Cephlorotica/Octopus Sex

Have you ever thought about a woman having sex with an octopus? The Japanese have, in fact they have been thinking about it for almost two hundred years or more. They have painted it, carved it in wood, made elaborate cartoon porn about it. It is known as Cephalerotica, and it is different to say the least. I saw it a while back it in a painting called The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife on the AMC hit series Mad Men. It was in the character Coopers office. It immediately conjured up some of the sick hentai (pornographic anime and manga) I used watch back in Jr. High, movies like Legends of the Overfiend. Part 3 of began with a cheerleader being raped by a tentacle monster that had been hiding inside said cheerleader’s school headmistress. What makes the Japanese so turned as a culture so turned on by women being sexual molested by sea creatures? Is just a creative extension of popular themes in “straight” porn like dominance and restraint? I was intrigued enough by the Fisherman’s Wife picture to find out more about it, here’s what I learned;

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (蛸と海女, Tako to ama?, Octopus(es) and Shelldiver) is an erotic woodcut of the ukiyo-e genre made around 1820 by the Japanese artist Hokusai. Perhaps the first instance of tentacle erotica, it depicts a woman entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses, the smaller of which wraps one of its tentacles around the woman’s nipple and kisses her, while the larger one performs cunnilingus (or is mating with her the only way it could). Hokusai created the Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife during the Edo period, when Shinto was making resurgence; this influenced the piece’s animism and playful attitude towards sexuality. It is a celebrated example of shunga and has been reworked by a number of artists. Similar themes of human females having sexual intercourse with sea life have been displayed since the 17th century in Japanese netsuke, small carved sculptures only a few inches in height and often extremely elaborate.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_of_the_Fisherman%27s_Wife

Tentacle creatures have appeared in Japanese erotica well before they ever became popular in modern anime porn. One of the earliest is the illustration by Katsushika Hokusai which originally appeared in the 1814 novel Kinoe No Komatsu. It is renkowned as being the perfect example of shunga (Japanese erotic art) and has been reworked by a number of artists. Including Australian artist David Laity who reworked the design into a painting of the same name, Masami Teraoka brought the image up to date with his 2001 work “Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven”, part of his Waves and Plagues collection. Others still have mimicked it in animation, and even sculpture.

A paper by Danielle Talerico showed that although western audiences have often interpreted Hokusai’s famous design as rape, Japanese audiences of the Edo period would have associated it with the beautiful legend of the female abalone diver Tamatori. In the story, Tamatori steals a rare jewel from the Dragon King, however, during her way out, the Dragon King and his sea-life minions (including octopods) pursue her. The dialogue within the illustration itself, suggest the diver and two octopods found mutual enjoyment however.

While the use of sexualized tentacles has also appeared in American and European films, it has not been quite not as often. While the historical context of tentacle erotica as a Japanese phenomenon can’t be denied, it is Toshio Maeda’s manga Demon Beast Invasion created what might be called the modern paradigm of tentacle porn, in which the elements of sexual assault are emphasized. Maeda explained that he invented the practice to get around strict Japanese censorship regulations, which prohibit the depiction of the penis but apparently do not prohibit showing sexual penetration by a tentacle or similar (often robotic) appendage. Tentacle sex has now become a huge part of Japanese porn it’s an entire sub-genre unto itself with entire websites dedicated to it. There are even live action porn produced in China and Korea that cater to Cephaphilacs in hundreds of ways, from simulated tentacles, to girls inserting actual sea creatures into their bodies. And while it may appear to seep from the deepest dankest pits of human imagination…It’s kinda cool.
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