Could you be more specific about what is and what is not a fetish? No? Then you're like a lot of people. The term fetish is often used indiscriminately by many, precisely because they cannot define it properly. If you like buying shoes, you have a shoe fetish. If you like to eat the same food, this can also be interpreted as a fetish for fun. And even though many people associate the term with sexuality, they do not always know exactly what is behind it. Sure, people with a fetish like a special thing more than others and for example like feet. But it is not that simple. Fortunately, science has taken a closer look at the term.
Fetishism therefore describes on the one hand the sexual occupation of a certain part of the body. Simply put, people with a fetish are sexually aroused, for example, by hands, feet, the neck or any other part of the body. Fetishists who are fixated on this completely block out the person behind the body part that excites them - they turn this part of the body into an object, so to speak.
Likewise, people with a fetish can also be aroused by substances, materials or objects. With such a fetish, there is already a "non-living" object that is sexually arousing and causes a certain kick. Fetishists often experience the arousal by this object much more strongly than in normal sex or other practices.
But your arousal does not always have to end directly in sex - no matter what fetish. Many people live out their fetish even in everyday life and do not jump on each other. Just as well, some fetishists can sleep with their partners and become aroused without always living out their preference. The term is therefore not necessarily associated with pure sex, but rather with arousal. Often the line between Kink, BDSM and fetish is blurred.