FetMap 4 Part C

The Nail Fetish

Not the Sexual Slang

Sexual Nail Fetish (Fetish for Fingernails)

Someone who has a Sexual Nail Fetish isn’t automatically a Hand or Foot Fetishist, nor vice versa. Having a sexual affinity towards Fingernails, Toenails doesn’t mean that one’s hands or feet are even of any sexual appeal to the individual.

There are those whom focus their sexuality on one’s nails being dirty, such as grit being under the nails; and those whom focus upon the shine of polished nails. Here, however, we are taking a look when one’s Fetish for Fingernails being focused on Action, not their Visual Appeal.

Fetish for Fingernails

Many Fetishes include, or have sub-Fetishes, which are centered around what the object does or can do; rather than the focus being on the item itself. Just as high heels may be enjoyed for their BDSM/CBT uses in the Fetish World, nails can be enjoyed for their abilities to scratch & scrape.


Not only are such acts of the nails popular in BDSM communities; but they, as a sexual focal-point, have been taking place for quite some time.

In fact, although most people erroneously see the Kama Sutra as ancient pornography, nails being an important part of sexual play (and not just as mere foreplay) has an entire chapter dedicated to it inside its explicitly explained pages.

Nail Scratching Fetish/Sexuality

(I must quickly give note that it is the “Kama Sutra“, not the ‘Karma Sutra’ as many erroneously call it. If you are one of those whom state it incorrectly, it is best to spell/say Karma in its alternate English spelling of “Dharma” as a means to avoid confusion.)


Those with nail-based Fetishes, but probably not the average Jack or Jill, would agree with the Kama Sutra giving the act of digging into one’s skin with your nails the same level of importance as Kissing, Caressing, & Moaning.

This picture postcard was distributed by the private Indian Health Organisation (IHO) at a four-day International AIDS conference which ended in Manila on October 29.  It illustrates the Kama Sutra, the world's oldest treatise on sex, written in India 1,500 years ago.  The IHO says Kama Sutra's 64 different postures for sexual intercourse offers couples enough variety to keep together rather than seek excitement elsewhere.

The Kama Sutra’s chapter on “Pressing & Marks of the Nails” speaks of numerous aspects of Nails (like some Psychosexual Nail-Fetishist’s Handbook). It speaks of how a woman’s nails should look depending on her sexual experience, Such looks, or rather styles, range from the common crescent-shape to having “two or three ridges, as if the blade of a saw.” It goes into great detail about what sort of marks (via digging, pressing, and scratching with one’s nails) to make upon a lover, and where & when to make them. Indeed does the Kama Sutra place weighted importance upon using one’s nails as a means of greatly increasing the pleasure obtained by both partners.

Pressing of the Nails (Nail Fetish in the Kama Sutra)

FetMap 4 Part C was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Therapist Summers
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