The paraphiliac focus in Fetishism involves the use of nonliving objects
(the "fetish"). Among the more common fetish objects are women's
underpants, bras, stockings, shoes, boots, or other wearing apparel.
person with Fetishism frequently masturbates while holding, rubbing, or
smelling the fetish object or may ask the sexual partner to wear the object
during their sexual encounters. Usually the fetish is required or strongly
preferred for sexual excitement, and in its absence there may be erectile
dysfunction in males.
Specific Symptoms of Fetishism
- Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing
fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving the use of nonliving
objects (e.g., female undergarments).
- The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically
significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other
important areas of functioning.
- The fetish objects are not limited to articles of female clothing
used in cross-dressing (as in Transvestic Fetishism) or devices
designed for the purpose of tactile genital stimulation (e.g., a
Criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual
of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
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