Where do fetishes come from?

Are they genetic or environmental or a little bit of both?
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  • honestly, idk. but...

    think its natural, if that's what you're asking (because not everything that is innate is written on the dna), and also environmental. meaning, an attraction to whatever fetishes you're talking about may occur in a state of nature. it may just be one of many destinations in sexuality that will happen regardless of environment. and it is also environmental, because our psychologies are shaped by the people around us, what features they have or don't have, what are the norms and taboos of that environment, etc. some peoples experiences in life or whatever roles they have fallen into may lead them to have a particular sexual interest in something that is not natural (as in, not found in nature, man made concepts, trends, or things). having a fetish for dressing up in a way that is not deemed socially appropriate for you is obviously partly environmental. because designated forms of clothing are not natural realities, they are man made objects and concepts surrounding definitions of gender.

    it depends on how you define fetish. if a fetish is simply what isn't normal in one culture, but is very normal in another culture, then you have a problem in deciding what is objectively normal, if such a thing exists. and if normal in your own culture is the only thing that matters to you, then the term fetish doesn't really mean anything concrete. if the norms in your culture change over time to favor or encourage other things, then what was once a fetish no longer becomes a fetish anymore. for example, a guy asked a question about fetishes before and posted a list of them. link breast fetishism is listed as something that was once considered a fetish, but is now considered normal in western culture. in some cultures, liking women with big butts or women who are plus sized is considered to be a fetish. in other cultures, it will be the norm. same goes with feet and such. homosexuality was considered a fetish for a while.

    then being a fetish simply becomes a way to describe what people in a specific culture are generally not comfortable with or have hard time dealing with psychologically, which is often very environmental on their part as well.

    some things on that list that are definitely abnormal psychologically. others really do seem to be related to overall cultural norms and socially constructed norms. so I'm not even sure what the official stance is on fetishes. when you read the definition mentioning normative stimulation, the word normative is my problem. it just seems like anything can be a fetish depending on what culture you're in and what is considered normal. in ancient cultures, things that were normal then are not normal now. confusing.

    anyway I have read that research shows higher likelihood for fetishes in some men who have certain traits and links it to prenatal development. link

Most Helpful Guys

  • Very interesting question. I don't know where it comes from, but we have them probably because whatever we have a fetish for releases chemicals which make us happy, or excited. For example: Endorphins. Why does one person have a fetish for... high heels, but is disgusted by stockings while another person is the opposite, I don't know. Maybe there will be a study on that someday.

  • Without a doubt it's environmental, fetishes arr not really something thst is 'normal' in general... Stronger guys have fetishes for high heals, lipstick, objects. All these are things that aren't natural and these fetishes could never have existed unless we invented these things in the first place

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  • You know, in Africa, women are shirtless all of the time and it's not a big deal at all. The breast is a fetish only in the Western world. And that is just one example.

    • In Africa?where in particular?.It's no longer that common.

  • They come from brain tumours.

  • This is a very good question...and my answer? I really don't know...I was interested as a prepubescent boy and when I hit puberty it really blossomed...on the other hand any male mammal I have ever observed reacts similarly to me..is that genetic? I would not say so..in other words all male mammals react..not just some of them...but I am certainly open to discussion...O.O...5 Stars