Paraphilia are only seen to be viewed as such when the sexual feelings or behaviours become problematic, often leading to depression or anxiety within the individual, or when the behaviour itself (or the attempted avoidance of such behaviour) causes serious problems with day to day functioning.
Some of these paraphilia are more psychiatrically concerning than others – especially if they involve the pleasure of witnessing or inflicting pain or suffering in other adults, children or animals, such as Anthropophagy – a pleasure derived from eating human flesh.
In comparison then, mechaphilia (sometimes known specifically as autophilia, when an individual develops either sexual or emotional attachments to vehicles – most commonly cars) seems quite innocuous and harmless – with many mechaphiles explaining that they do not hurt anyone by their behaviours.
Indeed Edward Smith has spoken quite openly, and at times graphically, about his behaviour, going to great lengths to point out that he has had relationships with humans before and that he is not homosexual, but that he just prefers cars.
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“It is hugging and holding the shape of the car close to me and actually talking to it a little bit.
And then of course, the rest is just physical satisfaction – masturbation is, I guess, the word.” Smith said he had been with the love of his life, a VW Beetle, since 1982, and despite a relationship with a Ford Ranger called Ginger, he said Vanilla did not resent him. “I don’t like to pretend to the point where I forms sociological or mental difficulties, I don’t let it get that heavy…
All models come with air conditioning, bluetooth and a DAB digital radio as standard, with keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof among the options on the higher trims.Which brings me rather neatly to the Beetle Cabriolet R-Line.This is the second iteration of the revived Beetle, which of course has nothing in common with the original Hitler-inspired, Porsche-designed one with the engine in the back.The second generation Volkswagen Beetle is greatly improved over the car it replaced.The styling is dramatic and contemporary, there’s more of a premium feel inside and out, and it’s even more fun to drive thanks to the better dynamics of the Mk VI Golf platform on which it’s built.