Body Modification may or may not be a fetish, plenty of people have their ears pierced, and that's just to enhance their appearance, this can also be the motive behind having any piercing, or any other form of body modification.
As a definition, it is the deliberate altering of the human body. It can be done for a number of reasons, either for aesthetics, or for sexual enhancement, or for rites of passage, as well as religious beliefs, to indicate that someone has an affiliation to a certain group, or simple for shock value, and as self-expression.
Some sources of controversy stem from the notion of attempting to artificially beautify the natural form of the body, often leading to charges of disfigurement and mutilation.
Extreme forms of body modification are frequently viewed as symptomatic of body dysmorphic disorder, as well as other mental illnesses, or as an expression of unchecked vanity. Unlicensed surgery performed outside of a medical environment can often be life-threatening, and is illegal in most countries.
Body modification can be done to any part of the body, including;- ears, eyes, feet, genitalia, hands, noses, teeth, and tongues, it can also include;- amputation, burning, flagellation, piercing, skinning.
"Genital mutilation" is also used somewhat more controversially to describe certain kinds of socially proscribed modifications to the genitals, such as male circumcision, female circumcision, castration, and surgeries performed to conform the genitals of individuals with intersex conditions to those of typical males or females.
"Body Modification" within the context of it being a fetish, would be the same as processes as above, but with a sexual desire behind the inspiration behind having these things happen to the person with that fetish.
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