Barcelona Fetish


© Andrew O’Hara


Published on May 1, 2011

The word “fetish” derives from the Portuguese “feitico,” a name given to a significant charm or spell in the Middle Ages. Today a “fetish” is an object, non-sexual body part or action whose presence or existence causes excitement and/or arousal in an individual. An object might be latex or heels, a non-sexual body part could be legs or feet and examples of actions include tickling or smoking.

Fetishism is also used as an adjective that relates to anything connected to the world of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) fetish club or fetish party. The reference has even expanded outwards to embrace accessories, clothing, ritualized behaviour related to BDSM, its representation in erotic art forms and any subsequent influence it has on mainstream popular culture.

Ask any fetishist about what's available for them in Barcelona and they'll probably say that there isn't nearly enough. Actually, there's more than you might think, especially after seeing what was on offer at the Barcelona Fetish Weekend this past April. The fair was an impressive achievement and a great success; we all hope that it was only the first of many and that it will return next year.

If you want to find kinksters in Catalaunya, check out FetLife, the Facebook of fetish!