Full bladder fetish (Omorashi)

Omorashi (オモラシ / おもらし / お漏らし, Omorashi?) is a fetish subculture recognized predominantly in Japan, in which participants experience arousal from having a full bladder or a sexual attraction to someone else experiencing the feeling of a full bladder. For such fetishists, climax usually coincides with the moment of relief and embarrassment experienced when the desperate individual loses bladder control and experiences incontinence. Outside of Japan, it is not usually identified separately from urolagnia. Westerners who do make the distinction commonly use phrases such as "bladder desperation" or "panty wetting." The Japanese language term from which the subculture's name is derived means "to wet oneself," literally translated, "leaking." The word is also occasionally romanized as "omorasi."

Attitudes toward sexuality in omorashi media

Most fetish activities concerning the use of bodily waste are considered by the general public as "hardcore," taboo, or edgeplay.[1] However, most omorashi videos are among the most softcore of erotica, featuring innocent young women, fully clothed, who have gotten themselves into an embarrassing bathroom situation. Though they may occasionally feature some nudity, omorashi videos do not feature direct sexual contact; their content can be described as fitting within the MPAA's definition of an R rating.[2] The focus on clothed rather than overtly sexual images makes garment fetishism a prominent feature in most omorashi erotica: commonly featured outfits include those worn by schoolgirls, female working professionals, and other women attempting to look dignified before succumbing to the need to wet themselves. Depending on one's role in an omorashi scenario (as the wetter or the watcher) these acts could be variously considered a form of sadism, masochism, sadomasochism, or erotic humiliation. It is worth noting that these scenarios almost invariably feature female wetters over males, and that the focus generally falls on the wetter's tendency toward the irrepressible submissive qualities commonly associated with feminine weakness. Male wetters, when they are depicted, usually retain these same submissive feminine qualities. In Japan, these attitudes are recognized as belonging to the wider archetype of moe (pronounced "mo-eh") fetishism. From this perspective, the incontinence serves as the essential, obvious sympathetic weakness that moe characters work hard to correct but never really succeed at getting rid of.

Japanese subculture

There are many ways in which omorashi fetishism is practiced in Japan.

Yagai

One of the variations is known as omorashi yagai, which translates as "to wet oneself outdoors (or publicly)." A further variation includes yagai hōnyō, or "outdoor (or public) urination," in which the subject publicly removes their clothes to urinate. Other yagai hōnyō practitioners operate much like graffiti artists, attempting the public urination acts without being caught.[3]
Scenes from Giga's "Desperation Tournament, volume 4.
Scenes from Giga's "Desperation Tournament, volume 4.

Game shows

Japanese omorashi fans also enjoy game shows in which contestants must compete in various urine-holding challenges.[4] The Giga[5] video company's "Desperation Tournament" series is one of the best known examples of this kind of contest. One such activity has been a panel of contestants competing to guess which woman has to use the restroom, or is wearing a diaper. Several notable AV idols have starred in such scenarios, including Sakura Sakurada.

Diapers

Another variation of omorashi play is omutsu omorashi, less commonly called oshime omorashi, both of which translate as "to wet oneself in a diaper." This omutsu variation is essentially the same as the standard omorashi, except that the participants are wearing a diaper instead of panties. Diapers may be favorable for public wetting because they render it more discreet and eliminate mess, and their use is not limited specifically to those with a diaper fetish. However, omorashi fetishists specifically interested in this aspect of the subculture could be considered a Japanese variation of the diaper lover community.

Fantasy services

Prostitution, defined by the government as the sale of genital-to-genital contact, is illegal in Japan. "Image clubs" or "pink salons" are establishments specialized in oral sex, but recently some have added a number of other "not-quite-sex" services such as massage plus oral sex or a range of other fetish oriented services that do not include genital-to-genital contact, such as costumes and settings. An omorashi service can involve either the client, the masseuse, or both, wetting themselves, with or without a diaper. This can sometimes involve a "teiku auto" (a wasei-eigo of the English phrase "take out") where you get to take home your masseuse's wet panties or diaper, or just their urine in a bottle.[6]

Soiled schoolgirl panties were at one time also available in Japan through vending machines.[7] However, in 2004, the Tokyo metropolitan government passed a bill to ban the sale of panties worn by underage girls.[8][9] Shortly after this law was passed, it was reported that some underage girls (called kagaseya or "sniffers") were instead allowing their clients to sniff their underwear from directly between their legs. Others chose to sell photos of themselves, throwing in the used panties for free.[10] These acts of pseudo-prostitution or "enjo kōsai" are one of the foundations of kogal culture in Japan.

Eroge

An eroge (エロゲー, erogē?, erotic game) is a Japanese video or computer game that features erotic content, usually in the form of anime-style artwork. A number of omorashi focused games, such as Water Closet: The Forbidden Chamber have become popular in recent years.[11]

Anime and manga

Japanese produced omorashi media also include comic books and animation. These range from independently produced dōjinshi to large commercially produced manga. Some focus exclusively on omorashi stories, while others include only the occasional scene. Some contain obvious sexual themes and could be considered a form of H manga, while others, like Iinari! Aibure-shon are famous as all-ages comics, featuring only mild ecchi content such as panchira.[12] Wetting scenes have existed in anime as early as the popular Devilman of the 1970s. However, these did not have the erotic context which characterizes modern omorashi media, since they predated the first full-blown anime pornography, which was not available until 1984, when the advent of the first H anime OVAs such as Wonder Kids' Lolita Anime were made possible by the widespread availability of home video. One example of this later erotic context is the 1994 H anime OVA Vixens, which features scenes of incontinence in a setting that is overtly sexual.
A promotional image of collectible Shizukuishi kyuun kyuun toilet paper, with images from the all-ages omorashi comic, Iinari! Aibure-shon.
A promotional image of collectible Shizukuishi kyuun kyuun toilet paper, with images from the all-ages omorashi comic, Iinari! Aibure-shon.

Collectibles

With the translation of omorashi into manga and its subsequent adoption by otaku fandom, a number of omorashi themed collectibles have appeared on the Japanese market, including "Shizukuishi kyuun kyuun toilet paper"[13] printed with wetting scenes featuring Shizukuishi, a popular character from the omorashi manga, Iinari! Aibure-shon.[14]

Acceptance

Public urination in general (both within and outside of fetish subculture) is considered far more acceptable in Japan than in some Western countries.[15] Public nudity is also considered a lesser social taboo.[16] Additionally, recent studies show that an increasing number of Japanese children are wetting their beds and even wearing diapers full time, well into elementary school.[17][18] To meet this demand, larger diapers have appeared on the Japanese market. One example includes the "Goo.N Refreshing Bigger than Big Size Diapers," intended for seven-year-old boys and girls. The adult diaper market in Japan is also growing.[19] Even fully continent Japanese do not frown on wetting themselves in public, using a diaper, when toilets are inconvenient: a group of diaper-wearing Japanese tourists made the front page of the New York Post on New Year's Day 2008 when they agreed to pose for a publicity shot endorsing diapers as a solution to inadequate restroom facilities at the ball drop in Times Square.[20]

Other countries in which un-potty-trained older children have seen greater mainstream acceptance include Australia, where Queensland news sources report that parents are similarly lax about potty training and have likewise seen increasing numbers of school age children still in diapers. [7]

Outside of Japan

Though there is a small community devoted to such fetishism outside of Japan, it is usually overshadowed by the more hardcore fetishes, urolagnia and urophagia. Outside of Japan, omorashi groups usually refer to their shared interest as "desperation" fetishism, often making a distinction between content featuring males and females. Some English language websites with a focus on females simply identify as "panty wetting." Since such sites abandon the "desperation" title which implies an effort not to wet, they are more likely to include nudity, overtly sexual models and situations, as well as purposeful (as opposed to accidental) wetting.

Though the cultural memes of Western sexual ethics have not allowed such wide acceptance of incontinence-based play in many countries outside of Japan, recent studies in England have shown that urinary incontinence during sexual activity is a "common, but rarely volunteered symptom" observed in 24% of sexually active women. Moreover, no connection could be identified with any specific abnormality of bladder function associated with these symptoms, indicating that such leakage is both normal and healthy.[21][22]
Wet Set magazine, an Australian wetting publication "for 'accident prone' adults."
Wet Set magazine, an Australian wetting publication "for 'accident prone' adults."

Western publications and media

Because of the western stigmas in numerous countries against wetting, omorashi subculture has not received such diverse exposure in non-Japanese media. In some countries, governments have even banned such materials. In New Zealand for example, creating, trading, distributing (e.g. making available on one's web page) anything containing "the use of urine or excrement in association with degrading or dehumanising conduct or sexual conduct" is a felony punishable by up to ten (10) years in jail.[23][24]

Print

One such example is the Australia based, internationally distributed .[25] Wet Set Magazine. The welcome header on their website reads:

“ Wet Set Magazine is for girls who enjoy the thrill of wetting their knickers, or peeing in their beds and diapers. Our girls are always desperate to go to the toilet, but love to pee in their pants instead! [8] ”

Though Wet Set publications were originally only available in English, readership in German speaking countries has since proved high enough to justify printing some materials in German.

Though Wet Set does not generally acknowledge the comparatively large Asian fan base over any other country, some Western proponents of omorashi recognize a heavy Asian influence. For instance, in a February 2006 issue of The Brooklyn Rail, American poet Garrett Caples of Oakland, California chose to describe the shooting of an omorashi film in a Japanese setting.[9]

Aside from lending Western omorashi media an "authentic" quality, the inclusion of Japanese models and settings might also be seen as an attempt to play upon the stereotype of ultrapassivity globally associated[26] with Asian women, further enhancing their moe qualities and catering to Asian fetishists.

Music

Cat Chaser Conspiracy, an American all-girl punk rock band, became known during the 80s and 90s for performing a panty-wetting stage act as they played songs about wetting themselves. Some "wetty gurl" fans would wet themselves when these songs were played.[27] Before their breakup in 1999, members made regular appearances in the pages of Wet Set magazine. Their second vocalist, Moppet, appeared as a model in a number of photosets, including #84 through 89.[28]

Other examples of omorashi in English language rock music include another all-female group, Crucified Barbara, from Sweden. Their song "I Wet Myself" from their debut album In Distortion We Trust states:


“ Hey guys, I wet my pants
And it's fun, you should try it too
Oh yeah, I'm getting wet”

It is notable that although these bands maintain the trend of presenting female incontinence as the object of eroticism, their musical styles owe a great deal to the riot grrl movement and empower female wetters rather than emphasizing helplessness. For instance, in the line quoted above, the band makes use of double entendre to switch the focus from the embarrassing realization of her accident in the first verse ("Oh no, I'm getting wet") to the empowerment of her sexual arousal ("Oh yeah, I'm getting wet.")[10]

An example of a male perspective is the Stone Temple Pilots song "Wet My Bed," which eschews a direct sexual connotation for one of the male protagonist's willing surrender of control to a girl named Mary.[11]

The Leak

In 2005, public wetting became something of a trend among female American sex symbols when Fergie of the popular hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas wet herself on stage at the San Diego Street Scene festival. During the next several months, a sudden rash of celebrity wettings garnered much publicity and was labeled "The Leak."[12] Following Fergie's performance, Jenny McCarthy wet her pants on Howard Stern's radio show. Later, Paris Hilton caused a publicly stir of her own when she wet herself publicly on two separate occasions.[13] [14] [15] A month after Paris's second accident, Fergie was photographed at the 48th Grammy Awards with an obvious yellow stain on the crotch of her dress. [16] A few months later, during the November 15th, 2006 broadcasting of Playboy Radio's "Night Calls" program, radio hostess Christy Canyon and her co-host Ginger Lynn diapered each other on the air. They proceeded to wet themselves and pose for photographs.[17] Fergie, who had initially denied her trend setting accident, later appeared on The Dame Edna Show and spoke openly about the experience. [18] Though she would bring it up again during an interview with the British Heat magazine, the singer claimed that she would "never live it down."[19]

Footnotes


1. ^ Taboo: Bodily Fluids [matthewhunt.com]
2. ^ www.kokoro-soft.com
3. ^ HENTAI dictionary: japanese perversions, fetishes, and AV terms
4. ^ www.kokoro-soft.com
5. ^ 無題ドキュメント
6. ^ Ohayo Sanspo - Sankei Sports Newspaper
7. ^ http://www.snopes.com/risque/kinky/panties.htm
8. ^ http://www.xtratalk.com/advice/archive/column48.html
9. ^ Used underwear clearance sale! — Tokyo Times
10. ^ Mainichi Daily News ends its partnership with MSN, takes on new Web address
11. ^ Animetric.com >> Bishoujo Game Reviews >> Water Closet: The Forbidden Chamber
12. ^ Canned Dogs » Blog Archive » Iinari! Aibure-shon toilet paper
13. ^ いいなり!あいぶれーしょん » いいなり!あいぶれーしょん » 雫石きゅんきゅんトイレットペーパ− | キャラクターグッズ&アパレル販売のコスパ
14. ^ Canned Dogs » Blog Archive » Iinari! Aibure-shon toilet paper
15. ^ c o n b i n i b e n t o . c o m » Ew
16. ^ Dan in Japan - I Never Expected... [learn]
17. ^ Mainichi Daily News ends its partnership with MSN, takes on new Web address
18. ^ Mainichi Daily News ends its partnership with MSN, takes on new Web address
19. ^ P&G seeks buyer for Japan adult diaper brand | Reuters
20. ^ LET'S POTTY LIKE IT'S 2008 - New York Post
21. ^ Khan, Z.; Bhola A., Starer P. (1988). "Urinary incontinence during orgasm". Urology 31 (3): 279–282. doi:10.1016/0090-4295(88)90160-4. Retrieved on 20 April 2007.
22. ^ Hilton, P. (1988). "Urinary incontinence during sexual intercourse: a common, but rarely volunteered, symptom". British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 95: 377–381. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.1988.tb06609.x. Retrieved on 20 April 2007.
23. ^ Text of the law
24. ^ Description of ten year penalty
25. ^ http://www.wetset.net/Wet_Set_New_Magazine.htm
26. ^ Eng, Phoebe (2000). "She Takes Back Desire", Warrior Lessons : An Asian American Woman's Journey into Power. New York: Atria, 115–142. ISBN 0671009575.
27. ^ Cat Chaser Conspiracy
28. ^ [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]