Why is it that whenever we go to get a check-up and have to wait in the exam room, we feel sexual elation when the door finally opens and the doctor steps in? Do we have a medical fetish, are we hypochondriacs who see doctors as gods, or are we simply stoked about having affordable health insurance (thanks, Freelancers Union)? There’s nothing sexy about the latter two options, so let’s explore medical fetishes.
There’s a porn film that focuses on every profession in the world, and in most cases, all it takes is a uniform and some props to turn a pornstar into a fighter pilot; doctors and nurses are no different, all they need is some white garb and a stethoscope and they’re set. However, we think there’s something special about the sexualization of medical professionals, something that goes beyond the typical “I was doing my job and now I’m fucking you” kind of plot-progression you generally find in vocational porn. You may feel attracted to a fireman for running into your burning bedroom, you may want to fuck a cop for keeping you safe from a murderer, but you crave a doctor’s touch because that’s what they’re supposed to do to you.
Not only do medical folk have authority, they also have mastery over the body–your body–thanks to years of schooling and hands-on training. These people are licensed and paid to touch you in ways that few others can, even your super kinky spouse. Most importantly, you trust them! It takes a lot of time and effort to build intimate relationships with people, but the nurse can make you drop trou just by pointing at a lightweight gown and saying, “Change into that.” That’s power, and frankly, we’re turned on just by thinking about it.
[Above: Jessica Bangkok works on getting a promotion from her boss in "Big Breast Nurses 4"]
Although it’s hard to separate the medical professional from the profession, medical fetishism isn’t tethered to the depiction of practitioners. In fact, specific equipment, examination techniques, and medical procedures are most often the focus of the fetish. We can’t even begin to list the kinds of props that can be used for medical kink, but a quick look at MedicalToys.com will give you an idea of the speculums, enemas, restraints, blades, pumps, and other tools that go into the construction of an erotic clinic. (They also have a nifty page with how-to guides, safety precautions, and other bits of information called The Medical Fetish Library.)
As far as procedures go, you can name anything that’s ever been done in a hospital and somebody’s gotten off to it. Wikipedia has a nice looking paragraph that links medical fetishism to a fascination with “intimate examinations such as rectal examination, gynecological examination, urological examination, andrological examination, rectal temperature taking, catheterization, diapering, enemas, injections, the insertion of suppositories, menstrual cups and prostatic massage” as well as the application of anesthetics, temperature play, piercing play, and urethral sounding. When you think about all of the thought, research, precision, and trial and error that have gone into the crafting of every last tool and technique, it’s hard not to look at this stuff with awe.
Since medical fetishism usually involves interaction between a patient and a practitioner (or an institution), it shares a lot of conceptual space with BDSM. Surgical-grade equipment and furniture are often found in bondage and kink scenes, and we suppose that the only real distinction between a naughty doctor and a dominatrix is that the doctor acts in the (fictional) aim of healing. The overlap between medical fetishism and other styles of kink really brings new meaning to the term “carnal knowledge.”
[Above: Dia Zerva isn't working with medical professionals, but those gentlemen definitely know their way around some tools. Via "Everything Butt: Enema Desires"]
By The Skin Of Your Teeth
This may be our ignorance showing, but we wanted to note that while we’ve seen myriad representations of general practitioner medical fetishism in mainstream porn, we’ve never encountered any that revolves around dentistry. Despite all of the attention that the mouth gets–with fellatio, cunnilingus, oral creampies, facials, gags, etc.–the closest we’ve ever gotten to dental fetishism is hearing some pornstar say, “I’m gonna fill her cavities!” before plunging his cock down a girl’s throat. Even if a performer is shown wearing braces, it’s only to emphasize her youthful qualities. Why don’t teeth get the medical loving that the rest of the body does? (Is it because everybody hates going to the dentist?)
And how come nobody ever fetishizes alternative medicine? There are a billion herbal aphrodisiacs sitting in gas stations all across the country, and yet not once have we seen a porn plot that involves Mick Blue sitting around with damiana pumping through his veiny dick.
Friends, we only mention these things to point out that while medical fetishists have explored numerous fascinating avenues for kink, there are still many more left to tap into. We bet chiropracty will be the next hot profession.
[Above: Jessie Andrews isn't the best x-ray technician around, but she certainly is a cutie in "Registered Nurse 3." All clips courtesy of AEBN Porn Pay Per View Network and Video On Demand (theater.aebn.net)]
[At top: Lexi Belle doesn't care to use thermometers, via Penthouse (galleries.penthouse.com)]