Sunday, November 14, 2010

Some Thoughts About Race and Porn...


The following quotes are from the comments sections of a couple of the porn sites that I frequent:

“Epic scene, too bad it has been done before. I would like to see her doing something other than interracial, otherwise whats the point in watching her anymore.” -plumperpass.com

“Now, this is perfection in a White Woman. He did right to pay her respect by eating her out until she came several times. You see this and you know why Black men need White women” -xhamster.com (I don’t even know what the fuck they mean here)

“another girl of color? too much already. Let's get back to the tasty white girls” -plumperpass.com

“only a BBC can handle that gorgeous big white body. -xhamster.com

“I don't particularly like the sight of a firepluggy broad suckin' a live turd ...” (by “live turd” this asshole means a black man’s dick) -xhamster.com

“why is she fucking a monkey? oh, cuz she’s ugly. ok, nevermind.” -xhamster.com

While I still think the addition of comments sections on many of the porn websites is a great idea, I am starting to avoid reading them when an interracial porn scene is involved. I’m actually starting to avoid them altogether, as nothing even remotely clever or intelligent is found there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the dumbass for thinking that I could get stimulating conversation from a porn site. I should have known that I would rarely get insightful nuggets about the way in which a scene was filmed, or how a particular porn scene represents real-life sexuality, or even useful information about the actors. What you get in the comments section is often the lowest common denominator; statements of the obvious: “Damn that bitch is hot!” or “That’s a big ass dick,” insults: “that ugly motherfucker wouldn’t be fucking her if she didn’t get paid,” and of course, the creepy, gross stuff: “I wish I was there so I could lick the cum out of her ass” or “would love to see her do a mother/grown son taboo scene, now that would be fucking hot!!!” That last one was an actual comment, and no, it would not be hot.

The other thing that can be found in abundance in these comments sections is racism. The one thing I’ve actually learned from reading these comments is that, while racism may not be the prominent issue that it once was, it is still something that affects people’s lives, and thought processes. As a Black man, I already knew this, but blogging about pornography is showing me how this racism or rather race-consciousness plays a very important role in how certain people view sexuality.

Since I first started watching porn back in the days of VHS tapes, race has always been an important aspect of how porn was packaged and marketed. There has always been smut for every cultural group: Black porn, Latino porn, Asian porn, Indian porn, I’ve even seen porn with Muslim women fucking in Burkas. And even though most porn features White people, and it may have been considered racist, there has been porn marketed as being exclusively White. Remember the NBA porn tapes? No, that’s not porn featuring pro basketball players, NBA stood for No Black Ass. Of course, NWA (No White Ass) porn also surfaced.

Where race has become a taboo subject in everyday life, something that everyone thinks about but doesn’t mention, it has always been front and center in porn. People are very race-conscious about the porn that they watch, and they are not at all shy about this. The skin color of the people doing the fucking and sucking is important to many of you, to the point that you will turn away from the wrong color, and porn companies know this. However, I was naïve (stupid) enough to not realize this, even after years of watching porn, and the emergence of comments sections have been a revelation for me. For me, if the scene is hot, I’m not worried about ethnicity, but for some people the wrong cultural background is a real wood-killer.

Now, I’ll get real. Possibly real offensive for some people. The truth is that the most intense racial animus in this country has always been between Blacks and Whites. Combine this deep-rooted conflict (on both sides) with the fact that in porn, a primarily visual medium, the radical differences in physical features are always on display, and you have the most polarizing issue in porn. Interracial porn has become one the biggest niches in the medium, but when an Asian chick takes a White dick up the ass, or when a White stud has a threesome with a couple of sexy Latinas, the racial differences almost go unnoticed. But fucking a Black person is still a big deal, in real life and in porn, so much so that the term “interracial” as a category or fetish has come to almost exclusively denote fucking Black people, and the act of a White woman fucking a Black man has been fetishized to death.

Entire websites are dedicated to Black dudes tasting the forbidden fruit that is White pussy, partly because this act of fucking a Black man is a still viewed as a radically freaky sexual act. Plumperpass, my favorite porn site even dedicates a weekly update to this little porn preoccupation, with their BBWs Gone Black site. This site has spawned some of their most amazing scenes, but I always have a conflict within myself when dealing with that material because they fetishize interracial sex to the point where it’s not just two people fucking anymore. It’s almost as if your favorite BBWs are fucking animals every Wednesday, as if the site is saying “OMG! Brace yourself, fellas. Your favorite sexy plus-sizer is gonna go crazy today and give her precious White (or non-black) pussy to some Black dude!” The scenes are sexy, but while the perv in me is extremely turned on, the human being in me is always troubled by the fact that Plumperpass is telling me that a Black man is not just a man, he’s a Black man, and somehow different in ways that transcend the physical. The subtext of the very existence of BBWs Gone Black is that fucking a Black man is still something that a White woman has no business doing. It’s not just PP, the phenomenon of the hot white woman getting a big Black cock (I can’t see anything with the letters BBC and not think of interracial hardcore… thanks, porn) is prevalent in every part of the porn world, and they make it because apparently YOU want to see it.

The reason I decided to write this post was because of the polarizing reaction to interracial scenes featuring Black guys and White women. The White guys (or non-Black guys) consistently complain about the fact that they can’t properly masturbate to a White chick if she degrades herself by fucking the beast that is a Black man, and Black dudes almost invariably talk about this White pussy as the ultimate prize for the Black man, reinforcing one of the most embarrassing stereotypes of the Black male. I have always been an equal opportunity perv, so I don’t care what the skin colors are if the scene is hot, and I am still naïve (stupid) enough that I can’t understand that people aren’t simply viewed as people and not labeled according to their racial identity, so I find myself offended or at least troubled by both sides of this. I want to strangle every single person who acts as if a White women is demeaning herself by going Black, and I wish Black guys wouldn’t worship at the altar of vanilla snatch as well.

Full disclosure here: I am an African American man, and in my real life, the sight of a White woman holding my dick (my BBC, if you will) in her hands and sucking it was a beautiful one. Some of my most enjoyable sexual experiences were with a woman of another race, and if I’m being honest, her physical differences, her hair, her eyes, her Whiteness, were particularly appealing. Also, one of my favorite camgirls, Charlotte always teases me by describing what it would be like for us to be naked together, and how beautiful the contrast of our skin tones would be (she’s White), and she’s right. So I truly understand the appeal of interracial sex and interracial porn, and the fact that race is an important part of people’s sexuality. I’m just marveling at the fact that racism and race-consciousness is so prevalent in porn.

Notice there are no solutions here. There may not even be a problem. I only wanted to make an observation about something that has been gnawing at me for a while. I am not condemning anyone (well, I am condemning you truly racist motherfuckers), just taking note of something that I see in porn. In my time as a blogger, I have encountered countless comments like the ones seen above, websites that cater almost exclusively to one racial group, and porn stars who will never fuck an African American on camera. And my efforts to blog about BBW escorts have been hindered by the difficulty of finding escorts who don’t use racial profiling as a part of their screening process (read: they don’t serve Black men). Race and sex are almost inextricably tied, and it is amazing that, in porn, race is openly discussed in ways that you almost never see in everyday life. With this issue more than any other, pornography says significant things about sexuality, as well as our society in general.

I'd love to hear some responses to this in the comments, but because of the types of remarks that appear at the top of this post, I won't be hurt if you just read.

Later, people.





11 comments:

  1. My only deal with interracial porn is that it's rarely a white guy with a bomb-ass black girl. I'm white and love women of all colors, but especially plus size gals. BBws Gone Black is becoming played out to me. There's no real variation to the site, but then it wouldn't be what it is I suppose.

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  2. Excellent thoughtful post. I'm constantly amazed at the negative comments on weboards and porn sites that people make especially to the amateurs. Most of the poster never actually put their own pics up, they just say the other guys girl is fat/ugly or whatever. That's hurtful, and stupid.

    I guess it really shouldn't surprise anyone though. Any weboard is full of people being bullies or making the most amazing ignorant racist statements. Read any news posting on the drug war in Mexico and you'll see tons of hate spewed at the poor mexicans who have to live in the killing zones. None of them mention that without the huge appetite for drugs in the US the war wouldn't be happening at all.

    I guess my point is racism isn't just in porn, its everywhere. A friend said to me recently that since we can't find and kill Bin Laden all brown people have become the enemy - indians, blacks, mexicans, whatever.

    Its a sorry world.

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  3. I'm also African American, but my complaint extends beyond just interracial porn. I'm really tired of the dominant representation of Black men in porn being tattooed parolees and rapper crew hangers-on so in love with the sound of their own voices that they blather the whole length of the scene. There are plenty of us that dress in clothes other than ball caps and oversized t-shirts and can say something other than "oh shit". There used to be more than just hoodrats in porn.

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  4. Hey dude. I agree with virtually every word you said there - but need clarification on one remark. Namely: and of course, the creepy, gross stuff: “I wish I was there so I could lick the cum out of her ass”. Please don't tell me that was in any way homophobic. I'm gay, and love watching a handsome man of any race have sex with a woman or a man. I don't consider myself creepy or gross. Porn is of course very much about fantasy - and I do fantasize about the afore mentioned sexual act. I'm an easy going fella, but racism and homophobia really disgust me.

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  5. Hey Anonymous, I definitely didn't mean to come across as homophobic. That's not me at all. The fantasy aspect didn't even cross my mind, glad you brought that up. To a certain extent those words were said for effect, and that can sometimes sound offensive.

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  6. ^
    Cheers Chuck. Glad that's sorted! X

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  7. I find it really interesting that in a post about race and porn, you chose only to show BM/WF pairings. As a BBW, I have to say that I continually wonder if most of the acceptability factor with BBWs I see most featured are because they are white (and therefore seen as more attractive). I mean, even you yourself say that Whiteness is a factor in the BBWs' attractiveness you choose.
    That's your perogative, but I caution you not to overlook the privilege embedded in such a choice.
    From what I can tell, BBW of color are practically nonexistent in mainstream porn; fucking a black woman of any size is seen as borderline fetishistic at best (you can imagine what the worst is). Add size onto that, and having a portrayal of us that is even *flattering* is hard. Nevermind hot.
    Black women rarely even have the place of being considered sex objects, and when we do, it's a matter of fitting into the very narrow confines of exotic wild thing or how closely we approximate eurocentric beauty ideals.
    I guess I'm just sort of disappointed that you managed to have a conversation about race in porn and forget a sizeable part of the issue.

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  8. Alice, you make some excellent points, and James touches on this a little as well. I agree with every word. Looking back on the post, I'm disappointed in myself. I intended to mention some of the ways women of color are treated in porn, as it is something that troubles me, but in rushing to post this I limited my perspective to that of the Black male. Thanks for adding this. I truly appreciate it.

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  9. Alice, to your point about the "acceptability factor with BBWs," I must point out that the Whiteness of the lady is not the primary factor in their attractiveness. I will spend the rest of my life with a BBW of color, and I think she's the sexiest thing on the planet. I mentioned Whiteness as something that attracted me to a BBW from my past only in the interest of being truthful. I really didn't mean to imply that her White physical features were in any way more fair than Black features. I'm only speaking for myself here, but I think women of color are just as beautiful as White women. The reason you don't see as many of them here speaks to your point: there just isn't a lot of Black BBWs in porn (or at least the porn that I can "steal" and post here). Okay, I think I've rambled enough. Again, thanks for your comments.

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