I have been noticing the rise of fetish imagery in the mainstream culture. Perhaps it is a reference in the news. Maybe the latest CSI episode (anyone remember Lady Heather?).
This is a damn site better than the connotations portrayed in the Crow 2, where fetish is used to show how deviant the villains are.
The latest I have seen is Christina Aguilera. Her latest video has may fetish items in it. From a sequined ball gag, to rubber outfits, and even ballet boots. The overtness of the BDSM in this video is simply amazing.