A fetish is a sexual attraction to an object or situation that is not normally considered to be sexual in nature. Fetishes can involve a sexual attraction to almost anything imaginable — from feet to shoes, body features, certain acts or situations, or the feel of certain fabrics such as leather, rubber, latex or fur. Regardless of what non-living object the person has a fetish for, most fetishes are considered to be atypical sexual preferences. Paraphilic disorders are those characterized by abnormal sexual behaviors, urges and fantasies involving unusual objects, activities or situations for sexual gratification. Fetishistic disorder is a form of paraphilic disorder that involves objects that are non-sexual in nature.
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Experts weigh in on whether mental illness is involved when people have fetishes such as bondage, obsession with feet, or adult diapers. Others may develop a liking for a particular lifestyle that allows them to live out their fetish or interest in erotic role-playing, such as bondage, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism BDSM. Fetishes and alternative erotic lifestyles come in a wide variety of forms, from common to extreme. Consider John-Michael Williams, owner of Tykables, an adult baby fetish shop in Illinois that sells adult diapers to people who are aroused by being treated like babies. I relate it to an underwear fetish.
What Causes People to Have Sexual Fetishes?
Excess Weight. Weight Control. Fetishism or a specific fetish is one of the behaviors in a group of sexual problems called paraphilias where paraphilias are strong reoccurring sexual urges and fantasies typically involving nonhuman objects or involving the suffering or humiliation of yourself or another person. Fetishes are associated with sexual arousal in response to objects or stimuli not associated with normal sexual behavior patterns and that may interfere with the establishment of normal sexual relationships. This sexual behavior is widespread and takes many forms, from the harmless to the dangerous and malicious.
In a peer-reviewed paper , sex psychologists Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Elsa Almas, and Kaethe Weingarten advocate a new approach to understanding sexual fetishes that may be deemed unusual or uncommon. The paper, based on work by esteemed sex psychologist John Money, compares sexual turn-ons to learning a language. As a former dominatrix, I used to get people coming to me for spanking and caning because they'd received corporal punishment at school, often in a completely un-erotic context. Feet are a good example. There's actually a scientific theory that says there's some cross-wiring in the brain of foot fetishists - the areas of the brain that are associated with the genitalia and the brain are next to one another.