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Oculolinctus – Eyeball Licking

15 June 2013

Author : joseph-delaney

Oculolinctus or ‘worming’, licking of the eyeball for sexual pleasure, has seen a vast re-surgance across japan in recent months, credited to Japanese band BORN’s Spiral Lie video. Referred to as a ‘trend’, ‘fad’ and ‘epidemic’, the paraphilical is seen as a means of intense intimacy; the eyes are often referred to as being connected to the soul, and the increased number of nerve endings in the eye intensify sensation. Similarly the intense sensation experienced by the tongue – both touch, of the soft, moist surface of the eyeball, and salty taste experienced as a result of the eye’s natural lubrication – make both sides of the practice intense and delicate. Though, it is unlikely such a vast number gain sexual pleasure from the practice, and is perhaps more likely this ‘re-surgance’ is, as it is referred to, a fleeting trend.

However, having been brought to mainstream attention, the widespread horror at this seemingly tame practice (and rise in apparent cases of conjunctivitis and eye-chlamydia?) says a lot about the way in which opinion and acceptance have, or in this case haven’t, moved on in terms of not only sexual identity but an openness to alternative behaviour; drawing to mind the controversy of Salvador Dal and Luis Buñel’s 1929 Surrealist short Un Chien Andalou, a scene in which depicts a woman’s eyeball being sliced open. The image had come to one of the directors in a dream and sparked the film’s conception, based on the idea of suppressed human emotions, which is, somewhat ironically, a description often erroneously seen as synonymous with this kind of sexual desire.

Un Chien Andalou, Salvador Dal and Luis Buñel, 1929



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