Navel fetishism is a sexual fetish in which an individual is attracted to the human navel.
A navel fetishist can be sexually aroused by a variety of stimuli, including key words, thoughts or specific forms of physical interaction with the navel such as viewing, licking or sniffing. This attention is usually directed at a partner's navel, but may include a fixation on the fetishist's own belly-button.
Some navel fetishists engage in outercourse involving the navel, or navel torture – where the objective is to inflict intense sensory stimulation and even pain to a person’s belly button. In contrast, some male fetishists get pleasure from navel intercourse. The male places his penis inside a woman's belly button. This is generally more achievable with larger women, however any belly button can host a penis. Some males also get pleasure by picking a woman's belly button.
Forms of navel torture include: dripping hot oil or wax into the navel or poking pins into the navel, and forcing the navel from an inwards position into an outwards position. This is often done with the aid of a syringe.
The fetish for navels may be explained by behavioral imprinting in early childhood, or to a lesser extent in adolescence or adult life. Others claim that the navel and genitalia can send sensory information to similar parts of the brain.
The anthropologist Desmond Morris has argued that the bellybutton is a miniature image of the vagina. This is a disputed idea, partly due to the fact that navel fetishism is present in some homosexual males and heterosexual females.
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