Google the word "quicksand. Because there's an online community of sex fetishists who have a thing for quicksand. When a person derives strong sexual arousal from some non-human object, a non-genital body part, or a bodily secretion, that's a rough definition of a fetish, Lehmiller says.
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. A new survey from Harvard's annual student-run "sex week" explored the types of sexual fetishes that students have, and how those play a role in their sex lives, hookupsand relationships.
You might even have more than one sexual desire spinning around in your brain, as you try to figure out whether or not it makes you weird to be turned on by things outside the norm. According to new research, sexual fetishes might be a learned language. While some are steeped in childhood experiences, others may be how the brain is hardwired.
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Though once considered deviant and shameful, today most psychologists lend us an entirely different view. Sexual fetishes are far more common than we think. A recent study published in the Journal of Sex Research, finds that one in three people in the US have taken part in one, at least once in their lives.
Sexual fetishism or erotic fetishism is a sexual fixation on a nonliving object or nongenital body part. While medical definitions restrict the term sexual fetishism to objects or body parts,  fetish can, in common discourse, also refer to sexual interest in specific activities. In common parlance, the word fetish is used to refer to any sexually arousing stimuli, not all of which meet the medical criteria for fetishism.
You've definitely heard of foot fetishes and bondage. But what about being hot and bothered by a tumble down the stairs? Turned on by dolls?
Although kink is becoming increasingly mainstream, most of it is still rooted in subcultures. A fetish technically refers to an attraction to an inanimate object, although this includes body parts, such as feet like a foot fetish. Kink means sexual activities that fall outside of sex that society traditionally considers acceptable.