- Oct 26, 2017
I can understand not knowing the difference, as well as it not being a necessary distinction for most folks to even need to know. I also don't claim to be an expert, just want to try and shed light. But since we're in a thread about it...
Dictionary definitions (of the sexual variety) are literally:
Fetish - an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression
Kink - unconventional sexual taste or behavior
So basically, a person with a fetish needs something very specific to happen for them to be fulfilled sexually. Think more of the folks living doggy lifestyles and bug chasers.
Folks with kinky lifestyles may like to engage in some more 'off-brand' sexual stuff (to them) from time to time. But the key is that it isn't a required or necessary part of their sexual experience.
Personally, I'm plenty kinky but I don't have any fetishes. Also, I think if folks aren't forcing their lifestyles on others it generally isn't an issue.