Sexual fetishism can be described as an attraction to materials, objects, scenarios, or physical characteristics that are not conventionally viewed as sexual in nature. Most modern psychologists believe that fetishism is created early, either through conditioning, imprinting, or as the result of a strong emotional (traumatic) experience. Many psychologists also believe that there are hereditary and brain development factors that can play a role in fetish development.
Whatever the cause, fetishes are here to stay, and with the help of the internet, even the most obscure fetish communities are gaining a voice. What follows are the 8 most interesting and bizarre fetishes I could find.
Acrotomophilia fetishists have a sexual interest in amputees.
The majority of acrotomophiles are men and are attracted to female amputees. They usually prefer female amputees to be on crutches and wearing a skirt or otherwise revealing garment. There are also gay acrotomophiles attracted only to same sex amputees. As a general rule, most acrotomophiles do not like to see amputees with a prosthesis and usually have a proclivity towards only one type of amputation (leg only, arm only, etc.)
In an article featured in Hustler, an Acrotomophile describes his attraction towards amputees stumps as:
“qualitatively the same thing as an attraction toward any other feature of the opposite sex. Ask someone who likes redheads or large breasts why he’s particularly turned on by those attributes and you’ll get the same answer, ‘I don’t know.’”
For people with this fetish, it is not the amputee themselves who is the primary turn-on, it is the stump itself.
Most acrotomophilia porn exists in obscure places on the internet, but there are a few example of it in more mainstream pornography. One of the best known was a 1970′s era porno called “Long Jeanne Silver”. “Long Jeanne Silver” features a young woman who was born without a foot. (pictured left) In the video she uses her stump for a variety of sexual acts including inserting her stump into several different orifices. From the video:
“My name is Long Jeanne Silver and I’m handicapped and horny! Due to a quirk of nature I was born with a bigger dick than John Holmes, and baby, you better believe I know how to use it!”
2. Animal Transformation Fetish (Furries)
Furry Fetishists are a subcategory of the larger “transformation fetishist” community. The Furry Fetish is characterized by a sexual attraction to anthropomorphic animal characters with human characteristics and personalities. Most furry fetishists enjoy dressing up as animal characters while engaging in sexual acts, or engaging in sexual acts with stuffed animals.
Furry porn is most often homosexual in nature, although there is a fair percentage of bisexual and heterosexual furry related content. Rather than live action furry pornography, the majority of furry fetish content is comic, cartoon, or animated. As a whole, the furry community is extraordinarily open to different sexual orientations, attractions, and lifestyles. Furry pornography is also often combined with other fetish activity, including BDSM, Foot Fetishes, and Infantilism among others. Pornography featuring furry characters is called furry porn, adult furry material, or yiff art.
Some SFW Adult Furry Images:
Fetishistic Infantilism is characterized by the desire to be treated as an infant or toddler. Roughly 1/3 of those with infantilism fetishes also have fetishes involving Diapers. Adults who engage in infantilistic play are often known as “Adult Babies”.
Neither Infantilism fetishes, nor diaper fetishes includes a sexual preference for children, and are not related to pedophilia. There is no single archetype for infantilism, but as with most other fetishes, it exists in a range. Many infantile fetishists describe the attraction being about relief from responsibility, control, or guilt. If they have a willing partner, infantile fetishists may partake in mother/baby father/baby roleplay. Most “Adult Babies” choose not to engage in sex while in the baby role, because it isn’t considered baby like. In contrast, those with infantile diaper fetishes often engage in sexual activity while wearing a diaper.
With an estimated 100,000 diaper fetishists worldwide, there are thousands of websites and forums catering to Adult Babies and Infantile Fetishists. You can find anything from emporiums of adult-size baby paraphernalia, to e-zines, to personal stories, to erotic fiction, to forums. Check out adultbabysource.com for a better idea of just the type of thing this community enjoys, or search for “Adult Babies” on xtube.com .
4. Human Animal Role play (Pony Play)
Human Animal Role play is a type of erotic sexual role play where one of the participants takes on the role of an animal (usually a dog, cat, or horse) including the mannerisms and behaviors of that animal. The second participant takes the role of the rider, caretaker, trainer, or even breeding partner.
The main themes of human-animal role play primarily involve voluntary or involuntary reduction or transformation of a human into an animal, with a focus on transformation of behavior.This fetish could be categorized with the animal transformation fetish listed at number 2 above, but it doesn’t involve furry or cartoon like costumes. Human-animal role play, and specifically Pony Play is usually used in a BDSM context (unlike furries), where the person taking the animal role is treated as a “slave” or submissive, and the person taking the human role is treated as the Mistress/Master.
Ponyplay is often referred to as “The Aristotelian Perversion” because of Aristotle’s supposed liking for being ridden like a horse. Those who enjoy being ridden separate themselves more specifically in to three groups.
- Ponies that pull carts or trailers containing their owners/masters
- Ponies that are ridden. These ponies can be ridden either on two legs or all fours.
- Ponies that show. This includes ponies who like to “show off” by wearing elaborate costumes, dressage, harnesses, plumes etc.
Below is a trailer from the 2005 film “Born In A Barn” produced by Elizabeth Elson. According to the films website, “Born in a Barn” is
An intimate and occasionally humorous look into the extraordinary erotic lives of four seemingly ordinary people, BORN IN A BARN is a feature-length documentary that takes us deep into the world of pony play, a fast-growing fetish in which enthusiasts role-play as human ponies and handlers.
5. Sthenolagnia (Female Muscle Growth)
Sthenolagnia is a fetish characterizing those who derive sexual arousal from muscularity, or demonstrations of strength. This fetish occurs in both men and women, but its primary focus is on muscular women.
Sthenolagnia, and its subset of Female Muscle Growth (FMG) is a fetish that involves muscular growth of a woman. Most Female muscle growth fetishists are very attracted to female body building. FMG fetishists often have fantasies that go beyond the admiration of women with muscles. They are often very aroused by images or video depicting women who’s muscles grow at unnatural rates. Many fantasies include the concept of a woman’s muscles growing in size with her level of arousal.
Much of the erotica associated with this fetish involve manipulated images, video, and animated gifs depicting the woman’s muscles growing or expanding. The most common body part erotisized with this fetish is the bicep. The following excerpt is taken from an article where a FMG enthusiast describes his fantasy.
I’ve had the same combo fetish since I was at least 5, before I could even recognize it as something sexual at any rate. That alone has to be abnormal . . . but at anyway, I can’t orgasm unless I’m at the very least picturing in my mind a woman with extremely huge breasts AND extremely huge muscles that actually swell and grow with sexual excitement. Part of the thrill seems to be in these “parts” (particularly the breasts, pectoral muscles and biceps) growing and bulging to utterly insane sizes sometimes in the range of buildings, continents, or even planets depending on how far I let myself go.
Here is a representative video that would be considered very erotic to a FMG enthusiast:
6. Abasiophilia (Limited Mobility Fetish)
Abasiophilia, like most fetishes, starts in early childhood, before puberty is reached. Most abasiophilia fetishists can describe a childhood encounter with a disabled adult or child that they believe sparked their fetishistic fascination. Abasiophilia is most common in those who were children during the 1940′s 50′s and 60′s when polio was most common. During this period, there were far more individuals using leg braces and other orthopaedic appliances than today. Studies conducted on this fetish have confirmed that the vast majority of Abasiophilia fetishists are between the ages of 50 and 70, and that there are astonishingly few under the age of 40.
Most erotic material that interests Abasiophilia fetishists features individuals (usually women) with impaired mobility involved in a variety of situations. These situations can be sexual, but are often times more about featuring the disability, the orthopaedic appliance, brace or other aid than any sexual act. An excellent example that characterizes what most abasiophiles would see as attractive can be found at brokenbunny.net . Brokenbunny.net is an erotic website featuring former playboy bunny Sharry Konopski, who was injured in a car accident in 1995 that left her a paraplegic. Here she is in a video with leg braces.
7. Crush Fetish
Crush fetishists attraction consist primarily of the desire to see others (generally a desireable woman) crush or step on an object or small animal. The most common animals crush fetishes desire to see crushed are insects, frogs, lizards, or small rodents. Crushing by feet is usually the main focus, but other methods can be implemented including sitting on the object. Bare feet, or feet in sexy shoes are the most popular.
Many crush fetishists consider it to be a combination of several other fetishes. There are elements of Macrophilia (gigantism/giant woman fetish), Podophilia (foot fetish), Trampling (desire to be stepped on), and Sadism (pleasure from pain). According to Jeff Vilencia, publisher of The American Journal of Crush Freaks and the producer of more than 50 crush videos:
“The fetish is very old, and it starts in childhood, when the child observes an adult, usually a woman, stepping on an insect, he becomes sexually aroused, sort of by happenstance, and as he becomes an adolescent, he eroticizes his behavior in his sexuality and it becomes a part of his love map.”
Crush fetishists are a relatively small group compared to more mainstream fetish communities, so crush fetish pornography is usually of the homemade variety. The legality of crush erotica varies by region. There are currently no laws forbidding the crushing of live vertebrates, but most crush erotica has been condemned by animal rights activists. In 1999 the United States Congress enacted a statute directed specifically at crush films which criminalized the creation, sale, or possesion of films depicting animal cruelty. In 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit invalidated the ban of such films under the Freedom of Speech Clause of the First Amendment. For those interested, here is a mild clip from youtube that would appeal to some crush fetishists.
8. Objectophilia (Object Sexuality)
Those with objectophilia usually have strong feelings of arousal, attraction, love and commitment to certain items or structures. There is a wide variety of objects that objectophilic fetishists are attracted to, including buildings, structures, instruments, electronics, and cars among many other things. Objectophilia fetishists usually subscribe to the concept of animism, or the belief that objects can have souls, intelligence, feelings, and the ability to communicate.
Because of its rarity, and the difficulty in portraying things like buildings or other objects sexually, there aren’t really any good representations of objectophilia porn, except maybe this one:
There are some excellent examples of objectophilia fetishists in the news. For instance, Edward Smith, who claims to have had sex with more than 1,000 cars. Edward, a 57 year old Washington state native first had sex with a car at 15. He says he has never been attracted to people, male or female and feels no need to change. He says:
“I’m not sick and I don’t want to hurt anyone. Cars are just my preference”
Another example is Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer. Mrs. Berliner-Mauer, an Objectophilia fetishist, took her love for objects a step further than Edwards Smith when she actually married the Berlin Wall in 1979. Mrs. Berliner-Mauer (Berlin Wall in German) says her fetish began in her childhood when she first fell in love with the structure after seeing it on television when she was seven. Over the years she began collecting “his” pictures and saving up for visits. On her 6th visit In 1979 she tied the knot before a handful of guests. Mrs. Berliner-Mauer described her attraction by saying:
“I find long, slim things with horizontal lines very sexy. The Great Wall of China’s attractive, but he’s too thick – my husband is sexier.”
Needless to say, she was devastated when the majority of the wall was torn down in 1989. The following video features Mrs. Berliner-Mauer and other Objectophia fetishists. It is NOT A JOKE.