Incest pornography

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Incest pornography is a genre of pornography involving the depiction of sexual activity between relatives. Incest pornography can feature actual relatives, but the main type of this pornography is fauxcest, which features non-related actors to suggest family relationship. This genre includes characters with various levels of kinship, including siblings, first cousins, aunts, uncles, parent(s), offspring, nieces and nephews.[1] In many countries, incest pornography amounts to illegal pornography.

History and legality[edit]

Arguably the most famous example of the genre is the Taboo film series of the 1980s. The first film in this series, which starred Kay Parker, was released in 1980. [citation needed] It spawned numerous sequels, several of which won adult film awards.

There is a substantial amount of incest pornography on the Internet, leading some to argue it may legitimize or encourage real-life incest.[2][3] Jeffrey Masson has even argued that incest porn is "the very nucleus of pornography — its prototypical form."[3]

Twincest and sibcest porn[edit]

Going back at least as far as the Christy twins in the 1970s, depictions of incest, and particularly incest between twins, have been a feature of gay pornography. Though the Christy twins may have been unrelated but similar-looking men and some twins have appeared together in scenes without substantial contact between them, some genuine twins have performed sexual acts on each other.[4] It is illegal in many jurisdictions. For example, in Australia it is rated "Refused Classification" (RC).

The 1999 William Higgins production Double Czech included actual sex between the Bartok twins,[5] as did the 2009 sequel between the Richter twins,[6] though the Bartok brothers were described as "looking utterly mortified" in their scene.[4] Not so for another pair of Czech twins, Elijah and Milo Peters, who work together condomless for both oral and anal sex for studio Bel Ami.[4] As of 2010, they were reported to live together as a monogamous couple outside of their porn careers and want to continue working together for another 50 years.[4] Some scenes with the Peters twins together have needed to be re-edited in order to gain approval from film classification censors for distribution in markets including the United Kingdom and the United States.[7]


Fauxcest refers to pornographic or erotic depictions of incest by actors who are merely pretending to be related but in actuality have no biological relation.[8] The term "fauxcest" is a portmanteau of "faux" and "incest", sometimes transcribed as "faux-incest"[9] and sometimes used interchangeably with "family roleplay" or "fictional incest". Besides women, its primary consumers are couples and millennials.[10][11] According to one pornographic film director, [citation needed]part of the appeal of the fauxcest genre is a desire by porn consumers to view taboo and controversial content. As of 2016, the genre had been growing in popularity at a rate of 1000% since 2011 and 178% since 2014, a spike that some industry professionals have attributed to female porn consumers who largely seek a content that is accompanied by a narrative.[12] Variations of pretend relationships include siblings, mom–son, dad–daughter, step-relatives and various others.[9]

One of the reasons behind a trend towards pseudoincest over actual blood-relation incest within fiction is the bannable nature of consanguineal forms since some publishers will refuse to publish such content.[13]

On GameLink, one in ten purchases had a fauxcestual theme, and one sociologist has said the theme has become more mainstream as evidenced by its depiction on fantasy novel and television series such as Game of Thrones.[14] Pseudo-incest fictional books began to increase in popularity in the year 2011.[15] Some self-publishing companies are welcoming towards content that has pseudo-incestual themes.[16]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Nancy E. Dowd; Dorothy G. Singer; Robin Fretwell Wilson (2005). Handbook of children, culture, and violence. SAGE Publications. p. 72. ISBN 1-4129-1369-1.
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  6. ^ J. C. Adams (April 27, 2009). "Identical-Twin Sex Featured in 'Double Czech'". XBIZ. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  7. ^ J. C. Adams (June 4, 2009). "Bel Ami Twins No Longer 'Sex Buddies'". XBIZ. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  8. ^ Kutner, Jenny (February 10, 2016). "One of the Fastest Growing Porn Genres Is Also One of the Most Taboo". Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Hay, Mark (June 6, 2016). "The Pleasure and Pain of Being a Faux-Incest Porn Star". Vice. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  10. ^ Pavia, Lucy (February 9, 2016). "Fauxcest: The creepy type of porn that attracts mostly women". Marie Claire.
  11. ^ "One of the Fastest Growing Porn Genres Is Also One of the Most Taboo". 10 February 2016.
  12. ^ Brown, Vanessa (11 June 2016). "Is Game of Thrones desensitising viewers to incest? Demand for 'fauxcest' porn suggests so".
  13. ^ Vargas-Cooper, Natasha (7 July 2015). "What Do Women Want? To Have Sex with Their Stepbrothers". Jezebel. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Strange but true: Millennials are into faux-incest porn". Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  15. ^ Hesse, Josiah (13 February 2014). "Why Bigfoot porn author Virginia Wade quit the monster-smut game". Westword.
  16. ^ "Scratch That Itch: Indie Authors Deliver Erotica".