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Gay Pornography: Representations of Sexuality and Masculinity

Gay Pornography: Representations of Sexuality and Masculinity
John Mercer

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Gay pornography, online and onscreen, is a controversial and significantly under-researched area of cultural production. In the first book of its kind, Gay Pornography: Representations of Sexuality and Masculinity explores the iconography, themes and ideals that the genre presents. Indeed, John Mercer argues that gay pornography cannot be regarded as one-dimensional, but that it offers its audience a vision of plural masculinities that are more nuanced and ambiguous than they might seem. Mercer examines how the internet has generated an exponential growth in the sheer volume and variety of this material, and facilitated far greater access to it. He uses both professional and amateur examples to explore how gay pornography has become part of a wider cultural context in which modern masculinities have become 'saturated' by their constantly evolving status and function in popular culture.

Author Info

John Mercer is a Reader in Gender and Sexuality and Programme Leader in Media and Cultural Research Degrees at the Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University.


‘Mercer’s book is dense and erudite, bedazzling in its connoisseurship, rich in the detail of case studies that ring a clear bell or make you wonder how you missed that one, as witty as it is weighty. Discerning contemporary gay porn—or any porn for that matter—through the “vortex” of “saturated masculinity” turns out to be immensely productive. It’s all here, all of the inhabitants of the pornosphere from the 1970s celluloid twink to the 21st-century postporn amateur “care bear” virtual daddy, situated carefully in the astutely defined dynamics of fantasy and sociality that keep them all alive. Mercer’s central place in the still proliferating field of porn studies across the board is guaranteed.’ - Thomas Waugh, Professor of Film Studies, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780765181
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2017
Number of Pages: 240
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 10 bw integrated

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