Body Image, Sex Industry, and the Media

Jonman wrote:
I'm also curious to hear how the sex industry affects male body image.

I'm not sure if it is instructive rather than anecdotal, but here's a thing that happened to me recently. In Settle, there's an annual amateur porn festival called HUMP! (look it up, but it's most definitely NSFW). The idea is that you make your own porno and submit it, a panel selects the best, then they're shown in the theatre, then all copies are destroyed immediately afterwards. So you can be a pornstar for a day without worrying about it escaping onto the internet. Me and a bunch of friends go every year (and it'd not unusual for us to recognize someone on the screen), and it's a hoot. Some of the submitted stuff is funny (intentionally so), some hot, and some kinky.

Anyway, the upshot of it is that this year, I walked out of that movie theater feeling like a million dollars, body-image-wise. Why? Because it's porn made by regular folk with regular bodies. And the difference between that and "regular" porn was so stark and marked. It's not like I was suffering from body image 'issues' beforehand, but it actually served as somewhat of an ego boost.

As if I needed that.

I get the same ego boost whenever my wife and I walk around a county fair or an amusement park.

Paleocon wrote:
Jonman wrote:
I'm also curious to hear how the sex industry affects male body image.

I'm not sure if it is instructive rather than anecdotal, but here's a thing that happened to me recently. In Settle, there's an annual amateur porn festival called HUMP! (look it up, but it's most definitely NSFW). The idea is that you make your own porno and submit it, a panel selects the best, then they're shown in the theatre, then all copies are destroyed immediately afterwards. So you can be a pornstar for a day without worrying about it escaping onto the internet. Me and a bunch of friends go every year (and it'd not unusual for us to recognize someone on the screen), and it's a hoot. Some of the submitted stuff is funny (intentionally so), some hot, and some kinky.

Anyway, the upshot of it is that this year, I walked out of that movie theater feeling like a million dollars, body-image-wise. Why? Because it's porn made by regular folk with regular bodies. And the difference between that and "regular" porn was so stark and marked. It's not like I was suffering from body image 'issues' beforehand, but it actually served as somewhat of an ego boost.

As if I needed that.

I get the same ego boost whenever my wife and I walk around a county fair or an amusement park.

As if I needed that.

It's old now, but there's a book called The X-Factory where a chap interviewed pornstars. I remember thinking quite a lot seemed to have been abused, but I didn't have any stats to compare it against.