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The Futa Files

Discussion in 'General Carnal Souls Discussion' started by Dolfuss, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Dolfuss

    Dolfuss Well-Known Member Member

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    Welcome to the first thread in a possible series dedicated to in-depth exploration of the fetishes, kinks and tropes that underwrite our favourite smut adventures.

    If you've followed me in this board, you know that futa is easily within my top five kinks. Yet despite its literal translation from the Japanese, futa means different things to different people, and this thread was created in part to compile the various interpretations into a handy reference.

    What is it?

    'Futanari', literally 'dual form', is the Japanese term for both hermaphroditism specifically and androgyny as a whole. Like its Western counterpart, its cultural applications originally tended toward androgyny and gender fluidity and had at least a cursory connection to real-life intersexuality, whereas today it's disseminated across the entire gender map. Within porn and smut it's become a whole genre devoted to, crassly-put, 'chicks with dicks'. While there's some thematic overlap with Western transsexual porn (which has the dubious distinction of coining the slur 'shemale'), futa today is best recognized as visibly female characters sporting spears as big as, if not dwarfing their male peers.

    And that's where an easy definition ends. Like its parent concept 'hermaphrodite', futa is commonly used as an umbrella covering multiple subsets of transgender porn. The two unfying elements are 1) a cock, and 2) at least a basic pretense of femininity. How it's physically constructed varies widely, but can be summed up as follows:
    • 'True' hermaphroditism: Penis and vagina. Overall appearance can swing anywhere between butch and voluptuous without regard to hormonal balance.
      • 'Full-package' futa: Includes a visible scrotum.
      • 'Castrato' futa: Testes are either internal or nonexistent; pretty much a given when the dick substitutes for the clitoris.
    • Single-sex transgender: A.K.A. "dickgirls", an otherwise female-looking character with only the male primary equipment. (Not to be confused with actual transgenderism.) Balls common but not obligatory.

    But what does it mean?

    That depends on who you ask. Beyond the physical aesthetic, futa can accompany, facilitate, or directly foreground other fetishes. Here are several recurring themes I've noticed in futa works:

    Anything he can do, she can do better
    It's not enough for a girl to have a cock: if she's packing heat, it's several calibres above her male peers. The customary standard seems to be a footlong so thick you need two hands to encircle it, and an output that can fill a water jug. Weirdly, this seems to have become so normative that some authors don't even consider such stories 'hyper', and end up glossing over the little issue of how one would actually have sex with a baseball bat.

    Women don't wear panties
    Even when she's not swinging around a Subway sandwich, rogue erections are the greatest looming danger to public interactions. Nobody seems to know how briefs work, because it's either packed against the gut to poke out the waistband or hanging so loose a gentle breeze is enough to tent a skirt. When it is hyper territory, there's often a passage about strapping the flaccid member to the inner thigh and/or hiding it down a pantleg—surprisingly, friction from such arrangements is rarely an issue.

    Freud was right
    Futa frequently intersects with, if not deliberately channels, male sexual stereotypes and power relationships. Even when it's not full-on butch Amazon, a BDSM scenario will almost always cast the futa as the domme, physically aggressive, and in the case of 'true herms' tending to prioritize the cock over the pussy. If the partner's male, expect him to be effete and the one getting railed—hence the meme, "Is futa gay?" Oddly enough, anal is only slightly less common with female partners.

    Sex Me, Unsex Me
    In one of the few passing nods to real-life intersexuality, stories will often make one sex sterile, usually so she and her partner can fuck without regret. Which one gets turned off varies based on the particular story, but tends to reflect the orientation of the pair: if it's lesbian 'with perks', she won't be virile; if it's subbing in for an otherwise heterosexual couple, she may knock her partner up but be barren herself. The latter is commonly combined with the previous trope in lore where futas have replaced the male gender entirely. Very rarely will they be naturally sterile in both.

    Conversely:
    Gods among us
    Simply put, they're fertility goddesses in the flesh, hyper-potent with insane libidos, and in stories leaning into mind control, may even emit unique pheremones to turn everyone bi. Some stories frame this as predatory, others use it to crank the bimbo trope up to eleven. Combined with the hyper trope, wherever the couple goes at it is guaranteed to be thoroughly wrecked by session's end.

    So where do I stand?

    I got into futa comparatively late, despite familiarity with TGTF circles. As a kid I can remember some weird dreams that could be considered futa-esque, but I only registered it as a thing when I started dipping into hardcore furry porn. Insofar as I can pretend to rationalize a fetish, its appeal to me stems mostly from a single proposition: "What's better than lesbians? Lesbians that can have their own kids!" I've jokingly called it the final stage of female emancipation, and as per #5 it's a common trope for 'last of their kind' aliens in a handful of sci-fi shorts. (Whether it would be desirable IRL is a whole other kettle of fish—I have several trans friends, and while one would give almost anything to make futa real, another absolutely abhors it.)

    In eRPGs that support it, it's my player character go-to. I have a bias toward female mains, and it dovetails neatly with my pregnancy fetish while letting me enjoy male partners in "good conscience"—as Atomicbob would say, I'm prepared for any situation. In games with NPC mutability, you can bet anyone that can go futa, will: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and the mission is only accomplished once each partner is both a mother and father. ;)

    In terms of aesthetics I'm pretty darn simple. A girl being cocky is reward enough; I'm not a fan of hyper and I avoid BDSM, so to my eternal bemusement I've had better luck finding "normal" proportions in furry art than "mainstream" porn (though my sphere of reference is embarrassingly small), and rely mostly on written stories for the latter.

    We welcome your feedback!

    What's your take? Love it? Hate it? Are there specific tropes that draw you in, or is the aesthetic alone enough appeal?

    In conclusion:
     
  2. Larry Land Lord

    Larry Land Lord Well-Known Member Member

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    cool
     
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    Atomicbob Well-Known Member Member

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    Ooh, a fetish exploration thread? Nice. Thanks for doing this, Dolfuss! Futas/Herms are one of the many things that I've grown to appreciate as time has gone on, and I've been allowed to develop my own tastes in sexy things, regardless of how outlandish as they are. Similar to yourself, Dolf, in any game that lets me choose a gender for myself, I always gravitate towards a herm when I can. With this in mind, tho, is there a term for hermaphrodites/futanari who appear more masculine in nature; a male with a vagina and a working uterus?

    It always helps to be prepared. ;)
     
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    Dolfuss Well-Known Member Member

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    I've seen 'maleherm' used as a descriptor, and sometimes even just 'herm' assumed as the masculine counterpart to futa. Can't say I know if there's an 'official' term.
     
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    On that topic, what's the PC term for futa/herm? I know the words I just used are offensive and crass, and I want to know if there's a better, less crass set of verbage I can use instead.
     
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    Dolfuss Well-Known Member Member

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    That's a tough one. So far as I know futa's fine in terms of erotica; in Japan they adopted the term "newhalf" (ニューハーフ; nyūhāfu) for transgender women, but I've heard a lot of people take issue with that.

    e621 recently overhauled their gender tags, replacing 'dickgirl' and 'cuntboy' with gynomorph and andromorph, though some trans/intersex users feel they're too clinical at best and still objectifying at worst (and 'herm' is still used for both together).

    So from what I can tell, there isn't one.
     
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    You can definitely come at futa from a lot of different angles.

    Picking apart my own interest in the fetish, I've pretty much narrowed it down to stemming from my love for visible arousal and my preference for removing males entirely from my erotic material.
    It's the explanation that best fits with my likes and dislikes. Like how I prefer scrotum-less futa if at all possible, since one wouldn't contribute to either of my two main sources for the fetish.
    Apart from those requirements it's basically anything goes. Futa pitching or receiving is down to whatever fits the story/situation. Passive or active is the same.

    As far as main characters in games goes, it simply makes it a lot easier to self-insert without having to play a male character.

    I've never heard anyone use futa or herm in a negative context, just like I've never heard anyone directly taking offense to either. That being said I don't move in real life transgender circles.
    But as far as I'm concerned, the word 'futa' has always been and as far as I know still remains a term for the fetish rather than a real life group of people.
    'Herm' or 'hermaphrodite' is simply the scientific term for dual-sex in nature. It's literally as matter of fact as you can make a word if you actually still want to have a word for it and not just stop referring to it altogether.
     
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