Wet and messy fetishism
A Wet and Messy Fetish (WAM) is a form of sexual fetishism whereby a person becomes aroused when substances are deliberately and generously applied to the naked skin, or to the clothes people are wearing.
Messy substances can include whipped cream, mud, shaving foam, custard, pudding, chocolate sauce, Japanese-style lotion, Jello, oil, pies or slime, etc. Wet substances are mainly water but can also include other liquids such as fruit juice or milk. The interests of WAM fetishists vary quite widely in terms of preferences for clothed or unclothed WAM, self or non-self WAMing, facial or non-facial coverage and the nature of the substances used.
This can refer to arousal by the appearance of wet, oil or lotion-covered skin, or alternatively, the appearance of wet clothing. There is some relationship between the latter and aquaphilia.
This refers to the application of largely opaque substances not usually used in this fashion (such as those listed above). Others prefer the substances to be translucent, such as syrup, Japanese-style lotion, or gunge. A major subdivision of food play involves striking people with custard pies, much like in silent comedy films. Messy wrestling in substances such as mud, oil, lotion or gelatine also falls under this category.
Again there is a distinction between those who enjoy the sight of messy substances on bare skin, and those who prefer messy clothing.
In addition, some enjoy the experience of getting messy by themselves ("self-WAMing").
What WAM does not include
Bodily fluids such as faeces, urine, semen and female ejaculate are not considered part of WAM. The former two are typically considered coprophilia and urophilia; the latter is somewhat mainstream in pornography (see cumshot and bukkake).
Psychology behind WAM
It has generally been agreed that WAM is not generally about humiliation. When humiliation is is a factor it is usually in the form of "dehumanising" the unwilling victim by making them unrecognisable or ruining their clothing.
The physical experience of contact with messy substances or the sight of someone else enjoying or sharing this experience is arguably the most "mainstream" form of WAM fetishism. In contrast to the humiliation form of WAM, this form emphasises the pleasure of the participant(s).
People may wish to act out (or have others act out) childhood fantasies such as messing up smart clothes or participating in food fights.
Recent WAM history
Part of the current awareness of wet and messy fetishism is due to the British fetish magazine "Splosh", which began in 1989. This magazine featured pictures of, and stories about, women in wet and messy situations, although its production has recently slowed. This has led to the word "sploshing" being used as a kind of shorthand, especially in mainstream media, for the fetish. The advent of popular access to the Internet has led to the creation of websites and forums that allow professional WAM producers to showcase their material and for amateurs to exchange photos.
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