What is a Fetish Anyways?
Fetishes have been around much longer than I’d care to admit, but we’re gonna dig into one that’s pretty “common” in the world of fetishes: the foot fetish. It actually known as the most popular and documented fetishes in the world. A fetish, simply put, is a sexual attraction or arousal by some kind of object. In this case, the foot sexually arouses those with a foot fetish, whether it be feet in heels, boots, stockings, or just bare feet. The first mention of a foot fetish was in the thirteenth century. Let’s marinate on that for a few moments.
Let’s just think of all the germs and unhygienic activity that took place in the thirteenth century! Now that I think about it though, the foot may have been one of, if not the only, safe body part where a person couldn’t catch anything back then.
You remember that guy with the foot fetish police record? He keeps getting in trouble with the law for randomly assaulting the feet of women he doesn’t know. So why do people have foot fetishes you ask? Well there are a lot of possible reasons depending on the person.
How Do People Form Foot Fetishes?
Sigmund Freud hypothesized that people have foot fetishes because the foot resembles the phallic shape. It has also been noted that brain areas associated with genitalia and feet are adjacent to one another and also thought that some individuals get those two areas “cross wired”.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are those of us who enjoy foot massages and other attention to the feet (that shall remain nameless). Could this have anything to do with the fact that many nerves of the foot, which are responsible for a majority of your daily movements, cause sensitivity in these areas is heightened in comparison to other regions of the body?