Permitted Perverted Desires: Mothers, Sons, and Sexual Entertainment in Japan
In the late 1980s and early 1990s there was a media panic in Japan about the prevalence of mother-son incest. For many years there has been a huge market for magazines, manga, anime, and even DVDs depicting mothers having sex with their sons. Although the reality of the relationships in the photos and DVDs could easily have been questioned producers of these products have began to go to greater lengths to promote the reality of the incest. even to the point of showing older family photographs, identity cards and asking neighbors if they are actually a mother and son couple.
Then in the mid '90s so called ���Mama Love (or Kinshinsokan Monogatari) Clubs��� began to be opened up across Japan. They were serving a subculture of the Japanese sex industry catering to a variety of sex tolerated and even encouraged and celebrated in Japan mother-son incest. Most of these businesses are believed to be ran by companies secretly funded and controlled by the Yakuza.
Into these clubs would come men eager to pay large amounts of money to see older women having sex with young men that were promoted as being their son. Then slowly a small trickle of women started to come in bringing their own sons or other young boys to watch. And now most of these ���Mama��� clubs have some type of amateur night for mother/son couples to perform on stage before the crowd.
It is estimated that there are between 50 and 150 of these clubs throughout Japan and it has become a rapidly growing part of the live sex entertainment industry in Japan these last few years. Although they do not openly advertise and are generally only accessible at first if accompanied by a current member of the club.
How has this widespread and seemingly accepted form of what most view as deviant sex come about?
The situation is normally said to be blamed on the excessive motherly love almost all Japanese women shower on their sons; idolizing them and viewing their sons as the greatest object of their hopes, dreams, and love, and Japan's obsessive exam culture.
A boy's whole future can depend on the senior high school he gets into. And it is not just a matter of pride. The difference in a single score point can mean the difference between a school where the son may associate with future political leaders and corporate executives developing life long friendships that will be his key to future success and having to drudge away behind a desk as a salary-man all his life.
The mothers get into a psychological condition where they're aware that sexual urges can stop their children from studying and feel that they are the best option for countering the craving.
Some mothers will do anything to make sure their junior high school sons pass the all determining entrance exams.
They want to get their boys into a good school and then go on to a top company. That's why the women will do absolutely anything to combat something that interferes with their boys studies.
However the truth is much deeper ingrained into the society.
Studies show that almost 80% of Japanese men report they have had some form of sexual contact with their mothers with most of the sexual contact between mother and son beginning at a very early age.
A boys childhood in contemporary Japan, although somewhat more Western than that of other Eastern nations, still includes masturbation by mothers "to put them to sleep." Parents often have intercourse with their children in the same bed with them, and "co-sleeping," with mothers physically embracing the child, routinely continues until the boy is ten or fifteen. One recent Japanese study found sons sleeping with their mothers over 20 percent of the time after age 16. A recent sex survey reported "hot lines" of sexual abuse saying that mother-son incest in almost a third of the calls, the mother saying to her teenage son, "It's not good to do it alone. Your IQ becomes lower. I will help you, " or "You cannot study if you cannot have sex. You may use my body," or "I don't want you to get into trouble with a girl. Have sex with me instead."
The husbands are usually said to encourage the situation as a way to make sure their wife has a form of sexual release while the husband is working long hours in the office, but yet she is still thought of as being faithful to the family and actually helping to maintain family harmony.
Where once it was common for a man to have his co-workers over at his home and put on a porn tape it is now becoming more frequent to hear about (though still in whispers) the husband that has his wife and son perform sexually for the entertainment of a few select friends. On one occasion to my personal knowledge such a display was put on to help finalize a business deal.
This situation of widespread incestuous sex is often viewed as one of the reasons Japan has the highest rates of condom usage in the world.