A paraphilia (in Greek para παρά = besides and -philia φιλία = love)— is any of several persistent, intense sexual interests, fantasies, or urges involving nonhuman objects, pain or humiliation, children, or nonconsenting individuals. Some paraphilias may interfere with the capacity for sexual activity with consenting adult partners. Paraphilias are a phenomenon of males nearly exclusively, but some case studies of females with paraphilias have been published. See also a list of paraphilias.
Sexual fetishism, or erotic fetishism, is the sexual attraction to materials and objects not conventionally viewed as being sexual in nature; the term was first introduced by Alfred Binet, the psychologist better known for inventing IQ testing. Fetishism is diagnosable as a paraphilia in the DSM and the ICD, but many people embrace their fetishes rather than seek treatment to attempt to be rid of them.
A fetish community is a group of like-minded people who are interested in persuing their fetish. Before the days of the Internet, specialist magazine often served as a focal point and contact medium.
Today, the Internet has enabled hundreds of fetish groups and organizations to flourish. The largest fetish and BDSM personals site is alt.com
alt.com - The largest fetish and BDSM personals site
Hogging refers to the practice of groups of men who target overweight or obese women, typically for sexual encounters. Unlike fat fetishists, men who participate in hogging are not necessarily sexually attracted to obese women's bodies; they aim to take advantage of a female's stereotypical low self esteem or to provide comedy to themselves and their friends by engaging in sexual activities with women who are overweight.
Total enclosure fetishism is a form of sexual fetishism whereby a person becomes aroused when having entire body enclosed in a certain way, hence the name.
Some total enclosure activities include:
Silk/satin fetishism is a sexual fetish relating to garments or other articles made of silk or satin fabric. It is usually directed towards people wearing silk or satin, but it can also be directed towards the garments themselves.
Fetishists are attracted to silk and satin both because of its physical properties (softness, smoothness, drape and shine) and its association with elegance, glamour, romance and opulence.
Shoe fetishism, also known as retifism (after Nicolas-Edme Rétif), is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to shoes or other footwear as a matter of sexual preference, psychosexual disorder, and an alternative or complement to a relationship with a partner. Homosexual men with shoe fetishism are erotically interested in men's shoes. Although shoes carry sexual connotations in mainstream culture[weasel words](for example, women's shoes are commonly sold as being "sexy") this opinion refers to an ethnographic or cultural context.
Panty fetishism is the belief that panties (or female underwear) contain an intrinsic sexual power.
Fetishistic behaviour can involve sharing printed or electronic material depicting exposure of panties, usually of a softcore nature, or direct sight and physical contact with the panties.
Mask fetishism is a desire to see a subject wearing a mask or taking off a mask. The mask may be a Halloween mask, a surgical mask, ninja mask, gas mask, a latex mask, or any other kind of mask.
Anesthesia fetishism could be considered a very specific form of mask fetishism, as its most common point of focus is the mask placed over a patient's face to administer inhaled anesthetics.