Friday, October 24, 2014

Bare foot lovers

Always been difficult to be sure, but experts guesstimate there are about one third of one percent of the male population between the ages of 17 and 55 in Australia who constitute foot fetishists. That would be about the equivalent number to fill an average sports stadium to capacity. Being turned on by feet , is not something you might have cause to complain about so no one knows the real number of foot lovers around. They do appear to be male in the main but there are also some female footies too. Being partial to feet, legs and boomsidaisy is not at all odd but very common indeed among the general population, both male and female. Finding feet attractive is not unnatural and most people who admit to the attraction can relate to this 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 attached throughout their adult life. Only when it is reported the foot and or shoe has become more interesting than its owner , and has come to represent the only object of desire, would this more behaviour be categorised as paraphilia (abnormal). Expert opinion is clear however the sexual element of the fetish is not always contained by the object itself. To non fetishists the idea of attraction to an inanimate object is quite ludicrous. An opinion not shared by the fetishist who proceeds to endow their favourite properties on to the object as well as projecting their sexual longings, needs and feelings, all for a variety of different reasons. Fetishism is not intrinsically logical. Psychologists believe foot fetishists have blocked their natural means of sexual expression and 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. This is thought to symbolise the basic concept of femininity, a certain vulnerability which appeals top 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 became modern art collector’s pieces. In the 70s (tease era) he ran a small magazine called Leg Art

Kroll E 1996 Elmer Batters : the Caruska sittings Koln: Taschen

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