What's with all the emphasis on girls' feet in the Monogatari series?
Is the author into this or something?
There's an emphasis on girls' everything in monogatari and the simple answer is because the director knows exactly what we want.
Shinbo also used to be a hentai director and put a lot of that into monogatari since it's already irreverently lewd to begin with.
Could not care less if he is into it, but I sure as hell am. Thank you, Shinbo. You know what we want, and you give it to us. Heck, there's something for everyone in Monogatari.
>Shinbo also used to be a hentai director and put a lot of that into monogatari since it's already irreverently lewd to begin with.
It has to do with the ancient practice of foot binding in China. I dunno how exactly it spread to Japan, but the whole foot fetish thing was derived from the upper class setting the standard and the lower classes seeking to imitate them. There was this thing with some bitch who did a really cool dance with white bandages on her feet and the other noblewomen all started binding their feet trying to imitate her and shit, and then it became a symbol of class and so on and so forth.
You can read the whole thing here, I'm pretty sleep deprived.
Now, if the animator and director of Monogatari have a thing for feet, it's probably because the fetishization of small feet has persisted in asian culture despite the fact that foot binding has long since vanished. Focusing on the feet is just their foot fetish being shoehorned in.
It's a black male thing:
You, you're funny. I like you.
You've seen feet presented in a sexual context enough times that your brain has created a strong association between feet and eroticism. That's how all fetishes are, it works with literally anything. If you jerk off to an onion to the point of ejaculation enough times, you're gonna start popping a stiffy every time you lay your eyes on one.
That's not how fetishes work at all, though. That's exactly the kind of generalization some armchair psychologist with no understanding of sexuality makes. A fetish isn't just pavlov's boner.
There's a very important distinction between a fetish as a sort of sexual preference or fixation whereby somebody finds sexual arousal in things not intrinsically or normally tied to sexual activity and fetish in the sociocultural sense of a collective social tendency to identify something as an indicator of beauty or sexuality.
Foreheads were fetishized heavily in medieval england for centuries as an indication of wealth, beauty, etc. Most portraits of women from that time period have their forehead's size greatly exaggerated and hairstyles which pulled the bangs back, exposing the hairline and emphasizing the size of the forehead were so common as to be mandated noble fashion. Hell, kissing and touching the forehead were considered the peak of romantic courtship and even featured heavily in romantic poetry of the time.
That does not mean that somehow the men of an entire culture all collectively popped a rock-hard stiffy whenever they saw an exposed forehead. Fetish in the cultural sense is very, very different from sexual fetishism.
That's a bit of a chicken and egg problem. Why would the Chinese do that if they didn't pay attention to feet?
Women's feet grow during pregnancy. Small feet therefore are natures "Vacancy" signs. Men are hardwired to pay attention to feet. Because our feet are so crucial to our survival, they are packed with nerve endings. This heightened sensitivity can be exploited, and cause a sympathetic nerve response.
Less science time:
In many cultures, feet are covered during normal social interaction. Bare feet, therefore, are and indication of intimacy.
Blah Blah something about your developing brain as a child and you tend to see womens wearing open toe shoes such as sandals or flip flops alot and you align them with femininity or maybe you had a tomboy chilidhood friend who would NEVER would wear shoes and seeing her feet all the time did something aswell.