“He didn’t know I was near his butt cheeks to appreciate them,” Ric tells Vice, “and his fart made my dreams come true.”
Fart fetishism, or eproctophilia, is when a person becomes all hot and bothered by anal flatulence. (It should not be confused with scat fetishism, or coprophilia, which is an entirely different thing.)
Ric is a gay man. He tells Vice that his fascination with farting dates all the way back to early childhood.
“As a young boy, I always had an unsaid admiration for other boys who were public farters, as they always seemed so uninhibited, confident, and a little subversive,” he recalls.
As he got older, Ric accepted his sexuality and grew more confident, especially when it came to tooting in front of others.
“One day, when I was feeling a little jaded, and wanting to shock, I farted rather loudly in front of another man in the university gym changing room,” he remembers. “I then did this on a regular basis. Sometimes, my farts actually received a [positive] response.”
Eventually, he joined several gay eproctophilia forums and Yahoo groups, as well began uploading videos of himself farting to adult websites.
Then one day he met the man of his dreams while traveling abroad.
“We spent 24 hours together, while we were together, we farted in front of each other in various locations (e.g. a restaurant), farted on each other’s hands, and eventually in each other’s faces.”
Since then, Ric says he’s had several more “real-life sessions”; however, most of the time it’s restricted to Skype sessions with guys overseas.
“For me, it is a shared intimacy,” he says, “a form of liberation, and an acknowledgment of one’s basic animal origins.”