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Cutting Fetish is a term for a sexual interest in cutting to draw blood. People with a cutting fetish may fantasize about cutting themselves and/or sexual partners, or they may act these fantasies out.
People with a cutting fetish may use a range of instruments, including knives and razor blades. As those with a cutting fetish most often wish to draw blood, a cutting fetish is often related to a blood fetish.
A cutting fetish is very different from a desire to self harm, even though the way they manifest is similar. People with a cutting fetish often have healthy self confidence and happy dispositions. They cut to feel sexual pleasure and arousal, rather than to punish themselves or deal with mental illness.
Of course, no one should cut another person without clear consent, and in fact most people with a cutting fetish prefer to become sexually involved with others who share the fetish. Some people with a cutting fetish say that acting on the fetish makes them feel closer to their sexual partners and increases their sexual pleasure.
A cutting fetish has the potential to be very dangerous, as it is easy for someone who doesn’t have an intimate knowledge of the human body to cut a major vein or artery and cause serious harm. If this occurs, even consensual cutting can be illegal. During sexual arousal a person can withstand more pain, so they may also cut or be cut too deeply. Blood can also carry diseases, such as HIV, which can be transmitted during a cutting encounter. To minimize these risks, only people in monogamous relationships who know one another’s sexual health status should engage in cutting. They should also only use clean cutting implements, and apply antibacterial ointments after cuts have been made.
Despite the risks, most people with a cutting fetish simply accept it as part of their sexual identity. Therapy is generally not sought, but may be helpful if a person with a cutting fetish feels it is interfering with their personal or professional life.