But just what counts as apotemnophilia is part of the problem in explaining
it. Some wannabes are also devotees. Others who identify themselves as
wannabes are drawn to extreme body modification. There seems to be some
overlap between people who want finger and toe amputations and those who
seek piercing, scarring, branding, genital mutilation, and such. Some
wannabes, Robert Smith suggests, want amputation as a way to gain sympathy
from others. And finally, there are "true" apotemnophiles, whose desire for
amputation is less about sex than about identity. "My left foot was not part
of me," says one amputee, who had wished for amputation since the age of
eight. "I didn't understand why, but I knew I didn't want my leg." A woman
in her early forties wrote to me, "I will never feel truly whole with legs."
Her view of herself has always been as a double amputee, with stumps of five
or six inches.
A New Way to Be
A long and fascinating article on a condition that may be related to
gender-identity disorder, whereby people wish to have body parts amputated
to feel complete.
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