Not only is there a subculture in Japan embracing all things sexually taboo, apparently they research it. A recent study from the island nation used MRI scans to find exactly what was causing a man's underwear fetish. The conclusion?
Clothing fetishism or garment fetishism is a sexual fetish that revolves around a fixation upon a particular article or type of clothinga particular fashion or uniform, or a person dressed in such a style. The clinical definition of a sexual fetish would require that a person be fixated on a specific garment to the extent that it exists as a recurrent or exclusive stimulus for sexual gratification. An individual with a clothing fetish may be aroused by the sight of a person wearing a particular garment, or by wearing the clothing himself.
Every lover knows that warm liquid feeling that typifies a turn-on in a potential sexual partner — it could be a physical feature in a partner or an attractive piece of accessory. However when a turn-on approaches the sphere of obsession then fetishism can come into play. Technically, a sexual fetish is an intense focus on an inanimate object like high heels, a body part like a foot or a medium such as leather or silk that's essential to a person's arousal but does not have any inherent sensuality.
What defines a fetish, though, isn't what the activity or object of desire is so much as the role it plays in someone's life. While people use the terms "fetish" and "kink" interchangeably, a kink means an activity or behavior that someone enjoys that exists outside the "norm" of "traditional" sex. Someone's kink may be bondage, and they may be incredibly excited when they're tied up
Underwear fetishism is a sexual fetishism relating to undergarmentsand refers to preoccupation with the sexual excitement of certain types of underwear, including panties, stockings, pantyhose, bras, or other items. Some people can experience sexual excitement from wearing, while others get their excitement when observing, handling, or smelling the underwear worn by another, or watching somebody putting underwear on or taking it off. Some may steal used underwear to get satisfaction.
By Jennifer Bjorhus. The fact that my bras and underwear are disappearing confirms the idiosyncrasy reigning as the universe expands and my load of whites shrinks. It all started one day last December when I pulled open the underwear drawer and couldn't find the good ones.
Experts weigh in on whether mental illness is involved when people have fetishes such as bondage, obsession with feet, or adult diapers. Some people become sexually aroused by an object or part of the body that's not typically considered sexual, such as feet or hair. Others may develop a liking for a particular lifestyle that allows them to live out their fetish or interest in erotic role-playing, such as bondage, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism BDSM.