Tentacle porn… what is it, and why is it? We asked author Sienna Saint-Cyr to look into this sticky, appendage based phenomenon.

 

A history of tentacle porn

A lot of folks I know hear of tentacle porn and instantly jump to modern day anime and authors like Chuck Tingle, but this form of hentai (Japanese for perverse sexual desire) goes back hundreds of years (possibly longer). One of the first - and to this day more popular images - depicted of tentacle penetration was a woodblock print done by a Japanese artist named Hokusai back in 1814. The piece is most commonly titled, The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, and depicts a woman being penetrated by two octopuses.

Shunga, which translates to erotica, was spawned from this type of bestiality. The genre often crosses over with horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Some claim that tentacle erotica is all about rape, yet most - not all - is consent-based encounters with the octopi being sentient and able to consent as well.

The genre has grown as anime has become more popular and pairings aren’t always human and octopus. Some are half-human half-animal characters mating with a human, or mating with another alien type being. Others might be shapeshifters. The possibilities are endless when it comes to species because the core of this fetish is the tentacle penetration. As long as there are tentacles, you’re good to go!

 

Dream of the Fisherman's Wife Hokusai - Tentacle porn
Slippery and sweet tentacle porn. Image: via Wikimedia.com CC BY 2.0 license

 

Why tentacles?

While some may have confusion over why tentacles are hot, it didn’t take me long to figure out what makes hentai desirable. I mean really; so much can happen with just one sentient being!

For kinky folks like me, the BDSM elements that can be entangled are quite attractive. Even now I’m picturing this lovely scene for a book where my main character is naked, on hands and knees with her ass high in the air. One consciously aware octopus is binding her ankles, penetrating her ass and cunt, and spanking her at the same time. How can this not be the hottest thing ever? It’s tentacle bondage, impact play, suction, and hardcore fucking all at once.

The fact that most tentacle porn is depicted with women for the human element made me wonder a bit about why we are so into this as a genre. If I were to guess (since I’ll never be able to know with certainty), I’d think that much of this fantasy comes from unfulfilled sexual desires. There was a time - and in some places, it’s still this way - where women are not allowed to enjoy themselves sexually. To do so would be slutty, against the chosen deity, and could bring shame to generations of the household. When you can’t act on your sexual desires, you’re left with fantasy to meet your needs.

A fantasy for many women I know is to be penetrated in more than one hole simultaneously. But for a virgin or married woman coming from a ‘less sexually liberated’ place, picturing a man in a sexual fantasy might cause feelings of shame or guilt. If the human element is removed and focus is placed on, for example, a mystical being that fucks you in every hole, it helps the brain cope because we know that’s not possible. A nonhuman takes the imaginary scenario from real and shame-based to fantasy and fun-based.  

 

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Power, the forbidden, and being taken

Women aren’t the only ones who fantasise about tentacle penetration. Gender and sexual orientation aside, there is something powerful in being taken. Especially by a nonhuman entity. This can be from an alien abduction or be woken from your slumber by an Incubus or Succubus, or the tentacle humanoid leaving the sea to find a mate for the night. The forbidden is hot because it’s forbidden.

Being ‘taken’ naturally brings us to the topic of consent. When you can’t consent due to shame and guilt, rape fantasies tend to surface. It’s one way of coping with cognitive dissonance. Rather than acknowledge ‘I want a thing I can’t have’, we imagine being taken against our will. Even though we are choosing this tentacle porn-based scenario, by fantasising about force, we allow ourselves to think we didn’t do anything wrong. Who knew tentacle porn was so complex?

 

Slippery sexual satisfaction

There are many reasons why one might visualise an octopus or another tentacle based being as a sexual partner. Ultimately, it’s about sexual gratification. No matter the motivation, the thought of a being that can fill all my holes at once and move each tentacle with the same rhythm, is just fucking sexy! There is a vast difference between conscious desire and primal desire, and for me, tentacle porn hits a primal aspect of pleasure.

This is probably why so many anime characters are nonhuman. When we are acting out our primal side, we can be the bear, the tigress, the fox, the cephalopod, the fairy, or the pony because these primal desires aren’t about rational thought. They’re about a deeper, richer instinct.

Tentacle porn isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I was sceptical at first, too. Now, I quite enjoy a good tentacle-fucking scene!

 

Sienna Saint-Cyr writes erotica and blogs about kink, poly, body image, most things relating.


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I placed one of my small erotica pieces in the BDSM Stories section of the forum entitled "Close Encounter" which I think accompanies this article perfectly.

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