Friday, January 9, 2009

How many fetishists are there?

Strange as it might seem men are unlikely to go to their doctor complaining of getting an erection at the sight of a shoe or foot and hence it is difficult to estimate how many foot and shoe fetishists there are in the population.

There is no reliable data on the number of foot fetishists in the general population. Rossi did guesstimated something in the region of between one quarter to three quarters of one per cent of the adult male population (aged over 17) may have significant fetish paraphilias. Translated into Australian, that would mean there were approx 50k in the country with 4.5k in WA. Enough to fill a medium sized stadium at a final to overflow and those waiting at the gate would represent the number of male foot fetishists in the state of WA.

More recently some attempts have been made to analyse internet discussion groups on fetishism and feet and shoes were found to be the most common subjects. In 2006 data was mistakenly released into the public domain and contained 20 million search keywords for over 650,000 users over a three month period. Sixty-four (64) percent of the sampled population demonstrated a preference for an object associated with the body including shoes, boots, and other footwear. The ethical implications of using this data for research are still under debate but the finding do concur with other attempts to demonstrate the fetish demographic.

Rossi WA 1990 Foot and shoe fetishism : part one Journal of Current Podiatric Medicine 39:9 9-23.
Rossi WA 1990 Foot and shoe fetishism : part two Journal of Current Podiatric Medicine 39:10 16-20.

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