general subject deserves direct reference to other more expert sources.
the moment, an Introduction I wrote for a collection of correspondence
on a very specifically focused interest, includes some comments on the
general nature of what we loosely call '"Fetish"
a word, Fetish means different things to different people. Whatever
your personal erotic/sensual turn-on imagery, it often defies easy explanation.
Trying to analyse things too closely can complicate the issue even further.
If it gets your juices flowing and does no harm to anybody else - go
is great: high heels or garter belts, fishnet stockings or thigh-high
rubber waders, bulky bike leathers or slinky cat-suits in latex or PVC
- to each his own. Getting off' using a sensual stimulant, the look,
feel, smell, sound, taste - can spark very different energies in different
perhaps cover of
Fetish Times magazine
(no longere published)
enjoyable in the imagination can occupy the mind for many a happy hour.
A determination to turn the fantasy into some sort of reality can offer
endless exciting possibilities or screw up your life completely. It's
all a matter of degree. The fine line between an interest - enthusiasm
- obsession - fixation, is a matter of personal circumstance. Certainly,
it can become a distraction in your everyday life if there is no one
to share it with.
People who develop a secret instinctive erotic preference may be worried
because social conditioning tells them this is a "perversion".
If it doesn't fit into a recognised category of kink, it can be even
more disturbing. There was a time when a guilty fantasy could stew dangerously
because there was no safe means of finding out if there were others
on the same wavelength. That has all changed.
days of Internet, the information highway is wide open - and safe. Opportunity
to communicate with others has shed light into the murkiest corners.
It's not just a case of pornography (although there's no shortage of
hot one-handed reading to be found), the most obscure preference is
now easier to 'research'.