Wednesday, July 11, 2012

THE POLITICS OF GAY PORNOGRAPHY

The sight of spunk splattered all over the face, the frenetic blowjobs, the brutalized anal sex and the rictus of grimacing pleasure on the faces of porn stars induces sordid titillation but by virtue of its impersonal reduction into its constituents de eroticizes, kitschifies and discombobulates. These heraldic emblems of pornographic positionalities are both conformist and subversive and acknowledgement of this dual aspect is a necessary accompaniment to the process of deconstruction.

Pornography, including gay pornography is said to de particularize and de universalize larger, exigent realities and circumscribe the graffiti of sex into a purely functional mode. And it is this distance that is said to divest it of social appurtenances and focus unambivalently on the sex act. Yet why does the tableaux of twinks, blacks, daddy bears, schoolboys, bears exert such an irresistible attraction. What corporeal orgasmic plenitude do they proffer that our own flanks tintinnabulate with a responding throbbing, our engorgement fill with the excitement of rushing blood. Clearly the reason lies culturally.

Postmodernism divorces the individual from collectivity. Yet the collective consciousness of gay men vibrates with fantasies which pornography seeks to actualize. A huge penis, a hairy physiognomy, slim nubile yong men, black men, asian representations all are invariable components of the fantasy sexual dreams of gays along a lateral continuum. Moreover the nature of the fantasy, its accoutrements may differ but a singular component of their compendious concatenation is irretrievably interlinked to our cultural psyches. When the sex act is visualized it is disconnected from emotional significations. It is purely mechanical and untainted by feeling. The nature of pornography is gratuitous recompense, a recompense rendered ironic by virtue of its unconsummated nature. Masturbation is the inevitable restitution for the images that inundate the spectator's psyche. It is depersonalization redoubled, both of the object of desire and the cognitive subject.

The prick alert and poised to penetrate uses variegated sex positions. Semen becomes a sacramental offering, to be ingested as a holy symbol, the anus becomes the fringed hole where the brutal cock weaves in  and out. Sex, with its intimations of transcendence is stripped of sanguine romanticism and made purely quotidian. A certain brutality, a rationalized violence is an attendant phenomenon. The more violent the penetration, the more assiduous the blowjob the more intense is the pleasure.

Stereotypes of communities are validated through pornography. And it is here that the irrefutable irony of porn is underscored. Indefatigable fucking for its own sake reaffirms cultural myths. The black man is imbued with a huge , bulging knob, the dildo is indisputably gargantuan., the hairy bear is incontrovertibly, exaggeratedly masculine. The twink is often uncircumcised and has a smooth, gelatinous skin, anal excitation has its essential vulgarity enhanced as it becomes an uncharacteristically subversive act. The schoolboy has sex with the teacher, dads fuck son, blacks fuck blacks and whites. Incest, the incontestable taboo becomes in the world of porn a material reality. Because pornography operates in the mode of fantasy and the pleasures it incites are private a hushed concealment , the spectator's complicity is assumed. Private sexual obsessions, common to all are indulged in all their perversity. Every rococo, baroque combination finds visual expression. All apparatuses are personalized.

In its simultaneous affirmation and disavowal of its cultural moorings gay pornography is ineluctably subversive. Yet its transgressive possibilities are defused and attenuated because they lie embedded in the aroused psyche of the viewer. Eventually a momentary excitation yields a momentous pleasure yet eventually it resides in the mind, unactualized, unrealized. It initiates an entrance into the sexual domain and is educative about the sex act but its violent nature underpins its educative aspect. Porn is an inevitable component our lives and a judicious, measured partaking tempered by cognitive awareness is the only way to circumvent its harmful effects and initiate a self determination, constituted but transcended of sexuality.

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