Foot Fetish

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The most commonly reported paraphilia in the human population is a foot fetish. Why? Let's explore in scientific terms.

Multiple studies over the years have shown a foot fetish to be the most commonly reported paraphilia, attraction to a non-erotic body part, that is, in the human population. These studies have been collected in the medical/social literature and on the internet using verifiable methods. This might appear bizarre, considering there is nothing necessarily erotic or aesthetically pleasing about the human foot, rather considered a bit dirty, in fact. Many scientists/researchers have attempted to explain the phenomenon in their own ways, with explanations ranging from an early childhood intense experience having to do with the human feet or footwear, to the fact that the feet are represented in the brain in an area right next to the one for the genitals! I have some difficulty reconciling any of the current theories on this phenomenon with my own understanding and observations, in the light of modern science, so here is my informed take on it:

The human foot is a completely unique, and very frankly, revolutionary biological appendage in the natural world. No creature has anything quite like the human foot in structure and function, unless you firmly believe in the existence of Bigfoot! The closest that we come is the feet of other primates, the great apes like gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, and even there, the foot has an opposable big toe, meaning their feet are more like hands, able to grasp objects and swing from branches using the opposable big toe. The only living creature capable of a perfectly bipedal upright walking stance is the human being, Homo sapiens. All other creatures either hop for short distances on two feet, like birds, or walk for short distances on them, like the great apes, but are primarily knuckle walkers. 

Considering humans diverged from the common great ape/primate stock millions of years ago, one feature that was crucial to this evolutionary development was the human ability to stand perfectly upright on two feet, and walk and run for long distances, permanently, in fact. This not only took us away from climbing and living in trees, but also freed up our hands to grasp tools and fashion whole new civilizations. It also gave us a much more superior field of vision to spot danger and prey, as opposed to the other creatures. In fact, our human brains evolved thanks to our ability to walk upright and use our hands freely and get new sources of food and shelter and accessories. Therefore, the higher the arches a human had in his/her feet, the better their bipedal walk and stance and ability to procure resources. In an ancient world, this was evolutionary gold! Notice how all the other great apes have flat feet, no arches, inclduing gorillas and chimpanzees because they are not evolved for bipedal walking and equal weight distribution, like modern humans. People with flat feet often suffer from sprains and other walk-related problems, and need to be often treated. So, the more arched and perfectly shaped the human foot was, the more desirable a mate they made. Humans sexually selected each other as mates based primarily on their foot structure and aesthetics, generation after generation, and lo and behold! In the modern times, we still retain the aesthetic and sexual tastes of our ancient ancestors, resulting in millions, possibly billions of people finding human feet extremely enticing and arousing, and actively sexually selecting them in their mates, forever refining the human walk and gait/balance and resulting in foot fetish becoming an almost mainstream paraphilia and preference, as judged by scientific studies and people's sexual voyeuristic tastes. I would conclude then, that to be a true foot connoisseur, is to be truly human!


Submitted: January 08, 2021

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