Notes 02.21.17 - WEEK 7 CENSORSHIP Works J A Thomas Gay...

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WEEK 7: CENSORSHIP Works: J. A. Thomas, “Gay Male Pornography: Past, Present, and Future,” in Sex for Sale David Loftus, “I Know What Boys Like, in Watching Sex J. A. Thomas, “Gay Male Pornography: Past, Present, and Future,” in Sex for Sale Gay porn makes up 1/3-1/2 of porn industry, but it’s neglected and feminist focus goes to abused women in hetero porn History of gay porn is tied to gay video phenomenon today Growth of gay porn mirrors political ascension of gays as they gained more attention, awareness, and acceptance HISTORY Gay sex limited when it first came out Scarce and when it was depicted, depicted as “exotic slumming”, then as soft-core for home projections, then in avante-garde works/underground movies Majority of gay porn in esoteric art allowed gays to go view it under the guise of seeing obscure artworks U.S. Supreme Courts between 1957-1967 helped gay porn grow o Roth v. United States of 1957 allowed for more explicit material because “sex and obscenity are not synonymous” o Hard-core porn wanted “XXX” ratings, to be more explicit The Boys in the Sand ’s success came before Deep Throat ’s o Showed large market for gay porn o Gay porn shown in specific cinemas o Followed by successful Bijou film, of straight man discovering gay sex
o Gay porn became more common, its ties to art films and something “more than just pornography” faded o It became a category like straight porn o VCR spread proliferation of gay porn to videos in people’s homes o Soon old gay porn theaters disappeared because gay porn shot and funded as subset of straight porn producers New unwritten rules of representation formed in gay porn as already exist in straight porn o Early 1970s had actors in 30+ but soon “swimmer’s build”, minimal body hair, and very young (not past 23), slightly built, smooth-skinned became the main representative in all gay porn o Defined “top and “bottom” roles with bigger man with bigger penis as top o Most gay porn stars were tops o Any males involved had to ejaculate in view of camera and it was preferred that his semen fell onto his partner o Any third party who witnessed the couple usually joined in CONTEMPORARY GAY VIDEO PORNOGRAPHY Kristen Bjorn o Arrival of former performer in late 1980s contributed greatly to professional refinement in videos (before it was, like, a 6-minute crappy video of an anus getting pounded) o He filmed everything himself for days, made actors look multi- orgasmic, filmed shots of untouched ejaculating penis that

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