Fetishistic disorder

Dorina EUSEI & Cristian DELCEA
Department of Advanced Studies in Sexology, Sexology Institute of Romania & Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Romania

International Journal of Advanced Studies in Sexology
Volume 1, 2019 | Issue 1, Pages 22-30 | Published online: 06 Feb 2019

Citation: Eusei D., & Delcea C. (2019). Fetishistic disorder. Int J Advanced Studies in Sexology. Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 22-30. Sexology Institute of Romania.

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Fetishism, as a technical descriptor of atypical sexual behavior, was noted in the writings of the well-known nineteenth century French psychologist Alfred Binet (1857–1911) (Binet, 1887) as well as prominent European sexologists Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840–1902) (Krafft-Ebing, 1886), Havelock Ellis (1859–1939) (Ellis, 1906), and Magnus Hirschfeld (1868– 1935) (Hirschfeld, 1956). In their seminal writings, all of the afore mentioned sexologists used the terms “fetish” and “fetishism” to specifically describe an intense eroticization of either non-living objects and/or specific body parts that were symbolically associated with a person. Fetishes could be non clinical manifestations of a normal spectrum of eroticization or clinical disorders causing significant interpersonal difficulties. Ellis (1906) observed that body secretions or body products could also become fetishistic expressions of “erotic symbolism”. Freud (1928) considered both body parts (e.g., the foot) or objects associated with the body (e.g., shoes) as fetish objects. For the purposes of this review, a “broader” historically based core definition for Fetishism will include intense and recurrent sexual arousal to: non-living objects, an exclusive focus on body parts or body products.

Keywords: fetishism, Paraphilia, Partialism, DSM-V

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