This is not another post about romance heroes masturbating. This is a post about Japanese art and its long and proud tradition of tentacle porn. I found the following image in a book titled something like The Pillow Tale, and other erotic stories:
As you can see, this is tentacle porn. As you may not perhaps see, it is from 1814. Allow me to zoom in.
See that date? That says 1814. So all those Regency heroes who had well-traveled friends (or were themselves travelers) or just had memberships to clubs where men who traveled congregated? Probably saw this very image and a dozen others besides.
We might make fun of the ole tentacle monster rape scenes that show up in manga now, but it’s just part of a long and glorious tradition on the island nation of Japan.
And I am sure that at least some of my heroes knew about it.