Sex Addiction is Not Related to Fetish Behaviors

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Sexual addiction is not in any way defined by who or what it is that turns you on.

Fetishes are recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges, and/or behaviors involving nonhuman objects, specific body parts, the suffering of oneself or one’s sexual partner, or nonconsensual sex (in appearance or actuality)—BDSM, foot worship, chubby chasing, diapers/infantilism, etc. Fetishes may cause a person to keep sexual secrets, to feel shame and/or distress, and even to feel out of control, but they are not indicators of sexual addiction. Fetishes are pathologized only if they cause significant distress and/or impairment of social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. And even when a fetish does qualify as pathologic, it is not the same thing as sexual addiction.

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Do you have a fetish? Do you feel comfortable with it? Do you feel you can healthfully incorporate it into your sexual sobriety?