Abasiophilia

 

Us and them, and after all, 

we're only ordinary men  PINK FLOYD

 

The conversations in the work are taken from an online forum.

 

Abasiophilia comes from from the Greek, abasios, meaning lameness. It describes a sexual preference for people of reduced mobility. Abasiophilia is a paraphilia:  

 

A paraphilia is a condition in which a person’s sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasising about and engaging in sexual behaviour that is atypical and extreme. PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

                                                                                                                             

Normality is the state of being usual. The usual can be established in several ways; a show of hands, statistical analysis of biological function, through divine decree.

 

In-groups and out-groups are formed on the basis of race, culture, gender, age or religion. An In-group automatically generates a corresponding out-group (whoever is not one of us is one of them). Identifying them clarifies us. It’s useful to have enemies. What are we like? We’re not like them.

 

 If sufficient group differences arise, a schism may occur; splitting is a process akin to cell division. Over time,  new groups may bud from the original. The Plymouth Brethren religious sect, for example, has a tendency to continually divide, becoming ever more exclusive and fragmented.

 

An individual is simultaneously a member of many different groups (mother, partner, daughter, aunt, dancer, buddhist). As cultural norms change, some groups die out, and others form. Cat burning was once a popular pastime in 17th century France. Crowds laughed as animals were roasted alive. Four centuries hence, our descendants will undoubtedly look back at some of our practices (petrol engines? meat eating? game shows?) and shudder.

 

In the absence of gods, emperors and dictators, the usual can be pretty much anything. One reason for the persistence of gods, emperors and dictators may be that freedom is simply too terrifying.