FEMME TENTA MANIFESTO
If I would in some way try to describe the basic idea of tentacle porn, I would say that it is about non-human representations of the penis entering non-consenting / slightly resisting bodily openings of a (in most cases) female body. Tentacle porn has developed several ideas of what constitutes a tentacle. Octopus, cyborg-arms, alien limbs, hair, branches and roots.. The thing they have in common is the fact that they all try to look and act like a penis. The tentacles have solely one focus, and that is to penetrate and impregnate. This conquering is unfolded in front of us through images of the female slowly getting naked and disarmed. Turned into a sexual object, simply put.
I call for the rise of an equally predatory monster as the ones existing, but equipped with tentacles referring to female anatomy. Convinced that the problem with mainstream tentacle porn is neither objectification nor domination. Rather problematic is how mass produced images repeating themselves, telling the same story over and over again, creates an educational narrative that tends to mainstream an audience. I believe that a female tentacle monster, and tentacle porn produced by females, carries enough radical potential to instead enlighten and inspire the same.
A dozen of naked women sits in a big pit. Their faces are without expression, eyes gaze through the empty air. The pit is filled with extraterrestrial sperm, which the women are covering their bodies with. Slowly moving in the nasty bath, they are the image of alien occupation. Something has taken over these women, having them soaked in a strange liquid. They are doing it to themselves, but still clearly not out of their own will. Their movements are supposedly meant to be sensual, but are executed completely without any sexual awareness. You could compare this kind of dance with the impersonating small child, dressed in clothes belonging to the grown up world. Except that this is not cute. It is not directed to be cute. The submissive act is none that could be associated with an adult sexuality.
Above is a description of a scene from the 1986 movie “Breeders”.
I love slime and bodily fluids. I love women. I love nudity and weird, even a bit silly, science-fiction plots. Still, this scene is just awkward and it does not talk at all about the obvious sexiness of being trapped together with your girlfriends in an extraterrestrial pit of slime. Now, it might be unfair to chose a movie as “Breeders” as an example of a failing attempt to be sleazy and titillating in a funny way, because it is already considered to be a generally bad movie. On the other hand, despite any other possible qualities, most movies that use bodies as objects (for sex appeal or comic relief or “aesthetic reasons”) lacks in capacity of understanding the art of simultaneously respectful and aware objectifications of bodies. The problem is not the objectification in itself, but the inadequacy with which it is executed.
In porn, this incapacity with male producers of being humble to the female body and carry knowledge there of is illustrated by what I like to call the “blind gaze”. It refers to the kind of exploitation of female body parts that closely examines, but is completely without curiosity. It stares at you, only understanding what it wishes to understand. Only seeing what it already saw before.
When creating a female tentacle monster I am not fighting objectification, but disrupting the ways it is executed in the genre of tentacle porn. The answer is to objectify, and at the same time seeing. To watch, and to also empathize. When fumbling across the body of the prey, not only conquering but also exploring. The story of the images are meant to teach you, not to discipline you.
And here is how you go about it in reality:
Educate yourself in female anatomy and use biology as your muse.
The clitoris, for example, has only one purpose and that is to create pleasure. Just like the tentacle monsters of the movies. It spreads all the way around the female lower body, it spits and lubricates, it gets swollen and expands, it squeezes, it spasm, it hardens.. Look at images of the clitoris and imagine it a thousand times as big, then bring it to life.
Don't leave out the damage done by the female on her male (or whatever) prey.
Following the idea of an active gaze, if your tentacle sucks an asshole then you should show the movements that follow from this stimulation. And don't forget the facial expressions of the object.
Illustrate the bodily reactions, not only the body's appearance.
It is a false assumption that visual stimulation is about looking at pretty things. Following the idea of the empathic gaze, the images you present should illustrate sensation. Not beauty. The strange sensation of pushing a tongue against a pussy is better represented if you ask yourself what the feeling of tongue-against-pussy would look like (instead of just filming a tongue against a pussy). The words with which you describe that sensation to yourself, will then be the words which describe the tentacle monster's appearance. And the circle is closed.
Trading card from the in-house "Femme Tenta"-production "Space Labia"