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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

YourTango wants your fetishes

YourTango editor Nicole Perri asked me to pass this on. The pieces will be paid but you'll have to talk to Nicole about the specifics of that.

Call for submissions

Do you have a fetish? YourTango is looking for personal essays from people with sexual fixations on objects, ideas or body parts. We want to get inside your head and learn what you think and feel about your proclivity and how it affects your relationships.

Your preference can be common or unknown—cross-dressing, erotic asphyxiation, plushies, pony play, etc—all are welcome. You can be an intense fetishist—you need to incorporate your preference into every sex act in order to experience pleasure—or someone who enjoys the activity but doesn't require it for pleasure.

We're not looking for erotic writing or graphic descriptions of what goes on in your bedroom, although the essay will probably need an overview of how a particular preference works. Instead, we want to understand the psychology behind your desire.

Some questions to get you started:

When did you discover you had this preference? How did you begin to incorporate into your sex life? When did you first suggest it to a partner, and how did that person react? If you're single and dating, how do you introduce the idea to a new lover? If you're married or in a long-term relationship, how have you incorporated it into your sex life? Has the fetish ever caused disagreements or fights between you and a partner? Has it brought you closer to someone? What are your emotions surrounding your fetish? Would your love life be different if you didn't have this preference?

We also welcome pitches from fetish newbies or one-timers—you don't need to be a knowledgeable insider to tell an insightful, interesting story. Write about doing something you'd always thought about but had never tried, or the time a date asked you for a sex act you'd never heard of, or attempting a wacky idea with your partner just for the heck of it. Did you like it, or decide it wasn't for you? What did you think and feel before, during and after the act? How did you talk about it with your partner? Did it bring you closer together or further apart, or neither? Did you learn anything from the experience?

Send pitches to Nicole Perri, Thanks!

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