I was already deep into a procrastination-fueled social media binge when I got the notification from Instagram. Feet on beaches. Feet in socks.
Feet on a teddy bear. So, okay, fine. Certainly not my bag of chips, but you know, live and let live. Bottom right, that photo of the two girls on the beach?
I posted it to Instagram a couple of years ago. To say that seeing this photo here — on an obscure foot-fetish Instagram account run by god-knows-who — was jarring would be an understatement.
It instantly triggered that gut-wrenching fight-or-flight feeling within me. I was simultaneously paralyzed by the very thought that this person had combed through my Instagram, and enraged beyond words that my post had, for all I knew, led to a bunch of people leering at my kid sister. Within minutes, I had reported both the photo and the account to Instagram, requested the owner take it down immediately via comment and DM, and taken screenshots of the post for proof, lest I be blocked.
This user would have either had to scroll through thousands of photos geotagged to that specific spot in Koh-Samui, Thailand, or click on a direct link to my not-very-popular personal profile and then scroll all the way back to this post, which seems pretty unlikely.
So, in an attempt to get some answers, I did some digging. What I found was a thriving online foot fetish photo marketplace on the same app where your mom posts blurry pictures of pasta. Turns out, there are three general categories of accounts in this Instagram community — the Feet Pic Buyers, Feet Pic Takers, and Feet Pic Aggregators — all of which are essential parts of the ecosystem. These average foot-fetish-having joes are the backbone of the economy. Feet Pic Takers are almost exclusively women who are in it for the cash.
These accounts generally fall into one of two categories: private or public. To get your request accepted, you generally either have to fork over cold hard cash , or, in certain cases , buy the Feet Pic Taker something off of her Amazon wishlist. An accepted follow request grants you access to the full account, which usually has wide variety of photos, videos, and other original content.
However, for Feet Pic Takers with pubic accounts meaning anyone can see the photos posted without paying , the game is a bit different. These women generally make their money by selling custom photos and videos directly to Feet Pic Buyers through Instagram DM. And while, in a world where mainstream celebrities can often boast a million or more followers, this may not seem like the most sisyphean of tasks, it turns out gaining public support for your Instagram account dedicated to the expression of a non-mainstream sexual proclivity is a bit more difficult.
Enter the Feet Pic Aggregators. These Instagram pages serve as hubs, connecting Takers and Buyers by publicly posting a wide variety of non-original content from different sources. A surprising amount of people agreed and seemed intrigued by it. Though I might post it regardless since some people with tens of thousands of followers may not respond to my m[essage] or comment. Here's a link if you must. However, foot fetish is — if you look it up — it is the most common fetish. It is everywhere. Every culture everywhere, that is the most common one.
The Future. We have an email address fetish.