Friday, February 24, 2006

Fetishism: Men behaving badly?

What man is likely to complain to his doctor he gets an erection every time he sees a shoe? Not many and hence the reason why it is very difficult to estimate the number of shoe restifists (shoe fetishists) there are. There is a distinct difference between foot and shoe fetishists but for the purpose of today I have considered them together.

Restif de La Bretonne (1734-1806) revealed in his diaries he was a shoe voyer, stealer and collector. He also wrote extensively on the subject and became so linked to shoe worship, the fetish was called restifism.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist was affectionately known to his lover as "Mr Bigfoot", Christine Vulpius, documented von Goethe wrote her begging for her dancing shoes so he could have them to press against his heart.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist, novelist enjoyed foot fetishism as did Feodor Mikkhailovich Dostoyevski (1821-1881) the Russian novelist.

Author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevski’s works were often preoccupied with guilt and religious faith.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) the Anglo-Irish poet and critic was reputed to be a celebrated foot fetishist and lived for sometime in Fitzroy Square, London overlooking the London Foot Hospital.

He coined the immortal words 'If you rebel against high heeled shoes, take care to do so in a very smart hat. '

US novelist F Scott Fitzgerald (1896- 1940) was a fellow foot fetishist and very attracted to female feet. He did however hate the sight of his own feet and tried never to let anyone see them naked.

Some men enjoy fantasies about being crushed and view women as enormous giants crushing insignificant men underfoot. Shoes provide tactile stimuli for women but although many women collect shoes seldom does their obsession parallel male fetishists who enjoy having sex with the shoe.

Reviewed 29/11/2016

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