The amount of full-frontal dongs we see on TV shows has skyrocketed in recent years. We have online porn to thank for the money shots, media experts believe. Scenes from Normal People, which arguably aren't even as kinky as other sex scenes on TV, are steamy enough that they've popped up on Pornhub alongside explicit content. As explicit content online seeps into the consciousness of content creators and audiences, porn is increasingly influencing TV, and vice versa. Further, popular streaming and premium cable providers that also distribute their content on streaming networks don't have to adhere to federal rules against nuditysexual content, and explicit language like network television, nor do they have to bow to the will of advertisers like basic cable.
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Plus, new technology is spicing up this smorgasbord of shlongs — and not just by letting us toggle between Pornhub to Netflix on our phones with one click. Porn has "certainly desensitized us," she continued. While full-frontal female nudity has long been the "norm" in sex scenes both in film and TV, this newer proliferation of full-frontal male nude scenes in episodic content may be because it's not shocking to see dicks on our screens anymore. TV creators also continue to have a fascination with the adult industry itself.
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An upcoming show The Big Timefor example, is about a porn performer trying to save a film studio. Rowntree said Sssh, a member-based site that produces videos based on what viewers want to see, contributed photography for the set's walls. Recent submissions to Sssh are heavily swayed by television, Rowntree said. Witches after Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Magicians and superheroes no doubt based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other comic book hero resurrections are among them.
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Rowntree also acknowledges the adult industry's influence on television making. She herself, as a part of Sssh, has shot content for a couple other mainstream TV productions but couldn't elaborate due to legal reasons. Whereas the most popular, chatted-about TV shows such as Game of Thrones often portray sex, buzzy movies tend to be more prudish.
The world of big-budget films has had an explosion of intellectual property franchises, such as Marvel movies.
These stories are sexless and family friendly, San Filippo explained. That's not to say there aren't plenty of titillating R-rated movies released year after year. Blockbusters, however, don't tend to touch the adult topics that prestige TV is willing to go after. When the "golden age of television" considered, by some critics, to be took off, it gave us a hunger for prestige shows that pushed boundaries and sometimes felt like episodic movies.
Streaming services have also taken off in parallel, leading to even more content being produced and a greater willingness to test out new concepts. Two other factors that have contributed to the "latest burst" of male nudity on television include the improvements in prosthetics and digital alterations and the rise of intimacy coordinators, said Peter Lehman, professor emeritus at Arizona State University and author of Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body.
Many of the dicks we see on our 4K televisions are fakehe wrote for The Conversation. HBO has a long history of displaying naked penises, such as in the s show Oz. The difference between Oz and, say, Euphoria, which stirred up dick discourse inis that the dicks in the latter are prosthetics. The penis tide changed Naked girls have dicks real to artificial with the Starz series Spartacus, Lehman said. Because prosthetics allow filmmakers and actors to decide how they want characters' dicks to look, namely: huge. Society's obsession with big dicks isn't Naked girls have dicks new, but it's an obsession perpetuated by porn.
The dicks on porn performers are sometimes portrayed as cartoonishly large no doubt enhanced by camera angles, lighting, and other movie magicand if not then definitely above the average penis size of 5. Meanwhile, the use of intimacy coordinators became common practice on set of film and TV productions around in light of the MeToo movement and more people speaking out about sexual harassment.
Intimacy coordinators choreograph simulated sex scenes, negotiate and communicate between actors and production teams, and provide a sense of safety and support for actors. Porn had the "original" intimacy coordinators, said San Filippo, though they don't use the title. Porn shoots, in the best of circumstances, are choreographed and negotiated beforehand by performers and producers. Like a TV scene, a porn scene is a highly orchestrated production.
Intimacy coordinators were also popular in theater productions before making their way to film and TV. With intimacy coordinators on a prestige TV set, there's consent and a deed comfort level with nudity that may have not been there ly.
InHBO announced it would use intimacy coordinators on all its shows with sex scenes. Its first show to do so was The Deuce, which portrays the golden age of pornography in the s. The Deuce is an example of television creators' being inspired by porn itself to create content.
It's not a new phenomenon.
Even when a show's subject isn't the adult industry, though, it may still be informed by it in subtler ways. The creators of those shows raised in those environments have addressed it very frontally. Creator Lena Dunham shot sex scenes that were impacted by porn — not attempting to replicate it, but instead mindful of how porn has changed our idea of what sex should be. For example, San Filippo said, the show's first on-screen sex scene displays Dunham's character Hannah going along with a role-play scenario where her partner said she was a "junkie" at 11 years old.
When the sex is over, her partner is uncomfortable discussing the dirty talk.
In the case of Euphoriaporn's influence isn't just seen in a locker room scene with dozens of prosthetic cocks, but in how porn informs characters' sexual tastes and interests. The pilot episode, for example, includes a montage of Pornhub clips as the protagonist explains her peers' proclivity for rough sex. As television becomes sexier and sexier, Rowntree wonders where the line between porn and other forms of content should fall.
At the same time, she has considered whether being more explicit is always the right move for a TV show. She recalled a compilation of disturbing American Horror Story: Hotel clips: A man's unseen penis super glued into a dead woman's body; a man being penetrated by a spiked penis; and two vampire characters feasting on humans during an orgy. These clips didn't even show nudity; they all aired on FX, a basic cable channel.
Still, the images struck audiences even without an X rating.
Or do our minds fill in the explicit sex? Regardless, the experts said neither porn nor provocative TV is going away anytime soon. If anything, the lines are becoming blurrier. San Filippo believes the line between porn and mainstream TV and movies is artificial and created for political and commercial reasons.
And those reasons don't serve anyone except "maybe Hollywood studios and the executives that run them," and advertisers. As exemplified by OnlyFans banning explicit content only to suspend the change days later, the adage of "sex sells" often stops when the selling benefits sex workers.
Sex work is devalued across industries such as entertainment and tech, even though these industries profit off it.
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San Filippo hopes that meshing television, an industry largely impacted by labor organizingwith the adult industry could result in better labor practices for the latter. Lehman sees future potential not just for prosthetics, but digital enhancements. In the Danish film Nymphomaniacfor example, the director digitally manipulated actors' faces onto other people's naked bodies. Nymphomaniac is an erotic art house movie, though the technology could potentially be used in mainstream American TV, too.
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It's a digital creation from two bodies being represented as one," he said. Both TV and porn at least, the free porn proliferating the internet perpetuate an ideal body, one chiseled with a big dick — and an ideal sexual encounter, one with penetration. Lehman hopes, however, that TV will evolve and show more diverse bodies and types of sexual expression. Like in porn, penetration is seen as the "main" sexual activity on TV.
Particularly, Lehman said, outside the framework of penetration — and outside a locker room full of dicks.
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