‘That feels good!’: straight men’s sexual fluidity in gay porn

Doron Mosenzon

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Abstract

This article analyzes the rhetorical devices employed in gay porn films featuring characters of heterosexual men. Through examples from six contemporary commercial gay porn websites, I identify three rhetorical devices used to facilitate the straight man’s sexual interaction with another man: suspension of heterosexuality, visible bodily arousal as proof of pleasure, and equating male and female orifices. These devices point to a conception of a ‘bisexual body' that may become aroused irrespective of one’s psychosocial identification. Utilizing bisexual theory and sociological research of heterosexuality, I claim that this disconnection between a bisexual body and heterosexual identity simultaneously opens possibilities of destabilizing the rigid hetero/homo binary of sexual identity and closes them down by de-politicizing them. This pornographic discourse may be connected to wider discourses regarding male sexual fluidity and bisexuality.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPorn Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Pornography
  • bisexuality
  • heterosexuality
  • homosexuality
  • sexual identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies

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