“Perfection can be a fetish.” – Bernard Leach
The mere mention of the word “fantasy” arouses thoughts of threesomes, busty blondes, and role-playing. But “fetish”? That just freaks people some out.
What is a fetish?
The reality is that a fetish is just a specific type of fantasy. And one that more people have than you probably realize.
Having one doesn’t necessarily mean wanting to wear adult diapers or a French maid costume. However, it can mean that as well.
Sexual fetishism or erotic fetishism, as described by Wikipedia, is a sexual fixation. It can be about a nonliving object or non-genital body part or action. Firstly, the object of interest is called the fetish. Secondly, the person who has a fetish for that object is a fetishist.
Where does it come from?
The word fetish derives from the French fétiche, which comes from the Portuguese feitiço (“spell”), which in turn derives from the Latin facticius (“artificial”) and facere (“to make”).
In a review of 48 cases of clinical fetishism, fetishes included clothing (58.3%), rubber and rubber items (22.9%), footwear (14.6%), body parts (14.6%), leather (10.4%), and soft materials or fabrics (6.3%).
A sexual fetish may be regarded as a non-pathological aid to sexual excitement or as a mental disorder if it causes significant psychosocial distress for the person or has detrimental effects on important areas of their life.
Do you have one?
I would love to find out!
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