Bisexual pornography is a genre of pornography which most typically depicts one woman and two men who all perform sex acts on each other.
As most porn is marketed to men, most bisexual porn is marketed to heterosexual or bisexual men. Most consumers of bisexual pornography do not identify as gay. However, bisexual pornography is often placed near the gay section in adult video stores, since many consumers are gay men. A common way that these are depicted in a single scene is with one woman and two men performing together.
Pornographic film industry
Content featuring male bisexuality has been a growing trend since the advent of internet pornography. However the genre remains a very small proportion of the pornographic DVD market; for example at porn retailer HotMovies.com, there are only 655 bisexual titles out of a catalogue of more than 90,000 films. Bisexual DVDs sell much better online than in adult video stores, possibly due to customers in stores feeling embarrassed to buy them. Most bisexual porn is made by small production companies rather than the major studios. Actors are mostly amateur; any well-known actors in bisexual porn tend to be from the gay pornography industry.
Heterosexual actors and actresses who have appeared in bisexual porn, for example Kurt Lockwood, have had their sexuality questioned and been stigmatised, and have been accused by the gay community of being in denial about their sexual orientation.
Due to the stigmatization and discrimination faced by bisexual people in the general population, one may expect bisexual porn actors and actresses to also have lower morale than their straight counterparts. However, studies have proven that bisexual actresses actually have higher levels of positive feelings than heterosexual actresses. Scholars argue that this may be due in large part to the fact that they work in a subculture that expects and accepts hypersexuality. Therefore, the idea that bisexual people are “promiscuous” does not work against porn actors. Additionally, bisexual actresses reported that they enjoyed their job more than heterosexual actresses. Scholars argue that this could be because they have sex with both men and women, and have more sex in general, which they presumably enjoy since they entered the business.
Notable directors and performers
- Marjorie Garber: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life (Routledge, 2000). ISBN 0-415-92661-0
- Tina Tyler (2008-02-22). "Bi Roots". XBIZ. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- Light, Jonathan (2002). The Art of Porn: An Aesthetics for the Performing Art of Pornography. New York, New York: Light Publishing. ISBN 0960362835. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- Joanne Cachapero (2008-09-26). "Both Sides of the Fence". XBIZ. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- Acme Andersson (2008-05-31). "Specialty on the Shelf". XBIZ. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- Griffith, James; Hammond, Brian; Mitchell, Sharon; Hart, Christian (2013). "Sexual Behaviors and Attitudes, Quality of Life, and Drug Use: A Comparison Between Bisexual and Heterosexual Pornography Actresses". Journal of Bisexuality: 4–20.