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Advice on Fetishes
Why do furries get off by watching Zootopia?
–Asking for a friend
Dear Furry Friend,
Why do people get off by looking at feet or fingernails? Why do people get off by watching poorly-plotted porn? Why do people get off of shipping the Onceler with himself? Why do people get off by cars? I was just going to say I don’t know, but I turned it into a learning opportunity. Here’s what I found:
Sexual fetishes (like getting off on cartoon animals) happen “When a person derives strong sexual arousal from some non-human object, a non-genital body part, or a bodily secretion,” according to some sex educator named Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D., who came on (heh) Shape magazine to talk about fetishes. For more common fetishes (like feet), Dr. Lehmiller suggested the “brain-overlap” theory, which basically just means the brain functions for sexual arousal and controlling your body parts are close together.
If you remember learning all about Pavlov’s dog experiment, Lehmiller also suggested that having a high sex drive meant you begin to associate more unusual objects with sexual attraction. Apparently they did an experiment in the 60’s and now a bunch of men get turned on by the sight of boots because they put nudes next to the pictures of boots. There’s other theories, but you’re perfectly capable of doing your own research. I believe in you.
As for whether or not you or your friend are weird because of it, it doesn’t really matter. This is a no shame zone (unless you're a misogynist, racist, or other gross -ists). You do you (or your car).