The Difference Between a Fetish and Kink
To an outsider, it can be challenging to understand how fetishes are any different from kinks. In terms of the behaviors involved, the two can definitely overlap but they are distinct. "People who are in the kink community like to discriminate fetish from kink by saying that kink is more focused on the person but the activity is part of the fun," says Devore. On the other hand, people who have a fetish are intensely focused on a specific object or ritual as part of their sexuality. They need whatever that is to experience any kind of sexual arousal or turn-on, making their sexuality more dependent on their fetish than on their partner.