Welcome, everybody to my crazy cocktail of history, porn, rebellion, art, pop culture and everything bizarre. Today we will dive into the history of tentacle Porn.

Yes, Tentacle Porn.

Wait, wait, wait don’t go away just yet; because this is not just a tale of anime perverts and their sick fetishes. This is also a tale about the consequences of sexual stigma, Government Censorship and Western Imperialism.

Our story begins with a ……..

A group of American missionaries who have decided to take a trip to Japan in the late 1800s.

Why? I don’t know, man. Americans always felt they have a special light of civilization and they are responsible for spreading it everywhere. Maybe that’s why.

While walking the streets of Japan, they expected to find new converts and also spread the Jesus, but what they found instead was a horror beyond imagination.

No, they didn’t find any Walking Dead.

They found PUBLIC NUDITY.

You see, Japanese women commonly walked around topless and on hot summer days’ Japanese men would go about their work only wearing loincloths but the worst part was Japanese men women and children shared public baths where they cheerfully talked and socialized.

The missionaries were horrified by this affront to civilized eyes. Some American women even fainted at the sight of half-naked Japanese, but really who could blame them.

But interestingly, although the Americans viewed nudity as lewd and indecent. The Japanese took just as much offense to public display of affection.

Exactly, for the Japanese The Americans holding hand was lewd. Weird right, well it was what it was.

Japanese chatter:
“Just look at those American holding hands and kissing in public have they no shame.”
“Yeah, and not to mention that they all smell are they no Public baths in the west.”

The Japanese were also quite fond of erotic handscrolls called “Shunga”. It’s like a modern-day Playboy poster. ”Shunga” featured an illustration of every kinky sex act imaginable but in almost all illustrations, the characters were completely clothed.

Shunga hand scroll

Shunga hand scroll

Why, because Nudity wasn’t considered erotic in Japan, but fancy clothes most certainly were. One shunga artist called “HOKUSAI” created the first known piece of tentacle porn in early 1800 called “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”. The name speaks for itself.

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

Kinky stuff !! HEHE…..

 We are still in the backstory, this is not where it all started. So, read on

Well, Shunga was enjoyed by everyone in Japan from peasants to royalty and had not a real stigma attached to it. It was not only considered a very popular wedding gift but also considered as a lucky charm by the Samurai. They always carried one when they went to a war. Many households kept shunga around as a protection from household fire.

“I swear Honey, we need to keep these around to prevent a house fire. That’s the only reason I am keeping all of these Shunga.”

Not sure this reason will work on your girlfriend but you can give it a try.

Obviously, some Western businessmen were less than pleased when their Japanese counterparts brought out their personal stash of Porno Scrolls to share over dinner parties.

I am not making this up, there is historical documentation of this happening.

The Japanese have enjoyed centuries as an isolated island, where people could happily run around like nudists. But because of this menace Globalization, there were starting to get a lot of attention from the western world. This made the Japanese feel a bit self-conscious.

The government of japan didn’t want the world to brand them as uncivilized Perverts so they made laws Banning public baths, public Nudity, and pornography.

Yes just like our Very own porn Ban.

So because of all these steps from the government Japan became a very restrictive and repressed country but then the end of World War 2 brought more white People into Japan.

These people brought a strange disease that caused the genitals of the entire Japanese nation to turn Pixelated. Just kidding, what the Americans actually brought were more western values like censorships, and to some extent, this caused a revolution in japan. The couple expressed affection openly and Prostitution became very popular especially among the Americans.

But when it came to pornography the Japanese got a bit of mixed message:

“It’s ok you guys having sex on camera is fine but displaying your genitals is barbaric and disgusting”
Mountain of pornographic materials was being produced in japan but all of the genitals were censored with the infamous Crotch Mosaic or Black Bars. But then in 1990 a hero emerges:

Japanese manga writer “Toshio Maeda” stumbles onto a loophole, ”The law forbids showing a penis entering a vagina but anything else entering a vagina is a-OK, and a tentacle looks an awfully lot like a penis…… ”

Well, if you squint a bit.

Well, that’s wat he thought, don’t give me that look not my idea.

Thus, made a debut, his censorship free totally not penises in a groundbreaking manga “DEMON BEAST INVASION” tentacle porn genre, takes off. Hundreds of tentacle themed books and animated films became popular and borderline mainstream even the movies in Hollywood began to subjugate their females starlets to tentacle monsters.

Censorship laws were also subverted by featuring sex between humans, animals supernatural, creatures, aliens and anything else as long as it’s not human.

So I guess the moral of the story is that Censorship causes Tentacle porn and if you ever wonder how Japan became “world’s pervert uncle” you can really blame it all on the western world.