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The Countess with the whip. Illustration by Martin van Maele.
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Foot fetishism, foot partialism, foot worship, or podophilia is a pronounced sexual interest in feet.[1] It is the most common form of sexual preference for otherwise non-sexual objects or body parts.[2] Depending on the circumstances in which it is performed, it can also be considered a moderate form of erotic humiliation. Foot fetishism is a pronounced fetishistic sexual interest in human feet. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 370 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 648 pixel, file size: 135 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 370 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 648 pixel, file size: 135 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... For other uses, see Foot (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...



Foot fetish has been defined as a pronounced sexual interest in the feet or footwear. Freud considered foot binding as a form of fetishism.[3] For a foot fetishist, points of attraction include the shape and size of the foot and toes (i.e., long toes, high arches or slender soles, fat toes), treatments e.g.: french pedicure, state of dress (i.e., barefoot or clad in socks or nylons), odor, and any form of sensory interaction.[3] Sigmund Freud His famous couch Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 - September 23, 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology, a movement that popularized the theory that unconscious motives control much behavior. ... Lotus Feet redirects here. ... Look up Socks in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sheer pantyhose Pantyhose (also called tights) are sheer, close fitting coverings of the body from the waist to the feet, almost exclusively worn by women. ...

Aretifism is a sexual attraction to people who are or go without footwear, rather than to feet per se. This may include an attraction to dirty feet or soles.


Relative frequency

In order to estimate the relative frequency of fetishes, researchers at the University of Bologna examined 381 Internet discussion groups, in which at least 5,000 people had been participating. Researchers estimated the prevalences of different fetishes based on (a) the number of discussion groups devoted to a particular fetish, (b) the number of individuals participating in the groups and (c) the number of messages exchanged. It was concluded that the most common fetishes were for body parts or for objects usually associated with body parts (33% and 30% respectively). Among those people preferring body parts, feet and toes were preferred by the greatest number, with 47% of those sampled preferring them. Among those people preferring objects related to body parts, footwear (shoes, boots, etc.) was most preferred (64%).[4][5] The University of Bologna (Italian: , UNIBO) is the oldest continually operating degree-granting university in the world, and the second biggest university in Italy. ...

In August 2006, AOL released a database of the search terms submitted by their subscribers. In ranking only those phrases that included the word "fetish", it was found that the most common search was for feet.[6] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ...

Relationships to health and disease

Researchers have hypothesized that foot fetishism increases as a response to epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases. In one study, an increased interest in feet as sexual objects was observed during the great gonorrhea epidemic of twelfth century Europe and the syphilis epidemics of the 16th and 19th centuries in Europe. In another study, the frequency of foot-fetish depictions in pornographic literature was measured over a 30 year interval. An exponential increase was noted during the period of the current AIDS epidemic. The researchers noted that these epidemics overlapped periods of relative female emancipation. Sexual focus on female feet was hypothesized to be a reflection of a more dominant posture of the woman in sexual-social relations. [7]


See also: Sexual fetishism#Psychological origins and development

Neurologist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran proposed that foot fetishism is caused by the feet and the genitals occupying adjacent areas of the somatosensory cortex, possibly entailing some neural crosstalk between the two.[8]. Foot fetish is one of the best things Marchese de Kadesh, famous 17th century sexual explorer, experienced, he wrote in his long lost essay "When the River Bends". Two women in handcuffs and latex miniskirts and tops - Latex and PVC fetishism Wikinews has related news: Dr. Joseph Merlino on sexuality, insanity, Freud, fetishes and apathy Sexual fetishism is the sexual attraction for material and terrestrial objects while in reality the essence of the object is inanimate and sexless. ... Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran on an episode of PBSs NOVA Television program. ... The lateral postcentral gyrus is a prominent structure in the parietal lobe of the human brain and an important landmark. ...

Famous foot fetishists

This article is about the American drummer Tommy Lee. ... -1... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an Academy Award- and Palme dOr-winning American film director, screenwriter and actor. ... This article is about the singer/songwriter. ... Brooke Lisa Burke (born September 8, 1971) is an American television personality and model, known for hosting Wild On! (1999-2002) and Rock Star. ... Eva Ulrika Jonsson (born August 16, 1967) is a Swedish-born British television presenter. ...

See also

Walking barefoot Going barefoot means not wearing shoes, socks, or other foot covering. ... Categories: People stubs | Fetish photographers | 1919 births | 1997 deaths ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


  1. ^ World Health Organization, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (2007), Chapter V, F65 Disorders of sexual preference.
  2. ^ Dobson, R. "Heels are the world's No 1 fetish." The Independent; February 25, 2007 (retrieved via The Wayback Machine on 17 July 2007).
  3. ^ a b Cameron Kippen (November 2004). The History of Footwear - Foot Sex. Retrieved on 2007-06-08.
  4. ^ Scorolli C, Ghirlanda S, Enquist M, Zattoni S, Jannini E A (2007). Relative prevalence of different fetishes. International Journal of Impotence Researchadvance online publication 15 February 2007; doi: 10.1038/sj.ijir.3901547. http://www.nature.com/ijir/journal/v19/n4/abs/3901547a.html retrieved March 2007.
  5. ^ Dobson, Roger (2007). Heels are the world's No 1 fetish. The Independent Online Edition, http://news.independent.co.uk/sci_tech/article2303022.ece, accessed 29 October 2007.
  6. ^ AOL's Accidental Release of Search Data - The Sexmind of America. http://aphrodisiology.com/aol-sex-data, accessed June 2007.
  7. ^ Giannini AJ, Colapietro G, Slaby AE, Melemis SM, Bowman, RK (1998). Sexualization of the female foot as a response to sexually transmitted epidemics: a preliminary study. Psychological Reports, Vol. 83, No. 2, 1998, pp. 491-498
  8. ^ Kringelbach, Morten. Bodily Illusions. http://www.kringelbach.dk/Preprint_Beagle_BodilyIllusions.html, last accessed Sept 2006.
  9. ^ Tommy Lee's Foot Fetish, ContactMusic.com
  10. ^ Rapper admits he has a foot fetish and that he's not planning to run for public office, Associated Press via MSNBC, December 23, 2004.
  11. ^ Tarantino in Foot Fetish Heaven, TMZ.com, April 28, 2008.
  12. ^ in the spotlight - Enrique Iglesias, Teen People, March 2000.
  13. ^ Brooke Burke on Feet, Anecdotage.com.
  14. ^ Ulrika Jonsson has a Foot Fetish, ShowbizSpy.com, 21 December, 2007.

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