Pornography and Erotica: Tackling the Gender Biases of the Sex Industry

Song of the moment: Erotica Razed in Black

I’ve been all emotional and shit the past few days. And you know what? I’m tired of talking (and thinking) about love and friendship. I’m not good at that. It’s time to get back to something I am good at: sex. Remember how we started that series of sex and sexuality posts back in January? I didn’t forget about them. So today, it’s time to dive back in and finally hammer out one of the posts I had planned and never posted. Enjoy.

Links are NSFW, though I sincerely hope you were smart enough to figure that out on your own.

That old joke: The way to get a babe to act in a blue movie is you offer her a million dollars. The way to get a dude is you just have to ask him. ~From “Snuff” by Chuck Palahniuk

The sex industry is one of the (if not the) most lucrative businesses in the world. Prostitution and escort services. Peepshows and strip clubs. Masturbatory aids and erotic costumes. Barry White albums.

But nothing tops pornography.

Porn comes in so many forms- there’s really something for everyone.

But there are some weird dichotomies in the porn industry, split along gender lines. Let’s look at a few of those right now.

Difference in Attractiveness

We’ve all watched porn, so what I’m saying should be common knowledge to you all. On the whole, the females in pornographic films are infinitely more attractive than the males.

Why is that?

Well, the focus of most (heterosexual) porn flicks is on the women. Female porn stars are thus selected for their appearance (studios often encourage their female stars to get breast implants, with some even paying for the procedure, which I hate, because then their breasts have no bounce and just look freaky to me). Males, on the other hand, don’t necessarily have to meet high standards of attractiveness. Instead, they have to meet a whole different set of stamina standards.

It’s biologically more difficult for a man to maintain the necessary arousal required to bang on camera. Think about it. Women don’t have to do a damn thing. Toss some lube down there and they’re good to go. Men, on the other hand, have a much harder task. While you might think it’s simple enough to pop a B, it’s really not- not when you are forced to do it on cue, with scores of people (the crew) watching you, whether you are attracted to your costar(s) or not. Then the man has to keep that erection through filming. Starting and stopping. Through all that non-sexy downtime. And to top it all off, the man has to be able to ejaculate on cue. Which is as difficult as crying on cue (which I cannot do to save my life).

Needless to say, the attractiveness of the male tends to rank much lower on the list than it does for the ladies. P.S. Evan Stone has disturbingly low hanging balls (this picture doesn’t really do them justice- they need to be seen in action). I hate watching films featuring him.

Difference in Pay

It sucks to be a male porn actor. You are required to do way more to keep your job (bouncing on a cock, making a few choice moans, and taking a load to the face is not difficult- it’s called acting, children), and you get paid less.

And I mean significantly less. A successful female porn star can make $100,000 to $250,000 a year. A successful male porn star will be pulling in around $40,000.

Bullshit, right?

Gay-For-Pay

Gay porn pays better than straight porn. Much of this is because it’s harder to find male porn stars willing to do it. Sure, there are gay porn stars. Sometimes, though, men who consider themselves straight will perform in gay porn, just for that increased pay.

It’s a tough world, and only those willing to “do it all” really make it big.

Funnily enough, lesbian porn does not pay significantly more than heterosexual porn. In fact, the vast majority of female porn stars are pretty much required to do girl-on-girl scenes, because it’s such a common fantasy.

Suck it, ladies. Or, rather, don’t…

I’m confused. Onwards.

Visual vs Written

But the biggest problem between the genders, in relation to the sex industry, centers around the fanbase for porn. Namely, that men prefer porn and women prefer erotica.

Well, what the fuck is the difference between porn and erotica? Simply put, erotica is (supposedly) focused on more than just arousal. It’s (supposedly) artistic, whereas porn is not. True, it’s a constant battleground zone. The label of “pornography” is constantly being challenged. And, frankly, it is pretty difficult to determine what has “artistic merit” and what doesn’t.

Traditionally, pornography is more visual than erotica. Written works are more often classed as erotica than as porn. So it only makes sense that men are drawn more often to porn than to erotica. It’s a scientific fact that men are more focused on external stimuli than women are. Women are internalized. Ergo, men gain arousal from seeing the acts, while women gain arousal from the fantasy.

That’s, of course, a very big generalization. Because both sexes are capable of being aroused by both porn and erotica. Women enjoy porn (yes, yes we do- anyone who says otherwise is lying), and men can enjoy a well-written erotic piece (not that romance crap, though, because nobody sane actually enjoys that). Women like looking at the male form as much as men like looking at the women.

But because men are primarily more visual, more pornographic videos are tailored toward the gents. Thus the super attractive (supposedly) women with the huge tits and the tramp stamp of porn. Oh well. Remember how I said most people are a little bit bi anyway? Just sit back, relax, and enjoy it.

Still, if Sports Illustrated would put out an All-Men Swimsuit Edition, I can’t say I wouldn’t buy it…

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Anyway, I’m sure there was a point to this post when I began it, but I’ve completely forgotten it. Let’s pretend there is, though:

The porn industry, while huge, is one of the most unfair and gender biased industries out there. There is no equality in porn.

Which is sad, really.

Of course, everything I just said about porn stars goes out the window when you starting talking amateur porn. Now that shit’s where it’s at. True, you often miss out on the amusing attempts at plot and dialogue, but amateurs are often more attractive and less inhibited. They’ll do anything on camera. It’s insane.

Plus, most amateur stuff is free. Thank Jeebus for the interwebs.

In conclusion, never pay for porn. It’s a fucked up industry. Just surf the web for something free to jerk it (or flick it) to. It’s probably better anyway.

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Also, while writing this I learned the phrase “coitus more ferarum,” which I have decided it vastly superior to “doggy style.”

Sexy, sexy Latin.

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