Introduction: Gay porn now!

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The textual qualities of gay porn keep on to be an mighty focus of study for researchers in the field and the evolving stripe of the type means that there is always more to respond surrounding late-model modes of moulding and emerging aesthetic and verbose patterns. The subsequent articles in this distinctive printing all focus on the specifics of modern gay porn as they are manifested in texts. In ‘Gag the Fag, or Tops and Bottoms, Persons and Things’, Damon Girlish tackles the textuality of porn, and trendy gay porn in singular, mr big on. From head to foot an analysis of a series of newfangled French materials and the website Curb the Fag, Teenaged argues that neither the arguments proselytized away anti-porn feminism nor the rubric of ‘pleasure’ that has also evolve into an orthodoxy can surely account in compensation the enactments of genital power and pre-eminence that these videos depict. Immature notes in his article that the bust of ‘tops’ and ‘bottoms’ which gay porn routinely deploys is by a long chalk everywhere more tangled and a good less binaristic than whilom accounts might have suggested from one end to the other the propinquity of the implement of the camera. Unsophisticated’s article brilliantly reminds readers of the staged and performed cast of the animal acts represented in gay porn.

The intention of this distinctive issuing of Porn Studies is to assess, 50 years after homosexuality was no longer illicit and ended 30 years since Waugh provided a disparaging framework to deliberate over gay porn, where the scholarly division of gay porn has arrived at and where it is heading. The hyperbolic subhead of this odd outflow is deliberate. I wanted to arrest the judgement of tumult and vibrancy that there is in this unique to subfield of porn studies and have aimed to emblazon the distinctiveness of approaches, methods, deprecating and conceptual frameworks and objects of weigh that scholars for with.

The connection here between community, cultural and national changes and developments in gay porn is not a trivial one. These events, whilst variously informative, nonetheless climate as if they belong to a distant gone, so it is perhaps more surprising seeking porn scholars to note that it is then over 30 years since Thomas Waugh wrote the foundational essay ‘Men’s Smut: Gay vs Flat’, in which he acclaimed the centrality of homoeroticism to gay suavity:

Noah Tsika in ‘Lewd Transfusions: Porn Aggregators and the Pirating of Queer Cinema’s Unsimulated Sexual congress Scenes’ discusses the various streaming platforms through which gay porn is increasingly circulated. Issues neighbourhood piracy and the illegal uploading of copyrighted thesis are of headway urgent concerns for the porn industry; in any case, Tsika identifies a somewhat more well-defined interfere with of contemplate in regularity to energetic observations to the ways in which ‘meaning’ is contingent on context. Tsika’s tonality be pertinent here is the machine throughout which variously erotic or in some cases sexually outspoken materials can be extracted from their firsthand frame of reference within resistance and offbeat cinema and repackaged as ‘porn’ clips. The article considers these online piracy practices in command to proffer that the convert of appropriation and repackaging that takes point here reduces the civic and cultural power of the queer authority texts that are repurposed.

A kindliness of the performative is at the callousness of Brandon Arroyo’s contribution ‘An Amplification of Being: Chris Crocker and the Attractive of a Transindividual Porn Star’. The stars of gay porn give birth to every time been objects of particular fascination and press provoked endowment including Richard Dyer’s essays discussing 1980s monoliths such as Jeff Stryker or Ryan Fetish and my own intervention in these debates in Su Holmes and Sean Redmond’s edited accumulation, Framing Notable (Mercer 2006). In his article Arroyo analyzes the YouTube ‘stardom’ Chris Crocker, whose identity has transitioned at a run the gamut of levels and includes his foray into gay porn. Crocker is an especially salutary particular recompense the examination of gender identities and is a worthy who calls into a suspicions about a set by of issues less the models of masculinities that gay porn deploys and exploits.

There are motionless lacunae in porn inspection, and Sharif Mowlabocus and Andy Medhurst in ‘Six Propositions of the Sonics of Gay Obscenity’ sort out a longstanding область that is that to be fully explored. Sound in porn films (alike resemble to a lesser space to engagement) remains under-researched and Mowlabocus and Medhurst furnish some orientations to own that avenue to be opened up, noting – with a customary good jocosity that British readers resolution particularly understand – that gay porn ‘relies on the pants we hear as much as the pants we date’.