Sexual Fetishes 101: Terms, Types and Kinks

What Is a Fetish?


Fetishes are much more common than we think. In fact, according to a survey performed by the erotic retailer Ann Summers, 75% of people have at least one sexual fetish or kink. But, let’s take a step back, what exactly is a sexual fetish or kink?


A sexual fetish, also called a kink, is a sexual excitement in response to an object or body part that’s not typically sexual, such as feet or bondage, but people can really fetishize anything! Sexual behaviour experts explain that a sexual fetish is not a disorder by definition, but it can reach that level if it causes intense, lasting distress. 


So if fetishes are so common, as a FanCentro girl, it would only be appropriate for you to experiment with this world to increase your income. For example, Lexi, a fetish model, stated that she frequently receives $200 to allow one of her clients to worship her feet for 5 min. She also said she can earn up to $5000 a week taking calls and selling clips.


If you’re interested in turning your fetish into your business, don’t miss our article on 10 common fetishes and how to profit from them as a content creator and how to create an avatar that sells.



Types of Fetishes


As mentioned above, kinks or sexual fetishes is when someone has a sexual excitement in response to something that is not typically sexual. It can really be anything, but still, fetishes can be categorized into three categories:

  • Body fetishes
  • Object fetishes
  • Treatment fetishes

For example, feet, hand or tattoo fetishes would be part of body fetishes; shoes or bondage would be part of object fetishes and humiliation or role play would be categorized in treatment fetishes.


A – Z Glossary: Fetish terms


Now that we know what a sexual fetish is and its different types, let’s take a look at the most common fetish terms:

  • Age play: age play is a form of role play in which one or both partners pretend to be (and get off on being) an age other than their own.
  • Bondage: some people enjoy being tied up, while some enjoy tying up their partner, and others like both.
  • Cuckolding: is when you’re turned on by the idea of your partner sleeping with others.
  • Dominance: is part of the consensual dominance and submissive powerplay. The dominant partner derives sexual pleasure from taking control and the submissive partner derives pleasure from allowing them to do so.
  • Electrostimulation: this involves using the power of electricity for kinky sex. For this people usually get a safe electro sex toy as any other method could be dangerous.
  • Feet: this is one of the most common fetishisms and it’s when someone is turned on by feet. Maybe it’s by seeing them, touching them, tasting them… But they really like feet.
  • Gagging: refers to when our partner is slightly choking on an object and begins to make gagging noises. 
  • Humiliation: can be consensually degrading one’s partner, or even name-calling. People who have a kink for humiliation enjoy either giving or receiving these verbal degradations.
  • Impact play: refers to the use of hands, paddles, whips, or other objects to hit the body. If you’ve ever playfully spanked your partner during sex, that’s impact play. Just like with any of these kinks, consent is key.
  • Japanese bondage: is one variety of bondage that is typically done with rope. Japanese bondage is an art form, in addition to being part of sexual bondage. Just remember to keep it safe kids!
  • Klismaphilia: is a sexual arousal by an enema, a medical device that squirts water slightly warmer than body temperature into one’s anus. It’s used by hospitals to relieve people of constipation or to prepare for certain medical procedures. However, some people have a kink for receiving this. With that being said, this kink can also be quite practical as it’s a great way to clean and prep the rectum for anal sex.
  • Masochism: is deriving pleasure from the high sensation most often referred to as pain, be that physical or emotional. This involves being spit on, being humiliated, spanked, etc.
  • Latex: is when someone derives pleasure from latex, either smelling it, touching it, etc. This can also be linked to others that have a kink for nylon.
  • Objectum sexuality: refers to the sexual attraction to an inanimate object. Although the media tries to portray people with this fetish as a freak, it’s actually quite common. If you ever had a fantasy and a certain object turned you on, you may have this kink.



  • Pregnancy: some people actually have a pregnancy fetish, which means that they may be attracted to a pregnant person, or in other cases, simply a round belly. Fun fact, studies have found that having sex and orgasms near the due date can help induce labour.
  • Quirofilia: this is a specific fetish for hands and it can manifest due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is because someone has a nice manicure, maybe it’s their long and feminie fingers or strong and their masculine shape… But whatever it may be that makes their hands turn you on, that’s kinky, innit?
  • Role play: this is yet another common kink. This one, however, involves people taking on characters outside of their day-to-day lives as part of a sex scene. And let’s be real, we all tried this… at least on halloween, right?
  • Spectrophilia: is when someone is sexually attracted to ghosts or encounters with them. 
  • Tentacles: people with this fetish might get off thinking of tentacles, watching videos of octopuses, or with special sex toys made for people with this kink. However, you cannot have sex with an octopus as they are animals and, even if they could, they wouldn’t consent to that. 
  • Urophilia: is a fancy word for pee play. Some people get off by urine, golden rain, etc. and this kink isn’t as uncommon as you may think.
  • Voyeurism: a voyeur is someone who derives sexual pleasure from watching others get it on. But, even with this kink, consent is key. And it’s not that difficult to get consent for this, all you need to do is find exhibitionists. While exhibitionists enjoy being watched, voyeurs enjoy watching, which makes these two the perfect match!
  • Whip: this is usually used as an umbrella tool for tools one could use for impact play, including a whip toy.
  • Wax play: is when people receive pleasure from the pain of candles or wax melting on their skin. ​​Of course, playing with fire and wax is dangerous, so it’s a good thing the sex toy industry has our backs here as we can get safe candles to burn on our skin and even scented massage candles.
  • Yoni egg: A yoni egg is an egg-shaped device worn inside of the vagina typically as part of pelvic floor exercises, but this little device can also really turn someone on. There’s also a spiritual element involved for many yoni egg users, particularly since they involve crystals. But we must warn you that the health benefits or issues are still out for debate with this one.
  • Zappers: this is another name for an electro-wand used mainly for electrostimulation. Zappers are frequently used as part of DS play in which the dominant shocks the submissive. Keep in mind that the shock is minimal and completely safe.


If you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to check out the last one of this series How to shoot fetishes as a content creator, and of course, check out our upcoming webinar on this topic. 


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