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Women’s fashions are thought to be governed by the hypothesis of “the shifting erogenous zone” (Cunnington, 1941; Laver, 1950). In this view, emphasis is placed on those body parts which acquire sexual connotations according to the dominant attitudes in female psychology. It is note-worthy that of the four historical periods examined, all except the Nineteenth Century were periods of relative female emancipation (Newton & Rosenfelt, 1985).Certainly every Western culture has emphasized foot-kissing as a sign of respect and obeisance.
As a tool of sexual power, the foot may be used many ways. In the fantasies of many of the foot-pornographic magazines, feet are used to attract and keep serviceably potent men who might otherwise be overwhelmed by a woman whom they just met. Men who might otherwise be intimidated by a woman’s extreme beauty, wealth, or status can be re-directed and possibly diverted by focusing on her feet. These men are thus able to maintain potency, dispelling any nervousness which the women’s beauty and power may create (Rossi, 1977; Windle, 1992). This attitude, latent in the fashion psychology literature has been enunciated by the pornographic models themselves (“Marilyn,” 1992; Hanson, 1995). At all times, however, the pornographic literature emphasizes the essentially risk-free nature of foot eroticism. This message is underhed in editorials, photographic shoots and fictional short-stories.
There is no doubt that an AIDS epidemic exists. Our preliminary data indicate that there may be a rising display in foot-fetishism in the pornographic literature. Two assumptions are then made, that pornographic trends reflect a society-wide trend in sexualization and that this trend has a relationship to the current AIDS epidemic. As awareness of the epidemic increases so should the incidence of foot eroticism. If these assumptions are supported by later research, this general interest in foot-fetishism will decline when the AIDS epidemic subsides.”