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Latest fetish: Sucking babies' dummies!

It's mind-boggling to think about, but apart from babies who chew plastic dummies, teenagers in Britain have developed a latest bizarre fetish of sucking on them.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 18:28 IST

It's mind-boggling to think about, but apart from babies who chew plastic dummies, teenagers in Britain have developed a latest bizarre fetish of sucking on them.

The origins of the new trend are hazy, but it may be a throwback to the Nineties rant scene, when clubbers chewed on dummies to lessen jaw cramps caused by taking the illegal drug Ecstasy. However, today's teenagers appear to be influenced by fashion, rather than drug culture.

According to the Daily Mail, the dummies they use aren't standard Mother care issue for babies, but the products of a whole new industry offering specially manufactured dummies for teenagers, complete with flashing lights inside.

Though sale of these dummies might be illegal, but a Manchester-based eBay trader is selling them in pulsating purple, pink, yellow and blue for 1.50 pounds.

In Manchester, trading standards officers seized more than 1,000 from street traders, saying they break safety rules, as the babies could confuse them with real dummies and swallow them, or be accidentally strangled by their multicoloured cords.

The outlandish teenage tendency has even caught the attention of Radio 4's esteemed ‘Today' programme, which usually concentrates on weighty political matters.

"It is a statement of industry offering especially peculiar individuality. It is cool in the way extremely uncool things can become cool. People often choose the most ridiculous thing and make it into a little fetish,” Andrew Harrison, editor of clubbing magazine Mixmag, told the listeners.

“It is a signal which says to other teenagers, I am not like you, I am in with the other dummy suckers. But, more interestingly, it is raising two fingers to the grown-ups in the crazy society they are being coerced to join. They may look backwards for a sense of authenticity in childhood,” Psychologist Oliver James said.

It is however being concluded that this bizarre fetish might have found its origin in the East London hip-hop culture where it is a reaction against the great moodiness of the hip-hop world. The adolescents have been observed to display a strong tendency of placing themselves in a humorous position of looking like a big kid.