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Related to fetishize: sexualize, exoticize, sexualization


tr.v. fet·ish·ized, fet·ish·iz·ing, fet·ish·iz·es
To make a fetish of: fetishized bare feet; fetishized a diet free of processed sugar.


(ˈfɛtɪʃˌaɪz) ,




(Psychology) (tr) to be excessively or irrationally devoted to (an object, activity, etc)
ˌfetishiˈzation, ˌfetishiˈsation n


(ˈfɛt ɪˌʃaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to make a fetish of.
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Verb1.fetishize - make a fetish of
adore - love intensely; "he just adored his wife"
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He is interested in the landscape and how people control, fetishize, and dwell within it.
She describes a man who would fetishize her Latina heritage in poems that though addressed to her "were always about Barry, his loneliness and longing, his desire to fetishize what he found temptingly exotic, a young woman of Mexican American Heritage who--ashamed of a lisp--didn't speak much, even in one on one conversations, providing an ideally blank page whereupon he could inscribe his fantasies about bullfights and sleepy Mexican pueblos." Reading this essay next to Lopez's The Darling, I could not help but wonder if Lopez, too, saw Olenka as a "blank page" upon which Chekhov let the men in her life inscribe their own desires.
He critiques both camps and argues for a new approach to "the crises of capitalism" that does not fetishize economic activity, but integrates what we know about what's causing ecological crises and resource wars for a more holistic account of what's objectively going on in the world.
Rather than fetishize Jonny, Wayne depicts him with sympathy and insight.
While mostly it is troubled teens who are arrested and unwound under protest, some so fetishize "living divided" that they promise their children from birth as a tithe.
These historiographic wobbles are accompanied by psychoanalytic ones: we hear that the fetish fails within the fantastic, because it "provokes uncanniness" (117), but then that Arthur Saint-Leon, Charles Nuitter and Leo Delibes's Coppelia has to do with women as "sexual objects to fetishize and as uncanny objects to fear" (141), as if the fetish doesn't actually fail.
We studied and used new campaign tools, but didn't fetishize them--our province, like our country, needs courage and application, not iPhone apps.
Under fire in Afghanistan, US soldiers fetishize MRES, while, amid Rwanda's horrors, the tea tastes like death due to corpses clogging the waterways.
The Bulgarian Foreign Minister called the report "non-sense," pointing out that EC would inform Bulgaria directly about any such plans, and appealed "to not fetishize everything that is said or written somewhere."
"It's like a grame and other Russian kids to fetishize old punk culture," he says, "We want to mix it all together." As part of the first wave ofRussian high-schoolers to grow up with MTV, that sense of teen worship is an easy frame of reference.
One is the hypocrisy of those who fetishize violence as a tactic of the oppressed, even where it is ineffective or unjust--and demand support for those who perpetrate it, even when their politics are repugnant.