If you have a fetish for shoes or feet, for example, you are experiencing sexual excitement over something other than a sexual object or body part. Men are more likely than women to suffer from them.

For many people with fetishes, getting sexually aroused, getting an erection, and having an orgasm requires having the object of their attraction nearby or fantasising about it with a partner.

A fetishist may masturbate while holding, smelling, rubbing, or tasting their fetish. They could also request that their partner wear it or make use of it while they’re having sex.