Foot worship isn’t for everyone; it’s like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. Here at Dirty Minds Media, we can’t get enough of it. Not sure if feet are your thing? Don’t worry, our team are here to talk all things feet by diving into the mysterious world of foot worship and the fetish that comes along with it.
What is Foot Worship?
Foot worship or a foot fetish is a sexual interest in feet. Podophilia (the paraphilia name for a foot fetish) is actually one of the most common fetishes out there. A survey conducted that looked at body part fetishes found that 47% of them preferred feet and toes to any other body part. Also, a website dedicated to the world of feet (Wikifeet) amasses up to 3.2 million visitors each month. So, if you’re feeling ashamed for liking feet, don’t worry, you are at home here; you actually aren’t alone!
History of the Foot Worship
There has been a lot of debate about where the fetish for feet came from. The earliest example of them is a set of 64 letters from the second century. These letters, addressed to both men and women, contained brooding and obsessive language towards feet. Asking young men and women to always walk barefoot and that the writer of the letters would ‘kiss the boys footprints’.
The adornment of feet has always existed throughout history; Ancient Egyptians were obsessed with foot massage; Ancient Greeks had a predilection to them too. People have often worshipped Gods and Goddess’s feet, even washing feet as a sign of servitude. It was also said that a Goddess’ toe was always longer than her big toe as the second toe was the centre of her more masculine powers. Many Eastern cultures follow the practice of removing shoes in holy places. In the Chinese Culture, the foot is perceived to be the most alluring part of a woman’s body.
Freud’s Foot Fetish Theories
One of the first people to study foot fetish was Sigmund Freud. Freud believed that foot fetishes evolved from early childhood. He believed it started when a child sees their mother’s genitals and are shocked to discover she doesn’t have a penis. He said this would then go on to lead to a fixation on objects or body parts that look like a penis. In the case of a foot fetish, Freud would say that a person perceives feet and toes to be just as sexual as a penis.
For a while, Freud’s foot theories were the only one’s people had. More recently, a man named Vilanayar Ramachandran, discovered an entirely new scientific reasoning behind it. While researching brain malfunctions that lead to phantom limb syndrome in amputees, he found that this sensation was caused by the brain body map being confused. The brain failed to erase the part of the map that corresponded to the amputated limb. In some phantom foot patients, Ramachandran discovered that their brains didn’t just fail to erase the part of the body map, they actually rewired the map in a way that caused the phantom foot sensation to become sexy. Some of his patients reported feeling sexual pleasure at the thought of the missing feet.
Ramachandran noted that the area of the brain associated with genitalia and that of feet, are right next to one another. This means that in many who have foot fetishes, the two areas of the brain have got their wires crossed resulting in the sexual pleasure of something that isn’t inherently sexual.
Where Do Fetishes Come From?
There are many theories around fetishes, and how and why they exist. People like Freud believe they are heavily linked to events that occur in childhood. This could also manifest in a child fixating on an object that is seen as a ‘good’ object, and then this turns into a fetish. Another theory is that through conditioning and learning, people develop fetishes. This is the behavioural theory that people can learn to be aroused by certain things and objects through a rewards system such as orgasm or even money.
The sexual instinct theory states that hormones make us imprint on certain objects, meaning we associate them with sex. It has also been suggested that socialisation and cultural factors contribute; certain communities draw focus to certain objects or body parts resulting in fetishes. Communities with a more sex positive attitude are likely to produce more individuals with fetishes.
Foot Worship in the Bedroom
If you are into feet or your partner has expressed an interest in exploring this fetish with you, it’s likely you might not know how to carry out this fantasy in the bedroom. Dirty Minds Media have put together a list of things you can do to ensure your fantasy is fulfilled.
- Give/receive foot massages. Not only does this satisfy the foot lover in you but will also increase intimacy between you and your partner
- Using your feet to give a foot job
- Send pictures of your feet to one another outside of the bedroom to get you in the mood
- Don’t be afraid to lick, suck or smell your partners toes and feet
- Trample your partner with your feet (be careful with this one)
Approaching it With Your Partner
You might love feet but, if your partner isn’t as keen, it can be hard to approach the topic. Only talk about it if you feel comfortable admitting it. Ensure the conversation you have is open and honest, allowing for questions to be asked and discussed. Don’t rush into things – if your partner is unsure, take this into account and move slowly.
If your partner isn’t keen on the whole foot worship idea, don’t worry – Dirty Minds Media have a range of videos available for you to watch so that you can still indulge in that side of you! What are you waiting for? Come and explore our site!