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Young boys are the new porn stars

There’s a genre that has recently been making a huge comeback in porn and I think it’s worth talking about: young male adult performers who look adolescent.

I’m sure it isn’t news to many of you that the MILF genre is and always has been incredibly popular. Recent surveys have revealed how, more than ever, users are searching online for and watching scenarios featuring older women, more often than not, with young men and women. It’s a good thing that the mainstream porn industry is inclusive of mature women who go against the normative, young, nubile body types that are generally most popular. Mature female adult performers are highly sought after and often play dominant characters, which can be super empowering. But the MILF genre has one other defining characteristic these days: with a demand for more sensational, shocking and unrealistic scenarios, younger and younger looking male actors are being cast to play the male leads.

This seems to be a positive step forward for male viewers who want to see themselves reflected in the scenarios they watch. Mainstream porn has predominantly featured muscly, tall, strong men who can easily dominate their female counterparts, which ultimately comes from a need to have power over women and can lead to abusive and violent scenes. With the young, scrawny, 20 somethings that are now being cast, men are able to see themselves in submissive roles, whilst feeling validated and most importantly not emasculated. One commenter on this VICE article said “guys like to watch porn with men they can relate to.” And I completely agree! Even in fantasy, viewers want to connect and feel represented. This makes them feel sexual, and that’s a great thing!

It’s great to see an alternative to the sex crazed studs we usually see as the male leads in adult film. It’s positive to see younger men of varied body types shown as more capable in the bedroom. Despite appearing at first as inexperienced, most of these videos show young men who can really hold their own. But what does it say about the women they’re fucking? The “MILFs” in these films are portrayed, yet again, as sex hungry, desperate women who will enthusiastically sleep with any man they’re put in a scene with. As usual. Even young prepubescent men are still seen as macho because they’re the ones doing the penetrating, fucking and facials. The thing with mainstream porn these days, is that it’s not always based around actual pleasure. This might not be news to you my Lusties, but it’s true! These types of film mock the differences between juvenile young men and mature women. And especially mock women!

How degrading! This trend is yet another example of the mainstream adult film almost exclusively catering for what men want to see. Male viewers may be excited about their new found role models, but for many women, one thing that definitely isn’t represented is female desire.

This isn’t equality or sex positivity in my view. What about young men sleeping with young women, exploring and learning together in healthy, consensual relationships? Like my XConfession short, Coming of Age.

 

 

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