publication . Article . 2011

Looners: Inside the world of balloon fetishism

McIntyre, Karen E;
Open Access English
  • Published: 27 Apr 2011
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
In the spring of 1997, Shaun had just broken up with a boyfriend, and his roommate had moved out. Living alone for the first time and relieved of the fear that someone might walk in the door, he was finally able to indulge his fantasy. The young man sat on his couch and started blowing up balloons. Shaun had loved playing with balloons since he was a child. When he hit puberty, he felt his first orgasm rubbing against a balloon. It was then that his relationship with the object took on a new meaning. “I had spent my entire life trying to hide it from one person or another, be it parents, lovers, roommates or friends,” Shaun says. But now he found himself in the ...
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