Ethnic pornography is a genre of pornography that focuses on performers of specific ethnic groups, or on the depiction of interracial sexual activity. Ethnic pornography typically employs ethnic and racial stereotypes in its depiction of performers.
The term 'interracial pornography' may theoretically pertain to visual pornography depicting sexual activity between performers of any different racial groups but 'interracial' or IR is usually referred as heterosexual acts between black and white performers. Many of interracial pornographic films still include racial stereotypes, but the segregation of actors by race has diminished considerably.
Controversy in the American pornographic industry
Although films featuring white females with black males attracted public attention as early as Behind the Green Door, the position of white actresses appearing in interracial pornography has caused constant controversy within the American pornographic industry. In the past, some of American pornography's leading white actresses were allegedly warned to avoid African American males, both on-screen and in their personal lives. One rationale was the purportedly widespread belief that appearing in interracial pornography would ruin a white performer's career, although some observers have said that there is no evidence that this is true. Adult Video News critic Sheldon Ranz wrote in 1997 that
"We keep hearing a lot about 'the powers that be' that tell white women that it's not in their 'interest' to work with blacks. Is there any proof that Ginger [Lynn]'s scene with Tony El-Lay in Undressed Rehearsal hurt her career? Nina Hartley still gets lots of bookings in Southern strip clubs, especially Texas, even though she is an avowed interracialist."
On the other hand, some commentators have pointed that the lack of racial divide and "nonsense about 'attraction' and 'preference'" in the European pornographic scene allowed many top European female performers appear in American interracial pornographic films.
Testimonies in the 2010s
Despite interracial pornographic films have increased in popularity, becoming one of the fastest-growing and biggest-selling genres, Sophie Dee, a prominent figure of the genre, claimed in a 2010 interview that agents often pressure white female performers not to appear in interracial pornography, although they will be paid better than performing with non-black men and their careers will not be damaged in any way, pointing at positive examples of some Vivid Entertainment actresses. Similarly, Sicilian American porn star Mariah Milano concluded that racism is still considerably rampant in the porn industry and it is often concealed by tongue-in-cheek arguments like female performers' personal preferences.
Aurora Snow noted in a 2013 article that the major factor that prevents many white female porn stars from doing interracial scenes is "career anxiety" imposed by the agents rather than their own racial bias whereas Tee Reel, male porn star and one of the few black agents in the industry confirmed this by telling "In the business, some girls who say they don’t do interracial I’ve actually had sex with off camera." Kristina Rose alleged that also some agents tell younger porn actresses that they will earn less from performing in interracial pornography to bar their involvement, although the opposite is true on a global level.
In academic discourse, racial fetishism is a postcolonialist term found in the writings of authors such as Homi K. Bhabha, Anne McClintock and Kobena Mercer. The term combines elements of the Freudian psychoanalytic fetish and the Marxist commodity fetish, and is used in the context of British, Spanish and French colonialism and imperialism and their aftereffects. The term has as its origins Frantz Fanon's epidermal schema and Edward Said's Orientalism.
Homi Bhabha defined the idea of a racial fetish in contrast to the idea of the Freudian sexual fetish which he describes a denial of difference, where the male sees the female as a castrated male, seeing missing parts rather than a different anatomy. Similar to Freud's idea of a fetish, Bhabha defines racial fetish to be a fixation on other races being not different, but lesser or "mutilated" versions of the white male.
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