Sexology 101

7 Common Fetishes That Are More Popular Than You Think Most fetishes are more common than you would imagine, so there's no reason to be embarrassed.

No matter how comfortable you are with a new partner, talking about kinks/fetishes can feel like a big step in the relationship. Common fetishes are way more popular than you might think, and if you think that you have a totally weird one, you’re not alone.

Most fetishes are more common than you would imagine, so there’s no reason to be embarrassed. There are so many popular fetishes out there and that’s because not only are fetishes totally normal, but many of us actually have more than one.

So if you’re feeling self-conscious about your own tastes, you can relax because we’ve all been there. The more you start talking about and exploring these common fetishes, whether with a partner or a community or even at a sex shop, the more normal you’ll realize they are. (Read: How to Introduce Kink Into Your Relationship.)

If you’re interested in playing around, knowing the most common fetishes is a good place to start.

1. BDSM: One of the Most Popular Common Fetishes

Call it the 50 Shades of Grey effect, or human nature, but BDSM consistently tops the list of fetishes. In fact, surveys show that a whopping 74 percent of people said they were into it.

2. Foot fetishes

Foot fetishes are repeatedly on the list of common fetishes. Having a thing for feet is more common than you think. This isn’t to be confused with a shoe fetish, which is also very popular, though they two can certainly overlap.

3. Costumes and role-play

A classic and popular fetish is dressing up and role-playing. In fact, one survey found that this was a fetish that ranked high on the desirability scale and low on the taboo scale, which means it’s an ideal way to ease yourself into trying fetishes.

4. Voyeurism and exhibitionism

There’s a reason that “dogging” is so popular. Some people like to watch others have sex, while some people like to be watched, and of course, some people like both. You can start with more vanilla versions and work your way up to find where your boundary is.

5. Rubber, latex, and leather

For some people, it’s all about the texture. It has a BDSM twist, with some people finding that the material itself has a bondage-like quality, although apparently for some it’s the smell that turns them on.

6. Crossdressing

Gender play is another exciting option and one that you can experiment with to find different limits. Cross-dressing continues to be a popular fetish and can be a great way to experiment with slightly kinkier sex because it can be as simple as switching clothes.

7. Spanking

Though some might put spanking in the BDSM realm, it actually seems to be so popular in its own right that it deserves its own category.  That may be because, for a lot of people, spanking provides a slightly more vanilla option that can be combined with many other fetishes.

There is no limit to what can be fetishized, but some common fetishes are definitely more popular than others. Start experimenting with the more common ones and see what excites you — you never know where it might lead.

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