And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain – and that curtain’s going to need a damn good clean after all the fetishes we’ve been exploring.
In this, our final episode of Metro’s A-Z of fetishes, we’ll have fun with foodstuffs, discover what a vominatrix is and learn a new word – ursusagalmatophilia – that we’ll probably never use again.
Brace yourself now – here are all the sexual terms beginning with letters from U to Z that you should know about:
The posh name for water sports, aka golden showers, aka urolagnia.
This fetish is similar to zoophilia. But while that involves live animals, ursusagalmatophilia is a fetish for dressing up as an animal.
It’s characteristic of ‘plushies’ and ‘furries’.
Sexual attraction to vampires, or people pretending to be vampires.
4. Veil fetish and Velvet fetish
Two different fetishes that come under the same umbrella of clothing fetishes.
Veils are fetishised not just as an item of clothing but what they represent: think burkas, harem veils or bridal veils.
Vicarphiles live vicariously: it’s the fetish for hearing about other people’s sexual experiences.
Unlike other verbal fetishes, this one requires the person sharing the story to be the person who experienced it.
Being turned on from being tied up.
7. Vomit fetish
Exactly what you think it is.
A dominant person who makes clients vomit is a vominatrix.
Don’t try this one at home: it’s illegal and tends to end with somebody dying.
It’s a fetish for cannibalism, either as the cannibal or as their dinner.
Voyeurism sounds almost sweet compared to some of the fetishes we’ve discovered in this series: it’s sexual arousal from watching other people doing sexual things, and from doing so without their knowledge.
WAM is short for Wet and Messy. And as the name suggests, it’s a fetish for getting people wet and messy through the use of food and/or drink – think custard, cream and other messy products.
WAM is also known as food play or sploshing.
No, not really.
12. Wet clothes fetish
A wet clothes fetish is sometimes associated with urophilia: it’s a fetish for seeing other people in wet clothes, often professional clothes such as workwear.
As fabrics become wet they become more clingy and in some cases more see-through.
Few people will have xenophobia and xenophilia at the same time: the former is dislike or fear of foreigners while the latter is an intense desire to form a very special kind of union with them.
We’ve checked, double-checked and checked again: this is apparently a real thing, and it’s the kind of thing that’ll get you banned from Gregg’s.
Yeastiality is a fetish for having sex with baked goods.
We’re in furry territory again: yiffing indicates sexual activity between two or more furries while in costume.
Zoophilia is a sexual obsession with animals.
It’s often used interchangeably with bestiality, but the latter describes the actual act of sex with animals and isn’t necessarily driven by zoophilia: when Otis gets too friendly with Daisy the cow, he might just be desperate.
Meanwhile, many zoophiles keep their interests purely as fantasy, possibly because zoos are so expensive these days.