What is an Accent Fetish?
Accent fetish is understood as the feeling of sexual arousal associated with a specific form of speech and pronunciation, usually associated with a specific region or culture. Accent fetish falls under acousticophilia. It is defined as sexual arousal caused by auditory stimuli including moaning, music, and accents.
There is no relevant history recorded regarding specifically to the accent fetish. However, academic literature, dating back in 1968, hinted to the existence of auditory sexual stimulus- a more general and encompassing description which may include accent fetish. Dr. F. M. Mai, an Australian Psychologist, published a study about a man who experienced sexual arousal from the sounds made by women while in the toilet, without their permission or knowledge. Dr. Mai called this arousal ‘ecouteurism’ and defined it as a disorder, “characterized by sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors involving listening to an unknowing and non-consenting person usually engaged in sexual activity, to produce sexual excitement.”
Although Dr. Mai characterization is considered an illness, acousticophilia does not necessarily require treatment unless it causes significant discomfort or inappropriate social behaviors.
Yet other than the auditory nature of acousticophilia and accent fetish, the former is not considered an illness or a nuisance.
Representation in Media
Accent fetish is often depicted in the mainstream media in a comedic setting as a stimulus adding excitement to a sexual setting. For example, Gomez Addams from The Addams Family is aroused when his wife, Morticia Addams, speaks French, or 1988 movie A Fish Called Wanda where Wanda finds herself turned-on by Otto’s nonsense Italian.
Erotic talk (dirty talk) is when partners use explicit language to heighten arousal during foreplay or intercourse. Unlike pillow talk, the intimate talk about a sexual experience after the fact, dirty talk it is more sexual in nature, made to arouse and heighten a sexual scene.
Roleplay and taking on the role of a character might utilize an accent, heightening excitement when creating a believable scenario.
In addition, accent fetish may also be incorporated with BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) themes as well. Some may include it in their foreplay or even as they prepare their partners for their acts.