Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fools For Feet: Foot Karaoke, Antebellum Art Gallery

The Antebellum Art Gallery in Los Angeles is one of a few erotic art galleries in the US dedicated to Fetish Art. It was established in 2006 and is intended as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm. The Latin term antebellum means “before war” and refers to American culture at odds with political/religious/social agendas that threaten to blow the lid off its foundations at any given moment.

In 2008, the gallery hosted Fools For Feet , which featured, among other things, a foot worship workshop, stained glass art, paintings, ceramic sculptures and drawings devoted to the human foot. There is even a foot karaoke session in which lovers of feet got a chance to sing about related songs such as These Boots Were Made For Walking and Blue Suede Shoes.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shoes and chocolate

Cacao & Cardamom in Houston, Texas have the perfect sweet treat for the shoe lover: Christian Louboutin chocolate heels. Made from special molds the most complex part of the process was the red soles. The chocolate shoes have become a big favorite with their customers.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Kinky sex is more common among the general population : New Survey

A new research published in recently published in The Journal of Sex from Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montreal and the Institut universitaire en sante mentale de Montreal , affiliated to the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres reveals what we think is abnormal sexual behaviour or impulse characterised by intense sexual fantasies and urges that keep coming back is actually fairly common among people, including women. Based on the phone and online survey of 1,040 residents of Quebec the main goal of the study was to determine normal sexual desires and experiences in a representative sample of the general population. The findings showed a number of legal sexual interests and behaviours considered anomalous in psychiatry are actually common in the general population. Whilst men are more interested in paraphilic behaviours than women. Seems according to this research, women share the same interests. Women who reported an interest in sexual submission had more varied sexual interests and reported greater satisfaction with their sex lives. The data revealed less than half (45.6 percent) of the sample subjects were interested in at least one type of sexual behaviour that is considered anomalous, and one third (33 percent) had experienced the behaviour at least once.

Out of the eight types of paraphilic behaviour listed in the DSM-5, four (voyeurism - 35%, fetishism - 26%, frotteurism - 26% and masochism - 19%) are neither rare nor unusual when it comes to the experiences or desires reported by men and women. The researchers also found a statistically significant relationship between an interest in sexual submission and an interest in other sexual activities, suggesting that the desire to engage in masochism is significantly associated with more diverse sexual interests.

Christian C. Joyal et al. The Prevalence of Paraphilic Interests and Behaviors in the General Population: A Provincial Survey, The Journal of Sex Research (2016).

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Oh, what big feet you have: Myth and fact

Men with big feet do not necessarily have a large manhood, a study suggests. Researchers at University College London say there is no evidence linking a man's shoe size to the length of his penis. After measuring the vital parts of more than 100 men, they concluded the theory has no scientific basis. It has long been suggested that various parts of a man's body including his nose, hands or feet could reliably indicate their penis size. Dr Jyoti Shah and colleagues at UCL and St Mary's Hospital London disagree and say their findings dispel the theory around feet, at least.

The ability to predict the size of a man's penis by observing his shoe size is a common misconception. They examined 104 men attending a London urology clinic. They included teenagers and pensioners and the average age was 54. The researchers measured the men's penises when soft and gently stretched. Writing in the British Journal of Urology International, they said: "All lengths were measured by two urologists and recorded to the nearest 0.5cm. The age and shoe size was documented." While the true size of the penis can only be determined when erect, the researchers said that their method provided a good indication of length. The researchers found that the average penis was 13cm when soft and gently stretched. This figure ranged from 6 cm at the lower end of the scale to 18cm at the higher end. The men had an average British shoe size of 9 or 43 in European measurements. However, they found no correlation between shoe size and penis length.

On the heels of a previous report that debunked the notion that a man's shoe size could be used to estimate the length of his penis, a study claims those with inquiring minds need merely take a gander at a man's forefinger. According to Greek scientists, the length of a man's index finger can accurately predict the length of his penis. In the study researchers measured penile length and testicular volume in 52 healthy young males between the ages of 19 and 38 and compared them with other body measurements including height, weight, body mass index, and index finger length and waist/hip ratio. Age and (body measurements) were not associated with the size of the genitalia, excluding the index finger length, which correlated significantly with the dimensions of the flaccid, maximally stretched, penis.

Scientists are increasingly interested in what determines the length of fingers and have come up with a fascinating explanation. In males the length of fingers is determined by the levels of androgens (that’s male sex hormones) contained within the embryonic fluid, during early pregnancy. Scientists have associated the size of the index finger to the levels of estrogen bathing the fetus. This is also thought to be the time when the penis is being developed and hence the potential correlation. The index finger is used by those who read hands and says much about the person’s leadership abilities, ambition, and self-esteem. According to experts, each of our four fingers represents a different aspect of personality. People with average length index fingers are not especially dominating but neither are they easily led. A long index finger indicates assertiveness and driving ambition which is accompanied with self-confidence. A very long index finger was found in bossy people always pointing their finger at others. Natural leaders and athletes have long index fingers as a rule. People with shorter than average index fingers are somewhat timid. In the average hand, the index and ring fingers are about the same length but a noticeably shorter index finger may belong to a cold individual who probably dislikes having restrictions placed upon them. These people dislike criticism but are happy to give it out. The ring finger or soul finger is where the soul leaves the body, after death. But in life, it provides clues about a person’s creativity and sense of well being. Comparing the length of fingers is also thought to be revealing. When the ring finger is longer than the index finger then, according to scientists, men have high levels of testosterone and prone to male-pattern baldness, among other things. When the ring finger is the same length as the index finger, this indicates normal levels of testosterone. This is usually opposite in women. Now researchers believe men with longer ring fingers for their height are prone to suffer depression. The researchers have also found the ratio between the fingers on the right hand may be an indication of a person's sexual orientation. Of course these findings are merely a statistical relationship which means the probability is most men and women do not fit the pattern.

A study published by the British Journal of Cardiology, implied a correlation between the ring and index finger. In males where the ring finger was equal to, or shorter than the index finger this meant they were more prone to heart attacks in later life. This association is well founded since level of male sex hormones has been connected with cardiac behavior. Long ring fingered youths excel at sport, although they might struggle to communicate. Men whose ring finger is roughly the same length as their index finger tend to be poor at sport but are better able to express themselves. Among women, risk-taking and assertiveness are linked to a relatively long ring finger. A tendency to throw caution to the wind, coupled with relatively poor communication skills, may also be found among women with this shaped hand. Women with roughly equal ring and index fingers could tend towards being neurotic with an aversion to risk and low assertiveness, but are linked to good communication skills. Links between finger length and breast cancer, autism, dyslexia and fertility were also found. The middle finger shows how responsible people are and whether their attitude toward life is serious or carefree. A long middle finger indicates a very responsible person and sometimes a lonely individual. More relaxed people have short middle fingers and share a fun-loving approach to life. Medium-length middle fingers are seen in the well balanced.


While we are on strange but true foot or shoe size could be a reliable indicator of how long we will live. Two consecutive studies in 1997 and 1999, were conducted by a team of orthopaedic surgeons, in Umea, Sweden. When the researchers found a strong correlation between foot size and life span they were so incredulous they conducted a follow-up study with even a larger group. The findings confirmed those of the original study. While the foot/shoe sizes found no direct correlation with any particular diseases or causes of death, the link to life span was consistent and definite. Shoe width played no role in the findings. Persons with half sizes fell generally in the longevity ranges predicted for the next larger sizes. Interestingly, the longer life spans belong to men and women in the middle size ranges-sizes 6 and 7 for women, 10 to 12 for men.

Reviewed 26/02/2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Paraphilia and paraphilic related disorders

Paraphilia means love (philia) beyond the usual (para). The condition of paraphilia exists when a person’s sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behaviour that is atypical and extreme. Paraphilic behaviours revolve around particular objects or around particular acts. Two examples would be inflicting pain (sadism), or publically exposing genitalia (exhibitionism).

In legal parlance, paraphilia represents a perversion or deviancy; in common vernacular, this is referred to as kinky or bizarre sex. The American Psychiatric Association, (1994) consider those who suffer from paraphilia have several behavioural characteristics in common. They are recurrent, fixed, compulsive, sexually motivated, and personally or socially maladaptive, and interfere with capacity for reciprocal affection. To comply with this definition these behaviours should have been an established pattern for no less than six months’ duration. Sexual acts are only considered paraphiliac if the person’s internal experience matches these criteria (Love, 1990). A second aspect of paraphilia pertains to the object to which the person is attracted too. For example, a podophile would be attracted to feet and a restifist, shoes. A third aspect of paraphilia involves compulsion and its aspects that make self-control of undesirable behaviour difficult.

The neuro-transmitter, which stimulates compulsive behaviour, is glucocorticoid and is normally triggered when the individual becomes excited. The function of the neuro-transmitter appears to help focus on the stimulus and will remain until the person can conquer it, resolve it, or are out of danger. Provided some type of arousal surrounds the object the release of glucocoticoid increases compulsive behaviour and makes a return to normal routine very difficult. A fourth aspect of paraphilia relates to loss of compensation. Experts believe the brain creates pain and anxiety to ensure the body is provided with certain items needed for survival. In return the body produces opiates that trigger a pleasure response. Under certain circumstance the brain may compensate when the simple primal needs are lost or restricted. Instead the brain will use another need and use it as a source of pleasure. Eating disorders are thought, by many, to be a compensating measure when the brain releases opiates to gratify the action. Symptoms of depression may develop in individuals with paraphilia and are often accompanied by an increase in the frequency and intensity of the paraphiliac behaviour. Anything that has the potential to cause fear or anger can be utilized by some people to induce passion or sexual arousal. Passion, like other forms of emotion, produces adrenalin (epinephrine) which leads to the production of other neuro-transmitters.

Factors, which appear to determine how this stimulus is perceived and acted upon, relate to an individual's judgement of these circumstances or sex appeal of the other person. Change in body chemistry may cause things such as avoidance behaviour, an increase in heart rate, oxygen intake, and blood pressure; all of the responses needed to flight or fight (and sex). Anxiety and distress are thought by many to be the initial driving force behind the need to seek pleasure or gratification. It appears during infancy or early childhood, at a primitive learning level, certain individuals discover pleasure and gratification as a coping mechanism to deal with stress, and that, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) helps to establish the paraphilia or paraphilic related disorder.

It is generally thought paraphilias and paraphilia related disorders are more clinically prevalent than most clinicians suspect. These disorders are cloaked in shame and guilt and it is unlikely clients will encourage conversation about their particular fetish. Paraphiliac behaviour is more common in men than women. The focus on a paraphiliac is usually very specific and unchanging. This may explain the difference between a foot fetishist or podophile and a shoe fetishist or retifist.

Paraphilia may be classified into two pathological categories. In severe cases the essential features of a paraphilic are recurrent intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviours generally involving:
1) non-human objects,
2) the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or
3) children or other non-consenting persons.

In less severe states the behaviour, sexual urges, or fantasies cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other relevant areas of functioning.

Paraphila types are distinguished by the preoccupation with the object or behaviour to the point of being dependent on that object or behaviour for sexual gratification. Unless the person fantasises about the paraphilia at the same time they loose their arousal or satisfaction potential.

According to Money (1984), the majority of paraphilias were wrongly classified into eight types based on forensic history rather than by pathology and therapeutic need. The rationale for defining paraphilias as crimes instead of illness derives from the philosophy of the Inquisition and demonic possession, for which offenders were burned at the stake. In the eighteenth century this was replaced by degeneracy theory. This theory was first published by Tissot in 1758 and was issued to explain both social and individual ills on the basis of personal responsibility, for the cause of degeneracy was attributed to the loss of vital fluid in masturbation, and also to indulge in concupiscent thoughts and fantasies. After the event of germ theory in 1870s degeneracy theory rapidly became outmoded in most branches of medicine, except in sexual medicine.

Degeneracy theory allows the paraphilic to be held responsible for his condition and hence punishment as a treatment is held justified. He argued heterosexual childplay in childhood lays the foundations for uncomplicated heterosexuality in adulthood.

Money attested every one developed a love map which carries the program of an individual’s erotic fantasies and their corresponding practices. Once formed these remain uniquely personalized. This develops throughout childhood but he postulated interference with an individual's love map development may result in some developing paraphilia. If the love map is interrupted this alters the functioning of the sex organs in genital intercourse. (hypophilic solution). The hyoperphilic solution is one in which the love map, defied defacement so sex organs of the adult are used with exaggerated defiance frequency, and compulsiveness and or with great multiplicity of partners, in pairs or in-groups. Another variation on the love map is not completely defaced but redesigned with detours that include either new elements or relocations of original ones. Relocation may derive from a history of atypical sexual rehearsal play and /or erotosexual experience in childhood. Or they may derive from some other childhood encounter or series of encounters in which the sexual organs become stimulated e.g. seeing a shoe. The erotic fantasies and their practices or animations are programmed in distorted love maps and recognised by others as kinky or bizarre behaviour. Each paraphilia has its own paths on the mental love map which is a strategy for circumventing the individually encountered incompatibility of the sacred and the profane in erotosexualism. Money believed these brain schemata were not complete at birth and required input from social environment. Perper (1985) thought there was an existence of pre figured gestalts of the ideal partner. He suggested these were not encoded in the genes, but were created by a slow development process involving genetic regulation detailed and recognizable image. Bancroft (1989) argued although these concepts may provide a useful framework for thought they are impossible to test scientifically. Many of the early theoretical models describing fetishism developed from the work of the psychoanalysis. Attention has also focused on possible biological mechanisms, ethological explanations, and sociocultural and sociobiological factors. Much remains unknown and understanding still at a limited stage. ( Wise, 1985; Huws, Shubsachs & Taylor, 1991; Stoller, 1986)

Money classified paraphilic lovemaps into six strategies. Developmentally paraphilic imagery constituted a love map that goes awry during the juvenile period of hetrosexual rehearsal play.

Predatory Paraphilias describe those wicked and degenerate ecstasies of the sinful act of lust which is so defiling it can be indulged only if stolen , or taken from the saint by force. In some cases stealing alone takes place as a substitute for genital intercourse. The Sleeping princess syndrome (somnophilia) may involve kissing or intimacy with the feet. When reported to the police this is usually mistaken for attempted rape.

Merchantile Paraphila decribes the wicked and degenerate ecstasy of the sinful act of lust and is the social vice practised only by whores and hustlers for pay. This may appear as a role playing fantasy within domestic sex.

Sacrificial Paraphilia is where one or both of the partners must atone for the wicked and degenerate acts of defiling the saint with ecstatic lust by undergoing an act of penance or sacrifice. Sadomasochistic sacrifice is not always directed at the sex organs. Erotic arousal may arise from afflictions of other parts of the body including the feet. They may be beaten, squeezed, stretched, pierced or cut. In some cases of erotic masochism the first pain produced fades and becomes transformed into sensuous ecstasy. This describes those wicked and degenerate ecstasies of the sinful act of lust which is so defiling it can be indulged only if stolen, or taken from the saint by force. In some cases stealing alone takes place as a substitute for genital intercourse. The Sleeping princess syndrome (somnophilia) may involve kissing or intimacy with the feet. When reported to the police this is usually mistaken for attempted rape. This describes the wicked and degenerate ecstasy of the sinful act of lust and is the social vice practiced only by whores and hustlers for pay. This may appear as a role playing fantasy within domestic sex.

The Fetish paraphilias describe a compromise made with the saintliness of chastity and abstinence by including in the sexual act a token that symbolises the wickedness and degeneracy of the sinful act of ecstatic lust. The token symbolically permits the partner to remain as if saintly pure and undefiled. The fetish is the sinful agent of exotic and sexual excitement and arousal. Often the fetish item is stolen. The item may be more important than the owner and with transvestites they have to wear the item to perform genitally. If the partner objects he must fantisise he is wearing them in order to perform. Attractions vary but may include rubber fetish combines feel and smell. Shoes are often sought after and frequently collected, by the fetishist who uses them to obtain sexual arousal. Masturbation commonly accompanies real or imagined contact with the fetish (McGuire, Carlisle and Young, 1965)

Eligibility Paraphilias describe self abandonment to the wicked and degenerate ecstasy of the sinful act can be achieved only if the partner qualifies as something different i.e. from a different religion, race or creed. Nacrophilia would represent a special niche attraction. Body tattoos may attract and in some cases stigmatoghilia (erotic piercing) is the attraction. In severe case the attraction is to mutilation or surgical amputation. Erotic turn on is to the stump. In very rare cases people may be turned on by getting amputation (apotemnophlia) Cases have been reported where people have staged managed an injury to ensure a professional amputation is undertaken in a hospital.

Once a paraphilia is lodged in the brain it becomes like an addiction and difficult to dislodge. Many paraphilic men are able to have several ejaculations (hyperorgasmia) as many as ten on a daily basis. Paraphilias appear more frequently in males which may relate to the gender specific reliance on visual stimuli favoured by males. Females are more dependent of skin feelings for erotic excitation. Love maps enter the brain through vision, rather than through sound. Early childhood appears a vital time for the love map development.

Reviewed 11/02/2016