Hentai: What Parents Should Know (NSFW)

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Pornography today goes far beyond anything we might have seen in a magazine when we were growing up. There is a subcategory for every fetish you can imagine—and many you can’t. One of those is hentai.

What is Hentai?


Urban Dictionary offers a few definitions. The simplest is this: “Japanese for ‘pervert’. Anime porn.” Hentai is basically cartoon sex. Another explanation is much more in depth, speaking to the appeal of this particular type of pornography:

“Hentai is animated pornography showcasing women who have better bodies than any real women…and men with enormous penises.” ” Hentai can involve anything sexual. Lesbians, bisexuals, homosexuals, bondage, underwater, fairies, humans and animals, orgies, oral sex…and of course heterosexual vaginal sex. Hentai isn’t always sexual penetration with a group or pair of people. It can be a woman/man/tranny posing or masturbating. It could be a group kissing or undressing or fondling each other.”
“Hentai has no limits. That is why it is so great.”
No limits. That may be why it’s great for some people, but that’s also why it poses a unique problem.



Who is Watching Hentai?


More people than you might think. In 2015, Cosmopolitan (of all places) published an article subtitled, “The latest generation is obsessed with animated sex.” A psychologist quoted in the article says the possibilities are “…freed from all the normal constraints of reality.” It allows fantasies to reach heights not possible in the real world.

This can include situations that are literally impossible: in hentai, a woman might suddenly grow a penis or an animal might talk. It also includes situations that are illegal in real life: incest, rape, and even underage sex.

Furthermore, hentai typically showcases bodies that are unlikely if not impossible in the real world: tiny waists and enormous breasts on women and exceptionally large penises on men.

Hentai was the second most-searched term in both 2017 and 2018 on Pornhub, according to the pornography site’s annual year in review, and the fifth most-viewed category. Here’s a little more insight about this particular type of porn.

Hentai is especially popular in Asia and Eastern Europe.

It is the fifth most popular search in the United States.
Meanwhile in the U.S., “anime” is a trending search, and “cartoon” rounds out the top 10.
Hentai is the number one most popular search for people ages 18-24. (Anime is also in the top 10 for this age group.)
Movie, video game, and TV characters like Harley Quinn, Elastigirl, and Lara Croft are also popular searches.
Keep in mind Pornhub is one of the largest porn sites in the world, attracting 33.5 billion visits in 2018. Still, there are thousands of other sites, some undoubtedly devoted to nothing but hentai.

The Problem with Hentai

As mentioned above, it provides an outlet for extreme fantasies. However, like any type of porn (or drug, for that matter), the more you use, the more you need to achieve the same effects. Hentai, like other types of porn, can desensitize the consumer. After a while, it may become difficult for the hentai viewer to enjoy sex in real life because he or she has grown to become aroused only by a certain body type or a bizarre sexual situation that isn’t possible in an actual bedroom.

There is little data about teenage porn consumption because, technically, teenagers aren’t allowed to enter porn sites. However, it’s easy to lie about your age when you visit these sites.

Early exposure to pornography can lead to a wide variety of long-lasting effects. Children and teens may start having sex at a younger age and engage in risky sexual behavior, like unprotected sex or having multiple partners. They are at a higher risk for sexual addiction and intimacy problems. In some people, it might encourage violent or deviant sexual behavior and a desire for more and more extreme or violent pornography. Like an adult who watches too much porn, they become accustomed to fantasy sex and are confused and unsatisfied when they don’t experience those extremes with a partner.

For young teenagers, their first exposure to sex might be porn. This New York Times article goes in depth with some teenagers and their opinions about sex because of what they saw in pornography. Some boys said they would do what they saw in the videos, assuming girls would like it because they liked it in the video. Consider this:

“Of the roughly half who had seen pornography, 53 percent of boys and 39 percent of girls said it was ‘realistic.’ And in the recent Indiana University national survey, only one in six boys and one in four girls believed that women in online porn were not actually experiencing pleasure: As one suburban high school senior boy told me recently, ‘I’ve never seen a girl in porn who doesn’t look like she’s having a good time.'”

What to Do
The first step may be talking to your kids about sex. The Times article references a study that found teenagers were using pornography to learn about sex, saying there was nowhere else to get information and, according to one boy, “…porn stars know what they are doing.” Giving your children an open opportunity to discuss sex and ask questions without judgment may help them satisfy their curiosity and limit their attraction to pornography.

Still, it’s out there and more accessible than ever thanks to smartphones. The easiest way to control your child’s access is to put trustworthy parental controls on his or her mobile device. You can block specific sites and entire categories of websites, preventing your kids from accessing pornography on their smartphones. Of course, they might still see it via a friend’s device, but they won’t be able to stay up late at night exploring that world because their boredom and curiosity gets the better of them.

As a parent, you’re used to staying vigilant. Porn sites aren’t the only places to access pornography: kids may see explicit images and videos on seemingly innocent sites like Instagram and Snapchat. Keep an open dialogue, stay aware of trends (like hentai), and use parental controls to help limit their exposure. For the last six years Netsanity has been at the forefront of protecting children and teenagers on their mobile devices. During that time we have seen how porn and x-rated content online is a much bigger problem than you may think. And we’re fed up. Now, use the power of Netsanity to block all porn and create a safe search environment in your home – for FREE. As in $0. Keep your children safe with porn blocking, Safe Search, activity logs, and more.

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