It Ain’t Easy to be a Bottom in Porn

If you spend just a little bit of time poking about the comment threads on porn sites, you'll learn something pretty quickly: no one likes a bottom. In fact, the bottom in many gay porn videos is sure to become, sooner or later, the object of scorn and ridicule, the abject that has to be … Continue reading It Ain’t Easy to be a Bottom in Porn

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Why Do Gay Men Love Abs?

If you've ever spent a minute on the popular gay hookup app Grindr, you know it's no secret that gay men love abs.  Scores of shirtless pics jockey for position any time you open the app, each one trying to outdo the others in terms of the amount of abdominal definition on offer. And a casual perusal … Continue reading Why Do Gay Men Love Abs?

Getting it Both Ways: Gay Porn and the Bareback Debate(s)

If you follow the goings-on in the face-paced. contentious, and often-troubling world of online gay porn, you've no doubt noticed that a number of high-profile studios, including Corbin Fisher, Sean Cody, and even Bel Ami have, for the last couple of years, been producing condomless/bareback scenes.  Now, this move has been met with a divided … Continue reading Getting it Both Ways: Gay Porn and the Bareback Debate(s)

“Broke Straight Boys”: The Intersection of Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Amateur Gay Porn

It's no surprise that many gay men (and much gay male pornography) is obsessed with straight men.  There are many reasons, both historic and cultural, for this long-standing erotic attraction for, as David Halperin has eloquently argued in his book How to Be Gay, part of what constitutes contemporary gay male identity and sexual desire is precisely … Continue reading “Broke Straight Boys”: The Intersection of Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Amateur Gay Porn