Comradeship of Cock? Gay porn and the entrepreneurial voyeur

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Maddison, S. 2017. Comradeship of Cock? Gay porn and the entrepreneurial voyeur. Porn Studies. 4 (2), pp. 139-156.
AuthorsMaddison, S.
Abstract

Thirty years of academic and critical scholarship on the subject of gay porn have born witness to significant changes not only in the kinds of porn produced for, and watched by, gay men, but in the modes of production and distribution of that porn, and the legal, economic and social contexts in which it has been made, sold/shared, and watched. Those thirty years have also seen a huge shift in the cultural and political position of gay men, especially in the US and UK, and other apparently ‘advanced’ democracies. Those thirty years of scholarship on the topic of gay porn have produced one striking consensus, which is that gay cultures are especially ‘pornified’: porn has arguably offered gay men not only homoerotic visibility, but a heritage culture and a radical aesthetic. However, neoliberal cultures have transformed the operation and meaning of sexuality, installing new standards of performativity and display, and new responsibilities attached to a ‘democratisation’ that offers women and men apparently expanded terms for articulating both their gender and their sexuality.
Does gay porn still have the same urgency in this context? At the level of politics and cultural dissent, what’s ‘gay’ about gay porn now? This essay questions the extent to which processes of legal and social liberalization, and the emergence of networked and digital cultures, have foreclosed or expanded the apparently liberationary opportunities of gay porn. The essay attempts to map some of the political implications of the ‘pornification’ of gay culture on to ongoing debates about materiality, labour and the entrepreneurial subject by analyzing gay porn blogs.

JournalPorn Studies
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 139-156
ISSN2326-8743
Year2017
PublisherRoutledge
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/23268743.2017.1304235
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2017.1304235
Publication dates
Online26 Apr 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Oct 2016
Accepted06 Oct 2016
Accepted06 Oct 2016
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Porn Studies on 26.04.17, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23268743.2017.1304235
LicenseAll rights reserved
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