Pregnancy fetishism (maiesiophilia)
Pregnancy fetishism (also known as maiesiophilia or maieusophoria) is a term used to describe the contexts in which pregnancy is seen by individuals and cultures as an erotic phenomena. It may include the sexual attraction for women who are pregnant or appear pregnant, the attraction to lactation, or an attraction for the stages of pregnancy such as impregnation or giving birth.
Throughout history there have been artistic representations of pregnancy. For example, it has been suggested that the various prehistoric Venus figurines' appearance is representing a pregnant or obese woman. Both the Greek and Norse mythologies have depicted their fertility goddesses as pregnant, or holding a child.
The naked appearance of actress Demi Moore in the advanced stage of pregnancy on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 1991 marked the beginning of a period in which pregnancy would be presented by celebrities as a glamorous state of living, and the creation of a market for photographers to produce images of pregnant mothers.
In 2006, Britney Spears' face and body were used in a sculpture that depicts a woman squatting (arms on floor) on a bear rug, with her buttocks high in the air to signify childbirth (the baby's head and the vulva are visible). The New York-based artist, Daniel Edwards, (who had no permission from Spears) claimed his choice of Spears was to beautify and sexualize pregnancy, but was originally a pro-life political statement. The sculpture depicts Spears in the process of natural birth, although in reality, she opted for caesarean section.
In recent years, the subject of pregnancy fetishism has appeared as a minor theme in one episode of the popular television show House MD.[not in citation given]
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