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A Look at Interracial Porn in 2016

In 2007, I wrote an opinion piece for EyeOnAdult.com titled Why Interracial Porn is Stupid and So are You (For Watching It).

You can find an archived version of it here.

Between 2005 and 2007, I easily wrote hundreds of pieces for EOA, and the aforementioned article was one of a handful that received a lot of attention around the web. This one in particular was reposted in a variety of places, sparked quite a bit of discussion on major blogs, adult forums, and is still listed on the external links section of Wikipedia’s English language article on Ethnic pornography.

The gist of that article was pretty simple. Interracial porn (read black men with white women) during that time was rife with offensive stereotypes and bigoted themes centred around base, archaic viewpoints. It was also largely devoid of anything that can really be described as erotic in most cases. And finally, it all seemed to be a distinctly American syndrome in Western porn, as Europe and the UK scarcely dealt in the genre.

Now, nearly ten years later, I think its worth having another look at the genre.

In 2016, it would appear that by observing the products themselves, things have shifted a bit.

In terms of titling and marketing, interracial porn does seem to rely significantly less on the over-the-top and crude (even by porn standards) language. There seems to be less in the way of objectification for both the male and female performers, and less emphasis on de-humanisation over all.

Almost by definition however, it’s safe to say that ethnicity is still fetishised in a manner that could, and almost certainly does make many uncomfortable. And it’s probably fair to say that the most disturbing problem of all is how few in the adult industry seem to recognize that.

Another trend that has me shaking my head is the emergence of the cuckold subgenre. While there are movies in this realm that do not focus on ethnicity and simply rely on Dominant/submissive themes, it’s fair to say that the vast amount of them do focus on interactions between white couples and black males. And the bulk of that content certainly plays on a xenophobic theme; the concept of the aggressive invader out to seduce or steal the virtue of white women. The humiliation aspect, whereas the hapless husband is somehow particularly shamed because his partner has taken a black lover also plays on the fears of bigots. From my view, this is a clear regression, and may very well be a more disturbing trend than the insensitive and unimaginative marketing phrases used so frequently in the mid 2000’s.

That said, I think it’s safe to say that one of the biggest reasons we’ve seen any improvement in so-called interracial porn is the emergence of Greg Lansky’s Blacked.com line of products.

In my first article on this topic, I finished with a challenge to porn producers:

I challenge the industry professionals who are bound and determined to continue making these movies to at least make something that can actually carry itself with hot sex and great performances rather than depending on clichés, deep seeded insecurities, and bigotry. Of course, that might require hard work, so I don’t expect my challenge to be met by any of you.

Greg Lansky accepted that challenge (even if he never read my article), and succeeded.

Greg has proved, beyond any shadow of doubt, that the cheapest tricks used by previous producers in the genre simply aren’t necessary for resounding success and fanfare. Further, it proves that shock value beyond the extremely tasteful photos used to market the Blacked.com product is superfluous.

And when I say that Greg’s work in the genre is unparalleled from a production standpoint, I feel confident that few, if any, would even attempt to mount a counterargument.

And for those accomplishments, Mr. Lanksy should be praised.

But we still have a ways to go – a long ways in fact. Ultimately, it would be nice to see the end of ethnicity as a fetish. Of course, that fetisisation doesn’t end with the pairing of black men with white women, and also includes porn genres pertaining to black women, Asian women, Middle Eastern women (which seems to be increasing), and so forth. But given the prevalence of implicit or explicit xenophobia and bigotry in the United States, the end of such nonsense would be a pipe dream for the foreseeable future.

And don’t even get me fucking started on Internet forums. There are rednecks everywhere, and they have a gut-churning presence on porn fan boards.

All that said, I can’t help but wonder what adult films of this variety might look like after another decade, and I’d love you hear your thoughts on the matter.

For those of you who actually read pieces like this here on WeHeartPorn.com, I thank you. Please feel free to comment and tell us your thoughts.