Scientists and psychologists have tried to explain the cause of the #1 most common sexual fetish: an intense sexual interest in feet and footwear. Dr. Vilanayar Ramachandran at the University of California reports that the brain areas associated with genitalia and feet are adjacent to each other in the brain’s body image map. Could it be that foot fetishes could possibly result from cross-wiring in the brain between the foot and the genital parts?
Other explanations revolve around the assumed dirtiness of the feet making them a taboo body part. And we know how well taboos churn desires into lust!
Regardless of the roots, this fetish is wide spread, it’s healthy, and it’s not going anywhere. Quentin Tarantino, Alex Rodriguez, and Tommy Lee are amongst the celebrities who are public about their love of feet. If the sight, smell, or taste of feet or shoes makes your heart skip a beat, then welcome to the club of foot fetishists. If not, numbers certainly indicate you’ll likely date someone who does.
Despite its commonality, 30% of gay foot fetishists have reported feeling guilty, anxious, ashamed and even depressed because of their proclivity for foot adoration. Given that this fetish is common and healthy, I for one would love to see that number drop to 0%.
Opening up about a fetish is an intimate act that. Perhaps we can all agree to make it part of the common dating repertoire to ask people if they have any fetishes, opening the doors of communication in a lighthearted & non-judgmental way. If you spoil your lover with openness and understanding, he’ll most likely return the favor, in whatever flavor you’re into.