It turns out that the hiccup fetish is far more prevalent in women than in men. Read some more about the people who go to that first hiccup-lovers website—it is prurient, sure, but also illuminating. It's particularly cool to see the pleasure slash relief of people who thought they were only and alone finding others who share this same fixation.

And they want to talk about it too. And narrativize it.

And it—both of these, the fixation and the urge to narration—are pretty harmless, but fascinating.

So I guess it is about helplessness to the extent it is about anything at all beyond what is on the face of it: pleasure in small discomfort.

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