Berry August 4, 2021 The Great Futanari Debate

The Great Futanari Debate

I’ve been having a dilemma recently. It’s a dilemma that’s been eating away at my conscience ever since December. No matter where I go; Discord, Twitter, TikTok, 4chan, F95Zone, and even Reddit. It’s always the same, there’s no getting away from it and everyone seems to have their own take on it. No one can seem to come to an agreement on what the term “futanari” actually means and what type of character would qualify as such. Depending on who is consulted, one might tell you that a futanari character is one who is a girl who has both male and female genitals, while others will tell you that only a girl with male genitals is what makes a futanari (more commonly known by some Western adult entertainment enthusiasts as a “dickgirl”).

 Now, it is my personal opinion that in order for a character to qualify as a futanari, a character has to show characteristics of both men and women. A typical futanari in my mind would have overall feminine physical attributes but possess both sets of genitalia (testicles are preferred but optional). I myself have been working on a futanari game since December of last year, and I remember people asking me if my futa characters would have vaginas as well as penises when first sharing it to various forums and websites. Futa devotees of all kinds would spar for what seemed like an eternity from their keyboards over what qualifies as an actual futa, threatening that they would not give my project a look if the futanari character’s didn’t have this or that.

Having come across all of this took me by complete surprise. From my own personal experiences reading futa manga, playing futa eroge, watching futa hentai, and looking at the works of futa artists, I was always under the impression that not having a vagina would have a character fall under the dickgirl category that is so common among Western adult media. But then again, the details like those weren’t much of my concern at the time. If you go to Rule34.xxx and type in “futanari” into the search bar, you’ll get over 250,000+ pieces of art, almost all of them featuring women with both sets of genitals. In talks on the LewdPixels Discord server, I’ve even had fellow erodev Perverteer (creator of “Tales from the Unending Void“) tell me that a futanari character would have both sets of genitals. Even the word futanari itself; a Japanese term meaning “dual form” or “to be of two kinds” implies some level of hermaphroditism and androgyny. And even the Japanese language used this term to refer to characters that had masculine and feminine traits. 

But even in the Japanese and Western terms, just about every character we see that’s describe as a futanari is shown as a woman or a woman-looking character who possesses both genitalia. You see this term and this style used all the time now in adult media. Perhaps I just haven’t looked hard enough, but I’ve seen a lot of futanari content and have never seen a male or male-looking character described in this way. It’s been interesting to see so many people so passionate about this issue. As more adult content creators make futanari content, hopefully we’ll get to see more discussion revolve around this topic. 

What do you think about this issue? Should futanari characters have both sets of genitals? Is this an overblown problem? Is there a cultural misunderstanding going on here? Let me know in the comments down below! 

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Maxim Potkin on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/photos/A2_i401JCKM

Berry

NSFW game maker and femboy panda who loves making silly and sexy stories! Currently making a futanari visual novel called “Demons Rise Up!”😈🍆 | TikTok: @femboyberry | More: linktr.ee/berrydev | Discord: b e r r y#5464

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Kionashi
1 month ago

Futa should have both….if a feminine body has dick and balls but no vagina, is just a trans person…

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Lilvee14
1 month ago

to this debate atleast when referring to hermaphrodite (as there may be some cultural/ language barriers for the full meaning of futanari) ive much like you heard people say every which way to define what a hermaphrodite is but that being said id boil it down to its base of the terms name and that is the first hermaphrodite (according the Greek legend) Hermaphroditus who was the son of Hermes and Aphrodites who was described as having a extremely beautiful female like body but with (only) genitals of a male hence it is my opinion atleast with hermaphrodites that the “dickgirl” category also includes these individuals.