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Everyone Refers To The 80’s As Some Sort Of Golden Age Of Porn.

It may be true in terms of availability and sheer quantity, thanks to video tape; but the quality? Well, this photo is pretty much how I remember the majority of it. And I’m not a fan.

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  1. Mike says

    Not the best example! This is from what became known as a top shelf magazine in the UK (because thats where the newsagent placed them) They were only one step on from pinup magazines of the 1950s and 60s. Many of them specialised in photos of ‘ordinary’ women, some going to a town to photograph local women – this photo is from such a shoot. And of course the ‘local’ women were models. I would guess this came from one of the genre called Escort.
    Whether you can call it ‘porn’ is debatable, but it served its purpose for young men (like myself!) who could buy this sort of stuff at their local shop without to much trouble!

  2. Silent Porn Star says

    Mike, intellectually I agree with your vivid description and accurate definition of such “top shelf magazines” and your biological imperative as well. :) I’m certainly not the type of person to judge another’s “inspirational material” — and I’m an avid protector of the human right to access such things; however…

    I am not going to censor my own personal reactions and aesthetic response to such materials at my own blog. 😉

    I am the first to acknowledge that I am a woman — a formally educated & experienced woman who consumes a lot of porn; but a female, nevertheless. As such I continue to have (and acknowledge having) very feminine attitudes and opinions regarding female beauty, ideals and norms of behavior. In this particular case, the “tacky” and “silly” of this particular photo overrides any sense of beauty or the erotic.

    But this is just my opinion; as such, it should have no bearing whatsoever on you, the young male version of you, or anyone else. 😉

    I do thank you for your comment/insight, and hope you’ll continue to share here.

  3. Mike says

    SPS – Thanks for your response. For me the picture has an element of nostalgia (quite a large part actually now I give it deeper consideration). Even at the time I didn’t take much notice of these elements of such magazines, I would have agreed at the time (and now) that they are tacky and silly.
    It does occur to me that it was pandering to an element of their readership (remembering this is pre-Internet days and such publications had quite hight circulation figures) – some people actually find such imagery exciting/arousing.
    I’m sure I don’t need to point out that you (and your readers) are dealing with something that is so subjective.
    It also makes me realise I should read your entries at more length. But I have always been impressed by what you find and discuss in terms of breadth.

  4. Oldster says

    There was a lot of bad porn out there in the 80s, no doubt, but compared to the freak.show today´s porn is it had a lot of qualities which is lost. Even if it was of course a fantasy you could somehow relate to the people, it was – at best – fun. Today it is like a weird olympic discipline where the models appear more like combatants than horny people. I know this is highly subjective and an age-thing, but I find most of the current porn downright unarousing.

  5. Rick says

    The photo demonstrates why I seldom look at sites later than the 70’s. All the women look like they either, swallowed, stepped in, stepped on, or have stuck to some portion of their anatomy, something really icky. If thats what you want to see on a womans face when you are engaged in something erotic, sensual, or sexual, well good on ya mate but not for me.

  6. Silent Porn Star says

    Mike, I should warn you, flattery will get you many places 😉

  7. Silent Porn Star says

    Hi Oldster,

    Porn is completely subjective, but there’s much to be learned in our individual responses to it. I had already been working on a follow-up post to this based on Mike’s comments (and what it had me thinking), but I’ll be sure to include something to address your points as well.

    …Though my post will also be subjective, so you (and others) can take that for what it’s worth 😉

  8. Silent Porn Star says

    Hi Rick,

    As I’ve mentioned in reply to Mike and Oldster, I have another post in the works about this; your comments about their faces is something I had included in my first draft, so you’ll likely be interested. …Then again, this is just all my opinion, so maybe you won’t!

  9. Dick Hoaxland says

    It’s probably because I came of age in the 80’s, but trying to be objective, I would say that’s when porn finally starting becoming good. Beatiful women, fairly good filming, trimming of pubic hair, and even decent storylines so you get get a woman to watch alongside.
    Tracey Adams, Ginger Lynn, Barbara Dare, Tori Welles… they still look hotter to me than most all of the current women. Speaking of current porn, although the variety and quantity is great, the quality is hit or miss all too often. Way to much of the current stuff seems to be how many things they stuff into an orofice rather than erotica.

  10. Rob says

    “It’s probably because I came of age in the 80’s, but trying to be objective, I would say that’s when porn finally starting becoming good. Beatiful women, fairly good filming, trimming of pubic hair, and even decent storylines so you get get a woman to watch alongside.”

    Not to resurrect a thread past its prime, but I’m compelled to point out how wrong this is. The early-mid 1970s saw probably the highest standards, budgets, and thus quality of porn movies before or since. Cinematic in style (they were aired in theaters back then after all), often with excellent lighting, sets, and even sometimes reasonable acting & storylines (we’re talking relatively here).

    You can compare side-by-side The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Behind the Green Door, Devil In Miss Jones, any of the Alpha France releases, et al, against nearly anything from the 80s, 90s, or 00s (with a couple exceptions). It will look like an actual cinematic release vs someone dicking around on Windows Movie Maker.

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