Will this article ever out-rank UrbanDictionary or Wikipedia? We’ll see 🎃
Just in case people randomly come upon this site and are terribly confused about the nature of the videos, I thought it would be good to provide a run down on the topic here in my own words.
If gender specific terms aren’t speaking to you, you can replace anything to do with women / female and men / male with feminine and masculine.
What is ryona?
So, the term ryona is (supposedly) a blending of two Japanese terms ryōki (“seeking the bizarre”) and onanī (“masturbation”) into a slang word that is largely only familiar to people in underground fetish / kink communities online.
I don’t know Japanese and have never been to Japan to confirm.
In the most general sense, the primary theme within content created around it or ryona scenes / scenarios identified in existing media most typically involve a female character subject to a perilous situation in a fictional world.
Secondary themes are to the taste of the creators, but here’s an incomplete list of some I’ve come across regularly:
- Fighting / wrestling
- Power dynamics / role reversal
- KO (knock out) / chloroform
- Good vs. Evil
- Rape / sex-post-defeat
- Expressions of discomfort / altered consciousness
- Superhero(ine) theme / setting
- Gore / death
Most contributors and consumers of ryona content would agree photos and videos of real persons being harmed without their consent is not and should not be considered ryona. The vast majority of it is rendered / drawn visual artwork, fictional written works, or content extracted / edited from existing video games, movies or TV.
Okay so what about guys?
In cases where the focus is on a male character, it is referred to as gyaku ryona (gyaku meaning reverse / opposite) or just gyaku.
This seems kind of dark. Is it okay if I’m in to what I’m seeing?
I’ll editorialize and say the short answer is in most cases, yes.
Given that properly categorized ryona plays out in the realm of fiction and no real persons are suffering any duress or discomfort, the content itself should be considered effectively harmless.
What’s the long answer?
While the content in itself isn’t problematic, consuming it could affect you depending on your state of mind. Every one is different; some people do struggle to keep a healthy boundary between their fantasies and reality.
Also, you can take anything too far. To be able to share intimacy with a broader demographic and for a generally healthier sex life, I would recommend against over-consuming or exclusively viewing any one kind of fetish / kink content.
Doing so can continually reinforce associations between thoughts or experiences specific to certain theme / acts and your arousal and orgasms which can take priority over things like physical sensation and emotional intimacy.
What should I do if I’m not comfortable with it and don’t want to see content like this?
You’re free to do whatever you want on the internet 🙂
I would urge, if you don’t find my case on the morality or acceptability of ryona compelling and experience negative emotions when consuming this content, to try to avoid shaming yourself unless that’s the only tool you have to process it.
Shame is typically more effective for short-term changes in behavior as it has strong link to the notion you can’t control yourself when engaging in behavior or thoughts you know to be morally wrong. I don’t think this is a healthy thought to reinforce.
However, many people in the world today have been subject to shame from external sources throughout their life as a means to control their behavior, be it from family, authority figures, friends and even strangers. It’s a very powerful emotion and we’ve been unconsciously trained to use it on ourselves when troubled by our own thoughts or actions.
A common and broad sexual trigger are societal taboos, many of which are tied to shame. For example, with ryona, a related taboo might be violence directed towards women, which is a highly charged topic in many cultures. The emotional intensity of shame can be linked with arousal. If this link is established, it can be reinforced by experiencing the emotion. This can happen with other strong emotions as well, but shame is the most common I’ve personally witnessed.
For myself, I’ve found internal monologue without judgments such as “it’s not for me” or “I don’t want to see that right now” to be a gentler approach to distancing myself from things I may want, but also feel are detrimental to me. If you do this and slip up, be forgiving towards yourself and continue trying. It can be slow going, but it’s good to recognize that changes in behavior take time and not everyone moves at the same pace.
I’m not saying you should never feel or experience shame and for some, it is an effective means of influencing behavior, but tl;dr the carrot works better than the stick for most people.
I see. Will you create ryona content with the things I like?
Get bent 😎
In all seriousness, maybe once I’m done posting all these videos.