Porn is huge. Online video pornography , specifically, is a massively lucrative industry that dominates large swaths of the internet. Diversity in porn lets us find ourself in the erotic landscape, proving we are ALL capable and deserving of love. With few exceptions, cisgender male pornography performers have larger than average penises; sometimes slightly larger than average, sometimes significantly larger.
The majority of penises we see in porn are also circumcised. Porn performers also maintain erections for a remarkably long time. The videos featured on internet porn hubs are often five to fifteen minute clips usually stolen from much longer films which themselves are edited down from even more footage. This means that, like with movies and TV shows, the filming process is substantially longer than the final product delivered to audience members. One performer estimates that for every ten minutes of sex in a porn video, the cast and crew worked for four hours.
Another performer estimates that it takes even longer— for every forty minutes of sex in a porn video he says it takes around ten hours of filming. Sometimes performers are able to do this naturally, but usually they utilize erection-inducing pills or shots which can have detrimental short and long-term health effects. When people with penises receive anal sex in porn, they're also usually shown as having erect penises, which is hardly always the case in reality. When porn performers with penises ejaculate, there is often a large amount of pearly white semen that shoots a considerable distance.
As previously discussed, penises in porn are big, with very few exceptions. The media likes to scapegoat the video pornography industry for the recent rise in labiaplasties plastic surgery on the labia , but given the diversity of vulvas in video porn, performers have pushed back on that accusation. While no kind of porn offers representation of the full, wonderful range of vulvas that exist in the world, video pornography generally does feature different types of labia.
There are other ways in which genitals and what they do are misrepresented in mainstream video porn. You will almost never see a performer queef or fart. You will also very rarely see a scene featuring a performer who visibly has their period , mostly due to specific economic concerns. Porn payment processors have strict rules including banning any porn that involves menstruation.
Lubrication is another area full of misrepresentation. While there are some videos out there where it seems everyone and everything is covered in lube, those videos are not the norm. In general, performers are rarely seen applying or using lube. This is also true in anal sex scenes, despite the fact that the anus does not naturally produce any of its own lubricant. You can bet that performers are reaching for their lube bottles off-camera, though! While there is some diversity when it comes to vulva parts like the inner and outer labia, or the external clitoris, you will rarely see a vulva with full pubic hair.
Most vulvas in porn have been groomed to be completely hairless. If there is pubic hair, it is usually trimmed and contained to the mons pubis, with hair being fully removed from the outer labia. When you see anuses and testicles in porn they, too, are usually hairless.
Cis-male performers in porn display more variation with this, but often their pubic hair is removed or trimmed, too. Since their bodies specifically in straight porn, and certainly in the wider culture are less under the microscope, there's more accepted variation in how they look, including more allowance for them to exhibit natural pubic hair.
Women performers — cisgender and transgender alike — almost always have removed all their leg hair, armpit hair, and even arm hair in scenes, as well as any other body hair they might have—belly, butt, feet, wherever.
Men in porn often leave their leg, armpit, and arm hair—as is common in Western culture. The breasts, butts, and general body types we see in porn are, like the genitals we typically see, not representative of the general population. Women performers usually have large breasts or large butts combined with thin and fit bodies.
While more belly rolls are on view than in say, Hollywood films or major TV shows, the bodies are still far from representative. In gay male porn, performers usually have particularly muscular and toned bodies.
Depending on what role or type they are portraying, their body type may vary—especially muscular, more thin, slightly thicker, etc. But again even with this variation, the bodies are still far from representative of the diversity of bodies out there. While the bodies of cis-male performers in straight porn are also not representative, given that they are less featured on screen and in marketing, there is slightly more allowance for natural variation. Plenty of these performers are still hyper-muscular or skinny, but others have larger bellies or in general more body fat than is accepted with all other performers.
The performers in the mainstream porn industry are overwhelming white. While this maps fairly accurately on to the overall racial demographics of the United States , it is not representative of Americans in their 20s, who we have learned are the age group primarily performing in porn. Almost half of Americans in their 20s are people of color , making the performers in porn disproportionately white.
This becomes even more true when it comes to the top performers in the industry. Ana Foxxx, a Black performer in porn, says that there are around three to five Black women who compete for top roles. When women of color are featured in porn videos, especially Black women, they are often working on sets with lower production value and worse working conditions. There is also a racial and gender wage gap, as there is in almost all other industries, but it is especially pronounced in porn. Black women performers often make one-half to three-quarters of what white actresses make.
When performers of color are featured their race or ethnicity is often tokenized and fetishized. If a video features white performers, their racial identity will rarely be commented on because on porn websites, as in Hollywood and our society at large, whiteness is both assumed and idealized.
Interracial scenes even have their own category at industry award ceremonies. As a result of the racism — and very expressly anti-Blackness — that exists in America and our world, white women performers often wait to do their first interracial work until it is strategic in their career. When they do agree to their first interracial scene, they will often request a higher rate.
The idea that white women should be paid extra to have sex with Black men is obviously extremely problematic. In America, the average age of a woman beginning to work in the porn industry is 22 years old, compared to that of 24 years old for men. On average, women performers work for three years and men for four.
Whether you are watching straight or queer porn starring folks who are trans or cis, these performers will without a doubt be visibly able-bodied. A performer with a wheelchair? Insulin pump? Breathing tube? What about a performer using ASL? Utilizing a prosthetic limb? Or exhibiting symptoms of Tourettes?
Performer with visible disabilities are nowhere to be found. Disability awareness consultant and Scarleteen writer! Andrew Gurza writes about the need for disabled performers in gay male porn. Performers are also usually highly gender-normative in their presentation. Most trans and cis women in porn are performing a very specific and limited type of femininity.
Rarely are more masculine , gender nonconforming women, or women who just do their femininity differently included or featured. And most men, both in gay and straight porn, are also performing a very specific and limited type of masculinity. Trans men are majorly missing in mainstream porn. While queer porn studios produce films with trans men, these performers are excluded from mainstream shoots. While there is a large market for trans women performers, their work is, like most pornography, marketed to cisgender men.
In this process, their videos are often labeled with degrading and inaccurate slurs , something major sites are only now slowly beginning to move away from. Performer Chanel Preston says , "I equate it to sports, because it is a sport. People don't watch sports and say, 'I'm going to go try that at home, I can do that. And porn should be [seen] the same way. We do prepare for it. There's a lot of things going on behind the scenes. The pre-sex preparations before a mainstream porn shoot are quite involved.
Along with body hair removal, women performers will do or have a professional do their hair, make-up, fingernails and toenails. They will also sometimes vaginally douche. Preparing for anal sex scenes is far more elaborate. As performer Charlotte Sartre says, the viewers, "see the penis going in, [but] they don't see me laying on the bed for half an hour going back and forth between squeezing water into my butt and stretching it out. Skip to main content. You should know that: The average penis is around five inches when erect, but plenty of penises are smaller than that.
If you're worrying about how your penis compares to those in porn, please remember: there is no right size for a penis to be! A recent study found that the median length of heterosexual intercourse was between 5 and 6 minutes. When people with penises are on the receiving end of anal sex they may not have an erection at all, or may only experience erection intermittently. Many trans women do not feel comfortable with or particularly interested in having their penises play a central role in the sex they have. People ejaculate different amounts of semen that may be white, greyish, yellowish, or clear-ish, and usually do not travel far distances.
You should know that: Labia come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. It is perfectly normal to have inner labia that extend outside the outer labia , or to have inner labia that stay within the outer labia. It is also perfectly normal to have labia that are two different sizes and shapes.
Queefing, farting, and periods are all common, normal parts of sex! Vaginal and anal intercourse and other types of sex! Body Hair in Porn While there is some diversity when it comes to vulva parts like the inner and outer labia, or the external clitoris, you will rarely see a vulva with full pubic hair.
When it comes to other types of body hair, hairlessness continues to be the name of the game.