The Tickle Fetish Tickles My Fancy

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March 22, 2014

The Tickle Fetish Tickles My Fancy
Image courtesy of UKTickling.

I do not have a tickling fetish. My adrenaline goes into overdrive and I panic, kicking and screaming as I get tickled, hating every moment. That's not exactly how a tickle fetishist feels, I would imagine. If you've seen any tickling fetish sites, you know that most often the "ticklee" is bound in some way (usually in a way exposing their feet and underarms for easy access) and the tickler is obviously the dominant person in the scene. These people are aroused by tickling, whether they're the recipient or the one doing the tickling.

I didn't know this (but I should've figured as there is a term for everything these days),
but there's a term for being aroused by the act of tickling and it's called Knismolagnia.
Actually, I also found the term Titillagnia. Some tickling fetishes (or titillagniacs) prefer to indulge in their fetish as foreplay, while others make it the primary focus. I bet you're wondering how the person being tickled can become aroused. Well, certainly the erogenous zones on a male or female body are very sensitive to tickling, but it seems that preferred tickle locations are the feet, armpits, ribs and stomach. Sometimes the lucky player of a tickle game can even be blindfolded to heighten sensation - since they are unaware of where their tickler will "strike."

OK, so the person being tickled is the one experiencing the physical aspect of this fetish, so I understand why they may enjoy it. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a slight tickle across their nips or lightly on their soles? But the tickle fetish scenes I've seen can get quite intense. From what I've read, the intention of the tickler is usually to get their subject writhing in an uncontrolled manner and even vocalizing wildly. And I would think that being in charge of another person's pleasure/pain is a heady experience in its own right.

It seems that certain fetishes are becoming so mainstream these days and considering we already have four tickling sites reviewed on Rabbits, I'm inclined to believe that this one is becoming more popular. I was wondering where it came from, so here's a wee history lesson.

Tickle torture was apparently a form of ancient torture in the courts of the Han Dynasty in China (we're talking 206 BC - 220 AD here). With so many weapons that could have been used for torture back then, I was wondering why tickling would have been the preferred mode of punishment, but I found that this torture was primarily a torment for the nobility since the torture victim could recuperate pretty rapidly and also the tickling left no permanent marks. There is also documentation of tickle torture in ancient Rome, where they used to dip a victim's feet in salt water and have a goat lick them continuously. Sure, that doesn't sound too bad at first, but anyone who has been tickled for a little bit too long knows that it can swiftly turn to pain.

If this blog has piqued your interest and you want to have a look at some tickle porn sites, why not try TickleCraze, MPTickle or TickleChicks. If you want to keep your tickling fixation restricted to your trusty mobile device, there's also TickledNTeasedTBMS. If you'd like a little more info and to check out a forum, Ticklepedia is sure to have you "tickled" pink.

Posted by April Scott at March 22, 2014 6:30 AM

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