I’ve never really understood people’s repulsion (or attraction) to feet. Most people I meet are either utterly grossed out by even the mention of the human body’s lowermost appendage, or have such a fascination with them that’s it’s a borderline fetish (or sometimes an actual fetish).
But to each their own – there are plenty of things people don’t understand about me – so even though I can’t quite grasp why these people feel the way they do, I can appreciate and accept it. For instance, I don’t like testicles. I don’t even know why, but I don’t. I don’t expect you to understand, but I hope you’ll respect my dislike. I also don’t like the word moist and simply spelling it just made me twitch. So let’s move on.
I was recently reading Kevil’s most recent post, I don’t have a phobiaaaaccckkKKK (that was a little difficult to repeat perfectly), in which she explains how she never thought she had any weird fears until she got married and had kids. Of course, feet were on her list of newfound super scary things. Again, feet don’t gross me out, but I don’t think she’s crazy for finding them creepy – we probably share the same weird gene or brain misfire or whatever you scientists want to call it, but hers says no to feet and mine shuns testicles. That’s cool.
I’ve been on the other end of feet-phobia for a while now. Jack hates them. Like, really hates them. He doesn’t even like to look at mine. If we’re lying in bed and they accidentally touch him, he freaks out and jumps and yells at me and it’s a super big deal. So I mean, I know this happens, I know a lot of people have this phobia.
What I don’t understand is when people like ‘attractive’ feet but don’t like ‘ugly’ feet. Obviously, if someone’s feet are dirty and smelly and sweaty and all that, yeah, they can be considered gross and even the most foot-loving person is free to ‘ewwww‘ at them. Feet can get nasty.
But after reading Kevil’s post I decided to comment, and my very first thought was “I have gross feet, so . . . “ But why do I have ‘gross feet’? If they’re clean and not stinky or sweaty or anything, what exactly makes them gross? They’re flat – I inherited the ‘duck feet’ gene from my father – and they’re supposedly big for a woman – an 8 ½ – 9 – and I have ‘french fry alien toes,’ because they’re super long and thin. So, maybe I have abnormal feet. But why are they gross? Or ugly?
Seriously, what makes a foot, a foot, attractive? Especially a woman’s foot. Does it have to be dainty and curved? Are we putting the female body stereotype on feet, too? Is there any meaning behind why most American men are more attracted to small, arched feet with polished toes?
(According to one study, women with smaller feet are more likely to have attractive faces. So really, it’s just all about our shallow desire for beauty.) (Another study says men like size 5 feet the most. Isn’t it hard to support yourself on those things?) (BUT other cultures prefer women with larger feet. Maybe I’d fit in more there.)
Specifically, why do I jump to the conclusion that my feet are gross? I don’t think they’re gross. I think they’re fine. I’m not out to impress anyone but myself, so the only thing I can think of is that years and years of people telling me my feet are ugly has ingrained that idea into my head and now I can’t shake it. My feet may be gross to you, but someone else out there might love them.
In fact, someone out there does love them. I don’t remember his name, but I met him at a rave a few years ago. He was one of those feet fetish people, I think. The first thing he said to me was that he loved my feet, they were sexy, and could he suck on them? I’m pretty sure I thanked him and declined, but I was also most likely on a lot of drugs so I may have said yes. Either way, I never saw him again but he is forever in my mind as the one person in the whole world who was kind enough to like my feet and not make me feel like a monster.
We can’t control our feet. We can paint our nails and exfoliate and get surgery to remove bunions and put ourselves through torture by binding them, but overall, we get the feet with which we were born. Telling someone they have ugly feet is the same as calling someone ugly because you, personally, don’t like their face. Haven’t we outgrown this yet?
(I’ll spare you any actual foot photos in case you’re one of the many people who doesn’t like feet at all.)
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Do you have ‘attractive’ feet, or ‘ugly’ feet? Do you dislike feet, or like them? Do you care at all, or are they simply another part of your body that help you walk? Do you think this whole good vs. bad feet thing is as ridiculous as I do? Let me know!