A fetish is commonly today judged (according to moral beliefs) to be an unusual interest, sexually, in either an object or in a particular part of a human's body. The word originates from the field of anthropology, where it is used when describing "an inanimate object worshipped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.
More recently (in the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries) antisexuals and sexophobes working in the fields of so-called "mental health" have adopted the word "fetish" to describe "a form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, part of the body, etc.
ORIGIN: from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço 'charm, sorcery'.
Relevance to BoyLovers
BoyLovers may develop a particular interest in, or even a preoccupation, with either boy's articles of clothing, parts of the boy's body or even in certain bodily functions, such as urination. These interests are entirely "natural" and "normal," as they occur in nature, though they may be unusual. The condemnation of these interests by so-called "mental health professionals" is not based on the results of any valid scientific research demonstrating any harms, but instead are simply moral stances on "right" and "wrong" sexual expressions and behavior, similar to the condemnation of sexual activity which takes place between adults and younger people.
- Concise Oxford Oxford English Dictionary, 11th ed.