Porn is Like a Movie, Exaggerated and Epic

Just like in the movies everything in porn is acted, exaggerated and more epic than it is in real life.

They’re acting

Even though they are actually having sex in porn scenes, they are acting. Obviously there is a script (the bit that people often fast forward through) which they have to get through before they start having sex. But also all of the sex is usually scripted and planned out in advance so that the director knows where to put lights, camera and sound equipment.

Porn is kinda like professional wrestling

It’s kind of like wrestling on the telly: even though they are actually hitting each other it’s all staged because it’s entertainment. Similarly in porn the actors know what is going to happen before it happens. Everything is agreed about what kind of sex they are going to have, when they are going to have it, with whom, where and in what position. Consent is something we don’t see in porn. Performers have contracts and make it clear about what they will and won’t do in a scene before they agree to take the work – but that’s not something they usually show.

It’s exaggerated

Porn actors are usually pretending to enjoy it, or are pretending to enjoy it more than they actually are. Their job is to make the sex they are having look and sound amazing. It’s a skill to do this and it’s one of the things that people like about really popular performers. Sometimes there might be great chemistry between performers on set, but often they are pretending really well. Smiling, looking into each other’s eyes, laughing at the other person’s stupid jokes.

Although they are having sex for a job, it’s still a job that requires skills and talent.

Because they are acting and making sex seem really really good it might give people the wrong impression about how sex works. For instance in the real world it’s only the minority of women that can orgasm just from penis or toy in vagina sex. Most women need direct stimulation of the clitoris in order to orgasm. So although some female porn actors might actually having orgasms, most won’t. In real life the average time it takes men to cum is less than 5 minutes of intercourse (although it is possible for guys to last longer than that with practice). In porn it’s important for male actors not to cum too quickly, but it’s also important that they do come when they are told to.

Porn sex always looks like it’s mindblowingly good, but often this isn’t the case for real life sex.

Everything is exaggerated on Planet Porn so when they have sex on camera they act to make it look like it’s the best sex ever, even when it isn’t. Or they are thinking about the gas bill, or what they are having for their tea. Sometimes people think that sex is overrated on Planet Earth too. Sex isn’t always brilliant – we need to do it with the right person at the right time. Also we need good communication, trust and energy for enjoyable sex, sometimes that doesn’t always happen. Also sometimes we just aren’t in the mood. Also some people just aren’t as into sex. Some folk want romantic relationships but when it comes to sex they are a bit ‘meh’ about it.

The positions they do it in are more about the camera being able to see their bodies and genitals rather than the most enjoyable positions. So for example the missionary position is less popular in porn than it is in real life, because you can’t see very much when two people are lying close on top of and facing each other.This position is really popular in real life because a couple can look at each other, kiss and have a chat whilst they are sexing.

It’s epic

It’s also usually edited afterwards to make it seem more exciting. They seemingly go from one position to another without any effort but remember that there is a director shouting ‘cut’ so they can change the lights and the camera angle. What you don’t see in the final edited scene is the make up artist applying some concealer, or one of the actors getting a drink of water or applying more lubricant, or trying to maintain an erection. If a total scene is around 20 minutes it will usually have taken at least a couple of hours, often longer to shoot.

In professionally made porn the sex may seem to last for ages and they have lots of different kinds of sex in different kama sutra type positions. Remember it’s different from real life because porn is edited. Viewers also expect to see various sex acts and they want value for money (if they’ve paid for it), this is why it lasts for a long time and is so #EPIC.

Imagine buying porn to find a couple having sex under a duvet for 5 minutes before spooning and falling asleep.

In real life not everyone like sex to last that long every time. Sometimes sex can be a bit epic and huge but often it can be small and everyday and lovely. People can get sore or tired after a lot of sex (or put their back out) and sometimes even during an epic session of sex people like to have a break now and again to get re-energised (and to make sure they are properly aroused).

© Justin Hancock, 2015

 


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