I’ve always thought there were too many shots of penetration in porno films



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It’s not so bad these days, but back in the VHS era it was by far the dominant motif. Most films were identical: a few lines of bad dialogue, then off comes the pizza uniform and next thing you know it’s five minutes of repetitive motion. On fast forward, videos of old-school sex movies look exactly like aerobic routines. I’m not saying to leave the penetration out-- that would be ludicrous --but there are other things you can do that are far more visually interesting. In this way, modern porn vastly improves upon the comparatively unsophisticated filth of yore. 

However, men are still a crude and improperly utilized element in pornography. The sensual energy in a scene of two women making out can be completely drained when some doofus lumbers into the room and starts oafishly pawing them. I understand that the contrast between the two is the whole point of the dichotomy, the yin and the yang and whatnot, but I believe with proper direction men could play a more active and interesting role in porno cinema. As it is, you might as well stick a lampshade on the fuckers.

The main thing lacking in modern porn is a failure to understand that the emotions surrounding sex are the key aspect in conveying the experience. The bizarre and obviously false “porn star” persona evoked by so many actors falls way outside the range of what most people consider hot, or even naturally human. Even minor improvements in story and acting would go a long way. There are scenes from the annals of proper cinema that are far more effective in capturing the essence of sexuality for that very reason. 

Another way modern porn is much improved since the old days is that you now have models and actresses owning their own web sites. In the past, the only option for most girls was to move to Los Angeles and join up with some company or other. I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that such companies might exploit their workers, just like lots of other kinds of companies do. The big operators still exist and, indeed, many advertise how badly they exploit the girls working for them; a cultural phenomenon with disturbing implications. But at least now, with the Internet, people have the option of founding their own porno business and calling all the shots: who they have sex with, for example. The bonus for the viewer is that actors tend to have much hotter sex with people they genuinely like.

In sum, pornography would be better if it were directed by professional filmmakers and starred famous actors having sex with people they actually like, and focused less on pendulous scrotum sacs.