Parts of the Body
In drawing the line between fetish and other kinds of sexual attraction, it's important to understand how body parts play a different role in the fetish world. Rather than merely being attracted to women with shapely legs or a large butt, someone with a fetish is hyper-focused on that singular body part and its particulars. It is necessary for their sexual arousal. Devore explains this in terms of people with hand fetishes. "They will come and they will talk about hands in a way that seems so overly determined, it's just amazing to listen to the kind of tiny detail these men will look for in particular kinds of hands," says Devore. "And that's what makes a partner attractive."