Alvinolagnia

A woman exposing her belly

Alvinolagnia[1] or belly fetish or stomach fetish is a partialism in which an individual is sexually attracted to the stomach[2][3][4][5][6][7] [8][9][10] or belly.[11][12]

ViewingEdit

Anthropologists and behaviorists have discovered substantial evidence that the waist-hip ratio (WHR) is a significant measure for female attractiveness,[13][14] Some find a slender muscular stomach with a defined V-zone (the area between the belly button and thighs) to be a turn-on.[15]

Physical activityEdit

Some fetishists get a turn-on from touching/rubbing their or their partners' belly region.[16]

Accessories and tattoosEdit

Some people wear accessories like belly chains, navel piercings, tattoos etc., to enhance the appearance of the belly.[17] It can be a delicate thin or heavy thick chain.[18]

Managing editor of digital of Canadian magazine Flare Rebecca Perrin stated in an article, "a woman's waist and hips are two of the most physically attractive body parts there are – emphasizing them shouldn't immediately be considered a faux pas and should instead be encouraged." Celebrities like Beyoncé,[19][20] Rihanna,[21] Miley Cyrus[21] etc. are known for flaunting their belly chains.[22]

Navel piercing[23] and navel tattoos[24] has become more common among young women. The trend of piercing or tattooing the navel became popular in the 1990s.[25] It is popular among middle-aged women.[26][27] Some belly chains attach to a navel piercing; they are called "pierced belly chains".[28] Similar to navel piercings, hip piercings are also popular among women to express a bold personality.[29]

Some get stomach tattoos to attract attention of the onlookers,[30] but these tattoos are more commonly preferred by women than men. From tribal to flowers, the choices are innumerable as far as stomach tattoos are concerned.[30][31] Some women even get these tattoos drawn on their lower backs[32] and flaunt them in low-rise jeans, shorts or skirts.[33]

Sometimes, looser clothing such as scarves or skirts around the female waist and curves can be an incredible turn-on.[34] Scarves wrapped around the waist are common among belly dancers.[33][35]

Connections to other fetishesEdit

 
It often co-exists with pregnancy fetishism

Alvinolagnia often co-exists with navel fetishism.[36][37]

Belly fetish model Helena Strong stated, "People admire my belly. The only thing I expose is my belly. Most guys with belly fetishes get embarrassed if they see me fully naked."[38]

Cultural backgroundEdit

 
Belly dancing movements are considered to be seductive

Western cultureEdit

Some assume that alvinolagnia is a cause of the prevalent western fashion of female midriff exposure.[39] According to a study done by All-Bran with 2,000 women aged over 30s have found that 67 percent of them stating female celebrities are making it more acceptable for women to wear belly-baring clothes.[40] In the Victorian era, a small waist was considered the main trait of a beautiful woman.[41] The advent of bikinis in 1946,[42] the cheerleading fashion of the 1970s[43] and low-rise fashion started in the early 1990s[44] have contributed to it. Midriff exposure also became common in the culture of 20th-century music with many famous female pop stars appeared on and offstage and in music videos with their midriff exposed.[45][46][47] Some get attracted to women wearing a crop top or bikini.[48]

Middle Eastern cultureEdit

The eastern art of belly dancing places the female midriff on center stage.[49][50] The dance movements of the torso are considered to be seductive.[51]

Indian cultureEdit

The exposure of midriff and navel in a sari

The bare female midriff is considered attractive and erotic in India.[52] Baring the midriff has always been a fashion in Indian women attire.[53][54] Indian women have traditionally worn saris[55] that bares the midriff, especially South Indian women.[56][57] The exposure of midriff in a sari is considered to be erotic.[58] The midriff is revealed in other traditional female attires like Ghagra choli.[59] Belly chain known as kamarband in India when worn with low-rise saris and lehengas are considered sensuous.[60] Most Indian women wear belly chains during weddings and other ceremonies as a show of culture and tradition. Nowadays, women have been pairing these chains with western outfits, mostly to draw attention to their figures.[18]

Men are intrigued by the demure floor-length attire and tantalising display of a bare midriff in the back.[61][62] Indian actress Ileana D'Cruz had commented that there were shots where a big porcelain seashell was thrown on her belly and flowers decorated around her waist during the shoot of her debut film and stated that the belly and navel is supposed to be a mark of a woman's beauty in South Indian films and they believe that the waist line is the most attractive part.[63][64][65][66] Indian Singer Chinmayi had tweeted for a fan's question on wearing saree during performances,"Groups of men...take photographs of my waist + side of my chest, circle it and upload it on soft porn websites." "I get messages on how they're masturbating to it,"[67]

Some Indian women too tend to get aroused on getting pinched on their midriff bared by the sari.[68] This scenario was depicted in an advertising campaign for a leading constructions company group in India.[69] With the tagline "Everything you love, is in arm's reach", it featured a man at office extending his arm out to pinch his wife's midriff at home, with her expressing joy by smiling and biting her lower lip.[70] It was featured as a full page advertisement in Dec 6, 2013 Chennai issue of the Times of India.[71]

See alsoEdit

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