What Are Fetishes?

A fetish is an object or activity that arouses sexual desire. It is part of a group of mental disorders known as paraphilias.

For a fetish to be considered problematic, it must cause distress or interfere with your normal life. Fetishes are also known as kinks. There are three types of fetish – media, form and animate.

Body parts

Despite what you may have heard, not all body parts are equal when it comes to fetishism. While it is normal to be attracted to a part of your body or a particular sexual activity, it can become a problem if it becomes more important than your relationship with a partner or other loved ones. If this happens, you may be suffering from fetishism, which is one of the paraphilic disorders.

Some of the most common fetishes are the feet, breasts and buttocks. They can be erogenous zones that work to stimulate the pleasure centres of the brain. Other body parts that people have fetishes for include tummies, lips, nails, hair, and eyes. In some cases, the fetish can be a specific type of clothing.

A less common fetish is objectum sexuality, which involves having a sexual interest in non-living objects. This can be as simple as being attracted to your vibrator or as serious as engaging in sex with a doll. People who engage in this behaviour can also become obsessed with their objects and have a loss of interest in other activities and relationships.

If you are concerned about your fetish, it is important to talk to a professional. A therapist can help you understand your fetish and learn how to control it. They can also use techniques such as aversion therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to change associations between your fetish and sexual behaviors.


The concept of fetish is a central theme in both Marx’s and Freud’s writings. For both theorists, it is a way of describing how humans interact with objects that do not “really” have certain properties or functions. These fictitious properties are often assigned by the object’s user.

Fetish objects can take the form of nonliving items or a highly specific focus on nongenital body parts. In addition, they may be expressed as fantasies, impulses or behaviors. People with Fetishistic Disorder are often asexual but still feel sexually arousing sensations with the fetish objects they use. Fetish objects are not limited to articles of clothing used in cross-dressing (which would be classified as Transvestic Disorder) or items or devices designed for genital stimulation (such as vibrators or dildos).

When an object is fetishized, it becomes more important than the actual thing that it stands for. The fetish object is more potent than the’real thing’ it refers to, and therefore becomes a symbol of power. This is why fetishes are often revered by their owners.

Among the most common types of fetish objects are jewelry, shoes and material. These can be fetishes for their symbolic, cultural or functional significance. Other examples include money and property, which can be fetishized for their role in monetary systems or as status symbols. A fetish object can also be a sign of desire, such as class rings exchanged as tokens of going steady in teen age or diamond engagement rings.


A clothing fetish is sexual arousal that revolves around a particular type of fashion. This can be anything from a dress or skirt to a pair of jeans or even a lace-up corset. Clothing fetishism can also include wearing clothing made from leather or latex. This type of fetish may be medically diagnosed and can affect both men and women.

Among the most common clothing fetishes are long socks and jeans. These types of fetishes stimulate sex by tightening and loosening, as well as by allowing the wearer to see each other’s legs. Another popular fetish is the use of uniforms, which can be worn for sexual arousal. For example, some people enjoy dressing up as a nurse or doctor, while others like to play dress up as pirates, French maids, or sports players.

Another type of clothing fetish is the use of tight, skintight fabric. These garments are often adorned with ruffles, embroidery, and back closures. They are also often made from silk or leather, which gives them a high level of sensuality. This type of fetish can be psychologically addictive, because the material feels good against the body. It can also be a means of expressing one’s personality and lifestyle. This is why the fetish of spandex or a similar material is often seen in superhero movies and comic books.


Fetishes can be made of a variety of materials. Some are shaped like a foot or an earlobe, while others can be made of leather or rubber. These objects are a way to connect with people who have the same fetishes, and can be used as a form of self-expression. They can also be used to help people overcome societal norms. Although they may not be accepted by society, fetishes can make people feel comfortable and loved. Some people find comfort in finding other people who share their same fetishes, and many of these groups are found online.

While Pietz’s materialist alternative avoids reducing fetishism to false consciousness, it does challenge a number of assumptions underlying current interpretations. For example, it is crucial to understand that the concept of fetish developed within a specific cross-cultural transactional context and was continually subject to historical change.

Pietz’s approach is also more inclusive than the standard definition of fetishism, which limits the term to sexual desires and objects. He argues that any object, whether a piece of wood or an artifact, can be fetishized. He also argues that any object that can be manipulated to have supernatural qualities can be considered a fetish.

Contemporary artists often use fetish objects in their work. For instance, David Livingston uses handmade structures in performances that evoke mythologies of ancient cultures. Other artists, such as Alison Meyler and Robert Gregson, create works with graphite layers that are reminiscent of complex schematics. These fetish objects are a way to create a sense of mystery and intrigue.