Underwear fetishism is a sexual fetishism relating to undergarments, and refers to the sexual excitement which some people experience from observing or handling certain types of underwear. Some people experience sexual excitement from wearing certain types of underwear. Some person experience sexual excitement when observing or handling certain types of underwear worn by another, or watching somebody putting underwear on or taking it off. Also, some person experience sexually excitement from printed or electronic material which includes underwear.
Underwear fetishism is not considered as paraphilia unless it causes distress or serious problems for the person or those associated with him or her.
A common form of underwear fetishism is panty fetishism. Fetishistic behavior can involve sharing printed or electronic material depicting exposure of panties, usually of a softcore nature, or direct sight and physical contact with the panties.
Some individuals have a paraphilia for a specific type of panty. For example, a common subclass of panty fetishism are panties that show the exposed buttocks (i.e. thongs and g-strings). Further, some individuals have the opposite preference, and are attracted to panties that cover the buttocks.
Pantyhose fetishism is a very common fetish involving women's pantyhose (known as “tights” in the UK).
Some people experience sexual excitement from the look or feel of women's stockings. The attraction may be to the look or feel of the material, such as sheer nylon or silk, to the use of a garter belt, or to the act of a person donning or removing stockings. The attraction of stockings may include the perception that stockings, and the associated use of garters, lace, high fashion, appliqué and the exposure of the thigh, are aesthetically pleasing or erotic.
Underwear and spanking fetishismEdit
It is not uncommon to find a combination of a spanking fetish and an underwear fetish, or the eroticisation of underwear in a spanking context. Historically, spanking novels from the late 19th and early 20th century often dwelled upon the looks and charms of women's drawers — open or closed style, always white — and how powerfully erotic these undergarments are.
In the mid-20th century the attention shifted more towards stockings and laced panties, with black and red becoming new favourite colours. This also shows in fetish/BDSM art from that period.
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