Queering Porn Audiences

Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood, Martin Barker

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Abstract

Queer pornography is, for many commentators, not just representation but an expression of politics struggling against stereotyping and conventional, normative sexual identities and practices (Attwood 2010; Jacobs 2007; Moorman 2010). One of the ways in which queer porn might have particular political valence is in its promotion as a form of collaboration and, as Florian Cramer writes, the ‘replace[ment] of the rhetoric of artifici- ality in mainstream pornography ... with a rhetoric of the authentic: instead of mask-like bodies normalized using make-up, wigs, and implants, the authentic person is exposed’ (Cramer 2007: 174). What then do viewers make of these representations? In the virtual absence of systematic research on queer pornographies and their consumers, this chapter draws on a major online survey of
porn consumers undertaken at pornresearch.org. A wide range of respondents,
across all ages, completed the questionnaire. What do these tell us about queer pornographies and about queer orientations, identities, readers and readings?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueer Sex Work
EditorsMary Laing, Katy Pilcher, Nicola Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter18
Pages177-188
Number of pages12
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780203761960
ISBN (Print)9780415704557
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Crime and Society

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