It is true that men report a greater desire or interest in sexual fetishes than women do. Men also report engaging in these types of behaviors more frequently as well. Some of the studies I read indicate that men are three to four times more likely than women to have stressful prenatal environments. Apparently, a stressful prenatal environment makes us more likely to develop sexual fetishes (paraphilia). Brain organization during prenatal development gives us lots of things including the propensity to be left or right handed. Men who are pedophiles are 3.5 times more likely to be left handed than men who are not pedophiles which they use as a determination of likelihood to exhibit paraphilic tendencies.
Other factors related to men having a greater likelihood to exhibit paraphilia are a generally higher sex drive and generally higher difficulty of mating effort. Thy hypothesized that the greater level of frustration to get attention from the opposite sex can lead to the body sexualizing the frustration into a fetish.
The other question to ask is whether the male gender role or biological sex creates a greater likelihood to be sexually geared toward fetishes. The male gender role and development environment with our society’s suppression of emotional communication may play a part in fetishism. Is it nature or nurture? I think there is quite a bit of grey area in the studies that I read and one thing that might skew this report is gender based sexual openness. They also group all fetishes together. Personally I think they should separate to specific fetishes or at least separate those fetishes which society finds distasteful from those that are more commonly acceptable. Another variable is that men may also be more likely to admit to certain sexual proclivities while women may be more reserved due to societal pressure for women.
What do you think?