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!