An investigation into the solitary and interpersonal aspects of sexual object fetishism

a mixed-methods approach

Giselle Rees*, Justin R. Garcia

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Research and clinical practice tends to focus on the solitary aspect of sexual object fetishism. In the current studies, we explore the interpersonal aspect of sexual object fetishism. Study 1 was an online survey of individuals with self-identified clothing fetishes (N = 57). Results suggested that most participants had engaged in fetish sexual activities with another person and that a majority of participants preferred the fetishised clothing item being worn by another person. Participants were also highly specific when describing the characteristics of their preferred partner for fetish sexual activities, including the relationship to the participant, gender, age and attractiveness. Study 2 was another online survey of participants with self-identified sexual object fetishes (N = 195). The majority of participants reported having engaged in both solitary and partnered fetish behaviour. Solitary fetish activity was, on average, rated as sexually satisfying and partnered fetish activity was, on average, rated as very sexually satisfying. This research contributes to the generation of a more accurate picture of sexual fetishism by revealing that there is an interpersonal aspect to fetish sexual activity. Moreover, this research has clinical implications, which will be discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)252-267
    Number of pages16
    JournalPsychology and Sexuality
    Volume8
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • fetishism
    • fetish
    • paraphilia
    • sexual relationships

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