For the purposes of this post, I’ll limit the question to leather getup and gas mask types of things.
Other fetishes, I can understand. Maybe it came from childhood sexual abuse, or innocent bathroom experimentation, or voyeurism. Maybe it came from memories of a comforting caregiver, a stern disciplinarian, or unique circumstances of a memorable early sexual experience. This is the general category where I’d put fetishes like urine, scat, shaving, body hair, fat, spanking, nurses.
Getting to the point… where does the studded leather getup and gas mask stuff come in? Particularly puzzling are the gas mask images where the mask is somehow connected to another body orifice. It seems remarkably specific, but not the kind of thing one would ever naturally encounter in life outside the fetish community. Yet it seems to have a relatively long history and doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. If the answer is “it’s inherited by way of the fetish community” then I want to know who originally came up with the idea of connecting a gas mask to the anus via a rubber tube.
I don’t know if I’ve phrased this question well, but I hope there’s a fetish scholar out there who can understand what I’m asking. It’s sort of like the old saw of “who got the idea to drink cow’s milk.”