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Paraphila is an umbrella term used to cover the family of philias. In sexology, it is sometimes more widely used to cover atypical sexual interests or deviances. While the word paraphilia may seem alien, the philias it encompasses may seem slightly familiar. Think fetishes and unusual desires and you're on the right track!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

What does your fetish say about you (and your childhood)?

Guyism takes a brief, lighthearted look at seven fetishes today. From smoking to crush fetishes, Guyism places a jokey Freudian spin on it.

The blog tells how a lack of a childhood could lead to a longing to be an adult baby while a fixation on action figures as a kid could lead a man to develop a passion for robots.  This is hardly investigative journalism. The operative word here is 'could'. This 'could' cause 'that'. It's a possibility.

Fetishes are so incredibly complex that you can't just pin down a single reason for them developing. Environment plays a large role in the development of fetishes, but no two childhoods - or fetishes - are the same.

Take shoe fetishes. Some men long to wear the shoes, while others enjoy watching. Some men get a thrill from a specific type of shoe, while others enjoy many different types of shoes. For some, the thrill is purely sexual while for others it's not.

Like our fingerprints, they're totally unique and truly part of who we are.

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