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What is fetishism?

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People with fetishes have sexual urges related to non-living objects. The person becomes sexually aroused by wearing or touching the object. For example, the object of a fetish could be an article of clothing, such as underwear, women's shoes, or lingerie. The fetish may replace sexual activity with a partner or may be worked into sexual activity with a willing partner. A related disorder, called partialism, involves becoming sexually aroused by a body part, such as feet, breasts, or buttocks.

From: Paraphilias WebMD Medical Reference

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Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Paraphilias."

Mayo Clinic: "Compulsive sexual behavior."

Medscape: "Paraphilias."

MedicineNet: "Paraphilia."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Paraphilias."

Mayo Clinic: "Compulsive sexual behavior."

Medscape: "Paraphilias."

MedicineNet: "Paraphilia."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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