Monday, March 5, 2018

Foot Fetishism: Please explain?




Always been difficult to be sure, but experts' guessitimate is about one third of one percent of the male population between the ages of 17 and 55 who could be classified as foot fetishists. In the UK that would be about the equivalent to filling the new Wembley Stadium, 7 times over (estimated capacity 90,000). Being turned on by feet is not something men might have cause to complain about to their doctor; after all, you would not find many men complaining of getting an erection. So no one really knows the real number of foot lovers around.



Conventional opinion prefers the majority of foot fetishists are male but there are also some female footies too. Being partial to feet, legs and boomsa-daisy is not at all odd, but very common indeed among the general population. Finding feet attractive is not unnatural and most people who accept their partialism (pre or post coital), can relate this to an early childhood experience. This might be quite innocent such an infant crawling on the group and recognising adults by their shoes or stocking feet. When an early sexual experience involving feet shoes or legs takes place surprisingly, many individuals retain an attachment throughout their adult life as part of their love map. It is only when the foot or shoe (restifism), become more interesting than their owners and the preoccupation represents the sustained and complete object of desire, would fetishistic behaviour be categorised as paraphilia (abnormal sexual behaviour).



To non-fetishists, the idea of attraction to an inanimate object is quite ludicrous. An opinion not shared by the fetishist who endow their favourite properties on to the object as well as projecting their sexual longings, needs and feelings, and all for a variety of different reasons. Fetishism is not intrinsically logical and psychologists believe foot fetishists have blocked their natural means of sexual expression to seek a comfortable substitute on which to project their often exaggerated desire. The attraction of the foot cannot, except in very bizarre circumstances, be regarded as an object of sexual attraction but for those who admire it, the answer lies in its shape and intrinsic odour. General smallness and delicacy of the female foot is thought to be a major sexual attraction of the foot. Neat feet symbolise the basic concept of femininity, a certain vulnerability which appeals to men.



Elmer Batters was not a foot fetish but instead a talented photographer in the 1940s who became artistically preoccupied with feet and legs. His vision of a lady began at the tips of her toes and ran to the tops of her hose. His studies of legs feet and toes have become modern art collector’s pieces. In the 70s (tease era) he ran a small magazine called Leg Art.





References
Kroll E 1996 Elmer Batters Koln: Taschen

Reviewed 6/03/2018

The Men behind the Feet. Elmer Batters & Eric Stanton


Friday, November 24, 2017

F**k - Me Pumps: What's that all about?



Right from biblical times, sex workers were associated with the shoes they wore. It is documented working girls in ancient Egypt wore sandals which left the message "follow me" in the sand. The daughters of Israel were warned against wearing elevated sandals which caused them to walk in a suggestive manner. Needless to say whilst the elders did not approve many would appear to have enjoyed the charms of those who did.



In the sixteenth century many prostitutes wore high platform shoes to stand out in the street. Chopines were very popular with the fashion conscious in Venice but these women rarely if ever were seen in the street, preferring as they did, to be carried everywhere in sedan chairs. Occasionally courtesans (high class call girls) would step out in public but even this was rare. During these times, sex workers were required by law to dress in a manner which would identify their profession and many wore yellow about their person.



From the time of the French Revolution to the American Civil War respectable women wore low heeled pumps. Heels became associated with affluence and so men after the revolution soon dropped the peacock style.



In New Orleans about the same time it is documented the French prostitutes wearing high heeled boots became very popular with their young American clients. Historians believe the popularity of the high heeled call girls was the main reason for the introduction of shoe fashion industry to the US.



The bad girl image was sealed when in the thirties Hollywood discovered the psycho-sexual nature of shoes as a means to determine screen characterisation.



Bad girls wore high heeled pumps on screen and many Hollywood glamour girls like, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Shelly Winters were contracted to do the same, whenever in the public eye.



Shelly Winters in her biography recounts the origins of the Fuck-me pump. She and Marilyn were considered talentless actresses by the studio with their only attribute being physical. To enhance this the girls were contractually required to wear heel pumps and the term came not from their come hither appeal but the true exclamation when the footwear was taken off after a long day. In the shoe industry high heel pumps have been referred to a FM Pumps ever since.

Reference
Winters S (1980) Shelley: Also Known as Shirley William Morrow & Company







Right from biblical times, sex workers were associated with the shoes they wore. It is documented working girls in ancient Egypt wore sandals which left the message "follow me" in the sand. The daughters of Israel were warned against wearing elevated sandals which caused them to walk in a suggestive manner. Needless to say whilst the elders did not approve many would appear to have enjoyed the charms of those who did.



In the sixteenth century many prostitutes wore high platform shoes to stand out in the street. Chopines were very popular with the fashion conscious in Venice but these women rarely if ever were seen in the street, preferring as they did, to be carried everywhere in sedan chairs. Occasionally courtesans (high class call girls) would step out in public but even this was rare. During these times, sex workers were required by law to dress in a manner which would identify their profession and many wore yellow about their person.



From the time of the French Revolution to the American Civil War respectable women wore low heeled pumps. Heels became associated with affluence and so men after the revolution soon dropped the peacock style.



In New Orleans about the same time it is documented the French prostitutes wearing high heeled boots became very popular with their young American clients. Historians believe the popularity of the high heeled call girls was the main reason for the introduction of shoe fashion industry to the US.



The bad girl image was sealed when in the thirties Hollywood discovered the psycho-sexual nature of shoes as a means to determine screen characterisation.



Bad girls wore high heeled pumps on screen and many Hollywood glamour girls like, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Shelly Winters were contracted to do the same, whenever in the public eye.



Shelly Winters in her biography recounts the origins of the Fuck-me pump. She and Marilyn were considered talentless actresses by the studio with their only attribute being physical. To enhance this the girls were contractually required to wear heel pumps and the term came not from their come hither appeal but the true exclamation when the footwear was taken off after a long day. In the shoe industry high heel pumps have been referred to a FM Pumps ever since.

Reference
Winters S (1980) Shelley: Also Known as Shirley William Morrow & Company

Reviewed 4/03/2016

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ed Fox: Glamour from the ground up




Ed Fox celebrated festish photographer has a new foot fetish book out entitled Glamour from the ground up. Like Elmer Batters, Ed Fox features legs and feet in many of his studies. Glamour form the ground up features some well known celebrities including the ex wife of Shock rocker Marilyn Manson.



Ms Dita Von Teese is a burlesque artist, model and actress who previously appeared in ‘Pin-Ups 2” (1999)

Antother interesting book featuring the works of Ed Fox and others is New Erotic Photography Taschen.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sex Addiction




Sex addiction is a psychological condition which should not be confused with people who have a strong sex drive. The difference being the former is not satisfied by sex but the latter is. Sex Addiction can involve a wide variety of practices and those afflicted have to deal with several unwanted behaviours. Commonly reported is obsessions with masturbation, pornography, or relationships which over the years progress to become compulsive behaviours that impinge upon normal behaviour. Sex addicts experience extreme shame, pain and self-loathing from their out of control behaviours.



Some sex addicts prefer the fantasy world and fantasy sex similar to fetishism to relational sex with their spouse or partner and hence lose close relationships. Their compulsive behaviour can lead to difficulties with work, ensuing financial troubles, a loss of interest in things not sexual, low self-esteem, despair and many run foul of the law. Abnormal preoccupation with sex takes tremendous physical and mental energy and most sex addicts develop established patterns of behaviour (or rituals). These can be triggered by a diverse range of activities including the more common flirting, or reading pornography, or just meeting people.



The sex addict spends a lot of time in the pursuit of their sexual behaviour/fantasy or they may have a binge of sexual behaviours and despair and shame prevent them from being able to break the pattern. Some authorities believe sex addiction is a way some people cope with stress but so little is known about the disorder that it is likely to involve a combination of conditioning and or bio-psychological causation.



The fantasy/trigger is thought to increase adrenalin and release endorphins and enkephlines into the blood stream which then act on the brain to give a temporary feeling of well being and relief from stress. This theory is based upon a simple stimulus-response reaction. Preoccupation with sex starts earlier than alcohol or drug addictions because it is available to very young children. Coming to terms with the addiction is the first step to overcoming any compulsion and because there is better understanding of the condition many sex addicts and their families can now get help from their doctor or sex therapist.



One main reason why sex addiction is better accepted is due in no short measure to high profile individuals who have declared themselves as working to overcome their compulsive behaviour. Ulrika Johnsson is a self confessed sex addict who has very publically (and not sensationally) shared her desperation which has given many fellow sex addicts greater opportunity to seek help. Ulrika Johnsson (former BBC weather girl), admitted her main attraction to men was their footwear and she was especially partial to strong men in boots.




More information
Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia (ASAA)
Celebrities and Sex Addiction health.com