11 October 2016

Women In Fundoshi

The fundoshi's sensual and fetish potential is definitely not reserved to males, although the vast majority of photographs I encounter depict men in fundoshi.

Women wear fundoshi in both traditional and contemporary settings: we've previously highlighted the female free-divers (ama) who wear fundoshi while gathering pearls and other marine treasures. There is also an active popular movement currently in Japan to reintroduce fundoshi to women's daily wear as undergarments, rebranded as "prendre shorts." Finally, in the realm of fetish (which is what this post focuses on), fundoshi introduces a potent visual element into sexual scenarios and mild bondage/BDSM scenes that elevates them above and beyond the ordinary.

It's been suggested that the fundoshi represents the Japanese ideal of masculine athleticism in art/pornography not unlike the Western jockstrap's adoption as a major gay trope. Transferring that interpretation to the hips of females imparts new power to these images, combining traditional/stereotypical ideals of femininity with a freshly amplified eroticism.

I would love to see that idea further explored by women who enjoy fundoshi!


Joshua Beta said...

W o W
We need more girls in fundoshi. :D
Fundoshi: A perfect unisex undergarment for all ages. xD

Ryan Rokushaku said...

I completely agree. I picked the name Fundoshi 4 All many years ago with just this thought in mind. All people, all body styles, anyone who enjoys fundoshi should be able to. There is an orthodoxy among some traditionalists, and I thought I would meet more and more of them as I went on, people who would disapprove. I've found over time that the opposite is true!

Dean Cary said...

Has anybody asked women how they feel in fundoshi? Seems to be the ultimate garment for liberation. FUndoshi certainly compliments the femalebodyshape as it does the men.
There's lots of potential for play too as the image of the braids rubbing one woman's yoni shows.
Thanks for sharing Ryan.

Ryan Rokushaku said...

This is one of my goals for this blog: open up the field to women as well as men. Besides in rope scenes, there are a lot of historical examples of women wearing fundoshi. It's great for swimming, diving, or sunning. Ettchu fundoshi are already very popular with women in Japan, where they are marketed as "prendre shorts." I think rokushaku fundoshi is the next step and I'm glad more men and women are embracing it!