Porn Tropes

Sep 29 2012 @ 7:37pm

Jeremy Harlin outlines the new ones, beginning with "the van of ill repute":

It's new relative to the '70s classics, but the "let's find female pedestrians to offer rides in our creepy van and then convince them to have sex with us" scenario is actually already on the way out. Maybe it's gas prices. Or maybe the more of a cliche it becomes, the more implausible it seems. That's a big problem, since a feeling of authenticity is the most important part of all the new porn tropes. The whole point of the van trope is to make a universe of unlimited sexual possibilities — one where men can sleep with anyone who catches their eye — seem totally plausible. BangBus.com still makes a lot of money off of this fantasy. Unfortunately, the rest of the Bang Bus fantasy is about offering women money for sex and then driving away without paying, which makes me wonder if their fans are turned on by the idea of sexual availability or just the idea of being mean.

In fact, all the tropes depend on faked authenticity:

In a culture where everyone seems to be performing all the time, we love unguarded moments of "real" passion or "real" arousal — even though the commercialization of those moments defeats the entire purpose. The new tropes: a boner-killing vicious cycle worthy of a Don DeLillo novel.