The Alternative A-to-Z of Sex: Xenophilia
Xenophilia is described as an affection for unknown objects or people. It could apply to a desire for sex with strangers and so could be used to describe those who enjoy swinging or cruising. It can also apply to an attraction to things/people that are foreign. An English woman who lusts after Greek men is perhaps something of a xenophile, as is someone who is turned on by people simply speaking in languages other than their own (see Jamie-Lee Curtis in A Fish Called Wanda). However, as you might expect, pornography seems to take the definition to an extreme. Alien is another word for foreign, so clearly xenophiles want to have sex with aliens, right? I was about to dismiss this idea entirely and then I remembered a certain alien race, the last of which have regenerated into rather desirable forms in recent years. If Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, John Simm and Matt Smith were actual real life examples of alien life, I think I’d be more than happy with that type of xenophilia!
Image by the BBC, via Den of Geek.