A fellow blogger wrote a post asking why there seemed to be an increase in the prevalence of heterosexual anal sex in pornographic films. I would only typically comment on his post, but find in some cases that my comments are entire posts in themselves.
You can read his post here:
In my opinion, the reason for the increase in heterosexual anal sex in porn is part of the overall sexual attitude on the web. Every day I see more and more portrayals of demoralizing acts, acts against one’s will and outright violence against women in porn. The most extreme sites are easily recognized by scenes of objectified women being attacked or tortured. Others contain photos of women engaged in standard sexual activities, but whose sad, pained, fearful, dead or drugged eyes belie their actions and make it clear that they are not enthusiastically (or even willingly) taking part.
In the good ol’ days of porn, there was a depiction of “standard” sex which in many cases was followed by the “money shot”. That being the man would finish on the woman’s face, cheek, chin, throat or breasts. Pretty tame by today’s standards.
Today, depictions of anal sex, simulated strangulation, slapping of the face, spanking, ejaculating into the mouth, ass-to-mouth, urinating on another, fisting, gangbangs, object insertion, rape and torture are all finding their way into mainstream porn. Other sites do not contain such extreme images but nevertheless characterize the women, individually and as a group, with words such as: sluts, whores, bitches and worse.
So back to the question as to why there is an increase in the prevalence in anal sex in porn.
I personally feel that is part of a bigger picture and depiction of violence against women. The porn industry glorifies certain acts and makes the viewer believe that such acts are part of “standard” sex. The more the viewer sees it, the more apt they are to believe that such activity is normal…or that those that do not participate in such acts are not normal. So ladies, those of you that have not yet had a bone in your butt…what’s up? You know that EVERYONE is doing it except you…so you had better get into it…
This is the type of attitude that it promotes. The portrayal of anal sex in porn may not promote violence towards women directly but it is the subconscious thought of making a woman do something that may be against her will or better judgment that is the issue.
Anal sex and finishing in the woman’s open mouth are so common now that one might think that this is “standard” sexual activity. It has become “vanilla”. When something becomes the norm, producers have to increase the shock-value by coming up with new ways to “impress” the viewers. It has been only in the past few years that I have seen what is referred to as “ass-to-mouth” videos on a regular basis. Not because I am actively seeking them but they will pop up as part of “standard” porn if you will. Ass to mouth is when a man performs anal sex on a woman and then puts his penis directly from her anus into her mouth. Typically this will be done several times during the act…for full effect. This is disgusting, dangerous and nobody is going to make me believe that anyone (other than someone that is extremely off base) would actually like this sort of activity, but it is becoming far TOO common in porn…just like “standard” anal sex a few years back.
What people do in private is their own business. The prevalence of anal sex among consenting heterosexual adults has increased from 16% in 1992 to 40% in 2010. I could assume that part of this increase is due to its depiction in porn, with the typical porn viewer (male) being the instigator. It is also true that some women enjoy anal sex and if they had never tried it, they wouldn’t know. That being said, still 6 out of 10 women that have tried it…don’t like it.
The pornographic depiction of anal sex gives the impression that all women like it…and if they don’t…they should…