What is vore porn, and why do people love it?

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Vore porn comes in all shapes and sizes, from popular anime characters eating each other to enormous, ferocious dragons gobbling up villagers. For too long, internet denizens (read: people on Twitter) have looked down at vore as a strange testament to human sexuality. But vore isn’t strange. It’s just a complicated fantasy, one enjoyed by its participants for both sexual and non-sexual reasons.

If you’ve ever wondered what vore is, wanted to know more about its appeal, or take a peek at giantess vore porn online, read on for our guide to the internet’s hungriest fetish community.

The following article contains sexually explicit material.

What is vore, and why is there so much vore porn?

What is vore, anyway?

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Vore is short for “vorarephilia.” Psychologist Mark Griffiths defines it as a sexual desire that causes arousal by “the idea of being eaten, eating another person, and/or observing this process for sexual gratification.” While most media coverage on vore centers around straight cis men, vore is immensely popular across genders and sexualities, including queer women and nonbinary folks.

Most vore fantasies involve a person or creature orally consuming another, or a “predator” voring their “prey.” Sometimes the predator and prey are the same size, which is called “same-size vore.” Other times, the predator is colossal, and their meal comfortable fits into their mouth, better known as “macro vore.” While oral vore is one of the most common forms of consumption, several other categories exist, including:

  • Anal vore: Vore in which the predator consumes their prey by using their anus
  • Breast vore: Type of vore where the predator’s breasts (usually their nipples) absorb their prey
  • Cock vore: Vore in which the predator’s cock consumes or absorbs a prey
  • Unbirth: Form of vore where prey is enveloped within a vagina. This may involve prey being transferred to the predator’s womb.

Vore has its roots in BDSM’s power exchanges: more specifically dominance and submission (D/s) play as well as sadism and masochism fetishism. The predator-prey binary transfers neatly over to dom-sub roles, although the predator may not always be the dominant in vore scenes.

Vore’s appeal varies from kinkster to kinkster. Some enjoy “pre-vore,” or the lead-up to vore in which a predator teases their prey. Some fetishists love mouth play the most, while others prefer the internal experience of being consumed: sliding down a predator’s throat and reaching their cavernous belly. Additional fetishes—such as belly expansion, feederism (fetish for consuming large quantities of food), and, in some cases, scat play—may be thrown into the mix.

What’s up with “soft vore” and “hard vore”?

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Vore porn is best separated into two different categories: “soft vore” and “hard vore.” Soft vore involves vore fantasies without blood, gore, and dismemberment. These scenarios depict predators swallowing or absorbing their prey whole without causing harm, thereby keeping their prey alive. While prey may be digested or absorbed by a predator in soft vore, graphic detail is omitted. The vast majority of vore porn is “soft vore.”

“Hard vore” is much more graphic and involves prey that bleed, are dismembered, are killed, or otherwise experience grave harm from a predator. These fantasies may feature intense violence, but not always, and some hard vore gore is somewhat tame. A good example of hard vore is A Harmless Bite, a queer visual novel by pellimort.

“Soft vore” and “hard vore” aren’t strict binaries, and some porn may skirt the line between the two. For example, artist Karbo shows stomach acid and digestion in his giantess vore illustrations, but he refrains from depicting blood and dismemberment.

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So, why do people like vore?

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Vore isn’t rooted in sexual cannibalism, nor should it be confused with a literal, physical desire to eat another person. Rather, vore is about power and control. Just as a giantess fan’s morals would kick in if she actually turned into a giantess, vore fans have no interest in eating or beating eaten by another person in real life.

Like its sister fetish macrophilia, people without the fetish have a hard time understanding vore’s appeal. Case in point, one parent asked Slate’s sex advice columnist Rich Juzwiak for guidance on their teen’s soft vore fetish. In response, Juzwiak argues there’s nothing wrong with liking vore, instead suggesting people may be predisposed to fetishes.

“People don’t seem to find an image and get fixated on it,” Toronto Sexuality Centre Director James M. Cantor explained, according to Slate. “Rather, it’s when we happen to run into an image that matches (or closely matches) whatever internal template we already have that we experience something profound.”

People gravitate to vore for different reasons. Some kinksters enjoy being physically dominated by their predator. Others like the idea of being in another person’s stomach, which may feel safe, comforting, or sheltering. Predators enjoy vore for myriad reasons, too. Some have nurturing tendencies and enjoy the idea of consuming and protecting someone in their belly. Others fantasize about being dominant, powerful, and cruel predators who mercilessly gobble up tiny people. Many macrophilia and feederism fans, for instance, love depicting gigantic women consuming numerous prey like gluttons at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

In short, every vore fan has their own take on the kink. It can be sensual, animalistic, aggressive, or nurturing. It all depends on the porn.

What’s Eka’s Portal and G4?

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If you’ve ever looked into vore, you probably came across something called “g4.” And no, the abbreviation has nothing to do with the popular gaming channel that once hosted X-Play. “G4” is another term for Eka’s Portal, an immensely popular vore site.

Eka’s Portal, also known as Aryion or Ayrion’s Portal, started in late 2005 as a response to censorship from Yahoo Groups. The site focuses on all things related to vore, including furry porn, giantess vore, vore comics, and non-pornographic vore content. If you’ve seen vore art before, chances are it came from Eka’s Portal.

G4 is a special community hub for several reasons. Unlike sites like Twitter and DeviantArt, Eka’s Portal is run entirely by and for the vore community. Because it’s existed for so long, it has an enormous backlog of adult content, some of which over 10 years old. And alongside its vore porn, the site has an active userbase discussing everything from giantesses to furry vore.

If you’re looking for Eka’s Portal users to follow, consider Karbo, RooK13, QuinnCrystal, Aesir, and Nyxondyx. Each of these artists creates adult content that predominantly features women as predators. For vore artists who also depict men devouring prey, check out hauntz and Chameleonette.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.

Ana Valens

Ana Valens

Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.