Sex That You Like And I Don’t
No, you gentle readers with your mind in the gutter, it's not about you. It's just a line from what NYT calls "Daniel Bergner’s unsettling but riveting new book," The Other Side of Desire:
Bergner first introduces us to Jacob, a shy salesman who is both tormented and mortified by his obsession with feet. Like a closeted gay husband trying to pass, Jacob hides his fetish from everyone, including his wife, whom he loves deeply.
It’s not merely that Jacob finds women’s feet attractive. It’s that, for him, “the feet were the breasts, the legs, the buttocks, the genitals.” Simply hearing the words “size 8” or “size 9” can get him excited. Like a man partial to a particular breast size, Jacob also has his ideal foot shape: a high arch, a wide instep and a staircaselike progression of toes. Once when he was stalled in traffic, the woman in the car next tohim had her feet up on the dash — his version of a naked swimsuit model — and he climaxed seconds later
...at what point does desire go from acceptable to perverse? Is the man who lusts after petite, vulnerable-looking women any different from the man who lusts after disabled, vulnerable-looking women? What’s O.K.: a different body part, a different age group, a different type of body, a different kind of touch?