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From the Playboy Blog, 12/21/07 

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If you find a bookstore gift card in your stocking on Christmas, keep your eyes (and your mind) open. Dennis DiClaudio’s Deviant’s Pocket Guide to the Outlandish Sexual Desires Barely Contained in Your Subconscious hits shelves December 26. DiClaudio is a comedian and fiction writer who has recently turned to more “scientific” research.

The guide covers every fetish you can imagine in comical but factual detail. DiClaudio introduces each obsession by envisioning a practitioner’s ideal fantasy. Then he gives facts about the fetish, its psychological origins, and important things you should consider if you’re feeling tempted (“If castration is your thing, you can really only do it the once. So you’d better make certain you enjoy yourself that one time”). Believe it or not, every one of these oddities exists and has actual followers.

Among the most obscure desires are the robotofetish (lusting after unfeeling automatons who may or may not want to take over the world), the inflation fetish (the desire to see your partner blown up like the blueberry girl in Willy Wonka) and, of course, the fursuit fetish (getting hot for people dressed like animals—a cat, a teddy bear… perhaps a bunny?) Maybe some of these fantasies aren’t so outlandish after all.

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