The 5 Most Unusual Sex Toys You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The 5 Most Unusual Sex Toys You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

During the last few decades, sex toys have undergone a major transformation. Manufacturers have gone from producing toys with extremely utilitarian designs to those that pay a lot of attention to aesthetics in an attempt to provide a more lifelike look and feel. But that’s not the only way sex toys have changed. Sex toy manufacturers have increasingly begun to develop products that cater to persons with all kinds of unusual sexual interests. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the more, um, interesting sex toys I’ve ever come across.

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A Revealing Look At BDSM Sex And The People Who Practice It

A Revealing Look At BDSM Sex And The People Who Practice It

As discussed before on this site, Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t offer the most accurate or realistic depiction of BDSM sex. Other popular media portrayals of it aren’t necessarily any better either. So what is BDSM sex really like and what do we know about the people who practice it? A new study just published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine offers a revealing look.

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Characteristics of Gay and Bisexual Men with Foot Fetishes (Infographic)

Characteristics of Gay and Bisexual Men with Foot Fetishes (Infographic)

Research has found that feet are by far the most common fetish object, a pattern of behavior known scientifically as podophilia. However, outside of clinical settings, relatively little is known about foot fetishes, including where they come from and the psychological characteristics of those who are sexually aroused by feet. The infographic below provides a revealing glimpse into the nature of foot fetishes, at least as they occur among gay and bisexual men.

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Beyond The Foot: A Look At Some Of The Most Unusual Sexual Fetishes

Beyond The Foot: A Look At Some Of The Most Unusual Sexual Fetishes

What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the word “fetish?” For many of you, that word is probably “foot,” or perhaps something that is worn over the feet (e.g., stockings, boots). One of the reasons for this is likely because when fetishes make an appearance in pop culture, feet and shoes are usually the focus of attention. This isn’t particularly surprising in light of the fact that research has found that, by and large, feet are typically the single most common fetish object, a pattern of behavior known as podophilia. However, feet are far from the only thing that people can develop fetishes for. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of the lesser known fetishes.

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Sex Question Friday: Why Do Some People Have Fetishes?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer sex questions submitted to me by actual college students. This week, we’re talking about fetishes. Fetishes refer to cases where an individual’s sexual desires and behaviors hinge upon a specific object, such as shoes or feet. Contrary to popular belief, having a fetish isn't necessarily problematic. It only becomes a problem when desire for this object creates persistent personal distress (in other words, a fetish isn't considered a clinical "problem" unless the individual is bothered by it or finds that it interferes with their ability to develop and maintain relationships). People can have fetishes for virtually anything, from the conventional (e.g., silk panties and leather boots) to the unusual (e.g., dirt and cars). It is perhaps no surprise that the most common question people have about fetishes is how they develop in the first place, hence the following question submitted by a reader:

"Why do some people develop strange fetishes?"

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