Looner Proposal

This proposal is aimed at determining if the sexual fetish of balloons, referred to a “looners” may cause physical or psychological harm to a participant.  Determining this is my first objective but I also have interest in learning more about this sexual fetish and the people who participate.

My executive summary will explain what is considered a sexual fetish and how I became aware of balloons as a sexual fetish.  At this point, I have found no print copies in any format to use as a research tool.  All the information about looners is on the World Wide Web.  As I gather information and perform my own research online I plan to give a clearer meaning of this fetish and why it is labeled a fetish.   In doing so, I believe my conclusions will give honest answers to questions non-looner people have.

I have prepared a questionnaire and e-mailed it to people I have found online who are part of the looner community.  One person I have successfully reached online appeared on The Learning Channel’s show, “Strange Sex” and talked with them about his balloon fetish.  I have emailed him the questionnaire but I am not sure if he will reply.  Since sending out the questionnaire, I have received five responses.  Some responses are anonymous but all of them are answered honestly.

Click to see questionnaire.  http://girlboxer1970.com/2012/02/19/looner-questionnaire/

From the information I gather on the internet combined with first hand research, I believe a conclusion will be reached concerning the possible harm in practicing this fetish.  Also, a clearer definition of looners will be established and I will include respondent’s comments to help clarify what makes a balloon a sexual object and why.


Looner Questionnaire

Static electricity is free!

I’ve compiled a two page questionnaire.  Anyone who has a balloon fetish is welcome to copy and paste this to a word document and email it to me at pcrider@ycp.edu.  write Looner in the subject line.

You may use an alias if you wish, but I will not be revealing anyone’s name.

Thank you!


Looners Interview:  Thank you for answering my questions about the sexual fetish involving balloons.  Please answer all questions that you are comfortable sharing.

Name or Alias:




What age did you find you liked balloons?

At what age did balloons become a part of sex for you?

Is this fetish shared with your significant other? (boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband)

Why or why not?

Do you reveal your fetish to family?  Friends?

What about balloons do you find appealing?

How do you involve balloons in a sexual experience?

Do you find other objects that can hold air stimulating? (latex gloves, condoms, etc.)

Are you sexually stimulated just by the sight of balloons? (at a traditional party)

Does size, shape or color of the balloon make a difference?

Are helium balloons more attractive/stimulating than regular blown balloons?

If a balloon has a balloon inside, is that extra stimulating?

Do you prefer blowing up balloons or inflating with helium?

Do you ever fill balloons with something other than air? (water, sand, mayonnaise, pickle juice)

Are the silver (foil) balloons appealing?

Do you have a specific balloon memory from childhood?  Good or bad?

Do you like to pop balloons?

Do you get attached to the balloons and hate when they pop?

Do you have a favorite looner moment?

In your opinion is there any harm in a balloon fetish?  (Physically, psychologically, etc.)

What do you believe other people think of Looners?

Does being a Looner have any effect on your relationships with others?

What do you find to be the most enjoyable activity with a balloon? (smell, feel, static, popping sound, etc.)

Any other comments please write as much as you would like.

Thank you!

Pattie Crider

York College of PA

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