Scholarship â€“ it never ends…
I was recently asked to write a paper about trends in US adult content production, consumption, and distribution for the inaugural issue of Routledge’s Porn Studies journal – the “work” part is done (for now), and I’m currently waiting for page proofs from the copyeditors. It’s super exciting!!
Anyway, one of the â€œtrendsâ€ I discuss is the (apparent, to me) continued popularity of age-centered content.Â Hereâ€™s a little snippet:
The illusion of youth has been a significant theme in adult content since the 1970s, and it continues to be extremely popular today. Young girl â€“ or â€œteenâ€ â€“ content is a genre of porn that focuses on young looking women performers. Youth is conveyed via costuming and by the actual age of the performers themselves â€“ women who typically work in this genre are of-age teens (eighteen and nineteen years of age) or are in their early 20s. This type of content features women and men co-performers and generally seems to be marketed to heterosexual men viewers of all age groups. (see Note 1)
Young girl content is not, however, the only youth-centered genre popular today. Twink content, for example, emphasizes young looking men performers working with men and targets gay men consumers of all age groups. (see Note 2)Â Age-centered themes are also prevalent in lesbian content, with commonplace emphases on both young women performers and â€œolder-youngerâ€ women couplings. (see Note 3)Â Another noteworthy age-centered genre is MILF/Cougar, which emphasizes (relatively) mature women performers working with women and men co-performers. Unlike teen/young girl and twink content, this genre seems to target a more diverse consumer group, including women, men, and couples of various sexual orientations.
Note 1: See for examples Lolita (2010), Innocence of Youth (series; 2012 – ongoing), andÂ My Sexy Kittens (various series; 2006 – ongoing).
Note 2: See for example www.helixstudios.net.
Note 3: See the catalogue at www.girlfriendsfilms.comÂ for examples.
It is important to note the development and rising popularity of â€œlesbianâ€ porn. Different from both girl-girl, which seems to target heterosexual men viewers, and queer porn (see the discussion on Emerging Niches), lesbian porn producers such as Girlfriends Films create amalgamations of â€œrealisticâ€ lesbian sex and cinematic fantasy.
In addition to age-centered content, I discuss queer porn at length (beyond the mention above), TS content, variable trends in web-based content consumption, camming and live sex, features and parodies, and pegging (among many other topics). Further, I take great pains to provide an accurate contemporary conceptualization of gonzo form content. (itâ€™s NOT a genre, people!!)
Iâ€™m also happy to get to point to current, â€œseenâ€ content examples. In this paper, I discuss examples from New Sensations, Evil Angel, Wicked Pictures, Hustler, Clips4Sale, PUBA, Severe Society Films, and Pink & White Productions (among so many others). I do this in lieu of cherry-picking exceptional and/or dated content to prove a pointâ€¦ #justsayin
Iâ€™m super excited for the opportunity to share my insights and correct a series of misinformation via this paper.
The whole shebang will be available in 2014, so stay tuned – there’s way more to it than *just* this :)
For a sneak peek into my discussion of TS content, go –> here.
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