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The science behind the [foot fetish] in males
So I am really interested in this whole issue, it seems to pop up more often than any other fetish imaginable. I did some research:
- It does seem to be the most common fetish besides, you know, just liking someones genitals.
- Of course Freud had something to say about this:”Well, you know, a foot kind of looks like a penis, doesn’t it?” Oh Freud, you never stop to make me laugh with your bullshit.
- One explanation seems to be sexual disease, so people focus on feet more when there is a perceived danger of getting infected when having actual sex. I doubt this explanation, since there are such good methods of preventing infection these days. Also people get tested before having sex and they still like feet.
- Another Theory: A coincidence in the map of how our brain processes touch information. It just so happens that the “feet” area is next to the “genitals” area, so these areas just might be a bit more intertwined with some people. There was a study with people who lost their feet, with the result that their perceived “phantom feet” became a lot more sexual than the real ones used to be.
However, this only explains liking stimulation on your own feet, it does nothing to explain why people like the feet of other people. The only way to explain this would be that some previous girlfriend “taught” the men to like feet, because they liked getting stimulated on their feet. I doubt this explains most cases.
- Dominance. With the rise of feminism in the last 50 years or so, being close to someones feet could just be a metaphor for being underneath them. So men like womens feet. They don’t actually need to be sexually devoted for liking that, it is just a metaphor for female dominance that works in the brain.
I am not really happy with these explanations, to be honest. I would love to hear some reasons/histories of your foot fetishes, or maybe some studies I haven’t found yet. Fire away!
whiskey_pants: It also could (in my head) be tied into cultural things about feet. There are symbolic foot washings done, etc. We worship at the foot of an altar/statue, etc. It might be at least in part tied into pieces of that as well, like a way to honor.
Caldwing: It’s common enough that I suspect there is an evolved reason for it. Probably it’s some manner of health indicator in much the same way as clear skin and symmetrical features. It’s just not as universal as appreciations for those features.
pepsiicat: I think its just that feet are overlooked. Forget freud forget any psuedo trying to find the meaning. Feet are sexy. Giving pleasure with any ‘uncommon’ body part is sexy
I was giving my bf a really freakin awesome tantric penis massage and be said the thing he loved most was while i was doing it i was sitting on my foot, rubbing myself with my heel. Why? Because its unusual and erotic, edit: and i didnt even realize i was doing it.
amplified_cactus: A couple of other problems with the “sexual disease” explanation: (1) Granting that there is a correlation between foot fetishism and STD outbreaks, I don’t see any reason to assume that the latter causes the former. Rather, it could be that if society is more sexually open, people will tend to be more honest about their fetishes, and people will also tend to be having more sex which will lead to higher rates of STDs. (2) If foot fetishism is supposed to be an evolutionary or social solution to STDs, we’d need to show that having a foot fetish prevents people from doing things that would tend to spread disease – but what’s the evidence for that? The vast majority of foot fetishists enjoy other sexual activities.
As for the dominance/submission explanation, I think that’s definitely true in some cases. But there are loads of dominant guys with foot fetishes – I’m one of them. I’m very dominant sexually, and pretty much never take a submissive role in the bedroom, but I love feet. I really love laying down with my girlfriend’s feet on my face, which I suppose might seem submissive, but I don’t see it that way. I just do it because I find her feet really sexy.
I think one big reason why so many guys have foot fetishes is simply that women do loads of things to draw attention to their feet. They paint their toenails and wear sexy shoes. And since it tends to be only women doing those things – men don’t tend to do anything with their feet – feet that are “dressed up” like that become a sign of femininity, and hence attractive to men.
awfullyapt: I think it is also one of the more socially acceptable fetishes, so people who have the fetish are more likely to be open about it. It’s relatively easy to say that you find feet sexy, since they are out there anyhow, people are used to seeing feet as sexual objects (shoe ads). Pretty much any other fetish is going to elicit a stronger reaction in people you tell.
allongur: According to Ogi Ogas, the explanation is simple. He posits a theory that feet size is an indicator for Estrogen, and important hormone in the development of a female. Smaller feet indicate more Estrogen (it controls bone growth), which indicates higher fertility. Thus, small feet are a “sexual cue” (like other physical body traits) and are attractive to some men.
He talks about it here (feet are discussed starting 43:10):
Mooninthewater: I reckon feet are considered dirty like a lot of people will think feet are gross or whatever and that’s where the sexiness comes in cause it’s like taboo and wrong…
shrimpossible: I’ve read in the past that it might have something to do with mother worship; the idea was that small children play at their mothers’ feet, and later on this becomes sexualized. It may have just been an opinion or random guess at heart, of course, like too much in sexology.
davefromtheset: For me its not a fettish.
If i really like a girl I just want to kiss and suck on her entire body!
neuenono: Thinking about feet as the “most common rare attraction” is a ludicrous distinction. It’s like fixating on the world’s tallest short person. Calling it a fetish is sort of pointless, and it’s not technically a fetish for most, since it’s not necessary for sexual gratification. Feet are on a spectrum with plenty of body parts, and for some reason society chose this as the line where it’s *a thing* and not just something people are arrracted to. Plenty of people are attracted to abdomens, but those can’t get you off like feet can (and there are fewer sexy attire options, e.g. shoes) so there’s no material for comedy or intrigue with the belly.
When it comes to sex, I think feet are a “fetish” while hands are “normal” because feet are often covered up, something you only rarely touch on someone else, and we don’t often do things with them. I think the dominance angle you mentioned comes up when feet are involved in BDSM play, but not with vanilla foot play. Still, I think feet can be sexy and welcome in sex and pretty much none of the stuff in your list applies to me.
PracticeMakesPizza: For me it’s just that there’s a very notable difference between men’s and women’s feet. Women’s feet are pronouncedly feminine.
It’s also very naked. When I see a woman’s feet it really gives the impression that I’m seeing her naked as usually they are covered.
But mainly for me it’s the femininity of it. They’re soft, dainty, usually smaller than men’s. They’re just so pretty.
GlenlivetT: It’s got a little to do with the fact that feet have denser nerve clusters than almost any other part of the body, since they’re constantly sending signals to the brain so we can walk and balance. This makes feet one of the most sensitive areas of the body (which is why they’re so ticklish, or why stepping on lego hurts so damn much).
ArrowRobber: Feet are a ‘safe’ non overtly sexualized body part that are often showcased and left very naked and exposed while equally dressed up. So it’s ‘bad’ to stare at a woman’s cleavage, but if you avert your eyes you’re allowed to stare at their nearly-naked feet that’ve been manicured, polished, and laced up in little more than a thong with a sole.
glebo123: I can give a little insight I suppose.
I am a fan of them, but it isn’t a deal breaker. They aren’t sexual to me. At all.
It’s more the intimacy it brings. You wouldnt just kiss anyone’s toes on the street. But rather your partner and only your partner. So it’s something I’ve come to associate as a form of intimacy with my partner. Something only I can have from them.
sarcie: Theres no real explaination but i just think feet are georgeous 😂👌🏼