severed his arm with a homemade guillotine, and then threatened to sever it again if surgeons reattached it. That same month a legal investigator for the California state bar, after being refused a hospital amputation, tied off her legs with tourniquets and began to pack them in ice, hoping that gangrene would set in, necessitating an amputation. She passed out and ultimately gave up. Now she says she will probably have to lie under a train, or shoot her legs off with a shotgun.”
Notable Advocates: Don Banks, Jonathan Coulton, Karen O
Literal Meaning: “A sexual fetish and sub-genre where a female kicks or grabs a male by the balls and begins to squeeze and twist the testicles to gain a sense of power over him by having his genitals at her mercy. Some tamakeri fetishists report that they prefer to see kicks that resound with a hearty slap. Pornographic tamakeri videos cater primarily to masochistic men for whom the idea of getting their testicles kicked is sexually stimulating, at least in fantasy, though the genre has some female following.”
The Intarwebs say: Tamakeri also means “soccer.”
Notable Advocates: Toby Maguire, Chris Mortensen, Jonathan Richman