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March 23 2016

Foot Fetishes - How Common Are They?

Foot fetishism is one of the most popular of all the fetishes. Although usually linked to male sexuality and male preferences, women may also exhibit a sexual fetish although focus and object could be different, e.g., a fetish for womens' shoes.

Sexual fetishism, or erotic fetishism, is placed by Wikipedia as the full sexual confidence a person receives from the physical object. The object of interest is called the fetish, anyone a fetishist who has a fetish for that object....Arousal coming from a particular body part just isn't to be confused with fetishism since it is classified as partialism."

The astounding fact about fetishes happens when it exists, there is someone on the market who is attracted to it. Current advent of the web, there's probably a special club focused on that specific fetish. Some common fetishes target body parts, such as feet, breasts, breast enlargements, legs, or butt. Other fetishes give attention to bodily functions, such as sneezing, urination, or bowel motions. Then there are fetishes focused on clothing, like womens' underwear, leather outfits, or nappies. And some fetishes require specific treatment, such as being given enemas, nursing with a woman's breasts, or becoming spanked or tickled.

Not long ago i searched online to get research and statistics about the prevalence of fetishes, specifically foot fetishes. One sire listed 34 Yahoo and 6 MSN Foot Fetish Groups, some targeted for lesbians, indicating it is not only men who have foot fetishes.

In August 2006, AOL evaluated search terms used by their subscribers that included the phrase "fetish." At that time, the most commonly searched "fetish" was for "feet." Another study in 2007 with the University of Bologna examined 381 Internet discussions about fetishes which have involved about 5000 participants. They learned that the greatest number of discussion groups along with the greatest number of messages written were devoted to body parts. And interestingly, your body parts most mentioned were feet and toes. In one discussion group, some individuals quoted statistics of up to 20-40%.

However, to put things into perspective, as a practicing sex therapist and counselor for over 25 years, I've worked with only "TWO" guys that had real foot fetishes. There needs to be a distinction made between "partialism," a focus on one body part that is found to be most arousing versus "fetishism," an importance on one body part that's often the ONLY way of sexual arousal.

Men, or women, with a true foot fetish usually CANNOT become aroused without totally emphasizing the partner's feet. Men, or women, which has a partialism toward feet may enjoy their partner wearing high heel pumps, having toes that appear perfectly prearranged, or some other aspect that they prefer, but they may also become aroused with the touch and other areas of a partner's appearance or presence.

There tend not to appear to be valid statistics around the prevalence of foot fetishes, but in my working experience the prevalence is very low. Of course, this might mean that some people with extreme foot fetishes have never sought therapy since their fetish does not appear to harm anyone and they also do not feel a necessity or desire to change.

Once you learn someone who has a foot fetish or you, yourself, have a foot fetish, you probably need to understand that this just isn't an easily "cured" full sexual confidence pattern. The brain stimulation and association was probably formed at a very young age, perhaps even at a preverbal age, in early childhood or early adolescence. And often, the person with a fetish does not really want to change, eventhough it can be inconvenient and preclude creating a captivating relationship with a real partner.

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