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The articles in this section discuss the psychology of the origins of the desires of devotees and wannabes, also the ethical issues that can arise in relationships between able-bodied people attracted to others with physical impairments.

A Case Of bad handling
by K.

This is the story of a British wannabe who fell into the hands of the medical profession, and an account of his appalling treatment. It is difficult to see how he could have been treated worse.

A Life For A Limb

This article, reproduced here with kind permission of the author and the editor, was published recently in Social Work Today. this article exposes the case of George Boyer who shot his leg to become an amputee. It is the first resource to use the term "Body Integrity Identy Disorder" in place of "Apotemnophilia", which was not adapted, to describe the need to have a limb or more amputated.

A Particular Perspective

This a discussion of the origin of the feelings of attraction to amputees, and the theories that have been constructed to explain them.

A Prosthetist's Perspective
by Fritz

The article deals with the events that surround the rehabilitation of lower limb amputees, as practiced in Germany. The author, who is a professional prosthetist himself, is also a devotee and wannabe discusses his feelings and desires from his unusally well-informed perspective.

A Special Attraction To Amputees: Amputee Devotees
by G. Edward Jeffries and Georgie Maxfield

This article is reproduced here with kind permission from the Amputee Coalition of America. It is a cautious but fair and balanced approach to amputee devoteism for the amputees themselves. Georgie Maxfield is also the author of a must-read book for the serious devotee: The Novel Approach to Sexuality and Disability which is also quite pleasant and funny to read.

Against Either-or-ism: The Way To Find The Special friend
by J.

This is a discussion of the improbability of a devotee's finding his longed-for partner by chance, and the difficulties of searching for her in a systematic way.

Coping With Physical Impairment: Assertiveness Versus Reticence
by J.

This is a discussion of the compromises required to combine cosmetic appearance with function in aids to overcome physical disability. It argues that aids that do not compromise function to cosmetic disguise can be functionally and aesthetically superior to those that do.

Devotees, Pretenders And Wannabes: Two Cases Of Factitious Disability Disorder.
by Richard L. Bruno, Ph.D.

This article is considered to be one of the most important reference concerning the devotee/wannabe/pretender phenomenum and it even quotes us... Yet, we should warn the reader that it is also quite controversial and its publication on OverGround should not be considered as reflecting the editor's views on the matter. The references section is pretty extensive for the curious one who might have time to do some research on his own.

Devotees: Are They Necessarily Sexual Harrassers?
by J.

The fact that some devotees do pester and harrass women with physical disabilities is confronted and discussed. While it is natural to condemn harrassment inflicted on anybody, the article goes on to discuss how potential harrassers could be helped to express their feelings constructively.

Disability As A Symbol Of The Ultimate Other
by Paul

In this article, Paul, the current editor of OverGround, tries to give one possible explanation of Amputee Devoteism.

Disability Chic
by J.

This article is a discussion of the photographs made by Helmut Newton and published in American Vogue showing able-bodied models wearing callipers or sitting in wheelchairs, using these aids as fashion-accessories.

by J.

Accounts by several devotees of the pivotal experience in their lives, a discussion of the significance of the similarities of their experiences, and a theory concerning the origin of devotion.

Incompatible Desires
by J.

A discussion about the factors that are likely to prevent a devotee from forming a loving relationship with the amputee partner he desires.

Is BIID an Illness?
by Dr. Michael Gheen

Here is an interesting analysis by a professional on whether to decide if BIID shoulb be considered as a disease or not. The author whiches to stay anonymous and therefor Dr. Michael Gheen is an alias.

Is Devotion A Fetish?
by J.

An attempt to define the nature of sexual fetishism, and a discussion of the relationship devotion to sexual fetishism in general.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
by J.

This is the presentation of the argument that the perception of devotion as a sexual aberration has arisen only recently.

Twins: An Exploration Of The Morality of The Feelings Of Devotees
by J.

This argument was written in response to a variety of accusations by thoughtless prejudiced people that devotees are all disgusting immoral people. In particular it defends the thesis that there is nothing immoral in principle in being physically attracted to others who have physical impairments.

What Are Disability Paraphilias And Who Are Devotees?
by Margaret Child

An introduction to the psychological classification of people who are sexually aroused by physically unusual people.

What Makes A Devotee : A Theory On The Development Of Devotees
by H.

An interesting analysis of potential origins of devoteism by a long time devotee.

What Ought We To Do About Wannabes?
by J.

A discussion of the desires of wannabes and the ethics of satisfying them.

What's Wrong With Pix 'n' Flix?
by J.

This is a discussion of the morality of distributing or selling images of women who are amputees.

Why Devotees Sometimes Behave Badly
by J.

This argues that some, at least, of behaviour that devotees are criticised for is no different from the behaviour of other men, that a devotee collecting and sharing images of women who are amputees is no more (and no less) immoral than another man who reads Playboy not entirely for the articles by world-class writers. It also explains why devotees sometimes persist in being present in places on the internet where they aren't welcome.

With Friends Like These...
by J.

This article quotes the account published in Disability Now by Fiona, a woman who is an amputee, of her unhappy experiences with devotees. It goes on to try to provide an explanation for the devotees' behaviour, and to discuss how the principles of openness and honesty espoused by OverGround can be applied the by the ethical devotee in search of a relationship with a someone who is amputee.

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