Because Lemon brought it up as a joke I feel I should mention, as a guy who once contributed a CYOC doc, that the donkey bit in Pinocchio is a whole massive fetish scene all on it's own. It and rip offs of American Werewolf In London are the two most common things in transformation fetish stuff. You could make an entire doc entirely out of different "Pleasure Island" stories if they weren't all exactly the fuckinv same.
Captain Fargle, September 10, 2020, 02:46:28 am
Someone in this doc mentions it, but currently the theory in psychology is "It looks like there are times in development where the brain imprints on what sex is, and if it doesn't get exposed to actual sex, it'll just glom onto whatever." Which, since the Victorians started with their idea that children catching a glimpse of fuckin' would irrevocably destroy their little minds, has led to more fetishes.
So it's no surprise that a lot of people imprinted on various bizarre, emotionally charged scenes in childhood media. It's the brain going, "OK, it's Learn About Sex O' Clock, so where's the sex? ... ... ...is that it? I guess it must be. Sex learned, break time!"
This doesn't explain the urge to get together in communities to share and evangelize their weird fetishes.