Hand fetishism

Hand fetishism[1] or hand partialism is the sexual fetish for hands. This may include the sexual attraction to a specific area such as the fingers, palm or nails, or the attraction to a specific action performed by the hands; which may otherwise be considered non-sexual—such as washing or drying dishes. This fetish may manifest itself as a desire to experience physical interaction, or as a source of sexual fantasy.

Hand fetishism is recognized by the porn industry; however, it is one of the least common fetishes, despite foot fetishism being the most common.[2]

Hand fetishism is usually based in the biological indication that a partner is healthy and a good potential mate.


A hand fetish is a sexual attraction to the hands. This attraction is most commonly expressed with handjobs, sucking on the fingers and licking the palms. Handjobs are an extremely common sexual act and are never always linked to hand fetishism. However, handjobs play a much major role in hand fetishism.

Fingernail fetishism, a sub-type of hand fetishism is often expressed with scratching with the fingernails and painting the fingernails.


In 2007, a study was conducted by the University of Bologna on around 5000 fetishist participants to see the prevalence of fetishes. The study analyzed the content inside online fetish communities and found only 669 participants referring to nails, an extension of hand fetishism. This did not refer to fingernails specifically, and the amount of 669 was less than 1% of the participants.[3]

See also


  1. E. L. McCallum. 1998. Object Lessons: How to Do Things With Fetishism. SUNY Press.ISBN 0791439798. p.59
  2. Moore, Lucy (November 4, 2009). "Foot fetishes: Fun or freaky?". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  3. Griffiths, Mark (January 22, 2016). "Handy crafts: A brief look at fingernail fetishes". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
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