A to Z of fetishes: S is for satin, stockings and secretaries

a to z of fetishes s


The combination of sadism and masochism. The former is when you get turned on by inflicting pain; the latter when you get turned on by receiving it.


When you’re aroused by dishevelling or soiling your sexual partner. That might mean covering them in filth, smearing their makeup or damaging their clothing but never causing harm to the actual person.

Woman with smeared lipstick


Finding intelligence a turn-on.

Satin fetish

It’s a fetish for clothes made from satin or similarly shiny fabrics.


A compulsive desire for sex causes real-world problems for the sufferer.


The practice of modifying the body, usually by cutting, tattooing or using chemicals or heat. It isn’t necessarily sexual in nature, but the endorphin rush from painful acts means it can be. As with anything involving wounds, it’s crucial to know what you’re doing and to keep any implements sterile.


Getting turned on by looking at sexy things such as sexy photos of sexy people doing sexy stuff to one another, or at actual sexy people doing sexy things.


A sexual preference for darkness.

Secretary fetish

Fine as a fetish, not so fine if it means sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sexy secretary seducting her boss at workplace in office

Self bondage

Bondage where the person being restrained is the one who does the restraining. This one should be approached with extreme caution: if there isn’t some kind of automated release mechanism the practitioner can easily end up in trouble.

Sensory deprivation

Sensory deprivation in a sexual context is about removing stimulation from one or more senses to make other sensations more powerful. For example, somebody might wear a blindfold and earplugs to concentrate on the sensation of touch.

Sexsomnia / Somnophilia

Sexsomnia is a condition where somebody has sexual activity while asleep. Somnophilia is a fetish for having sexual activity with unconscious people. Consent for this fantasy play is needed, otherwise in reality this is assault.


A fetish for trains: having sex in carriages, getting off on the vibrations or seeing them as sexy in their own right.


A form of feminisation, where men are ‘forced’ to dress in women’s clothes and act in submissive ways.


Sitophilia is arousal involving food, whether that’s feeding strawberries or inserting fruit into intimate places on his, her or your body.

Smoking fetish Exactly what it sounds like. The more society disapproves of the gaspers, the more they garner taboo appeal.


A spectrophile has a fetish for ghosts.


A subset of sitophilia, where people get off on seeing others covered in messy foodstuffs.

Two women getting messy with food. CREDIT: Bunnyranch.com

Stockings fetish

Sexual interest in or sexual arousal by wearing stockings or seeing someone else wear stockings. You can be aroused by the touch and texture of lace tops, seems and even the suspender belts that can be attached to hold ups.


Sexual arousal from staging and watching a tragedy, such as a car accident or a building fire.

Some references made from Metro.co.uk A-Z

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