There's nothing more fun or confidence boosting than starting out an article with a definition, so let's do that first:
Fetish - An object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression
(Taken from the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary)
Now when expressed this way, a fetish really doesn't seem like fun at all, instead of being something one might refer to as 'fun', it's more like a sexual ball and chain, an extra set of conditions that must be met in order to experience sexual pleasure.
Fortunately, the term is wildly misused in many cases. In many instances, sexual kinks or predilections referred to as fetishes aren't really fetishes at all. If you find wearing stockings hot, but are still more than capable of getting it on without wearing stockings, then you really have more of a strong preference (often referred to as a kink) than a fetish.
The term 'fetish' is also commonly used in connection with activities, not just objects, as the definition describes. For instance, spanking is a common 'fetish' that many engage in to one extent or another, be it in the form of a playful love tap whilst walking past a partner, or in the context of a BDSM 'scene' where the spankee is tied to a bench and flogged with a rubber flogger.
If you're a little kinky, you might just be wondering if maybe you have a fetish. Take this fun fetish test to see if you might have a fetish, results are at the bottom of the page.
Is my kink a fetish?
Simply Answer Yes or No to the following questions:
Do you ever dress in fetish wear in public?
Have you joined an Internet Pay Site in order to pander to your kink?
Have you joined more than one Internet Pay Site in order to pander to your kink?
Do you turn away partners because they're not kinky enough?
Did you have to stop reading this article to go and uh, well, you know.... because it made you think of your kink?
Do you look your kink up in the dictionary for a little thrill?
Are you pursuing your kink right now?
Do you try to hide your kink from others?
Do you try to demonstrate your kink to others?
Do you find it impossible to get into a sexual mood without thinking about your kink?
Does your kink have a widely known acronym?
Do you engage in your kink daily on a physical basis?
Do you engage in your kink daily on a mental basis?
Have you thought about starting a religion based on your kink?
Have you thought about starting a political party based on your kink?
Do you only make friends with those who can advance you in your kinkyness?
Have you lost partners solely due to your kink?
Have you spent more than you can afford on your kink?
Has your kink caused you to visit a professional kink specialist
Have you ever behaved inappropriately due to your kink?
(Just tally the number of "yes" answers to get your score)
1-5 YES - You probably don't have a fetish.. Unless it's simply a fetish for taking online tests. Be careful of them, they are addictive. They can rob your mind and soul within days if you allow them to suck you into their world of pseudo self exploration.
5-10 - Naughty One! Aren't you the kinky little thing. Your kink is still low to moderate however, so enjoy it, you're in no danger of becoming a hardcore fetishist just yet.
10-15 - Fetish Apprentice! Aren't you the fetishy little thing. You may be approaching fetish status, but you're keeping it in check, possibly just barely. Remember that there is life outside of kink once in a while and you will be fine.
15-20 - Fetish Diva! You probably have a fetish. This may cause you to have a limited sexuality, but an intense one. Do try to ensure that it does not rule your life however. Having a fixation on anything to the detriment of the rest of your life is not a good thing, even if it does feel good, oh so good, at the time.
(Disclaimer: This should not replace an expert's opinion or just plain old fashioned common sense. Anyone taking this test too seriously will be hunted down and whipped mercilessly. But you'd like that, wouldn't you? Naughty boy/boi/girl/gurl.)
Jason on February 07, 2019:
I ended up being a 10 two different times taking it. Where does that put me?
stephanie245 on March 22, 2010:
woah man... i am BY FAR a fetish diva
Anath on February 25, 2010:
A Fetish Apprentice, I knew that, looking to progress and discover more fun ahead ;-)
carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on November 06, 2009:
Rats. I scored pretty low, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Desiree Addams on October 15, 2009:
Hmmm...A fetish apprentice. Lovely. I did enjoy the quiz and the article. Very informative or ok, well revealing. Love the pix too. Very nice.
50 Caliber from Arizona on December 07, 2008:
There was a time that I would have been a Diva, but that over fixation thing caused problems living life. So now I'm just a naughty one, apprentice of my wife the evolving Diva..... mmmmmm
LatexLeah on February 21, 2008:
Damn! Only an apprentice! Really wanted to be a Diva (better outfit!)
Hope Alexander (author) on October 02, 2007:
I wouldn't worry about it too much Ashes :) There's more to life than intense sexual fixations on apparently unrelated objects. Taking meaningless tests on the other hand... well, life is all about that :)
ART WITH ASHES on October 02, 2007:
WOW....What a boring esistance I have had. I couldn't answer YES to any one of the questions. Maybe I need to stop taking these tests as they reveal too much about what I am not. Luv the test! Great fun!