What is a fetish?

I think I have a fetish, does that mean there is something wrong with me?

               A fetish is when a person is sexually aroused by objects, body parts, or situations that are not considered sexual in themselves. Some people are aroused by certain foods in sexual interactions, some by feet, some by wearing specific clothing items such as leather or diapers…the list is extensive. 

              There are many people with many different types of fetishes and only certain circumstances in which their fetishes are a problem. Most fetishes are just slight idiosyncrasies a person has, and may even make sexual interactions more novel and exciting for his or her sexual partner. As long as your fetish does not hurt anyone, and you and your partner are comfortable incorporating it into your sex life, it can just be accepted as a part of who you are or what you like. Fetishes become a problem mainly when they involve coercive behavior. This may mean anything from forcing your partner to engage in activities he or she is not comfortable with, to involving children in your sexual life. Children are not able to consent to sex, both under the law and based on their level of maturity that accompanies their biological development; therefore, engaging in any sexual activity with minors is coercive behavior. Of the people who have fetishes, this is not a common fetish.

Another incident in which fetishes become a problem is when sexual activities are only enjoyable when the fetish is involved. It is up to you and your partner to decide if this is a problem, and to what extent, because every person will have different feelings about this matter.