The subject of sexual fetishism is one of those taboos that is, well, not all that taboo. In the right atmosphere, people barely hesitate to share what “really turns them on
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,” and you’d be hard-pressed to find a women’s magazine that hasn’t delved into the subject of fantasies, sex toys and stuff-he-won’t-tell-you-he-wants.
Are these fetishes? Sometimes. Technically, a sexual fetish is an intense focus on an inanimate object (like a shoe), a body part (like a foot) or a medium (such as leather or silk) that’s essential to a person’s arousal but does not have any inherent sensuality. A true fetishist cannot have a satisfying sexual experience without it, and it’s a problem, often interfering with real intimacy and sometimes resulting in destructive behavior.
But in the more common use of the term, a fetish is pretty harmless. It plays a supporting role, not the lead, in a person’s sexual experience. There are literally countless fetishes out there. Almost everybody’s got their “thing
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.” Still, there are those that turn up over and over in conversations, surveys and bedrooms around the world — a handful of sexual preferences that seem to be almost hardwired.
Here, five of the most common fetishes out there, beginning with one that’s relatively new¡