The salivation army: A brief look at spit fetishes

In previous blogs I have examined many different bodily substances that have formed the basis of paraphilic and/or fetishistic behaviour including urine (urophilia), faeces (coprophilia), blood (menophilia and clinical vampirism), and breast milk (lactophilia). One bodily fluid that has not really been the subject of scientific research is saliva in relation to saliva fetishes and spit fetishes. In fact, the only purely academic reference I could find was from sociologist Eviatar Zerubavel who suggested in a 1991 book that many Americans seem to find sex “morally repugnant” and that it is because of the bodily fluids associated with sex (i.e., saliva and semen) are sticky, a liminal category between solid and liquid.

From my reading on this topic, there appears to be a difference between saliva fetishes and spit fetishes (which I will explain below). In researching this blog I came across two cases of saliva fetishes (one from New Zealand and one from Japan) that were both very similar.

  • Case 1: Back in 2007 in Christchurch (New Zealand), a 28-year old male vineyard worker – Jared Simmonds – was jailed for 32 months because of his “deviant sexual arousal” towards saliva from young girls. He was arrested following an indecent sexual attack on an 11-year old girl. Simmonds had been previously convicted in 2005 for obtaining saliva from four pre-pubescent girls that he would use as a lubricant for masturbatory purposes. He had also been trying to do the same thing with the 11-year old girl. The court was told that Simmonds was incapable of relating to women of his own age and therefore targeted young girls to help maintain his sexual saliva fetish. The court was also told that Simmonds’ behaviour was premeditated as he approached the girls with plastic cups and chewing gum, and pretending to the girls that he was conducting a scientific survey and that their saliva would be analysed at Christchurch Polytechnic. He would give the girls gum to chew to stimulate salivation, and then get the girls to spit into the cup. As soon as the spittle was collected, he would rush back to his house to masturbate using the girls’ saliva as a lubricant.
  • Case 2: More recently, at the end of 2011, there was a news report of a 55-year old Japanese man with an alleged saliva fetish. The man in question – Toshiko Mizuno – was arrested after approaching young women, and asking them to spit into a jar. While they spat into the jars, Mizuno filmed them and then kept their saliva to drink at a later point. To get them to spit in the jar, Mizuno used a cover story that he was doing research on saliva. After searching Mizuno’s house, they found over 200 video taped recordings of women spitting into jars, and dozens of empty jars that had once had women’s saliva in them. The police also found other videos of Mizuno masturbating and using the female saliva as a masturbatory lubricant. The man was charged with indecency as he had not actually caused any knowing harm to the women he had approached.

The online Urantia Book claims that (historically) saliva was a potent fetish. Apparently, “devils could be driven out by spitting on a person” and “for an elder or superior to spit on one was the highest compliment”. Furthermore, it could perhaps be argued that saliva plays a (direct or indirect) role in a lot sexual behaviour that raises the question of how “deviant” saliva fetishes actually are. However, in the case of Simmonds, the use of saliva from prepubescent girls suggests that the behaviour was a paedophilic precursor. There are also cultural variations that need to be taken into account. Few Westerners would disagree that kissing can be erotic and enjoyable. However, other cultures view kissing as simply the human exchange of saliva. For instance, the Amazonian Mehinaku tribe view kissing as disgusting and a sexual abnormality.

The saliva fetishists above don’t really appear to share much in common with spit fetishes that appear to be more a part of sadomasochistic sexual activity. For instance, at the ‘All Experts’ website, one of the female “experts” (“Hollie”) wrote speculatively about spit fetishes in response to one man’s question about what spit fetishes actually involved. Her perspective was clearly from those with an interest in sexual sadism and sexual masochism. She wrote:

“A spit fetish could manifest itself in a number of ways…either partner could have a fetish to be spat on, usually this is always closely linked to that individual seeking domination from the spitter, making the person being spat on submissive. it may also be part of sexual humiliation and other aspects of BDSM [Bondage, Discipline, Submission, Masochism]. Or, an individual could have the need to spit on someone, that would probably make them dominant and to want to control and/or humiliate their partner sexually. Or…both people could either enjoy to be spat on or to be the spitter…this could work both ways and simultaneously”.

In fact much of the online literature on spitting fetishes (as opposed to saliva fetishes) appears to be rooted in BDSM and is usually referred to as ‘spitting domination’. The dominant partner may spit into their submissive partner’s face and/or mouth. The submissive partner may also be forced to swallow the liquid spit if their mouth is spat into. Many of the online articles about spitting fetishes see parallels between the act of spitting and the act of ejaculation – particularly in relation to ‘facials’ (i.e., the act of men ejaculating onto someone’s face) and the practice of bukkake (i.e., the act of many men simultaneously ejaculating onto someone’s face and/or body).

In an online article on “Spit feeding [and] eating”, the [anonymous] writer examines spit fetishes, and asks whether spitting is an aggressive act of degradation, and if being spat on is always humiliating. The response was:

Like any sex act, it all depends upon the attitudes of those involved. A slap can be aggressive or playful, hurtful or stimulating. Likewise, a wad of spit can be contemptuous or loving, depending on the intention. There’s nothing inherently demeaning about wanting to devour your lover’s liquid essences”.

In researching this blog I came across various people’s experiences of spit fetishism. The following quote was typical:

“I actually was in a relationship with a individual who had a spit fetish.  He longed for me, while we were having intercourse, to spit on him, his face all over him, he didn’t mind where but he especially liked it if I was dominant with him in doing so, maybe called him names at the same time, played a Dom to him. His fetish for spit also extended into dribbling, where he liked for me to dribble on myself, preferably across my chest, and for him to rub his face in it, in the spit. He loved the moistness physically, but it was more mental for him, the control aspect, the humiliation of it all, the dominance”.

Compared to all other paraphilic and fetishistic behaviours concerning sexual arousal to human bodily fluids, there is significantly less written about saliva and spitting fetishes. Whether academic and/or clinical research is needed is – at present – debatable.

Dr Mark Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies, International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

Further reading

All Experts (2004). Fetishism/Spit fetish. January 14. Located at: (2007). Spitting fetishism. Located at:

Dahmer, J. (2011). The Guy with the Creepiest Fetish Ever! WDRG, December 14. Located at:

New Zealand Herald (2007). ‘Deviant saliva fetish’ led to attack, court told. July 30. Located at:

Pervscan (2007). Deviant saliva fetish led to attack. August 19. Located at:

UB The News (undated). Fetishes, charms and magic. The Urantia Book (Paper 88). Located at:

World of Sexual Fetishes (2012). Swapping spit. March 5. Located at:

Zerubavel, E. (1991). The Fine Line: Making Distinctions in Everyday Life. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

About drmarkgriffiths

Professor MARK GRIFFITHS, BSc, PhD, CPsychol, PGDipHE, FBPsS, FRSA, AcSS. Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He is internationally known for his work into gambling and gaming addictions and has won many awards including the American 1994 John Rosecrance Research Prize for “outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of gambling research”, the 1998 European CELEJ Prize for best paper on gambling, the 2003 Canadian International Excellence Award for “outstanding contributions to the prevention of problem gambling and the practice of responsible gambling” and a North American 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award For Contributions To The Field Of Youth Gambling “in recognition of his dedication, leadership, and pioneering contributions to the field of youth gambling”. In 2013, he was given the Lifetime Research Award from the US National Council on Problem Gambling. He has published over 800 research papers, five books, over 150 book chapters, and over 1500 other articles. He has served on numerous national and international committees (e.g. BPS Council, BPS Social Psychology Section, Society for the Study of Gambling, Gamblers Anonymous General Services Board, National Council on Gambling etc.) and is a former National Chair of Gamcare. He also does a lot of freelance journalism and has appeared on over 3500 radio and television programmes since 1988. In 2004 he was awarded the Joseph Lister Prize for Social Sciences by the British Association for the Advancement of Science for being one of the UK’s “outstanding scientific communicators”. His awards also include the 2006 Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology Award by the British Psychological Society and the British Psychological Society Fellowship Award for “exceptional contributions to psychology”.

Posted on June 28, 2012, in Case Studies, Compulsion, Obsession, Psychology, Sex, Sex addiction and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I love your blog on spit fetish, a fascinating read. I, myself, have a spit fetish but it is not bizarre as the two cases you mentioned above. I derived my pleasure from getting spit on by adult males. My spit fetish is not an addiction; it is more of a bonus but sometimes it can be an addiction depending on my mood in sexual situations. In addition to the reasons why people have this fetish, it is also the smell of spit (me) from other people that gets people going. This is not mentioned much but I hope you can write another blog on this fetish includes that tidbit of information I gave you. Let me know what you think about this.
    I would love to hear from you.

  2. I have had a strong urge to smell the saliva of females since I was in 1st grade. I remember the first time I ever did it, I was in 2nd grade. I have no idea why, I didn’t even know what arousal was back then. I just knew what I liked to do and what made me feel “that way”. All I knew is when a girl I though was cute spit on something or somewhere, it gave me this rush that was unbelievable. All I wanted to do is get a hold of it, wipe it on my upper lip and smell it. Over and over. The chances were rare and it hardly ever happened, but when it did it was the best thing in the world to me. It has got less over the years (I’m 31 now) and I don’t actively look for it anymore, but it is still there and if I got the chance again……I would do it in a heart beat. There is also a rush in the finding a way to get a hold of that spit and smell it before it disappears, without anyone knowing.

    With me, this isn’t something that came on with age or looking at porn or anything like that. It has been there since I can remember being alive. I have never been raped or molested (as far as I know anyway), there was no abuse in my family, no one else in my family on either side has this urge and I’ve lived a pretty normal life up to this point. So where did this come from? I have no clue. It’s not something I usually openly talk about, but finally I find this article that has something to do with it and some others that might have the same interesting feelings. It’s good to know your not the only one.

    • I too have had a spit smell fetish most of my life. I am in my mid 40’s and it has been something I have given much thought too. I always felt it was abnormal so I never told anyone growing up and have only revealed it to a couple of people in my adulthood. I believe my fetish comes from my stepmother spitting on hankerchiefs and wiping my face as a child. Her spit had a strong sour smell that I remember not liking at the time. When puberty hit and I began to masterbate I distinctly remember using my spit as lube and getting off on the smell of my spit as it mixed with my sweaty genital smells. Its been a big part of my sexual attraction to potential lovers in my lifetime

  3. Informative read! 29 y.o. submissive female with paraphilia of being spit on (my face or in my mouth) by mostly male Dominants and the occasional MtF but although I am sexually attracted to cis women, I don’t prefer spitting during lesbian sex. Odd!

  4. I really enjoyed this and I hope to come across some more posts of this nature. Many thanks for your cyber contribution.

  5. I’m finding out I’m a rare specimen. I have a spit fetish, but only as “sloppy kiss”, I won’t spit my partner or like to be a target for spitting. Just exchange of saliva while kissing.

  6. Fluid Fetish

    I have a bodily fluid fetish and digestion fetish. I am attracted to pretty girls’ urine, spit, scat, vomit,sweat and blood.

  7. the slopalong kid

    yeah I’m with sloppy kisser on this one. It’s not a BDSM thing for me.

  8. My new boyfriend is my DOM, I’m his Sub in training. I find it fascinating that he has a fetish for covering my face with my saliva. He has me lay back with head over the edge of the bed and gags me his penis, when I choke and gag he makes me open my mouth and scoops out the spit and rubs in one my face, over my nostrils, and in my hair. Most of it in my hair. Later he cleans my face with a clean towel and said, let daddy clean you up, did the same with my hair. He also became increasingly excited sexually.
    I’ve just began to explore this fetish, only the 2nd time he has done this to me, and says I’m a good girl.

  9. I love when my face is heavily covered spit. a real bukkake of saliva, i love the humilliation implied…

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