Foot fetishism has been defined as a pronounced sexual interest in the feet or footwear. Sigmund Freud considered foot binding as a form of fetishism.For a foot fetishist, points of attraction include the shape and size of the foot and toes (e.g., long toes, short toes, painted toenails, high arches, soles etc.), jewelry (toe rings, anklets, etc.), treatments (such as pedicures or massaging), state of dress (barefoot, sandals, flip flops, high heels, etc.), odor, and/or sensory interaction (e.g., smelling the foot, licking, kissing, tickling, biting, sucking toes, etc.)
Some researchers have hypothesized that foot fetishism increases as a response to epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases. In one study, conducted by Dr. A James Giannini at Ohio State University an increased interest in feet as sexual objects was observed during the great gonorrhea epidemic of twelfth-century Europe, and the syphilis epidemics of the 16th and 19th centuries in Europe. In the same study, the frequency of foot-fetish depictions in pornographic literature was measured over a 30-year interval. An exponential increase was noted during the period of the current AIDS epidemic. In these cases, sexual foot play was viewed as a safe-sex alternative. However, the researchers noted that these epidemics overlapped periods of relative female emancipation.
Neurologist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran proposed that foot fetishism is caused by the feet and the genitals occupying adjacent areas of the somatosensory cortex, possibly entailing some neural crosstalk between the two. Ramachandran has noted amputies reporting orgasms in their feet.Desmond Morris considered foot fetishism the result of mal-imprinting at an early age, the tactile pressure of a foot/shoe being important in this.Freud's reading of foot-fetishism also involved early imprinting; but he considered the smell of feet significant in this, as well as the foot as penis-symbol/surrogate (castration complex, especially when encountered while voyeuristic exploring the female body from below).
Otto Fenichel similarly saw castration fear as significant in foot fetishism, citing a future fetishist who as an adolescent said to himself "You must remember this throughout life – that girls, too, have legs", to protect himself from the fear. Where fear of the (castrated) female body is too great, desire is felt not for shoes on female feet but for women's shoes alone, without women. Georges Bataille saw the lure of the feet as linked to their anatomical baseness. I see nothing bad in that. if you like something (even if it is girl's or guy's feet) you are allowed to do it. Here is nothing to be ashamed about.
There are some parts that are great about having a foot fetish. I love giving foot massages. Women tend to love getting foot massages. It’s a great sensual act that can be incredibly intimate. Tarantino’s “Foot Fucking Master” scene in Pulp Fiction sums this up nicely. I’ve learned new ways to please a partner with feet.I also begin to notice little things. I tend to notice when he gets a pedicure. I tend to pick up on other small things that my partner puts effort into now and then to shake things up. I like noticing the little things. After all isn’t it the little things that matter?Having a foot fetish is relatively normal. I’ve learned a lot about people from my own love of feet. I honestly think that it’s made me have a better understanding of myself.
Foot fetishist here, as you can tell by my cleverly subtle name. I recently found out that it's because the areas in the brain responsible for pleasure are very close to the areas in the brain related to feet. Sometimes there's a little overlap there. I'm still pretty private about my fetish, even though it's the number one non-sexual body part that's fetishized. I'll share it with a partner if I'm sure she won't get squicked out by it...but I keep it under my hat. I'm not the type of person who requires foot play to get off, but it's a huge bonus if my partner is into it.
I totally agree with you. There are a lot of celebreties who are foot fetishists and Marilyn Manson is among them. The shock rocker has been outed by former girlfriend Jenna Jameson as a foot fetishist. Britney Spears. The pop star rarely wears shoes and has said publicly she enjoys having men kiss her feet.Andy Warhol.The pop artist was a major practitioner of podophilia, evident in his many shoe portraits and the mummified human foot he kept by his bed. Big Boi. One half of hip hop duo Oukast, Big Boi has been quoted as saying, I like the feet. I love feet. If they’ve got nice feet, it’s a turn-on.
Foot fetish is quite ordinary nowadays. It is very popular between people. I like men's feet, but I can't call myself feet fetishist. But I've got lots of friends who adore feet, they like doing everything with them during having sex. As for me, it is a little bit strange, but tastes differ.
I have two friends and they are the craziest foot fetishists I've ever met in my entire life! :cheer: I mean,oh my goodness,they make all this crazy and stupid things,often in public-but hey,we all love them and we got sort of used to it. :) I don't think that this is in any way wrong-some love to lick your foot,others love to lick something else. ;) As for me,I'm a little bit like that myself-when a foot is real beautiful (and clean :) ),I love to kiss it all over,to play with every finger,especially,the biggest one. ;) So,I'm a tiny foot fetishist too.
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