... well at least where MMD is concerned. As for the real thing, look it up for yourself on the Internet.
As an aside, when I started writing this article, I did try to do some "research" but honestly, after about 5 minutes I decided firmly that there are some things in life that are best left a mystery. But I did learn somethings and since I'm a nice guy I'll briefly share them with you since these are hilarious, at least from a "guy's" perspective:Believe it or not, at least 80% of women wear an incorrectly sized bra! Most people wear a bra too large in the back and too small in the cups.
And that's a quote from www.wikihow.com/Measure-Your-B…
. If you really want to know more about this subject feel free to go there, but as far as I was concerned it was way, way too much info ...
Now back to the more serious side of this discussion and seriously, this article isn't about how to fit a bra or necessarily about boobies either. Rather, it's about MMD and R-18 material. These materials may be in picture form or very often in video form. Straight off, I have to admit that I can only approach this subject from a male perspective because, first of all, I'm a "guy". Secondly, I am pretty sure males and females will approach this subject from fairly different perspectives. So upfront, I will apologize to anyone female reading this as in all honestly, wherein I can hazard a guess on how a female would approach this subject based on experiences with women in my own life, in no way can I possibly generalize how all females in general would regard this subject.The other thing that is important, is that this subject is of a sensitive nature, so if you're easily upset by a discussion on sex, it might be a good idea to leave this page just about now as I will not be holding back when we get into the core of the discussion.
Human sexuality is a complex subject and I did give this some thought; in writing this article, there will be some bias. Specifically mine. So do be aware of this fact. Different guys will view gals in different ways and their preferences in females will bias any discussion. So it's important that you know a little about my on bias as these will color this discussion. Personally, I am not a connoisseur of pornography, I prefer the real thing. Also, important to factor into this article is the fact that my ideal image of a woman is one that does not have huge boobs, of medium height and intelligent. Stupid people regardless of gender tend to put me right off. Also, and this is important, I have absolutely no interest in females under the age of 18 from a sexual perspective.
Now why is this last point important?
Well, the reason for this is that most MMD models, unlike those made for programs like Poser which are popular with "artists" (at least from what I've seen on DA), normally are of females in a much younger age bracket. Median age being around 16 or in legal palance at the very border of the "age of consent" in most modern societies.
However, when you examine the anime genre, at least over the last few years, the median age of female leads and heroines have been getting increasingly younger. The anime heroines, say for example from the Macross franchise, used to be females who were at least in their 20s. Lynn Min Mei, being a prime example. A quarter century later and you have Ranka and Sheryl. The latter is a high school girl and Sheryl is I believe 18-19? But many mainstream animes have their female leads in their mid-teens. Magical girls tend to be younger, and that's fine as those series are targeted at a younger audience and those characters don't tend to get sexualized as much, if at all (except perhaps some of the more recent transformation sequences are increasingly more risque).
There is definitely a segment of the MMD community that does sexualize MMD models in a major way. Most of these focus their activities around Nico Nico Douga and honestly, that's fine. Because, to the best of my knowledge, they operate behind Nico's R-15 filter. There's also a small segment of the DA MMD community that are also have a focus on sexualizing MMD girl models.
I am not going to pass judgement on either groups. Neither group are actually doing anything outright illegal and if it's their "thing", then fine whatever ...
Certainly, when you look at how the Poser crowd tends to focus on pin ups and nudes and then you look at what people are doing in MMD along the same lines, one really begins to wonder about what is really going on here. Pornography is endemic on the Internet. It's probably true to say that the Internet has been the biggest boost to the porn industry in recent times. It is so easily accessible that I believe that it can be argued that pornography is almost mainstream. If you look at some of the current generation of music videos by the likes of Lady Gaga, for example, or how a lot of fashion sites display real human female models the lines between mainstream and porn are increasingly getting blurred.
But is it a problem? There is some scientific evidence that it could be. When I was in my teens, porn was hard to get. You had to "know people" to get it. Honestly, though, by today's standards, it was pretty mild content. Nowadays, for the average teenage boy, porn is easily accessible. It's just a click away on the Internet and you can access the entire spectrum of sexual possibilites both "good" and "bad". In case you're a parent, mature filters don't really help because in the first place most parents don't know how to set them for their kids and then many porn sites don't put up proper barriers to support the filters. I know the latter first hand from experience when my girlfriend freaked out one day when she found that our ten year old had accessed "hentai" sites.
But, honestly, I'm not too concerned. He's still ten and he's not at that age when he's really interested in these sorts of things. He'll be interested later and may be I'll deal with it then, but it's normal. "Boys" will be "boys" and when they get to their mid-teens they will be interested rather than just curious. It's perfectly normal, I think, but apparently, a British research study shows otherwise. That research promoted the argument that when porn is so easily accessible, some teenage boys get addicted to porn sites and then that leads to a whole range of other issues. Honestly, I have some reservations about these findings (it's based on a single study). I think most teenage boys will grow out of it. Still it might be an issue for some.
So I look around DA. actually it's more of DA's own fault as I honestly didn't know that these things existed until they created the "More Like This" links. There seems to be a vibrant "industry" of 3D generated images of what can best be described as scantily clad female models in borderline soft-porn poses. But then again, this is done by adults for other adults (I believe). And from a technical POV, some of them are very good. With the very best ones it is hard to tell when it's a model or a real person. Then again, there are quite a few real females who have no issues to bare it all in photos on DA either. But once again, this is being done by adults for adults.
When I think back on what I've seen of similar work done by Japanese MMDers on Nico Nico Douga, and I understand that their views on sexuality may be a little more "liberal", it's really being done by adults for other adults. The only disquieting thing is that some of the girl models tend to be in borderline pedobear territory. Also, there's a big emphasize on boobs. Honestly, these are caricatures. Real women don't have boobs like that unless they went and got themselves a bargain deal on silicone implants plus of course, MMD's physics engine treat them like bowling balls hung on their chest. But if that is what floats their boat, then whatever. It's not like that the Japanese culture in general hold females as equals in their society anyway.
And this last point is an important one. Because of the anime culture coming back over this way some of that culture is seeping into our own. Anime is a big business. There's a lot of money involved and increasingly US businesses are beginning to take an interest in this phenomenon and we all know how much most US corporations really care about a society's moral values right?
Back a couple of years ago, animes predominantly had strong male lead characters. Fast forward to the last few seasons and most male characters have been regulated to supporting roles. Even in the harem genre, the male character (and most just make you want to cringe) it is the female cast who are the focal point. There are magical girl anime, has anyone ever heard of a magical boy anime? Of course there are exceptions but they're increasingly in the minority. And honestly some of the recent animes are excellent and a few do have a balanced cast, but still, the bottomline is that anime girls is what sells these products by and large. And increasingly as I've mentioned above, the demographics for these girls are getting younger and they tend to be the ones that are sexualized - fan service episode anyone?
So if the mainstream anime industry is doing his, so why not the amateurs? And in fact they have been doing so for years. There are numerous examples of doujinshi materials that are ecchi or even hentai in nature. Almost every major female anime character has been featured by someone in a pornographic manner - Miku Hatsune included. You don't even have to go to Japan to get this type of material, you'll find examples here on DA.
Like it or not, thanks to the prevalence of porn, hentai, ecchi and anime materials on the Internet the sexualizing of young females is not going to change any time soon. Point of fact, it's becoming more and more mainstream. And you can't blame Japan for this either as they are not the sole culprits. I personally find it an ironic twist of fate that after a century of Women's lib and their arguments for women to be treated and viewed as equals, this great technology of ours called the Internet and easy access to powerful, easy to use computer graphics programs have almost completely reversed the trend.
However, is this just the fault of the "boys"?
This is going to be the fun part of this discussion. Now what I write next is based purely on the experiences that I have had in the course of my own relationship with women over the years. This is not a scientific sample by any means. I have my biases and preferences just as any other male. The women that I've had relationships with are all from at least a middle class backgrounds, well educated and vary between petite to average height with slim builds. Other than the three girls that I dated during my teen years, all are full grown adult women. Most were from Christian backgrounds, one was Muslim and one was Hindu.
Well guess what? When it comes to smut, women are no different. They will just as happily view porn as guys do. Just don't do it with them as they are inclined to make comments like: "Do you want to try ..." and even worse "That looks painful, I wonder what that feels like if ... let's ...". They are also more inclined to make purchases from online adult stores. Just as long as they're using your credit card as they want to remain "anonymous". Come to think of it, I've never actually purchased anything from any adult store, but my credit card will say otherwise. Furthermore, they have no problems showing you their newly acquired bathing suits, lingiere or birthday suits for that matter, not only that, unlike in animes they expect you to not only look but to comment.
Word of warning though to any female reading this. NEVER send your boyfriend, lover or husband to buy sexy lingerie for you in your absence as this is usually what happens. So like an idiot, and I can be one, I go into a lingerie store to make a purchase for this girlfriend of mine as she was "too shy" to go and get it herself - yeah really but ...
So I go in and the thing about women's lingiere stores is that they are staffed by young female store associates. Generally pretty ones at that too. So they come up to you and ask if they can help and then eventually you somehow manage to squeal out the word "yes". And invariably they ask you want you want to buy and the best that you can do as they are always way too attentive in trying to help is to point at something. Anything so that she stops looking at you in weird ways. Chances are that's it's going to be something on a manniquin and probably black or pink or both and flimsey and lacey.
Honestly, I think they hire part-time sadists to work in these stores but let me continue. So they ask you what size you need it in and you invariably will first of all, emphasize that you're not the one that's going to wear it and then your mind goes competely blank and you cannot for the life of you remember "her" size. And this is when the store assistant smells blood and goes for the kill. She'll ask you how tall "she" is. There is a very high probabilty that the store assistant and "her" are about the same height and worse about the same build. So you kind of point and indicate that "she" is about her height (as by this point all comprehensible speech coming out of your mouth is impossible). Then they ask you about the "other" measurements. Honest to God, and I've had this happen to me more than once, but these shop assistants have no compunction whatsoever to compare themselves with "her" and graphically emphasizing every nook, curve and cranny on their own bodies in the process. They'll even happily highlight any of the "naughty" features that the costume might feature without blushing nor skipping a beat. One even offered to put one on for me to make sure it was the right fit, but fortunately the store prohibited that type of "service" ...
All this shows that modern women across cultures are just as dirty minded as their male counterparts but just not so forward about it. Nothing in history is static and the image of men and women throughout the ages do change. What we are seeing now in the Cyber Age is probably another shift in the way men and women see each other, the only major difference (may be) is that women are playing a much more active role in determining what sort image they choose to impress upon men and if when compared with previous eras this is more blantantly sexual, that's fine because it is being done consensually if not actively by women themselves. And if you are still in any doubt about anything I said here, pick up a romance novel from a dime store sometime. But still I may stand to be corrected on this as all of these are just my hypothesis.
Once again, I emphasize, the lingiere shop assistants included; these are all full grown women, not 16 year old school girls. Which is why I've always had a little uneasy feeling when sexualizing MMD models.
Now it's not that I don't do it. I do and I have and the image up top of Alice is proof of this. Like I said also, I don't have an issue with this as she's not doing anything overt. As stated I don't really have an issue with what the crowd on Nico Nico Douga are doing either and they are far more graphic. It's not my thing but at the same time I don't see any real harm. But still we're could be on dangerous ground here. How young is too young?
One thing I will not stand for and most normal people will not stand for is pedophilia. There is a huge difference between consensual sex and non-consensual sex. The biggest issue with pedophiles is that they victimize children. That's not just sick, it's evil. Period. Children are not mature enough to make a correct decision of this nature. They are just now wired for it.
Getting back on point, with models made for Poser, this is not an issue as those are models of mature young women within the age of consent. With MMD models, the situation is different and so we do need to be careful. Alice is just within the age of consent, and in her boost form which is far more sexualized, older still (at least in form). I really have no answer for this conundrum. Some MMD models and many anime girls who are below the age of consent do get depicted in the nude, mostly in a "harmless" way but it's really a very fuzzy area.
The point being is that MMDers are human. Sex is a normal human activity and people are fascinated by sex. The camera was invented about 150 years ago, but even from the earliest days, there were erotic materials made available with that medium. So, it is quite natural for this to happen with MMD and we see this happening and being facilitated by the Internet and the availablity of models made for the purpose. And yes, there are models made for this purpose. This is where we get into a "grey area" and it's worth discussing as someone bought this up in another discussion the other day.
Which MMD models can be used for porn?
Even most Japanese MMDers have moral standards and certainly their businesses do. Japan like us have an evolving attitude towards human sexuality, There are those who are more conservative and those who are more liberal and we see this dynamic operate all the time in the moral values that come out of their various media. Be these movies, novels, manga, anime or whatever. They are also the culture that more or less invented or at least rationalized the ecchi and hentai genres. But even here, a lot of that borrows from sexual mores and concepts imported from the West. The Marquis De Sade and Fanny Hill were around a long time before these genres were invented.
The point being here is that a good many Japanese MMDers are just as aware of this grey area around the age of consent and have taken steps to prevent their models from being used for pornographic purpose. Some are just outright against their models being associated with any form of porn. Which as far as I'm concerned is fine and hooray for them too. On the otherhand, like the model of Alice shown here, whose character comes from a hentai game franchise, there is that "other school" of thought.
If you are into making ecchi or hentai material for MMD, you do need to pay heed to what models can be used and which can't. I can't really comment as to how far you want to take things. If you really want to do this sort of thing and you don't want to get in trouble with the Law you need to look at your own conscience and do your own research. In writing this article I am not advocating anything.
As a general guideline, all of the mainstream Vocaloid characters cannot be used for depiction in porn. This is explicitedly stated in their licenses such as the Piapro License used to cover the use of Crypton Future Media, Inc.'s characters. The other Vocaloid companies have similar licenses protecting their mascot characters (Gumi, IA, etc.) from such use. Likewise, a lot of modelers prohibit the use of their models in porn related productions - this helps cover almost all of the Utau characters. Even characters covered by Creative Commons license (such as Miku Hatsune) cannot be used for porn. Although it is not immediately apparent, it is implicit in the wording of the license and in Miku's case: ( creativecommons.org/weblog/ent…
As for the rest, bear in mind that ecchi and (possibly) hentai are one thing, hard core pornography is something else totally different. If you're one of those people who are reading this and your interest lies in the more extreme range of this spectrum, you're best off seeking legal advice from a legal counsel at your own cost. There's a big difference between a model girl jiggling her boobs in a semi-state of dress or naked for that matter in a music video and her shown to be doing something far more explicit.
That said, especially on the Internet, people will in the name of "creativity" sometimes push things to the extremes in the "interest" of exploring the moral norms. And this is something that some artist do like to do for whatever reason. Here's a classic Vocaloid example of something like this being done: vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Wash_M…
We are definitely living in the midst of some interesting times. The Vocaloids would not have been the phenomenon that they have become if it was not for the Internet and the advances in computers and software such as MMD. And once again, some people have picked these up to do "unexpected" things and opening doorways and avenues to "other things". One of these being the sexualizing of pixel 3D characters (although this is not unique to MMD). The argument that these girl images are just images really doesn't cut it anymore. You cannot on the one hand make a video of Miku singing and dancing to a song like Ponponpon and say she's realistic, cute or give a good performance and then turn around and say that using her to animate a sexual intercourse sequence is unrealistic. Why? Simply because the models can be made to do both and quite credibly.
How would you react if you saw a MMD video made by someone depicting a model of Miku Hatsune in something well beyond an ecchi scene?
Sure, the legal terminology prohibits it (to a point), but the technology to do it does already exist. The points here is that sex sells. Even when using 3D or for that matter 2D computer generated female characters the methodology works. People can and do identify sexually with sexual content even if they are drawn images and have done so for literally thousands of years. So, it is not so much a matter of whether it will be done in MMD, I believe, it is just a matter of when. Miku is already featured in explicit acts in some doujinshi publications so my thinking is that someone will eventually animate her doing something very explicit sooner or later.
Yeah, if you think about it, the Internet really can be a scary place at times ...
Anyway, thanks for reading this and as usual these are just my opinions which as I've always said, are worth exactly 2 cents.