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Carnal ResonanceAffect and Online Pornography$
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Susanna Paasonen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016315

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016315.001.0001

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Amateur Wives and the Attraction of Authenticity

Amateur Wives and the Attraction of Authenticity

(p.71) 3 Amateur Wives and the Attraction of Authenticity
Carnal Resonance

Susanna Paasonen

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the authenticity of pornography categories, including amateur, mainstream, professional, and commercial. Developments in technology, especially cameras used in the production of amateur pornography, inspired the gonzo genre that uses semi-amateur performers to produce pornography. Gonzo paved the way for reality pornography, which involves staged scenes and scenarios and is professionally produced. The Introduction of webcams helped to bring a sense of authenticity, which is important for pornography to attract an audience. The rise of amateur pornography online, due to its authenticity is discussed, as is the downside of using makeup and airbrushed video productions in pornography, which kills this authenticity factor. Fantasies related to mature women in online pornography, given the name the MILF genre by U.S. popular culture, are also discussed.

Keywords:   amateur pornography, gonzo genre, webcams, authenticity, airbrushed video productions, MILF

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