List of pornographic sub-genres
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The two main distinctions of pornography are between softcore and hardcore pornography, while hardcore works may include softcore content, but not the other way round.
- Softcore pornography generally depicts naked or partially clothed women and/or men in sexually suggestive situations but excludes explicit sexual activity and sexual penetration.
- Hardcore pornography depicts graphic sexual acts and visible penetration. Most of the genres in this list are of hardcore pornography.
Traditionally, pornographic films were made for a predominantly male market. A typical pornographic film featured a voluptuous female performer on whom the film focused. Her male partner traditionally had no distinctive features other than a large penis. However, there has been an increase in female viewers over time, and there have recently been efforts to increase the sexualization of male performers also. New features such as men with smaller penises, charming facial features and well-built bodies are becoming predominant in pornographic films.
Today, pornographic films are classified into a number of sub-genres, each of which usually conforms to certain conventions, and each of which caters to particular markets. Sub-genres are usually classified into the characteristics of the performers or the type of sexual activity on which it concentrates, and not necessarily on the market to which each sub-genre appeals.
By physical characteristics of participants 
- Mature pornography features performers aged 40 and over. A related type of pornography known as MILF (Moms I'd Like to Fuck) features women, generally of age 25 or older, in fantasy scenarios with younger men.
- Teen pornography, sometimes referred to as Barely Legal, features young actors depicted as being aged 18 or 19. Eighteen years old is the youngest age to lawfully perform in sexually explicit films in many countries, with exceptions like Traci Lords and not taking into account underground-distributed films.
- Erotic Preteen Video is non-pornographic (or simulated pornographic), live action, films consisting of models that are under the age of consent for actual pornography. Like adolescent and pre-teen pornography, it is not considered child pornography in countries where such films are legal to make and/or possess, and all parties involved gave consent.
- Child pornography is commonly considered pornography involving children or teenagers who are under the age of consent for sexual relations (although in some countries such as the United Kingdom and United States the definition of child pornography includes subjects at or over the age of consent pretending to be younger). The United States considers any erotic entertainment with people under the age of 18 to be child pornography, even in states where the age of consent is considerably lower than 18 years old. Production, possession, and distribution of child pornography are illegal in many countries. In the countries where child pornography is illegal, simulated photographs ("pseudo-photographs") or lifelike edited images representing child sex are often illegal as well.
- Lolicon pornography is hentai illustrations or animation featuring young, female, childlike characters. Shotacon is the male equivalent of Lolicon, featuring young, male, childlike characters.
- Mom & daughter pornography is a relatively new addition to the pornographic sub-genres. This genre typically consists of an older performer and (sometimes voluptuous) younger performer who perform lesbian acts.
Hair fetishism is the sexual arousal of hair, mainly head hair or pubic hair, of various characteristics. This are commons examples in pornography:
- Long hair pornography is porn performed by participants with very long hair, for example waist-length, thigh-length, knee-length or floor-length, often with long bangs. The acting may involve covering face and body with hair, hair tossing (headbanging), stroking and playing with hair, hair pulling, wet hair, and hair jobs (masturbation in which one partner drapes his/her long hair around the penis).
- Blonde pornography is porn generally performed by participants with blonde hair. Sometimes it is exclusively a blonde haired women or both blonde hair women and men.
- Brunette pornography is porn generally performed by brunettes. Most brunettes are in the dark brunette category and it may include other races.
- Redhead pornography is porn performed by participants with red hair.
- Black Haired pornography is porn performed by Asians or of people with black hair.
- Hirsutism pornography involves conspicuous amounts of body and/or pubic hair. The models may be partially shaven, show body hair stubble or be completely unshaven, with an emphasis on the socially tabooed armpit hair. The latter are sometimes marketed as "Hippies" and can be connected with naturism. Because of the increased trend toward total depilation in contemporary pornography, the presence of any pubic hair at all on a model, even when groomed, is sometimes considered as making the model "hairy".
Body features 
- Big Beautiful Women (BBW) pornography features overweight or obese women.
- Big breast pornography, also called ginormous tits, big-boob or big-bust pornography, features women with large breasts. Some viewers prefer performers with breast implants, others prefer women who have naturally large breasts.
- Big dick/cock pornography features men with large penises.
- Big butt or Big ass pornography features women with large buttocks. This genre eroticizes the buttocks and anus, and it often overlaps with anal pornography.
- Cameltoe pornography involves women with a large and/or prominent labia and/or clitoris.
- Leg and feet pornography has an extreme emphasis on legs and feet. See: Other fetish section below
- Flexible pornography involves women that perform gymnastic exercises and take a flexible position.
- Tiny tits pornography features women with very small breasts. These women are often portrayed as teenagers. There is some overlap between tiny tits pornography, teen pornography, and Lolita pornography.
- Puffy Nips pornography features women with elevated areola.
Race-oriented pornography does not always feature performers who are actually of the race listed in the title. Performers are sometimes billed as being of a certain race, if their facial features, body shape, or skin color fit a publicly accepted idea of what people of that race look like. Some performers are billed as being of one race, and then of another, depending on the film.
- Asian pornography features performers who are (or appear to be) Asian/Oriental or from the Far East such as Japan, China and Thailand. Much in domestic and exported to foreign markets.
- Ebony or black pornography features performers who are (or appear to be) black. They can be sub-divided into African pornography, African-American pornography or Caribbean pornography.
- European pornography involving performers who are (or appear to be) European with features from Western Europe or more commonly Eastern Europe.
- Interracial pornography usually features sex between people of different racial backgrounds, but is more associated with pairing black and white actors and actresses or Latino/Latina and white actors and actresses.
- Latina/Latin pornography features performers who are (or appear to be) from Latin America or Latin Europe which includes South America, notably Mexico, Cuba. Most are of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Native American or Mestiza descent.[verification needed]
- Middle Eastern pornography features performers who are (or appear to be) from the Middle East. There is certainly an overlap with Arab pornography involving performers who are (or appear to be) Arabs from the Middle East or North Africa, and with Indian pornography.
- Bi-racial pornography features a model who is biracial and not specifically racially defined. This may include Albinos, Southeast Asians, Aborigines or Red-heads.
- Alt porn features performers with tattoos, piercings, unusually coloured hair, unique haircuts or who have a goth, punk rock, skinhead, hippie, raver, rockabilly/greaser, crusty, emo, scene, skater or stoner appearance. Many involved are members of the punk, goth, skinhead, rave and even Kustom Kulture. Good examples of this are films directed by Bruce LaBruce, who is a punk himself and his work could also be seen as avant-garde cinema.
- Art porn or artistic porn features erotic art dedicated to specific pornstars. One of the first art porn groups is the Pornsaints collective, founded by the Italian artist Francesco D'Isa. Like alt porn, it can be indebted to avant-garde cinema.
- Gangsta' porn - this porn depicts performers that are in the hip-hop/"gangsta" subculture and may include prostitution and gang activity.
- Bondage pornography features performers tied up or constrained in various ways.
- BDSM pornography depicts bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism.
- Femdom features BDSM scenes in which the dominant partner is female.
- Japanese rope bondage is distinguished by its use of specific katas (forms) and aesthetic rules. Sometimes, asymmetric and often intentionally uncomfortable positions are employed to heighten the psychological impact of the bondage.
- Rough sex pornography is similar to pornography featuring sadomasochism, and typically features a Top who humiliates and/or degrades a Bottom while being physically violent towards them. Typically featured are hitting, choking, name-calling and hair-pulling. Many of these activities might be based on rape.
- Rape pornography features performers simulating rape. Rape itself is a crime in all countries.
- Spanking or whipping pornography involves spanking or whipping, generally of the buttocks, with the hand or with other objects such as belts, switches, paddles, brushes, or whips.
- Facesitting when a woman or a young girl sits on a man's(or woman's) face.
- Wired pornography involves the use of electrical shocks and stimuli.
- Hard crush pornography features the actual killing of small animals and the act itself is generally illegal under cruelty to animals laws.
- Snuff pornography involves the actual death of any of the participants, consenting or otherwise, simulated death is not considered snuff. The existence of such content in commercially available pornography is widely considered an urban legend. In some areas, there are laws stating it is not legally possible to consent to be killed, and elsewhere it may still be legally dubious (see Armin Meiwes). The 1979 U.S. drama Hardcore showed this kind of film on its film.
- Guro or Gore is a genre of Japanese pornography involving blood, gore, disfiguration, violence, mutilation, urine, enemas, or feces.
Bodily functions 
- Menstrual or "red rhapsody" pornography features sexual activities involving women who are menstruating, with a focus on the menstrual blood.
- Scat or "brown" pornography features defecation, manipulation of feces, or consumption of feces, in reality or fantasy; a well-known example is the 2 Girls 1 Cup video.
- Milking pornography features women being milked or milking themselves (not to be confused with milk enemas).
- Watersports pornography features sexual activities involving urine, such as "golden showers".
- Emetophilia pornography involving vomiting and gagging.
- Preggo pornography features pregnant performers and may include erotic lactation as a fetish.
- Squirt pornography involves women ejaculating.
- Saliva pornography involves salivation and saliva.
- Cum-shot pornography features a collection of male ejaculation scenes.
- Crying pornography that features participating actors crying.
Other fetish 
- Bareback pornography features performers who are not wearing condoms.
- Bestiality pornography involves the sexual attraction of humans to animals. Bestiality is illegal in many countries.
- Bukkake pornography involves a performer, usually female, onto whom several men or women (see Squirting) ejaculate.
- Clothed female, naked male pornography features naked men and clothed women; typically, the women humiliate and abuse the men or perform fellatio and/or handjobs on the men. (This is often abbreviated to CFNM.) The reverse of this, in which nude women interact with clothed men, is called Clothed male, naked female (abbreviated CMNF).
- Creampie pornography features ejaculation inside the vagina or rectum instead of the common cum shot.
- Crush pornography features objects being crushed by an actress or actor, who generally plays an overtly dominant role.
- Cuckold fetish pornography that involves a cuckolded husband.
- Cum swapping pornography involves performers trading semen between their mouths.
- Diaper pornography involves performers pretending to be infants, often with an adult performer acting in the role of an adult caretaker.
- Foot fetish pornography features heavy emphasis on the feet of the participants, either in combination with kissing and genital sex or in the context of acts such as trampling or crush fetishism.
- Felching involves drinking (via suction / soda straw) recently-ejaculated semen from the vagina or anus.
- Fisting involves the insertion of one partner's entire hand (or, less often, both hands or even a foot) into a vagina or the anal cavity.
- Yiff or Yiffy pornography features "Furry" or anthropomorphic animals in an erotic or sexual context.
- Glasses fetish involves women who wear eyeglasses. Also referred to as spex appeal.
- Incest pornography features sex between actors who portray a familial relationship. Incest itself is largely taboo, and is a crime in many countries.
- Jerk off instruction (also known as Jerk off Encouragement (JOI / JOE)) features a performer encouraging or instructing the viewer to masturbate, often culminating in a countdown at the end of which the viewer is invited to induce orgasm.
- Lolita pornography (also known as lollipop) features women who are 18 years old or slightly older, who pretend to be underage teen girls. The fetish centers around this fantasy portrayal. Lolita pornography that features actual teenage girls under the age of 18 is illegal in most countries and treated as child or youth pornography. Lolita pornography caters to ephebophiles. The name was coined from the title of the controversial book.
- POV (Point-of-View) pornography involves camera angles designed to provide the viewer a view similar to that seen by one of the participants, whose face is never shown.
- Rubber pornography involves rubber, latex, and similar materials.
- Smoking fetish involves performers smoking cigarettes, cigars, joints, and/or blunts.
- Wetlook pornography involves clothed wet persons.
- Pantyhose/Tights/Stockings pornography involves women or men dressed in pantyhose, tights, or stockings.
- Bra pornography involves women or men dressed in bras.
- High heel pornography involves women or men dressed in high heeled shoes.
- Cheerleader pornography involves pictures of cheerleaders, both staged and real.
- Arcane or occult pornography involves sexualized situations with an occult or magical tone or performers who costume themselves in keeping with the theme, for example, a male performer dressed as a wizard.
- Jail/Prison/Police pornography involves people in police custody or inmates in jails or prisons in various sexual situations, such as strip searches or body cavity searches. These are often fake. Real jail or prison or police station shots or videos may violate laws in some countries.
- Medical pornography (often called Doctor or Nurse and Patient pornography) involves sexualized medical, often fake, including gynecological pelvic examinations, rectal examinations, and pelvic or gynecological ultrasounds. Real medical shots or videos may violate privacy laws in some countries.
- Enema pornography involves adults given enemas to others, often fake. Real enema shots or videos of true medical situations may violate privacy laws in some countries.
- Teacher and Student or Boss and Secretary pornography involves sexualized situations which take place between an authority figure, such as a teacher or boss, and an underling, such as a student or secretary, often fake. Real school shots or videos which are sexualized may violate privacy laws in some countries.
- Tentacle erotica features tentacled creatures (usually fictional monsters) raping or otherwise penetrating women or men.
- Babysitter pornography features usually teenage girls being exploited and having taboo sex with older, male employers.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual 
Men with men 
- Gay pornography is usually male homosexual pornography, acts depicted typically include anal or oral sex. Men who perform in mainstream gay pornography often do not consider themselves gay or bisexual. See "Gay-for-pay".
- Twink pornography features young-looking performers, and usually features young men who identify as gay or bisexual. Performers are usually thinner and more effeminate than ones in mainstream gay pornography.
- Bear features a combination of middle-aged, hairy or overweight males.
- Yaoi male homosexual hentai designed to appeal to women and men.
- Bara male homosexual hentai designed to appeal to men.
Women with women 
- Lesbian or girl-girl pornography features women engaged in sex together, but is typically aimed at a male audience. Women who perform in lesbian pornography often do not consider themselves lesbian or bisexual. See also Gay-for-pay.
- Lesbian pornography made for women is usually made by women, and usually features women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. Lesbian pornography typically features a wider range of appearances and body types than is typical of mainstream pornography. Particularly, some pornography in this genre features butch women, who are almost never seen in mainstream pornography.
- Yuri female homosexual hentai.
Multiple men and women 
- Bisexual pornography features one woman and two men who all perform sex acts on each other. The pornography is geared towards men; hence the word "bisexual" refers to the men rather than the woman.
- Bukkake pornography usually depicts numerous men having sex with one woman, with multiple, usually 10 or more, men ejaculating on the female's face. Especially popular in post-World War 2 Japanese culture.
- Threesome pornography features one man and two women (MFF) who all perform sex acts on each other. It is geared towards heterosexual men, who most typically define a threesome as such.
- Gang bang pornography usually depicts numerous men having sex with one woman, or one man. A scene where many women have sex with one man is referred to as a "reverse gang-bang".
Transsexual people 
- Transman pornography features performers who were born female and who medically transitioned to male. Buck Angel is the best-known actor in this genre.
- Transsexual pornography features transwomen performers, who typically have male genitalia and augmented female breasts (though there are exceptions to both). They are most often featured with male partners, but are also featured with other transsexuals or cissexual women. Common phrases used to refer to these individuals are "chicks with dicks" or "she-male", although these are generally considered pejorative among transwomen. Transsexual porn star Wendy Williams has stated that "transsexual Porn is classified as Straight Specialty."
- Transgender pornography features performers who cross-dress for sexual gratification, either for themselves or for their partners. Many men who like trans partners of any variety, known as tranny chasers, don't necessarily identify as gay themselves. This is why video stores might consider stocking transgendered subject matter in the straight section, as some straight men will have passive or active sex with another man as long as their partner appears to look like a woman to them, to some minor or major degree.
- Hermaphrodite, also known as herm, refers to pornography, typically hentai, that features persons with the genitalia of both sexes. The most common depiction of a hermaphrodite is a person with a female face, breasts, and build, and a penis, although there are other combinations. This type of pornography is almost exclusively hentai, as true hermaphroditic humans are not fertile and are not usually found in nature. Is also common of the furry genre.
- Futanari, "Hentai" females with a penis.
- Amateur pornography originally referred only to pornography produced by amateurs but now also includes professionally made pornography designed to appear as if it were amateur. Pro-am pornography is sub-genre of amateur pornography that refers to professionally made porn that features amateur actors/actresses, often appearing for the first time in a pornographic film.
- Celebrity sex tapes are amateur or professionally-made recordings of sex acts, as performed by a celebrity and their partner(s). These typically are leaked to the public via the Internet, with or without the celebrity's consent. A celebrity may allow such a recording to surface willingly, as part of a publicity stunt.
- Exhibitionist pornography features performers, usually female exposing themselves in public and spans simple flashing to public sex. The Girls Gone Wild series is one example.
- Gonzo pornography involves a first-person cameraman/performer perspective. Also see POV.
- Upskirt and Downblouse pornography features staged filming up women's skirts or down their blouses while in public. Actual upskirt or downblouse shots may violate privacy laws in some countries.
- Hidden Camera pornography involves shots that appear to spy or peep on a woman who is unaware she is being viewed or filmed while dressing, going to the bathroom, or showering; either at home or in a commercial place, such as a locker room, public restroom, spa (including spa treatments such as spraying, scrubbing, bikini waxes or Brazilian bikini waxes, and endermologie (also known as lipomassage or cellulite treatment)), or dressing room. Actual spying may violate privacy and/or trespassing laws in many countries. Voyeur or peeping Tom pornography is usually more staged with the subjects aware of the cameras, sometimes openly including this exhibitionist awareness.
- Gloryhole pornography features women performing fellatio on unidentified men through a small hole made in a bathroom divider. This genre also features gay men on men fellatio through a small hole made in a bathroom divider.
Specific sex acts 
- Anal pornography features anal penetration with a penis, dildo, other objects, or some combination of them.
- Ass to mouth (aka ATM or A2M) pornography shows the transfer of a performer's penis (or other object) from a second performer's anus to that same second performer's (or another performer's) mouth in a single shot.
- Gape shots in pornography feature scenes of anal sex with a focus on the recipient's anus remaining wide open for a period of time after an erect penis or dildo is removed. A sub-set of gaping is the "tunnel cumshot", wherein the male ejaculates directly (and visibly) into the gaping anus.
- Pegging pornography features a woman penetrating a man with a strap-on dildo.
- Rimjob pornography centers around anilingus.
- Spread beaver in pornography features scenes of a woman using a speculum or her hands to dilate her vagina. May involve simple opening of the vulva or exposure of the cervix.
Other sex acts 
- Double penetration (aka DP) pornography depicts simultaneous anal and vaginal penetration of one woman. Double Stuffed (aka DS), Double Vaginal (aka DV), or Double Anal (aka DA) pornography involves the penetration of one orifice by two penises or other objects.
- Fisting pornography features the insertion of an entire hand into a performer's vagina or anus. A sub-set of vaginal fisting attempts to photograph the female cervix immediately after the fist (or large dildo or speculum) is removed from the now-gaping vagina.
- Oral sex pornography frequently features a person performing fellatio, and less frequently cunnilingus.
- Solo pornography features performers masturbating. Can also include auto-fellatio, or performing oral sex on oneself.
- Insertion in pornography features women inserting various odd objects into their anus or vaginas.
Other categories 
Computer-generated, interactive, and animated 
- Cartoon pornography depicts illustrated or animated fictional characters in erotic and sexual situations.
- Hentai is the various forms of Japanese pornography, including H-manga, H-anime, and H-computer games. The term hentai is never used in this context in Japanese. The meaning of hentai is "perversion", "abnormality", or "metamorphosis". Yaoi is anime or manga that features gay males (although not necessarily pornographic). Yuri is the lesbian equivalent.
- Interactive pornography, available in CD-ROM and DVD format, allows the viewer to select the particular acts performed at any one time, sometimes with the camera providing a first person view.
- Poser Porn is pornography made using 3D computer graphics, usually with the 3D art program Poser, made to represent people in various sexual acts.
- Classics are pornographic films from the 1970s and sometimes 1980s.
- Compilations (Cumpilations) are a collection of short pornographic scenes, usually themed to a particular fetish such as anal or cum-shots, taken from otherwise unrelated films. (For copyright reasons, compilations are often limited to clips from films published by a single company.)
- Full-feature pornographic films are typically about two hours long, and usually have a plot.
- Parody Porn is a sub-genre that parodies the title to mainstream film or television show using sexual puns.
- Independent pornography is pornography produced by filmmakers unconnected to the major porn studios in a given country. It is often mislabelled "amateur pornography", though the producers and actors are often professional pornographic filmmakers and actors. (It is not always easy to distinguish between genuine amateurs and unknown professionals: often, the distinction is a matter of timing.)
- Japanese adult video or JAV is pornography produced in Japan for domestic consumption, though it has a large international audience as well. JAV has a number of features that place it in a unique genre when compared to pornography produced in other countries. Notably, because of Japanese obscenity laws, most Japanese pornography videos and photographs include a "mosaic" that blocks the view of the performers' genitalia. Uncensored JAV is also produced, though illegally. JAV has a diverse array of subgenres, many of which are the same as the sub-genres in general pornography; however, there are also fetish and costume genres that are largely unique to the JAV milieu.
- Vintage erotica is generally pre-1970s pornography, especially early-20th-century black and white photographs and stag films.
- Extreme pornography is a term introduced by the UK Government, describing a classification of adult pornography that has become illegal to possess under new laws.
- Women's Pornography sometimes referred to as Pro-Sex or Sex Positive Pornography - refers to a category of porn that is expressly produced for female customers, taking into account that male and female receptive and aesthetic needs may differ widely. Sometimes that involves, that the director and/or producer are women. Frequently, there is a focus on certain dos and don'ts for the production process (behind the scenes and on-screen) and the actions portrayed.
- Avant-porn is a sub-genre of pornography with the aesthetics and methods of avant-garde cinema.
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