Chus Martinez On Bukkake

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Bukkake is a sex act portrayed in pornographic films, in which several men ejaculate on a woman, or another man. Bukkake videos are a relatively prevalent niche in contemporary pornographic films. Originating in Japan in the 1980s, the genre subsequently spread to North America and Europe, and crossed over into gay pornography.

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Bukkake was first represented in pornographic films in the mid to late 1980s in Japan. A significant factor in the development of bukkake as a pornographic form was the mandatory censorship in Japan where genitals must be pixelated by a “mosaic”. One consequence of this is that Japanese pornography tends to focus more on the face and body of actresses rather than on their genitals.

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Since film producers could not show penetration, they sought other ways to depict sex acts without violating Japanese law and since semen did not need to be censored, a loophole existed for harder sex scenes. However, popularization of the act and the term for it has been credited to director Kazuhiko Matsumoto in 1998. The Japanese adult video studio Shuttle Japan registered the term “ぶっかけ/BUKKAKE” as a trademark (No. 4545137) in January 2001.

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The practice spread from Japan to American and then European pornography after US porn producers discovered Japanese bukkake videos in the late 1990s. The appearance of bukkake videos was part of a trend towards “harder” pornography in the 1990s, preceded by a fashion for double penetration videos in the mid-1990s, and occurring in parallel to the appearance of gang bang videos towards the end of that decade.

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There was an economic advantage for Western pornographers to produce bukkake films since they only require one actress, and often amateur male performers whose pay-rates are low. However, Western-style bukkake videos differ in some aspects from those in Japan; in Japanese bukkake videos, female performers are frequently dressed as office ladies or in school uniforms and depicted in subdued poses, whereas women in Western-style bukkake videos are portrayed as enjoying the scene.

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Another Japanese variant of bukkake is gokkun, in which several men ejaculate into a container for the receiver to drink. Bukkake is less popular than some other porn niches in the West, possibly because the implicit subordination of the woman does not appeal to many consumers, and because cum shots are normally the climax of a scene, rather than the main events.

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The genre has also spread to gay pornography, featuring scenes in which several men ejaculate on another man. “Lesbian bukkake” videos are also produced. The 17th World Congress of Sexology in Montreal in July 2005 included a presentation on bukkake.

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American editor and publisher Russ Kick, quoting a sexologist, states that men enjoy a “sense of closure and finality about sex”, something that watching other men ejaculate provides. The viewer identifies with the ejaculating men, experiencing a sense of vicarious pleasure. Other commentators believe male ‘heterosexual’ viewers subconsciously identify with the woman but won’t admit this even to themselves because they cannot deal with their latent gay proclivities.

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According to English–American anti-pornography campaigner Gail Dines, the spunk on the female performer’s body “marks the woman as used goods”, conveying a sense of ownership; she quotes veteran American porn actor and producer Bill Margold stating: “I’d like to really show what I believe the men want to see: violence against women. I firmly believe that we serve a purpose by showing that. The most violent we can get is the cum shot in the face. Men get off behind that because they get even with the women they can’t have.”

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Tristan Taormino, feminist author and sex educator, has likened bukkake to a “gay circle jerk”, noting the inconsistency between its billing as a heterosexual practice and the fact that it features a group of naked men standing in close proximity to each other, masturbating together.

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George Kranz views recent American interpretations of bukkake as a “significant advance in human behaviour”, emphasising the lively, almost party-like atmosphere of American bukkake videos compared to the more subdued Japanese style.

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2 Comments on “Chus Martinez On Bukkake”

  1. Michael Roth says:

    This is how Communudists worldwide make their own Jackson Pollocks!


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