Food for Thought! Male Talent!
The Mighty Evan Stone!
In the almost three years in which I have been reviewing for XCritic, I have come to notice that the male performers are never recognized unless you are within the circle of the chosen few that companies often hired repeatedly. Often neglected at all the trade shows they are very few appearing at any of the booth to meet any of their fans if they are any! Is it wrong in wanting the men to get some kind of recognition? No and I don't mean the type of ass kissing they get because of how huge their cocks are or how many scenes you have with the hottest woman in porn.
Understandably so people watch porn for the beautiful ladies for the most part and see men as the stunt cocks or as one of my friends and fellow reviewer stated that she feels that male performers should be on the same scale as a dildo.When a guy tries too hard to be noticed or plays too much of a role in a flick he becomes too much of a distraction taking away from his female counterpart. A guy should blend into the background allowing the women to be the center of attention. The men are more like a living breathing sex toy for the ladies to enjoy.
Jean Val Jean
So would I like the guys to be more of a focus in the adult media? My answer to that would be yes. If you talk to a few of the ladies in the industry today, you'll know that they have the favorite guys to work with and have great chemistry on screen to sell you. Unless you have a brand name and typically to have that you have to be a douche bag or a prick. The men get no respect or acknowledgement at all.
In the Adult Industry the male talent is the minority unless he is working both sides of the industry. If you notice the male talent that work in Gay porn are more noticed and appreciated. They have their pictures all over the place and have a more welcoming fan base. Don't get me wrong I am not knocking porn either Gay or Straight, I enjoy the different genres out there and love reviewing it!
From what I understand the men get paid more in Gay porn. Does that make any sense at all? Men get paid less in straight porn depending on what your name is but make more money doing Gay porn? Does the same go for women doing only G/g porn?
There is a small group of men out there working their ass off that are good performers and enjoy their work deserving that recognition and praise. Then you have companies that eagerly pump the guys ego like Christian x, James Deen, Nick Manning and all these other male performers that don't meet up to the standards set by the veterans in porn ie. Peter North,, Randy West, Randy Spears and of course Ron Jeremy .. its all a popularity contest in porn's public relations when it comes to the men..
When I attended the AEE in 2007, I was under the impression that the men would also be there signing. Boy was I ever wrong. Then again as a AEE virgin there was a lot for me to learn and even today I am still learning.
The Adult trade shows basically promotes the ladies but without the men doing their fair share of the work in providing the stimulus in selling the fantasy where would that leave us... probably watching girl/girl porn.
Even in the trade magazines there is an abundance of pictures and recent article of what the ladies have accomplished so far and of what is yet to be done in their lives. Yet there is nothing written about the male talent unless it's on the gossip forums and it being just the normal trash that is spew every where.
Every year the AVN has it's Best Male Newcomer and Male Performer of the Year,Best Supporting Actor,Best Actor,Male Foreign Performer Of The Year,Unsung Male Performer Of The Year, so does that mean that someone is actually watching the men as well? On the other hand, do they drop the names in a hat and chose from there?
Steven St. Croix
It makes me wonder what it takes for any performer to gain the popularity and following in the adult industry. For the women of course it's all about the body but the way I see it, it's so much more than that.
Right now many younger male performers have caught the eyes of the ladies they have worked with or soon will. For instance you have the debonair Manuel Ferrera, Charles Dera, and Anthony Rosano who for arguments sake have made a name for themselves.
Reviewing mainly feature porn might have sullied my opinion on other genres. I have enjoyed some gonzo titles and love the BDSM genre but if you look at it overall , it all boils down to that the men in porn are neither respected or appreciated unless you happen to be one of the top tier stunt cocks in the industry.