Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Modeling and Abasiophilia Or Devotees

I started modeling because I was asked to do so by amputee devotees or people with abasiophilia.  I never heard of abasiophilia so I researched it.

Abasiophilia is a psychosexual attraction to people with impaired mobility, especially those who use orthopaedic appliances such as leg-braces, spinal braces or wheelchairs. The term abasiophilia was first used by John Money of the Johns Hopkins University in a paper on paraphilias in 1990. It most often starts in early childhood, usually long before puberty is reached. There is normally a trigger event in early childhood involving disabled children or adults, but some evidence is building that a genetic predisposition  or brain abnormality must also exist in certain individuals for abasiophilia to occur. It is most common in those who were children in the 1940s, 50s and 60s when polio was common and there were more people using leg braces than today. Studies made in the last 10 years of people contributing to internet leg-brace devotee groups confirm the most common age of leg-brace devotees and wannabes is between 50 and 70; there are a few leg-brace devotees aged less than 40.  It is incorrectly classed as a form of disability fetishism, which it is not. More recently, some have suggested that abasiophilia is a form of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, usually associated with people wishing to electively become amputees. There is also some thought that abasiophilia is another form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a condition that can cause enormous distress to those affected. 

I  think is a predisposition which is not bad or good if it is not excessive.  Some people have a predisposition to red heads, short people, tall people, small breasts, obese people or  more. This means there is an attraction to certain physical traits.  The trait may cause the initial attraction but personality determines if a lasting bond will be formed.

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