Are Fetishes Normal?

Live by the rule that all sex is acceptable, as long as it’s consensual and harm-free. That being said, fetishes are not unusual.

According to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary fetish is a form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, an item of clothing, part of the body, etc.

The most common fetishes are sadomasochism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and group sex.

Sadomasochism is a combination of two important characters. Sadist, someone who is aroused by inflicting pain. Masochist, someone who is aroused by receiving pain. The most common term is BDSM (Bondage, Discipline/ Domination, Sadism, and Masochism). There are rules and responsibilities to this fetish, and if you are interested in learning more here is a list of organizations.

Exhibitionism means to expose genitals to an unwilling audience. This is better left as a fantasy then acting upon it. Again, consent is a very important topic to keep in mind.

Voyeurism is another fetish that defies the importance of consent. This fetish is named after the act of spying on someone while they are dressing or involved in sexual activity.

Group Sex is also a term used for “swingers”. Some couples prefer to have other people involved in their sex life. This act allows multiple people to interact sexually together.

Although these are just the most common fetishes there are much more. Exploring your sexual identity is healthy, but always practice consent.

If you are in a relationship where someone has a fetish, be open to their sexual desires. If you feel uncomfortable about performing your partner’s desires, communicate and negotiate. Sex is not about one person, it’s about both people.

Do you like this article? I’d recommend reading: Why We Don’t Like Condoms


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