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 spandex garments can appear
naked or coated in a shiny substance like
paint. The tightness of the garments may
also be seen as sexual bondage.
Spandex is often produced in bright colours.
Spandex fetishism often involves dressing
up in the material, or looking at it worn
by sexual partners, or fantasies about wearers
spandex garments such as athletes, acrobats,
gymnasts, dancers, swimmers and contortionists.
In comic books, superheroes, superheroines,
and supervillains are generally depicted
as wearing costumes made of spandex or a
similar material. Fantasies involving superheroes
or the wearing of superhero costumes are
commonly associated with spandex fetishism.
This type of fetishism is usually restricted
to men. In superheroine-fetishistic pornography,
the superheroines, who are either dressed
up as either canonical characters or characters
invented solely for the fetish, are typically
in some sort of trouble, such as bound or
fighting supervillains (who are usually
also female). The superheroines always wear
skintight, very flashy and bright-coloured
costumes that usually cover only just enough
of the female body to be presentable.
Full-body suits called
zentai entirely immerse the wearer in
skin tight fabric. The suits are essentially
with gloves, feet, and a hood. The wearer
gets to experience total enclosure and those
who enjoy erotic objectification might make
use of the garment's anonymizing aspect.
Zentai fetishism appears to be quite
popular in Japan and Europe.
Kigurumi, a form of Japanese costuming,
often makes use of lyrca as artificial skin.
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