Okay, this is something that has been bothering me for some time. I need the Straight Dope. But it is some fucked-up repugnant shit, so I’m giving you one last chance to turn around and am hiding it in a “spoiler.” Really. Turn back now before it’s too late.
[spoiler]So I’m in the bookstore and see a row of works by the infamous De Sade and flip through one, having no idea what I’m getting into. I figured S&M, deflowering virgins, etc., right? Eighteenth century, so I was expecting something bawdy. What I found instead caused me to immediately shut the book and get away from there before someone I knew saw me reading it.
Shit-eating! Gobbling a pile of steaming faeces from a plate – and loving it.
And I’m thinking, “What the hell did I just read?” But then I wrote it off as just De Sade’s (successful) attempt to shock me.
The years go by, and now we have the internet. I type “shit eating” in a search engine. Go ahead and try it. I dare you. What you get back are sites that are designed like any other high quality porn site – except with people rolling around in poop! Beautiful girls with faeces on their faces!
Is this for real? Please, please, please tell me it isn’t so.
We’re all aware that people find enjoyment by vicariously sharing in experiences that they would hate if it were first hand. Hence the popularity of slasher movies and the more gruesome war movies. Taken to the extreme, we even get things like Faces of Death and purported “snuff” films. And on the bright side, it looks like there never has really been a snuff film. Hurray! I really am glad to hear that. Quite relieved and feeling a little better about my fellow man.
Is shit-eating like that? That there are people who derive some kind of satisfaction or thrill from the contemplation of the disgusting (and isn’t there at least some of that in all of us? What made you click on this thread?) and that extreme-disgusting images have been staged to profit from these tastes, that I can accept. But that people actually engage in this behavior, for real, and relish it, is another thing. Another thing entirely.
Say it isn’t so.[/spoiler]