12 November 2007

Porn Stars: Before and After



Porn stars have always had an allure to me. Their on-camera personas creating curiousity about what their "normal" lives are like. Granted some actresses have gone mainstream enough where you know who their dating or what talk shows they've been on, but even then I think the person you see in those "set up" snippets are still some vestige of the on-screen version of that person.


HBO has been airing "documentaries" about the porn industry for some years now, but the one that has stood out to me the most was the behind-the-scenes look at the making of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' large format book of porn star portraits both clothed and nude (see examples above and below).


Being a visual person and more importantly a faithful desciple of the idea that images are equal to many thousands of words, I found the segment and the book itself a fountain of insight into the sex-based industry. Seeing actresses such as Tera Patrick (below) in both their everyday wear and their work uniforms not only made them more human, but at the same time pointed out how much of porn is fake, scripted, and pre-produced rather than being the poorly executed, spur of the moment encounters they'd have us believe they are.


And yet this is what we crave when we watch porn, isn't it? The fantasy? That which might, by some slim chance in this universe, happen if we're at the right place at the right time? Isn't that the allure of strip clubs? The remote possibility that the gorgeous woman dancing for you might actually take a fancy to you despite the fact that she's only there because you've just paid her $20? If it is, so be it. I'd rather be in the company of a beautiful naked woman even if nothing more than a dance is going to happen or live the fantasy in my mind as I sit, cock in hand watching some nubile starlet play out someone else's fantasy.


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