A fluffer also known as a furball is a person employed to keep a male porn performer's penis erect on the set. These duties, which do not necessarily involve touching the actors, are considered part of the makeup department. After setting up the desired angle, the director asks the actors to hold position and calls for the fluffer to "fluff" the actors for the shot. Fluffing could also entail sexual acts such as fellatio or non-penetrative sex.
According to some pornographic actors, including Aurora Snow, James Deen and Keiran Lee, fluffers are no longer needed, saying that the role might have existed in the past, but disappeared due to medical advancements, like Viagra and implants, and with advancements in prosthetics and CGI; however, according to pornographic actress Sabrina Deep, fluffers do still exist and can have a decisive impact on a production. Hunter Skott, who has worked as one, contended in an interview that they "are only used for a gangbang or bukkake, not for regular [porn] movies". Sloane Steel, formerly of Bangbros.com, said much the same.
In popular culture
The 2001 film The Fluffer is about a film buff with a crush on a porn star who is straight, for whom he would end up working as a fluffer in gay porn. A four-minute short comedy film also titled The Fluffer was released in 2003.
In the 2003 fourth episode of the TV series Nip/Tuck, Matt McNamara's one-night stand with a pornographic "fluffer" (played by Marnette Patterson) results in a sexually transmitted infection scare.
In episode 3 of season 2 of New Girl entitled "Fluffer", Nick Miller tells the protagonist Jessica Day that he will not be her "emotional fluffer", after he realises that he is providing her sentimental stimulation which allows her to maintain a more active sex life with a different man with whom she has been having sex.
The term fluffer has also been adopted by the real estate industry to refer to a person that stages homes, and as a term for a maid who fluffs pillows, or in general cleans and prepares work equipment. These two usages of the term predate the pornographic usage, which came into use in the 1970s.
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