I was chatting with some friends and the topic of the “Soupeur” came up. Apparently this is a word used in France to describe the practice of — and I quote:
“…a sexual practice involving attraction to other male secretions, specifically bread soaked in urine, or semen.”
Now, as shocking as that sounds, it sounds like urban legend nonsense to me because the only references I can find — which are all linked to on that Wikipedia page — are all based within fictional works and nothing that could be considered non-fiction or historical in nature.
Additionally, all references I have found are strictly connected to French culture with no equivalents found in other cultures in Europe or elsewhere. One such literary reference comes from Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s book Death on Credit (1936):
“There were fairies still too green for the Bois… One of them came around every day, his specialty was the urinals and especially the crusts of bread soaking in the drains... He told us his adventures… He knew an old Jew who loved the stuff, a butcher on the rue des Archives… They’d go and eat it together… One day they got caught…”
To me, the fact that only literary references — such as the one above — exist seems odd from basic a sociological standpoint: As odd as that practice seems, there should be other references in other cultures, right? Fetishes and behavior are often not contained by political borders, right? Unless this is some weird literary trope focused purely on othering French culture for some reason; political or otherwise.
So do “Soupeurs” exist?