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Foot Fetishism

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Foot Fetishism, otherwise known as Podophilia, refers to a pronounced sexual interest in feet. On the internet, this fetish has gained notoriety for being the subject of ironic memes and jokes. It is also a recurring theme in Ironic Doge Memes.


The concept of foot fetishism dates back to at least around 170–250 AD during the Roman imperial period, though it is likely to be much older. One of the earliest known instances of the fetish can be found in the erotic poems of Ancient Greek writer Philostratus,[4] namely To a Barefoot Woman and To a Barefoot Boy. Another early recording of podophilia was documented by Bertold of Regensburg, a German preacher, around 1220 AD. According to George Gordon Coulton's book[5] Life in the Middle Ages Bertold references the fetish in one of his writings from the early thirteenth century.

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Online, foot fetishism is often associated with ironic memes. Images featuring foot fetishists usually involve said characters asking the reader for pictures of their feet. Jokes involving the fetish also can involve presenting it as a sort of taboo, like with the original image for Acquired Tastes (see related memes below).

On November 9th, 2006, Urban Dictionary[6] user curiousity added the definition for "foot fetish" as "A sexual attraction to usually women's feet." The definition (seen below) accumulated over 1,000 likes in roughly 14 years.

y f > TOP DEFINITION foot fetish A sexual attraction to usually women's feet. The pedicured toes,smooth/soft soles and high arch on a woman's feet is sexually arousing. There's a sexual attraction to feet because, feet are sometimes hidden as are other body parts. And when seeing just the curvey shape under a woman'e socks, one might feel curious, and wonder what they look like. The attraction for feet starts at a young age. Not all feet are attractive,if someone has a foot fetish, don't look around and assume any feet will be attractive to that person. Many people are embarassed to admit tier attraction for feet because they are not sure if the attraction is right. "heeeey foot lover, look at that girls feet!" "ew,that girls feet are weird looking, man." *not any ol' feel are attractive to people with foot fetishes.

There also exists an actual online community revolving around this fetish, with specialized artists, and several public image boards. Since 2019, there even exists a website, FeetFinder, dedicated to selling and buying photos of feet.
Some fictional characters are a recurrent source of inspiration for foot-fetish fan art, especially those who have a habit of walking around barefoot. Such characters include Bea from Pokémon, Corrin from Fire Emblem and Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender, to name a few.

The Feet Pics, Darling

The Feet Pics, Darling is a copypasta used as a caption to characters creepily smiling, as if they were addressing someone they had a financially based sexual relationship with and were demanding pictures of that person's feet (shown below). Along with the spread of this line during 2018, it seemingly influenced the Ironic Doge Memes around December of the same year, to the point when foot fetish became a recurring gag in Doge's characterization.


Acquired Tastes

Acquired Tastes, also known as Boobs-Ass-Feet, is a four-panel exploitable webcomic by artist StoneToss in which two men, dressed in T-shirts labeled "Boobs" and "Ass," reluctantly shake hands and throw a disgusted look at the third man, hideously disfigured, drooling and dressed in a shirt labeled "Feet." Since February 2019, the comic (seen below) has been circulated as a "Things I Don't Like" exploitable.


Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino, as well as its spoonerisms, such as "Tarantined and Quented by Writtin Directino," are lines used as an ironic reaction to various media which display feet (shown below). This usual reference to Quentin Tarantino is derived from the director's own foot fetish, which is often displayed in an obvious manner thorough his filmography.


At First I Was Like "Mmm Feet" As A Joke

This 2020 meme, also known as its snowclone: At First I Was Like Mmm X As A Joke, or as its second part: But bro… I Don't Think It's A Joke Anymore, refers to a series of image macros associated to a line spoken in a voiceover meme originally associated with an image of C.C. from the anime series Code Geass. At first about foot fetish, it's since been used for other niche fetishes and for weird hobbies.


Put Those Grippers Away / Those Dogs Are Barking

Put Those Grippers Away and Those Dogs Are Barking are lines from a TikTok video from March 2022, where Amy Rose and Rouge the Bat comment on Sonic the Hedgehog's feet. Those lines were virally used in many subsequent TikTok videos displaying bare feet.

Dan Schneider's Nickelodeon Scandals

Dan Schneider is an ex-author for Nickelodeon sitcoms who was fired from the company on March 26th, 2018, as a result of a number of sexually connoted scandals, including many related to his foot fetish. Most notably, on September 13th, 2013, he published a message on the official Twitter[1] account of the series Sam and Cat, encouraging its fans to tweet photos of their feet with dedicated messages. This viral marketing campaign, allegedly, was a ruse to supply his own foot picture collection.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fake Nudes

Ocasio-Cortez fake nudes refers to an image displaying the lower body of a woman in a bathtub, which was uploaded on the /r/drama subreddit[2] on January 5th, 2019. Three days later, a Reddit user, who happened to be a member of the imageboard Wikifeet, debunked the photo[3] by claiming the toes of the woman in the picture didn't match Ocasio-Cortez's toes from official photographs. The outcry caused by this alleged attempt at ruining Ocasio-Cortez's public image was partly overshadowed by the oddity of the whole event.

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Chuggaaconroy Sexual Harassment Allegations

In January 2024, GreatCheshire / Lady Emily publicly accused on her social accounts fellow content creator Chuggaaconroy of sexual harrassment, claiming he tried to initiate erotic foot fetish roleplay with her and solicited foot fetish pictures from her while he was in a relationship. She shared DMs of their interactions as alleged evidence of the claims; in them, Chuggaaconroy can supposedly be seen asking her repeatedly to model some shoes he sent her in the mail. The allegations resulted in various reactions and memes on social media.

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Triplem Moderator

On top of the obvious Ironic Doge session that this article undoubtedly needs, maybe we should also mention this piece of Weirdest Timeline that I just remembered actually happened:


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