Porn films

Published by Rédac Teemix
Published on 29 April 2008

Adult, porn, blue, X rated...everyone has their own term for a genre of cinema that attracts increasing numbers of viewers...and continues to displease others.

Adult, porn, blue, X rated...everyone has their own term for a genre of cinema that attracts increasing numbers of viewers...and continues to displease others.

What is a porn film?

A porn film is a production that presents explicit unstimulated sexual acts in all forms between different actors to turn on viewers. They exist for all tastes and sexual orientations. They're different from erotic films as the genitals and penetration are intentionally filmed, so there’s little room for imagination...

Why X?

More often referred to as pornographic films (from the Greek words porn, meaning prostitute, and graph, meaning written) they have been called a lot of different names. For a long time and up until the 70’s they were described as ‘blue movies,’ a reference to, among other things, the colour of the lamps placed at the entrance to striptease bars. Then came the letter X, and it is not a reference to the last letter in the word sex. In fact, it represents the cross that appeared on posters advertising these movies. Today the X is replaced by the 18 rating.

A little history

Porn films are not recent, in fact they are as old as cinema itself! Since the invention of cinema by the Lumiere brothers at the end of the 19th century, a few censored versions were circulated under coats. Later, only a few private salons and underground places projected these movies to adults, in secret. In the 70’s, the period of sexual and moral liberation, X rated films were invited into cinemas under the condition that they were forbidden to minors. But 10 years later, the number of cinemas that showed them decreased, the reels were exploited in specialised cinemas and were more confidential. With the advent of paid TV, cable channels, video, DVD and the Internet, this type of cinema ended up disappearing completely from actual cinema screens in the 90s. The broadcasting and production of porn underwent a revolution. These films are now formatted for new media and can be watched in the comfort of your own home in front of a computer screen.

Criticism

- It has long been thought that porn degraded the image of women and that female desire and pleasure was not taken into account in porn films. In the face of this criticism, a manifesto was created in 1997 and signed by a few film makers of adult films. The Puzzy Power manifesto imposes certain rules: a credible scenario, respect for the woman’s desires, no violence, facial ejaculation or forced oral sex. Today there are even porn films specially created for women.

- Do porn films promote a deformed image of sexuality? A number of associations have condemned the danger of this type of cinema by highlighting the violence of certain scenes, the eventual consequences on the development of young adults that have access to these images, the risk of addiction and the lack of condom use.

Did you know?

- The watershed on standard television in the UK starts at 9:00pm, and finishes at 5:30am the next morning. On premium film or pay-per-view services requiring a subscription, the watershed starts at 8:00pm. However, 12, 15 and 18 rated films can be shown on PIN protected channels (such as Sky Movies) at any time of the day. Viewers are required to enter their PIN to view. The transition from soft to adult material should be gradual, and 18-rated material is not allowed to be shown before 10:00pm.

- The Internet is now the first point of access to porn. The web offers a vast selection of films, from classics to amateur films as well as pirated videos of celebrity sex tapes (no names mentioned).

- The words sex and porn are the most searched for words on the Internet.

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