Spandex fetishism

Spandex fetishism
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Spandex fetishism is a fetishistic attraction to people wearing stretch fabrics. Spandex garments are often worn by swimmers, dancers, rowers, contortionists and circus performers, and spandex fetishists may incorporate fantasies about these activities into their fetish.

One reason why spandex and other tight fabrics may be fetishised is that the garment forms a "second skin", acting as a fetishistic surrogate for the wearer's own skin. Wearers of skin-tight nylon and cotton spandex garments can appear naked or coated in a shiny or matte substance like paint. The tightness of the garments may also be seen as sexual bondage. Another reason is that nylon-spandex fabric (preferred by many spandex fetishists) is often produced with a very smooth and silk-like finish, which lends a tactile dimension to the fetish - as well as a visual one. The pressure of the tight garments against the genitals can become quite sensual.

In comic books, superheroes, superheroines, and supervillains are generally depicted as wearing costumes made of spandex or a similar material. The skintight, very flashy and bright-coloured costumes that often cover only just enough of the body to be presentable.

Kigurumi (着ぐるみ, meaning cartoon-character costume), a form of Japanese costuming, often makes use of lycra as artificial skin.

Pantyhose fetishism can be viewed as a class of spandex fetishism.

Spandex in popular culture


Film and Television

  • The spysuits from Totally Spies! are of the type.
  • The Disney film Tron also is notorious for its revealing spandex costumes.
  • The two most infamous films for spandex fetishists may be Breakin' (1984) and Heavenly Bodies (1984), both of which feature attractive young women dancing in tight, brightly-colored spandex outfits in nearly every frame. Television offered the disco-inspired jumpsuits worn by Wilma Deering (played by actress Erin Gray) during the first season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981).



  • Gay porn star Peter Berlin popularized spandex fetishism beginning in the 1970s in the many erotic photographs he posed for that were published in many gay pornographic magazines, regular gay magazines, and in the theatre magazine After Dark.[1]

See also


  1. ^ The February 1975 issue of After Dark magazine included a photographic portfolio of the gay porn star Peter Berlin wearing spandex: Forbes, Dennis (text and photos), "Creating Peter Berlin", After Dark, Danad Publishing Company, Inc., New York, NY, February 1975, pp. 44–51.

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