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The Porn A to Z – Part One

In regards to the modern porn industry, words like ‘gangbang’ ‘bukake’ and ‘double penetration’ are now the norm. It is perfectly normal for porn sites to feature footage of women being pawed by a roomful of men, with no interest whatsoever in ‘showing the lady a good time,’ so to speak.

For men, mainstream porn is about doing what you want, when you want, to who you want – regardless of whether or not they really want to do it with you. It is an extremely uncomfortable world for female viewers, trying to find a balance between sexual expression and female emancipation. The debate on the merits of porn will continue to rage for years to come, or at least until the mainstream media start paying attention to the rapidly burgeoning (and rather wonderful) feminist porn movement. We all know the ‘dangers,’ because they are outlined in pseudo-intellectual broadsheet newspapers almost every week.

In this country, we relish the fantasy of a generation of dysfunctional kids, chewed up and spat out by a super sexualised society. It has become a weird kind of crutch, like the national obsession with immigrants and people on benefits – we claim to be horrified, but we do sure love to fixate on the subject, turn the lurid details over in our heads. This fear of pornography does hide some truths. It is true that mainstream pornography continues to get more violent. It is true that the safety of female performers is an issue. It is true that phenomena like ‘revenge porn’ is increasing in regularity. It may even be true that pornography is damaging our children. Yet, it is here to stay – and the ‘Daily Mail crusaders’ will not change that.

I believe that positive change is driven by positive action, which is why I cringe every time I hear a ‘feminist’ decrying pornography as evil. It is not evil, it is just people having sex. The way in which it is conducted certainly can be evil, but that doesn’t mean that it deserves to be abolished from the face of the earth. What if, just what if – we made it better? What if the strong, emancipated women of this world stopped decrying pornography, and started engaging with it, on their own terms? As a porn connoisseur, I can promise you that there is a whole world of beautiful, fun, sexy, flirty, fantastic feminist pornography out there. It is not the concept that needs to change, but our perspective of it – and like everything, it starts with knowledge.

This is my guide to the most commonly used terms, within mainstream pornography – now you have an answer when your Nan asks what ‘teabagging’ means.

AC/DC – no, Angus Young doesn’t have a secret sex tape (thank god). This is a rather old fashioned term now, but is still used in some circles to refer to bisexuality.

ATM – porn actress Joselyn Pink famously said, “I can’t look at an ATM machine the same way anymore.” It is hardly surprising, considering the fact that ATM, in porn circles, stands for ass to mouth. You have to be pretty laissez-faire about hygiene for this one.

Autoerotic Asphyxiation – a surprising number of average Joes (and Janes) are into asphyxiation play. It involves intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain, in order to provoke sexual arousal. Whilst it may be common, it can be extremely dangerous – hundreds of people die doing this every year.

BBW – this is one of the nicer terms, as it stands for ‘big, beautiful women.’ There is a whole industry out there devoted to the pleasure of extremely curvy ladies.

Bukake – as one of the most controversial acts in mainstream pornography, bukake gets a lot of attention from feminist campaigners. It is not difficult to see why, because bukake involves a group of men ejaculating onto the face or body of a single woman. Whilst the word is used more broadly these days, the traditional definition does not involve sexual intercourse – it is a ‘humiliation act.’

Caundalism – most people aren’t aware that there is a word for this. It refers to the sexual practice of exposing a partner, either through the spread of nude photos or video footage, or watching a partner have sex with somebody else. Once again, if this is what you are into –wonderful, knock yourself out. Yet, do remember that sharing sensitive images without permission is a criminal act.

Cream Pie – a strangely twee term which is used to refer to ‘artfully decorated’ female genitals, so to speak. A fairly unpopular one amongst women, even though it makes the vagina sound like a cream cake – probably because most women would rather be eating cake, than having sex.

Double Penetration – this one is fairly basic, but very common. A ‘DP scene’ involves a woman being penetrated by two men, in the same way, at the same time. It is a staple of mainstream porn, and is a good example of why the industry tends to be such a feminist hot topic. You find me a woman who genuinely enjoys being treated like an overstuffed burrito, and I’ll eat my shoe.

Gangbang – this is what happens when the pizza delivery guy, your husband’s best friend, the plumber and the next door neighbour all pay a visit at the same time – and you owe them all money. A gangbang is probably one of the most unappealing sex acts imaginable for most women, which is why you tend not to see them very often in feminist porn.

Golden Shower – again, this is an extremely niche sex act, and one which is only enjoyed by a small percentage of the population. It can sound a little icky, if it is not for you, but there is no reason to fear it. If horny couples want to pee on each other, I say knock yourself out – just cut the asparagus out of your diet first.

I hope that you have enjoyed this playful romp through the world of mainstream pornography, and that by intellectually engaging with some of this stuff, you now know that it is nothing to fear.

I believe that the path to change is through communication, transparency and a whole lot of immature snickering – join me for Part Two of my Porn A to Z, if you agree.

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