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August 11, 2022

What is Bukkake?

If you watched How To Build a Sex Room, you may be wondering what “bukkake” means.
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Bukkake definition

Bukkake is a sexual act where a group of people (typically cisgender men) ejaculate onto one person. It comes from a Japanese word which roughly translates to “the act of splashing,” and actually refers to a popular cold noodle dish. In kink culture, bukkake is seen as related to acts like double penetration or gangbanging. Bukkake pornography was preceded by both of these things before it became central to its own category of videos. 

How to pronounce bukkake

buk·ka·ke (bo͞oˈkäˌkē, sounds like boo-cock-ee.) 

Bukkake origin

Lore has it that the first bukkake might even date back to ancient Rome, but it wasn’t popularized until the mid to late 1980s in Japan. One significant factor in the development of bukkake was mandatory censorship in Japan, where genitals need to appear “pixelated” on screen. Because of that, directors had to seek creative ways to portray sex acts without violating the law. Semen did not have to be censored, so bukkake was seen as a loophole for more intense porn scenes. Director Kazuhiko Matsumoto of the adult film studio Shuttle Japan was the first to register the term bukkake in January of 2001.

Why do some people enjoy bukkake?

Bukkake may be hot to someone for a variety of reasons. Therapist Alana Ogilvie, LMFT, tells O.school that two of the most prominent reasons may have to do with the taboo nature of the act, and the power exchanged during a bukkake scene. 

“Bukakke is considered forbidden, and it deals with power exchange and control in a sexual context,” Ogilvie tells O.school. “Someone who finds that they enjoy relinquishing their power to others during sex could find being the center of this sexual act an incredible turn on. Or someone who was raised to believe that sex is a private matter between a man and a woman may find the novelty and the forbidden nature of this act appealing.

Ultimately the reasons why people are aroused by bukkake vary by individual, but Ogilvie acknowledges that “there is a lot to be drawn to here.” 

Where to find bukkake

Bukkake is a popular porn category. You can explore more on safe, moral-forward adult sites like Bellessa or FrolicMe. Just be sure that your bukkake pornography is ethically sourced before you consume it. 

If you’re looking for like-minded folks to discuss or try bukkake with, you might try a dating app for kinky folks like feeld, or join a discussion group on Fetlife.

The bottom line

If you find yourself intrigued by either side of the bukkake equation, either being a part of a group who ejaculates on one willing party, or being ejaculated on, this is nothing to feel guilty about. As you explore this fetish through porn or with partners, know that plenty of people find bukkake sexy, and for a number of valid reasons. If you're interested in learning more, check out our kink and BDSM resource list for beginners. 

Reviewed for Medical Accuracy

Elizabeth is a graduate student from New York, New York. She writes personal essays about identity, womanhood, and love.

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References

Baker, P. (2004). Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang (Reprint ed.). Continuum. https://books.google.com/books?id=T72TJfZoywAC