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Absolute Territory Overload: Japan's favorite fetish is thigh-high socks

2:00 PM on 09.08.2009 // Josh Tolentino
  @unangbangkay

Surveys like this one are part of the reason I love posting on this site.

Goo, a research monitor group (and now my personal heroes) posted the results of a private online survey asking people about their favorite "secret fetish." Of the respondents, thirty- and forty-somethings dominated the list, with a surprising ten percent being in their sixties and above. That's definitely not a demographic I'd have expected to answer questions about their fetishes, but I'm not one to judge.

It seems like delicious thighs led the rankings, with a particularly narrow interest known as "absolute territory" (zettai ryouiki in Japanese) gathering a full 100 points! For those not in the know, "absolute territory" refers to the leg exposure located between the hem of a skirt and the top of  thigh-high socks. The terrifying of moe generated by the costume cliche was so incredible as to destroy the barriers between regular and otaku life!

A close second place was held in the vice grip of "athletic thighs", followed by "voice" in third. Tied for fourth  position were "smell" (understandable) and "Delicious Flat Chest". Other interesting options were "clavicle indentations" in number nine, and the twelfth-place draw between "veins visible under white skin" and "tan-lines."

I was actually surprised to see "foreheads," "navels," "single-fold eyes," and "excess hair" sit at the bottom of the list, though I'm not sure if "excess hair" referred to very long hair or body hair. I prefer the former, thank you very much.

In any case, I've never been happier filling out a gallery with (arguably) worksafe images! Can you tell which fetishes the images represent? Hit the jump for the full list, in which I have helpfully emphasized the most important options, then tell us what those fools missed! Note that the rankings reflect relative points gathered rather a strict percentage.

Rank

 

Score

1

Zettai Ryouiki FFFFFFFFFFFUUU-

100

2

Athletic thighs

89.5

3

Voice

75.4

4=

Smell

70.2

4=

Delicious Flat Chest

70.2

6

Big bums

56.1

7

Lower lips

31.6

8

Small hands

28.1

9

Clavicle Indentation

26.3

10

Upper lips

24.6

11

Firm upper arms

21.1

12=

Blood vessels visible through white skin

19.3

12=

Tan lines FFFFFFFUUU-

19.3

14

Droopy eyes

17.5

15

Earlobes

14.0

16=

Broad shoulders

12.3

16=

Wide forehead

12.3

18=

Belly buttons

8.8

18=

Excess hair

8.8

18=

Single-folded eyelids

8.8

 

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