If it is true that the eye also wants its part, including stiletto heels, fishnet stockings, studded collars, handcuffs, bandages and disguises, in terms of sex, fetishism plays the lion’s share. According to the Global Sex Survey research conducted on behalf of a well-known brand of condoms in 2006, 35% of Italians who indulge in the pleasure of watching, otherwise called voyeurs, over a third, and mostly men. Those who indulge in erotic couple games, ie blindfolded eyes, handcuffs, and disguises and sexual role-playing games are about 25% about one in 4. In short, an army that, with the spread of the internet, is swelling, as shown by the growing sales of lingerie and related items. But what is fetishism
The term fetishism it comes from fetish and was coined in the 15th century by Portuguese explorers to represent rock objects that indigenous peoples worshiped as deities. Of course, the meaning has been evolving and its declination has found application above all in the field of sexual behavior. According to the classification made by the sexologist Willy Pasini, fetishism is an erotic passion that involves the use of inanimate objects such as panties, bras, socks, shoes, boots or other female clothing accessories in order to achieve arousal. Often – he adds – the subject rubs or sniffs the fetishistic object while masturbating holding it. Sometimes he asks his partner to wear the garment or object during sexual intercourse.
The very first signs can be found already in childhood even if it begins clearly in adolescence and tends to become chronic. According to classical psychoanalysis, fetishismin the male it is associated with the castration complex while in the female it is associated with a concatenation of more complex elements that do not end in the classic “penis envy”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies fetishism among the disorders of sexual preference but before considering the pleasure of looking at it as a pathology, it is necessary to keep in mind that there are two types of fetishism: the hard one, considered pathological by psychoanalysis, associated with cases more anomalous disguises such as excitement in the change of image for the purpose of sexual arousal (but according to the available research these are cases that do not exceed 1 per thousand of probability) and the soft fetishism, the very widespread one that makes the use of objects as tools to make someFetishism: the ranking of the most loved fetish objects by Italians After all, fashion is the first vehicle of ferticism (we are naturally in the area of soft fetishism).
All the accessories used by the great pret-a-porter brands often wink to fetish inspiration in the consideration that the dress expresses a look and the look is also sexual communication in some cases that invites sexual transgression. For example, there are those who find the style of Dolce & Gabbana , fetish by definition and judging by the success of sales it certainly cannot be said that it is a mass pathology. But in addition to fashion, simple women’s fishnet or garter stockings are examples of soft fetishism, loved by men as an object of desire but equally loved by women as an instrument of seduction. It is no coincidence that they are in 1st place among the fetish objects preferred by Italians.
Fetish objects are also often considered to be shoes with stiletto heels or boots with very high heels. Women’s shoes are a very widespread fetishism and everyday fashion seems to have cleared fetish women’s shoes from the dark corners of sex shops, admitting stiletto heels and boots among the accessories available in normal shops. The “sex toys” deserve a separate discussion , but apart from those aimed at producing physical pleasure to the woman (vibrators) or to the man (rings or similar) whips, collars, bandages and handcuffsthey populate the nights of Italians much more than they did twenty years ago. How many are men and women fetishistsThere are no extensive epidemiological data on this matter. To limit ourselves to the serious research, cited in the article, the research on 5 cases out of 4000 patients documented in 1954 (Curren) is valid. In 1980 a questionnaire filled in on 94 men and their sexual fantasies found that 77.7% “often have fantasies of a scene in which a part of the female body is imagined” and 50% the fantasy of a scene in which the man is with a woman who wears exciting clothes and accessories.
Like saying a classic of eroticism that would affect 1 in 2 men. Disguises which are a different and well-coded form of fetishism deserve a separate discussion. According to what Veronica Vizzari, Anna Cornelio and Margherita Napoli recall in the article Fetishism and disguise fetishism, literally fetishism means disguise, wearing clothes of the opposite sex; WHO defines cross-dressing fetishism as the situation in which the individual wears the clothes of the opposite sex in order to create the appearance of being a member of the opposite sex; the act of wearing the clothes of the opposite sex – according to the WHO – is closely associated with sexual arousal, and once orgasm is reached, arousal decreases and there is a strong desire to remove the clothing.
When fetishism becomes a pathological disorder Psychoanalysis and psychology are in agreement and in line with the WHO indication: the disorder must be diagnosed when “fetishist fantasies become the main source of sexual stimulation for a satisfactory response and if they lead to rituals so pressing and unacceptable that they interfere with sexual intercourse and cause individual suffering “. Here we are obviously in the pathological case of fetishism that has become a sexual disorder, a behavior that is very rare. Most of the time it is the soft and harmless fetishism that crowds the Italians’ nights. A sort of ” bunga bunga ” between fake Red Cross and para-teachers that often ends in tarallucci and wine.