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At what point does a strange habit become a fetish?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26798points) July 29th, 2011

I am sure we all have heard of a foot fetish, and such, but if a person had a strange habit of collecting road kill, used panties, shell casings, old news papers, etc, at what point does it become a fetish and not just some strange habit someone puts a lot of effort into?

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ddude1116's avatar

I think it would be when he starts hitting the ham because of it.

Berserker's avatar

A fetish needs a strong sexual attachment attributed to the matter to be defined as such. No matter how fucked up it is, a guy collecting roadkill isn’t a fetish if he gets no sexual gratification out of it.

Hibernate's avatar

Maybe when one spends too much time thinking about it. [and spending time doing too]

downtide's avatar

It becomes a fetish when a person uses it to reach orgasm.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

What about a shoe fetish, how is that indicative of an orgasm?

incendiary_dan's avatar

What’s wrong with collecting roadkill?

The shoe fetish many people talk about is a misuse of the term fetish. It is more appropriately called an obsession.

Sunny2's avatar

Or, if it’s buying them, a compulsion. @Symbeline and @downtide are right about a fetish.

Berserker's avatar

@incendiary_dan Did I say it was wrong? :)

I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve heard that some people actually eat it, if it’s fresh.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Symbeline I seen a show on cable about some Brit, that was called the “Roadkill Gourmet”. He showed people where and what fresh road kill was good to eat. He found lots of pheasants.

I can’t find in the dictionary anything about fetishes being sexual.

Berserker's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Yeah. I heard that too, it’s not some bad eating at all apparently. Like hunting, but without all the work lol. As for a fetish, don’t let it cross your mind that it doesn’t exist lol. XD

incendiary_dan's avatar

Umm, yea. I think I’ve actually posted my recipes on Fluther. :P

Berserker's avatar

You did? What the hell, where?

incendiary_dan's avatar

Probably in the same place I told the story of finding two deer in one night and staying up until 3 or 4 am butchering them, when my friend and I had to be at work teaching wilderness skills early the next morning. I’m trying to find that now.

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