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The Male Gaze In Porn (With commentary by Doge) / Ms Naughty

The male gaze in porn

A PSA from Ms. Naughty and BrightDesire.com.


“An illustration of how straight porn often caters to an assumed male audience. With commentary by Doge and bonus sound effects.

This video is NSFW because it is discussing and critiquing adult material, using censored examples (and ridiculous noises).

The 8 ways porn reproduces the male gaze:
1. The headless dick – the man is cut out of the frame
2. It’s all about her body
3. Always male POV
4. Oral = blowjob
5. Male orgasm is the goal
6. Tits sell = mainly women on boxcovers
7. Your cock: language speaks to an assumed male viewer
8. Male fantasy gets priority

There are other examples of the male gaze but 8 is enough for one silly video.

The predominance of the male gaze in porn is one of the reasons many women don’t like it.
It’s also why people seek out “porn for women” – porn that DOESN’T include these things. “Porn for women” doesn’t have to mean porn for all women. It just means porn that doesn’t exclude women as an audience. It’s not a perfect label but until porn has a more diverse array of perspectives and filming methods, it will keep popping up.”

6 Responses to “The Male Gaze In Porn (With commentary by Doge) / Ms Naughty”

  1. hellokitties

    Pure gold. This gives me so much confidence about so many things regarding porn. Thank you.

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  2. Christian

    I’m a heterosexual male and “the male gaze” which is reproduced in porn will NEVER resonate with me. Porn is, as you say, intended for a supposed male audience, largely negating women, but I submit that it doesn’t appeal to the sexual values of many men either: This reproduction of the male gaze as it is construed in the industry implies certain assertions about what industry thinks men respond to. It sub textually asserts that, for men, the goal is male orgasm, that oral automatically equals a blow-job etc… But this is not a true reflection of the values that many self aware, emotionally healthy men hold and express sexually in real life. For me in any case, sex is a mutual experience. Most often my goal is to express the way I feel about my female partner. To passionately adore and pleasure my her in a respectful and loving way.

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  3. trevor mcgown

    Porn often does not depict what we actually do, or even what we like. Rather, it depicts what is easy to capture on camera. Porn is also molded by concerns over safe sex (although condoms are all to rare in porn). Handjobs, blowjobs and facials are very common in porn because they minimise the risk of STDs and pregnancy. In porn, PIV is depicted in a very artificial way that displays the penis penetrating the vagina in good lighting, but that is completely unlike what you and I actually do in bed. One of the reasons anal is popular in porn is that it is easier to film than PIV. I read last century that the shaving of pubic hair was ultimately grounded in a desire to make it easier to photograph the genitalia.

    1. The headless dick – the man is cut out of the frame
    ** I noticed years ago that we don’t see much of men’s faces. When we do, their faces look vacant, unengrossed in passion. I conclude that the typical women is a better actress. But I also suspect that women often enjoy making porn more than we think, and men enjoy it less than we think. For a woman to display her bits on camera, and to engage in sexual acts, defies a lot of conventional morality, and so is thrilling.

    2. It’s all about her body
    ** True, but the male gaze is not the only driver here. When I was in college, a few women told me that when they wanted to be turned on, they looked at a copy of Playboy or Penthouse. The only man they wanted to see naked was the man they were involved with. I should reveal here that I am a straight male, and that fact entails a lot of bias. That said, I think that women are much better eye candy than men are. They only exceptions are the following two facts: men have more prominent genitalia, and there is no female visual counterpart to the male erection.

    3. Always male POV
    ** This was true last century, but is less true now, because of the rise amateur porn by women and, dare I say it, for women. The digicam and the internet mean that women have more say in what porn depicts.

    4. Oral = blowjob
    ** Fellatio is easily filmed. It depicts his erection and her excited face. It is veyr easy to switch to handjob in the last 5 seconds, and show him ejaculating. Cunnilingus is rare in the porn I’ve seen (all free to air). His face covers her vulva. His face is hard to capture well. There are no blatant physical signs of her rising excitement.

    5. Male orgasm is the goal
    ** The female orgasm is not a good film subject. I have noticed that there aren’t a lot of movies of a woman masturbating to orgasm, with a lot of closeups of her finger work. I predict that this will change in the future.

    6. Tits sell = mainly women on boxcovers
    ** I disagree. The erotica of last century fetishised women’s breasts, because depicting the genitalia was illegal, and took many people out of their provincial comfort zones. A major fact about internet porn is that the vulva is forthrightly revealed (our time is the first time in human history when anybody with an internet connection can see tens of thousands of vulvas of everyday women, pornified in only one way: shaved pubes). The vulva is no longer shrouded in mystery, and vulva pride is writ large over most of contemporary erotica (a major victory for Betty Dodson). The upshot is that the fetishisation of women’s breasts is in sharp decline. Many amateur women who pose naked on the internet are flat chested, and not self conscious about it. What has taken its place is a buttocks fetish, which in recent years has reached YouTube. More women have fleshy buttocks than ample breasts. Apparently, the current reading of American law is that the buttocks are not truly indecent.

    7. Your cock: language speaks to an assumed male viewer
    8. Male fantasy gets priority
    ** Amateur porn is changing this. It is also the case that in the realm of erotica, men and women are more alike than we think. I have read that gay male porn has a surprising following among lesbians. That lesbians can be as predatory and as appearance focused as straight men. And the phallic nature of female lust is better understood now than at any prior time in human history. The internal clitoris is so large, that it is safe to conclude that women have penises, of which only 5% is external. One way in which 21st century century erotica differs from that of last century, is the forthright display of the clitoris, very often engorged. And women who display their clitoris strike me as taking considerable pride in having one. Men seldom seem as proud of their penises.

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    • madamcurator

      Thanks for sharing your insights, Trevor! While we certainly agree with much of what you’ve said, I think there are a few members of the team who disagree with your assertion that the female body is a better form of eye candy! Of course, everyone has their tastes and turn-ons, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing men’s bodies (and not just their cocks) highlighted more in mainstream porn! Many straight women watch gay porn for this reason. Also, we think the female orgasm makes a fantastic visual – whether it’s screaming and intense or quiet and practically motionless.

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