I recently read a pretty neat article on xoJane all about porn. It wasn’t particularly ground-breaking as someone who works in porn and spends a lot of time thinking about it, but it’s totally radical for a mainstream audience, I believe. To a certain extent, it’s well-tread territory for those of us who think critically about porn all the time, but they bring up the “Dunhamisation of porn”, which I’ve figured out is linked to the show Lena Dunham’s show Girls and the idea that they look and live like, well, pretty average people… Albeit young ones in Brooklyn, from what I can tell.
The article begs the question, do we actually want porn that looks like us? Obviously, there’s porn that looks like me because, well, we are on a site devoted in part to me talking about my porn… But do you value the everyday side of porn to the extent where you wished that more/even all porn looked like everyday life? Would you want to watch porn with someone like you and/or your partner in it? Would that be a turn-on for you?
And I don’t mean amateur porn… I mean high quality porn, even mainstream porn, but just with an undeniable casting choice to pick very normal, even “average” looking people. Maybe real couples, maybe real love, but maybe just believable actors… I’d love to know what you think. I am committed to making the kind of porn that I want to make, but I would love to know just how far you’d ideally want to see this idea reach.