Blog entry by Jarrod Vandegrift

by Jarrod Vandegrift - Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 12:58 PM
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I be affiliated to a cultural and federal frame of reference – the urban gay male community/ies – in which dirty pictures have in the offing a hard-won centrality, both historically and gay0Day at present. (1985, 30)

Stephen Maddison’s article ‘Comradeship of Cock? Gay Porn and the Entrepreneurial Voyeur’ takes up many of the account themes that Waugh has identified, and his intervention can be understood both as a answer to Waugh’s earlier go as proficiently as his own sensible appraisal of 30 years of probing into gay porn. Maddison has in olden days written very astutely give the rubbing away of a characteristic gay sophistication and the accessory factious implications of gay assimilation. In this article he positively again draws our prominence to David Halperin’s (2014) recently made excellence between a gay unanimity associated with capitalism, commodification and assimilation and a gay subjectivity that offers the odds of dissidence. Maddison engages critically with the urging that many others accept made to the centrality of porn to gay culture and interrogates this representation through the lens of neoliberalism. In his article he looks at microblogging Tumblr sites that trait licentious load which he sees as acting as a position of a distinctively ‘gay’ and thereby consciously revolutionary gay culture.

Noah Tsika in ‘Crestfallen Transfusions: Porn Aggregators and the Pirating of Freakish Cinema’s Unsimulated Shagging Scenes’ discusses the several streaming platforms middle of which gay porn is increasingly circulated. Issues local piracy and the illegal uploading of copyrighted significance are of undoubtedly forceful concerns after the porn industry; in any case, Tsika identifies a to a certain extent more well-defined interfere with of studio in regularity to make observations to the ways in which ‘message’ is contingent on context. Tsika’s mood be pertinent here is the machine totally which variously titillating or in some cases sexually outspoken materials can be extracted from their master frame of reference within underground and curious cinema and repackaged as ‘porn’ clips. The article considers these online piracy practices in order to set forward that the get ready of appropriation and repackaging that takes situate here reduces the national and cultural power of the singular authority texts that are repurposed.

Inexorably, my own article is an undertake to draw together some of the themes that the contributors to this special discharge entertain identified, to look to the workable future of gay porn as a genre and to indicate the supervision of the next division of my own progressive inquire into in the field. In ‘Popperbate: Video Collage, Vernacular Creativity and the Scripting of the Gay Pornographic Essence’ I look at some of the bush-leaguer porn-making practices that are circulated by virtue of the streaming platforms Tsika mentions in his article. In close, my item of over is a spelt form of user-generated content – popper training videos, inexpert video that repurposes a pass over of build sources with the speak good of turning masturbation fuelled at near amyl nitrate employment into an vocation that puissance be regarded as ‘bountiful respite’. I talk that these videos power indicate, in these neoliberal times where spare is positioned as a productive pursuit, a unfamiliar if unexpected direction for porn creation and consumption.

The association contact here between societal, cultural and public changes and developments in gay porn is not a trivial one. These events, whilst variously historic, nonetheless feel as if they be a part of to a reserved finished, so it is it may be more surprising in the interest porn scholars to note that it is then during the course of 30 years since Thomas Waugh wrote the foundational essay ‘Men’s Smut: Gay vs Straight’, in which he distinguished the centrality of homoeroticism to gay taste:

There are motionless lacunae in porn analyse, and Sharif Mowlabocus and Andy Medhurst in ‘Six Propositions of the Sonics of Gay Pornography’ identify a longstanding область that is that to be fully explored. Shape in porn films (similar to a lesser amplitude to play) remains under-researched and Mowlabocus and Medhurst offer some orientations to own that avenue to be opened up, noting – with a commonplace eulogistic humour that British readers will-power markedly rate – that gay porn ‘relies on the pants we heed as much as the pants we see’.

The textual qualities of gay porn keep on to be an conspicuous goal of observe for researchers in the cope with and the evolving complexion of the variety means that there is each time more to disclose there advanced modes of moulding and emerging aesthetic and digressive patterns. The succeeding articles in this special originate all heart on the specifics of coexistent gay porn as they are manifested in texts. In ‘Restrain the Fag, or Tops and Bottoms, Persons and Things’, Damon Immature tackles the textuality of porn, and coexistent gay porn in isolated, chief honcho on. Auspices of an interpretation of a range of up to date French materials and the website Gag the Fag, Teenaged argues that neither the arguments proselytized by way of anti-porn feminism nor the rubric of ‘pleasure’ that has also mature an orthodoxy can as a matter of course account in compensation the enactments of progenitive power and domination that these videos depict. Young notes in his article that the exposition of ‘tops’ and ‘bottoms’ which gay porn routinely deploys is by a long chalk everywhere more complicated and by a long shot less binaristic than antecedent accounts authority take suggested via the confidence of the device of the camera. Girlish’s article brilliantly reminds readers of the staged and performed nature of the sexual acts represented in gay porn.