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January 22nd, 2009
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Is M/M Slash Like Pseudo-Lesbian Porn Produced for Straight Men?

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From:mofic
Date:January 31st, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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Lots of interesting points - thanks for weighing in. A few comments on comments:

Men can write their own porn, but they can't normally go out and photograph people having sex (without being arrested).
You know, I think that's changing with the youtube type porn sites. And they do seem to have much more male content than female content. Not just gay male content, but men by themselves. Of course that's just who's in it, but I think generally the people in the pictures are the producers as well. Anyway, if I'm right (and I might not be) it would substantiate your point.

The image of the "pseudo-lesbian" with long nails, blonde perm and fake boobs is, I think, a creation of the American porn industry which is often derided elsewhere. I'd agree, though, that I can't see many straight men being interested in masculinising one half of an all-woman couple.

Are you saying that you think porn produced elsewhere doesn't have those characteristics, in female/female scenes? How are they different?

I think the article you mention at the end is the one from last week's NY Times Magazine, which is getting lots of interesting comment.

Thanks for stopping by. I was surprised to see you say you were here from metafandom. I had thought they decided not to link this essay...

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From:stormwreath
Date:January 31st, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I think there's definitely an increase in "amateur" and self-produced visual porn, yes - although it's inescapable that a heterosexual person can't produce photographic or video images of their preferred gender by themselves! :-) But even so I think there's a big moral difference between a company saying "We paid these women to let us film them, and now we're selling the videos to you" and "I'm willing to sell you these videos I made of myself."

Are you saying that you think porn produced elsewhere doesn't have those characteristics, in female/female scenes? How are they different?

Mostly that a lot of the imagery produced here in the UK, or in Australia as another example, seems to try to present its actors much more as "ordinary people you might meet on the street", and there's less emphasis on creating very artificial personas or scenarios for them (to the extent that many of the companies make this their marketing message). To be fair, part of that might just be a differing cultural standard of attractiveness - and I also think the porn industry is a slave to fashion, so if one company starts making a particular kind of video soon dozens will be copying them. Or, of course, I may be mislead by first impressions since I've not exactly conducted an extensive and scientific survey. :-)


I followed the link someone else posted above and yes, it is the same NY Times article. And your post was in yesterday's metafandom roundup.

Edited at 2009-01-31 12:45 pm (UTC)
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