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A list of what are generally considered common fetishes, or in other words fetishes we all know or at least would suspect they exist.

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Butts

For the most part, fetishes that focus on one part of the body, like the butt, or stomach, aren't typically considered a fetish. We’ve accepted that there are boob people, butt people, and those that fall somewhere in the middle. However, these sexual preferences, at either end, are actually considered fetishes. Whether you prefer to look at butts, touch them, or engage in sexual activities that focus on the rear region, this is a butt fetish. Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the social focus on the butt. Songs about butts, videos of people twerking, and butt selfies all over social media. Bottom line? We've entered the era of the booty.


Cougars and Manthers

Yep, that’s right, your attraction to older women like Cameron Diaz, Jenifer Aniston and Katie Couric is actually a fetish. A sexual interest in women significantly older than oneself can be physically based, or hinge on, a sexual attraction to emotional maturity. Social media is all over the Hollywood cougar scene, but I don’t recall anyone calling Ashton Kutcher or Justin Timberlake fetishists. This fetish also extends to young females who are attracted to older men, or so-called "manthers." An example of this might include the young women drooling over Mr. Hugh Hefner or George Clooney. Maybe it's the emotional maturity, the sexual experience, or the look of an aged bod that attracts you to individuals older than yourself, but one thing is for sure - it's a fetish.


Exhibitionism

Exhibitionism is enjoying people viewing (or potentially viewing) you having sex or masturbating. It could refer to public sex, having sex in the window, or having sex on live webcam for internet viewers. Exhibitionism is inherently risky, but it’s incredibly thrilling for many fetishists!


Foot Fetishism

Foot fetishes are one of the most common fetishes out there, especially for heterosexual men. Someone with a foot fetish could potentially get off on everything feet. They often want to engage in foot worship, in which they treat their partner’s foot like a holy object: kissing, caressing, and massaging it. Even if you don't have one, having a partner with a foot fetish can be extremely enjoyable as it means there are potentially foot massages galore in store for you. Humiliation can also play a strong role in a foot fetish: The fetishist may want feet shoved in their face and mouth, or to have their partner walk all over them, touting how filthy their feet are and how pathetic the fetishist is to enjoy such an activity. Other foot fetish activities include giving pedicures and smelling the feet or shoes that said feet reside in throughout the day.


Hair

Whether its long hair, short hair, brown hair, or blonde hair, if your sexual arousal toward a person is dependent on the state of their mane, you’ve got a hair fetish. Although most fetishists are men, many women have hair fetishes too. In women, though, the fetish usually fixates on body hair, like beards and chest hair. Some men love redheads, while some women love a man with a goatee. This fetish is based purely on hair aesthetics. (Read more in The Call of Color: Hair and Attraction.)


Latex

Latex fetishists (sometimes called "rubberists") find latex outfits to be sexually arousing, whether they’re wearing latex themselves or observing a partner in latex.


Leather Kink

Lots of kinksters simply get turned on by wearing and seeing leather! In BDSM stores, you’ll often find leather boots, harnesses, hats, dresses, and more.


Nylons

A nylon fetish commonly accompanies a foot fetish. One with a nylon fetish may enjoy the look and feeling of toes, feet, and legs wrapped tightly in nylon stockings. They may want to smell the nylons, or have them shoved in their mouth. The latter use is a terrific way to shut someone up if you’re into BDSM. Have the dominant partner tie you up to the bed and shove stockings in your mouth, or use them as a blindfold for sensory deprivation. Nylons can also be used (if you don’t mind the likelihood that you’ll ruin them for wear) to tie one another up as a form of bondage. While bondage is a kink, using nylons for bondage is separate than having a nylon fetish, in which the nylons themselves produce the sexual arousal, rather than their usage.


Porn

That’s right, ladies, your boyfriend’s affection for porn is actually a fetish. And its much more common than you might think. Fetishism is much more common in men than women, so it makes sense that so many men have a serious preoccupation with pornography. A porn fetish differs from a porn addiction (see pictophilia) in that those who have a porn fetish simply find the act of viewing pornography to be sexually stimulating, but don’t require the stimulus to achieve sexual gratification. For some fetishists, it isn't even the sexual nature of the stimulus that is arousing, it is that the act of looking at pornography is taboo, thus the act alone is exciting and arousing in and of itself. To most, a little porn is totally healthy.


Rubber

Rubber fetishists are sexually aroused by wearing/seeing sexy rubber outfits. This often has some crossover with the latex fetish and sometimes the terms are used interchangeably.


Role Playing

Lets face it: almost everyone has a role playing fantasy they would like to try. Whether you want to get down with Princess Leia from "Star Wars," or do your history professor, role-playing can be a great way to turn your fantasies into realities. Although the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about role-play is, no doubt, some strange and wild fantasy, there are so many sexual role-play fantasies that we don’t even realize are fetishes. The sexy school girl fantasy, sexy librarian, sexy nurse, or pretty much any other occupation with the prefix of "sexy" will do. Find Halloween an incredibly sexy evening? You might have a fetish for role-play.


Tattoos and Piercings

An attraction to body art is entirely dependent on personal preferences. Some people aren’t bothered by the presence or absence of tattoos and/or piercings, but for some people, they’re a huge turn on. A sexual arousal that hinges on the body art of the fetishists sexual partner is not uncommon, especially as the population of people with tattoos and piercings rises. Some find one particular piercing to be especially attractive, while for others, the more the better. If your preference for body art becomes sexually dependent, you might have stigmatophilia.


Underwear

Truth be told, this is likely one of the most publicly advertised fetishes. The amount of money spent annually on advertising, and the amount of money spent by consumers on underwear is no small thing (the global underwear market was worth $110 billion in 2014). Underwear fetishes hinge on a sexual arousal by anything related to underwear. This can include arousal from wearing certain types of underwear, seeing others wear, put on or take off underwear, handling certain types of underwear, or even arousal from smelling underwear. If you're into it, you can buy, sell, and trade new and used underwear over the Internet with ease. Regardless of how you scratch this itch, if underwear is what makes you swoon, you might just have a fetish.


Voyeurism

“Voyeurism is getting sexual excitement from watching others when they are naked or engaging in sex acts,” says Jill McDevitt, PhD, CalExotics sexologist. And while the pleasure is most commonly derived from watching others, the fetish could also include hearing others engage in sexual acts, or even being told about other people’s sexual experiences.

Arousal to spying on others for sexual gratification.

List of Common Fetishes

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