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    Sexy Blondes Contra Foot Fetish: Spot The Pervert
    By Sascha Vongehr | October 15th 2010 01:11 AM | 23 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Dr. Sascha Vongehr [风洒沙] studied phil/math/chem/phys in Germany, obtained a BSc in theoretical physics (electro-mag) & MSc (stringtheory)...

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    A man that fancies women with blond hair may announce such almost anywhere. Established scientists frequently work thinly veiled references to the proverbial sexiness of blondes into their talks, to loosen them up, to render the seminar or lecture personal and memorable. On the other hand, I have never seen anybody but Quentin Tarantino put their foot fetish into their work; certainly I do not know of any politician or scientist “putting their or others’ feet in their mouth” this way.


    Being into blondes is accepted – it makes you “one of the blokes”, a good pal. If you are into high heels however, things become immediately more icky, kinky, even pervert to some. This is strange when considering the demographics, since foot fetishism is spread widely and advertisers seem to know this well. How can we understand all this? I will try to clarify the issues via obviating the naturalness of such sexual orientations from an evolutionary perspective, but most of you will not like it, especially not if you are into blondes. Since I like to provoke in order to open eyes, lets play the Gaga of science (if that is what this means).


    Hair colored blond, her feet jammed into sado-maso heels: optimizing attractiveness from head to toes – yes I put this here to get the most clicks ever – that’s what the whole title is about - mhuahahahaha!



    Let me give you a straight forward “derivation” of foot fetishism in sex, sorry, six easy steps, some following from each other, but mostly working in parallel (after that I will relate it to blond issues):


    1) When a woman reaches sexual maturity during puberty, her legs grow quite fast. Thus, long legs are one of the many aspects that almost universally attract men. Long legs signal the onset of childbearing age.


    2) Short skirts, black pantyhose, and especially high heels are all there to optically lengthen the legs. Stiletto heels, long legs, femininity, sex, these are strongly associated for all of us who have been brought up with television and suchlike media.


    3) Now add a little more male/female biology, one being able to perform reproductively several times a day, the other having to at least spend nine months and partially her own health. Obviously, male primates can spread their sperm more effectively by inseminating many easy targets instead of chasing around hard to get alpha females just to be rejected. Especially for males, sex is aggression. Testosterone makes us aggressive. Rape fantasies are very common among men, even if they do not admit it. High heels make you walk in a way – well – how can I say this – they say it stresses or “pronounces” your hips and what not, but recent results indicate that this is not quite effective as long as the males do not directly see the shoes, so lets be serious here: High heels impair and it simply looks easier to chase down – the male brain understands this regardless of whether you know or agree. The shoes render the female more vulnerable, an easy and safe target to mate.


    4) I make this another separate item, as it is still more human biology rather than cultural: Sex always naturally (to humans) implies hierarchy, domination and submission – the old hair pulling always works (soft, dude, softly I say!). One party forces the other, and I do not care about how much you are in denial about any of this, or how much you have it personally hidden under a pile of make believe like the masochist who obeys his dominatrix.


    4.5 or 3 again? Must be six in total or it needs changing the lame joke above) Again, these numbered items overlap a lot: she is already half conquered, slowed down by her gait in those shoes and all tied down by her “strappy heels”. We males naturally understand strappy heels, shackles, chokers; ankle chains are widely regarded as sexy. Straps and tying down and all this is one associative bundle.


    Quentin Tarantino having dessert.


    5) Now add more human culture: Sex associates with dirty, embarrassing, and forbidden, and as we just saw, aggression and establishing hierarchical positions. This is where the focus on long legs and high heel shoes can quickly turn into one of the many forms of pure foot fetish, nylon socks fetish, and so on. Feet and shoes are down there; they are usually dirty, embarrassing
    and forbidden. In Thailand, you go to jail for depicting the King with a foot near him. Having somebody’s boot above your head is universally understood as your submission. Now you could object that it would be natural only if the male had the upper hand. But here comes the weirdness of human culture into play: Submission is especially embarrassing to us males. Having a shoe in your face is as embarrassing as being caught having any sort of sex, be it masturbating. It is a forbidden, dirty little fruit. Dirty feeling, embarrassment, dominance/submission, sex; these are strongly associated. A foot or shoe fetish is basically the ideal mix.

    6) Feet are known to smell, not just because they are dirty, although this is of course all mixed up in our irrational human minds, so the smell and the “dirty deed” still work in synergy. Feet have the same apocrine sweat glands that genitalia have. For some reason, the feet’s sweat glands produce sexually attractive smells (pheromones). Perhaps this evolved in order to track females when humans were rare – a wild guess this, I admit, I have also no idea about whether all primates show this feature. Anyway, a male smelling a female’s shoes and getting excited is a perfectly understandable, natural thing.


    BTW, FYI: Embarrassment drives a fetish into specialization; this holds the same also for females (starting with spreading “embarrassingly” wide during foreplay for example). What one gets used to over time is replaced by yet still more embarrassing related objects (ankles, soles, toes, socks, shoes) and practices (caressing, sniffing, licking, being pressed down by, being penetrated by, being forced to talk about it, …) in all sorts of combinations. So the fetish usually explores and very strange fetishes develop; with regards to foot fetishism there are for instance dangling, pedal pumping, and crushing (look them up on the net but better not while at work).


    So let us summarize: However the details maybe, fancying smelly high heel shoes naturally derives from the fact that sexually mature (!) females correlate with long legs and all that. So, whatever you may blame them kinky footsy lovers for, pedophilia it is certainly not.


    And this brings us to blondes. Fancying blonde hair - does that have an equally natural derivation? Well, it has, but sadly it is involving only the most negative aspect of all of the above, and that is the fact that males are aggressive and can spread their sperm more easily with easy targets. Blond hair associates with babies; nobody is more vulnerable than defenseless babies. This has been put in politically more correct formulations, like that babies correlate with cuteness and cuteness correlates with easy target, but babies are of course not just cute for no reason. Our perceiving cuteness, it being a quale at all, has evolved to protect our offspring. However they spin it, one thing is obvious: It correlates directly with sexually immature humans!


    The blond or the smelly end? Quentin in “Inglorious Basterds” can’t be bothered to attend to the immature blond end of the deal and goes straight for the side with matured Camembert flavor.


    I know you will mostly object to this, but I, a sober mind drunk on science, will nevertheless put it in these sharp and provoking terms, because science can emancipate, and today I would like to let it help emancipating the usually still as pervert child molesters stigmatized foot/shoe/leg/pantyhose/toes whatever fetishists: If anybody here relates to pedophilia, it is not them, as their preference is for mature females, even emancipated ones “wearing the boots”. It is those who like blonde hair that desire immature aspects, and who are, if we want to sink to this level of discourse at all, to be thrown together into one pot with pedophilia first.


    (Disclaimer: This article is designed to provoke thinking and discussing about a taboo topic, which is generally greatly facilitated by a sober, scientific perspective. In the absence of hard evidence, “Just-so stories” inspired by our incomplete knowledge of evolution, which at times has gone rampant in the context of evolutionary psychology, should never be taken as more than inspired hypotheses. I nowhere claim that my thoughts, which admittedly are here about an issue that involves fields outside of my expertise if the latter is narrowly defined, can substitute for proper research, which might or might not, for instance, result in that from a culturally accepted sexual norm more deviant persons may in general statistically correlate with any particular form of norm violation, the latter being for example pedophilia. Any form of rape is a grave topic, so I like this disclaimer to be taken seriously.)

    Comments

    “Testosterone makes us aggressive” but testosterone also helps to endure pain, so it also helps to restrain aggressiveness for those who understand the importance of it like Marcus Aurelius the emperor, warrior and philosopher.

    So maybe its 'just not so' bad being a tall, female brunette with proportionally long legs and large feet, who doesn't wear high heels, or have smelly feet, if it keeps away all these hypothetically, predatory, aggressive, domineering, sperm sowing alpha males, unhappy foot fetishists and also those disconcerting pedophiles?

    There are not many women brunettes left in Australia, if they're not naturally blond most women here dye or streak their hair blond, even when they are turning grey. Nearly all my girlfriends are blond and I know quite a few and yes, they are nearly all high on the attraction stakes and wear correspondingly high heels which are very fashionable at present.

    If I wear high heels a) I can't walk properly b) I feel like a man in drag c) I tower over most men. Thankfully its also difficult to have smelly feet if you walk barefoot on a beach and swim every day and live in thongs. So I think I'm happy and safe in my hypothetical unattractiveness to these men, but if not I take comfort that I am also an older alpha female who can still run pretty fast and who was trained in martial arts!

    SynapticNulship
    Naturally among primates, the male conquers the female, as touched on already in item number three.

    Except for bonobos.

    I will try to clarify the issues via obviating the naturalness of such sexual orientations from an evolutionary perspective, but most of you will not like it, especially not if you are into blondes.
    And this brings us to blondes. Fancying blonde hair - does that have an equally natural derivation? Well, it has, but sadly it is involving only the most negative aspect of all of the above, and that is the fact that males are aggressive and can spread their sperm more easily with easy targets. Blond hair associates with babies; nobody is more vulnerable than defenseless babies.
    I prefer brunette and black hair.  But I appreciate some blondes, perhaps just aesthetically.  Note that I have blonde hair, although in my photo it looks a little bit darker since I had hair gel (it was at a night club)...

    Regardless of whether anything you've said here is remotely true, there is always the possible influence of being attracted to people who look similar to you, and I think it's probably quite easy for that preference to "flip a bit" to the opposite, e.g. preferring dark hair if you have light hair. Or, the answer could be simply that we trust people who look like ourselves, but are we're not physically attracted to them (here's the first link I found describing that research).
    Hank
    It could be as simple as, over time, preferring the opposite of what you have.  Doesn't explain Quentin Tarentino, but nothing much does.
    vongehr
    Ahh - a fine comment - (yes it is a misleading sentence and I have now deleted it)
    The bonobos - the never fighting, peace loving, super emancipated ones who should have taken over the world yet somehow did not. Let us just leave it at that the research into bonobos is still little and much of the little there actually is happens to be tainted by all kinds of issues, especially that the researchers are humans and have thus issues with sexuality. This situation is somewhat similar to when feminists argued that certain human groups somewhere in the jungle are ruled by women just because their social structures determining who leaves the clan to seek a partner (men or women), who keeps their family name, which name is inherited by the kids (mother's or father's), or who supplies the matrimony (or patrimony), was different from western society.

    On your other point: As far as I know, it has been established that males for example on the whole tend to prefer females that look like their mother, which would make perfect sense in terms of evolution.
    Its more likely that the bonobo alpha females didn't want to take over the world, they just wanted to make love and not war, unlike the war mongering, all conquering human and chimpanzee alpha males. I find it surprising and a real shame though, that human researchers have such problems coping with the bonobo handshake and as a result so little is known about the soon to be extinct, fascinating bonobos, their societies and their culture.

    vongehr
    "take over the world" is used here in an evolutionary sense. If their society is so marvelous and has no war and all that, why did they not out-compete us and the chimps, since we spend our energies and resources more on destroying and killing each other than producing and procreating? Just a provocative question of course, merely to stress once more the point that much of the hype around the bonobos is plain hype. They also fight! To claim that they are the only species in the world where sex is not involving aggression is a far out. Far out claims need to be backed up very well. It has not been done sufficiently.
    Maybe because as you say 'we spend our energies and resources more on destroying and killing each other' and anything else that gets in the way of our progress, including bonobos and their habitats?

    vongehr
    Once again: I meant the evolutionary taking over of the world. The chimps certainly did not kill the bonobos over the last 2 million years and thereby stopped their great peaceful society from spreading. These two groups have been separated by the Congo river all the time. Both are bad swimmers, and bonobo society has not developed science and river crossing boats in order to spread the love.

    The following from
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bonobo.html?c=y&page=4

    "By watching bonobos in more natural settings, Ihomi and others have discovered that females are not necessarily as dominant as they appeared in the sugar cane field. 'The alpha male is usually in charge,' Ihomi says. The alpha male determines where the troop eats and sleeps and when it moves, and he is the first to defend the troop from leopards and pythons. But bonobo society is still much less authoritarian than that of other great apes. 'If the alpha female doesn't want to follow him, she sits there and then the rest of the troop follows her lead and don't move,' Ihomi says. 'She always has the last say. It's like the alpha male is the general and the alpha female
    is the queen.'
    Researchers also now believe that the bonobo creed of making love, not war, is not as absolute as earlier studies suggested. Near Wamba, Ihomi says, he and his colleagues tracked three bonobo groups, two of which engaged in rambunctious sex when they ran into each other. But when the groups ran into the third group, 'which isn't often,' he says, 'they display fiercely to defend their territory, males and females screaming, throwing dung and sticks at each other. They even fight, sometimes inflicting serious bite wounds'"
    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    They also fight! To claim that they are the only species in the world
    where sex is not involving aggression is a far out. Far out claims need
    to be backed up very well. It has not been done sufficiently.

    I can't see anywhere in this blog where anyone is claiming that bonobo 'sex is not involving aggression'. Its just not an alpha male dominated society, unlike here at Science20 and probably the rest of the world. Here is a video showing a male bonobo getting aggressive with another male and a female bonobo deciding to calm him down with sex. This 'far out claim' is being backed up by a video that you might not be able to see in China without jumping over firewalls, followed by a male bonobo having a special moment, swinging over a waterfall. What more evidence do you need Sascha, that these are animals who are capable of living reasonably happily in a primarily, peace loving, sharing, altruistic, alpha female dominated society in which the alpha males appear to be quite happy, without killing, raping or dominating anyone?

    See :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eubDSQrFako&feature=fvst).
    My latest forum article 'Australian Researchers Discover Potential Blue Green Algae Cause & Treatment of Motor Neuron Disease (MND)&(ALS)' Parkinsons's and Alzheimer's can be found at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine
    SynapticNulship
    I can't see anywhere in this blog where anyone is claiming that bonobo 'sex is not involving aggression'. Its just not an alpha male dominated society,

    Exactly. 

    vongehr
    Guys, I was answering to anonymous, who's comment I interpreted as rather into the bonobo hype. Context! Nobody was explicitly arguing that bonobos have no aggression (however, this is how a lot of the bonobo hype comes across, and it is wrong).

    BTW, I do not see where the "alpha-ness" of particular males or females comes into the discussion. Maybe Helen can find a you tube video of a blond bonobo beta female having foot sex with a brunette gamma one - I would be perfectly fine with that.

    Anyways, thank you again for your first comment - as I said all along, it was a fine comment, and I now have deleted the offending sentence as it was indeed too misleading. Looked at it again, and found it unnecessary and misleading, because of the bonobos. Thank you.
    Aitch
    What more evidence do you need Sascha, that these are animals who are capable of living reasonably happily in a primarily, peace loving, sharing, altruistic, alpha female dominated society in which the alpha males appear to be quite happy, without killing, raping or dominating anyone?

    I think I must have Bonobo ancestry      ;-)

    edited to show context

    Aitch
    Warren Davies
    Blondes are for boys, brunettes are for men.  Is the saying, or something similar.  But just as there's no reasoning for why we would be attracted to stockings except for their association with legs and feet, couldn't you just be attracted to a blonde because the blonde hair is on a woman?
    Also, where do redheads fit into this?
    To Sacha Vongehr: "As far as I know, it has been established that males for example on the whole tend to prefer females that look like their mother, which would make perfect sense in terms of evolution." . But in term of evolution there is also something important, and this is that if by mixing two elements you obtain an element with some interesting features, you are not going preferably to mix these two elements in order to have more of the interesting one; you are rather going to mix this element with an element with the features of the opposite sex which are the most corresponding to the features of the first one (that means that in order to reproduce some male features, it is not better to take a female with some male features, because medically they are not the best for breeding). So for dogs for example you are going to breed the interesting element with an element with the same appearance like with Dobermans, and not with the appearance of its ancestors.

    Science says testosterone makes you more cooperative and not at all more aggressive. However believing that you have much testosterone makes you aggressive.

    The six step derivative scenario you present certainly makes a logical sense, but I'm not sure if it matches up with what we observe clinically. An erotic interest in feet appears to precede rather than follow any and all other aspects of the male sex drive.

    Males who display a partiality for feet (Neither the ICD-10 nor the DSM-IV-TR classify it as a fetish) almost universally report noticing this preference very, very early in childhood often between the ages of 3 and 5. Some even remember experiencing erections from visual stimuli (e.g. The sight of an older female relative in bare feet) even at that young age.

    In contrast, they typically report that interest in the sexual parts of the female body, an active desire for coitus, etc., did not come to the fore until at or near puberty, which is normative.

    This might possibly indicate an organic, rather than a psychological cause.

    vongehr
    Well, that is kind of what I wrote I hope, at least what I included, namely that the thing starts early and quite naturally, perhaps even from trying to sniff out females walking about (the glands in the feet), though somehow I doubt the "sniffing out rare females walking in the Savanna" evolutionary 'just-so-story'. The psychological stuff applies to the distortion of this into all kinds of nylon/socks/pumps/... fetishes, not the very source or onset of it all. Not sure about the DSM-IV-TR classifications about the use of the term "fetish" in the literature. "Foot fetish" is surely well known outside of it. 
    SynapticNulship
    After conducting in-depth field research on the foot subject, I have found that females experience great excitement from tongue-toe interactions. Perhaps a new theory might be that females who manage to attract men who provide more pleasure, reproduce more...
    vongehr
    "in-depth field research on the foot subject" - hmm - not sure whether I understand this correctly. Certainly females usually do enjoy slightly deviant behavior performed with confidence, as it plainly is an effective way of displaying confidence. Same as being funny - it isn't the joke, it is the presentation. The same performed hastily and ashamed will be often found creepy and disgusting rather than enjoyable.
    Hank
    I understood it.  It made me shoot Coke out of my nose.
    vongehr
    Guess I do not get the punch line. Anyway, don't read funny stuff while having powder up your nose - that stuff is too expensive.
    Hank
    Indeed. Due to the recession, I sniff Pepsi now.