Jowita Bydlowska

The Addictive Pornography Of Cute


Tickling “Sonya The Slow Loris

“But everyone has seen it already,” said my partner when I told him I wanted to write about “Slow loris loves getting tickled” video. This particular YouTube link has had — at the time of writing this — 1,715,794 views. I have seen it at least a dozen times. One time I had a fight with my partner and in that super awkward, right-after-the-fight time – when you can’t talk normally yet – we watched the slow loris getting tickled. We watched and we laughed and reenacted the arms going down, the sorrowful eyes looking accusingly resigned, the same eyes looking resigned and satisfied when the tickling resumed.

It was an innocent time for us. It was like relaxing with a glass of wine, a little puff, a little line to make you breezy; it worked.

The slow loris is a little nocturnal primate with “slow, deliberate movements,” giant eyes and humanoid paws. This animal is a cartoonishly delightful interbreeding of a sad Russian man, a plush teddy bear, a monkey and a vampire that is a baby. The video of this creature getting tickled while her owners are giggling in the background is beyond adorable. It is so aww-adorable it is perverse. It is the porn of cute.

I am sorry I just wrote “the porn of cute.” I am sorry that I made you look at the petite tickling hand disappearing in that softest fur and those melancholic, resigned eyes in that way. It’s just a little animal being tickled and I feel a little animal inside me when I watch it: I want to tickle this furry thing, squeeze it, kiss it and eat it. Posses it. I have a physical, instinctual reaction to it and it’s not to fuck it as you might’ve misunderstood because of that word, porn. My reaction is that I just want more of it.

Sometimes I think that we are simply not supposed to see certain things – like a slow loris getting tickled – and that we see so much and so much of everything, thanks to the Internet videos, that our minds get confused. We become oversaturated with images, some of us end up with the minds of addicts, dissatisfied, always looking for the bigger hit – bigger cute, bigger perverse, bigger amazing – to fulfill the exponentially expanding need for visual satiation and mental stimulation.

My partner was right: everyone has already seen it. And if some of you have the minds of addicts, that slow loris getting tickled was like taking your first hit. Afterward you Googled “slow loris” and “cute” and “cute video” and “cute animals”… you Googled and Googled: You needed more and more.

- Jowita Bydlowska

  • http://www.sixstringnation.com Jowi Taylor

    You’re right about this in some sense. Certainly that idea of simply wanting to tap the vein again applies to all kinds of things that the web allows us to do so easily. But why does it appeal in the first place?

    Apart from the physiology of cute, of which much has been written, there’s this sense as you watch this creature that it has such simple, pure and easily satisfied needs. It’s very simple for us humans to sympathize with a creature that wants, needs, depends, responds and we are drawn into its world at the same moment as we find ourselves increasingly dissatisfied with our own ability to respond at such a basic level. The point of the modern consumer world is to present us with an interpretation of our own wants and needs and then offer to fulfill them.

    Ironically, the other conditions of life in this world make that fulfillment more and more difficult, more and more compromised, more and more fraught. Our attraction to this clearly humanoid creature is that she seems to have bypassed the complications of moving further up the evolutionary chain. Her desires are simple and their satisfactions even simpler. It’s pure envy that makes us watch her over and over.

  • Deskdog

    Absolutley, spot on. but have u seen bunny shower

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Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, as in Poland. She moved to Canada as a teenager. That hurt. She got over it eventually and now she likes it in Canada. She lives in Toronto with her little family in a little house. She's the author of "Drunk Mom," a memoir, published by Doubleday Canada and HarperCollins Australia. She’s written a couple novels that she hopes will also be published at some future date. For fun she takes weird pictures, usually of herself, because she and herself are on the same page most of the time so it's just easier that way. More from Jowita Bydlowska here.