Is Gay Porn Racist? 'Why Are Whites Always The Bottom In Interracial Porn?'

Author Mike Alvear raises a provocative question about race, consumerism, and sexual stereotypes in this piece for Huff Po, in which he asks "Why are whites always the bottom in interracial porn?" (And, yes, we're aware that that is a generalization and that exceptions exist.)

Alvear, who wrote the gay sex advice book, How to Bottom Like a Porn Star, became more aware of this phenomenon while working to create a video version of his book. Naturally, he reached out to porn producers, but when he broached the idea of using an interracial couple to showcase the "how-to-points" on the joys of bottoming, these producers all maintained that using an interracial gay couple would only work if the black guy was the top and the white guy was the bottom. 

So why is that? Check out this excerpt from Alvear's piece:

"You'd be breaking an unwritten rule in gay porn," one producer said. "Most of the white guys who watch interracial porn want the fantasy of submitting to a tough street thug."

"Well," I said to him, "I like interracial porn, and I'd like to see more versatility."

The producer insisted I was in the minority and that my video wouldn't go viral if I insisted on having a white top.

"But what about African Americans?" I asked. "Are you telling me there isn't a black guy out there who wants to see white tops?"

"Not our market," he said. "They don't buy or rent interracial porn anywhere near the amount that whites do."

And there you have it, the reason it's so uncommon to find porn that presents black men in full sexual versatility, according to porn studios: The buyer is white, and he doesn't want to see it. He wants the Mandingo experience: a forceful submission to a hypersexual, superaggressive, hung-like-the-Florida-Panhandle street thug.

Hmm...so are porn producers correct in their assessment that the average porn consumer--who's actually purchasing it--doesn't want to see black male versatility?

If that is true, Alvear theorizes that this desire to see black male dominance in interracial porn may be based on stereotypes that have been perpetuated despite them possibly not being based on fact.

First, the nature of topping. It's often about power and domination. If you were going to build the ideal top, you'd probably say he has to be bigger than you are, in terms of height, weight, and package size. And you might say that since topping is about exerting control, he should also be more aggressive and take-charge than you are.

Enter the black stereotype.

Alvear notes that statistics from the CDC and the Journal of Sexual Medicine discount the idea that there's a significant difference between black and white men in terms of height and weight or penis size (length and circumference.) 

The difference in length and circumference between the races is statistically insignificant. The study found that characteristics such as race or sexual orientation weren't good predictors of a man's penis size. The study is relatively consistent with the results of prior surveys.

Fiction is more alluring than fact. Even when presented with empirical data that blacks aren't bigger than whites -- in any department -- the stereotype persists. Since most white guys haven't had a wide variety of African-American partners, their perceptions are almost completely formed by porn, which only shows performers with penises so big they're mixing drinks in the next room.

So is porn perpetuating a stereotype? Is what's currently offered by mainstream gay porn producers reflective of what consumers want to see? Is there an audience for interracial gay porn that doesn't showcase black men solely in a dominant role?

Check out Alvear's full article at The Huffington Post and let us know what you think! 

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Fiction is more alluring than fact. Even when presented with empirical data that blacks aren't bigger than whites -- in any department -- the stereotype persists.

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There stereotypes Persist  because (predominately White) Porn producers actively seek out Black men who  fit the profile and then there are indeed critically unconscious Black men who are all too happy in their  Complicity with racism in lending their bodies / dicks to it all.  It is often a double edge sword, it can create both Fetish and Fear and Contempt for Black males.

I am afraid to report, I have seen many online profiles of Black men who mobilize language / promote themselves as BBC, King Kong cock, Alpha male Thug...So in order for this racist problem to change, some Black men need to get Educated about what they are putting out their and to understand racism intersects with (homo) sexuality.  This goes for Asian and Latino males who harbour both Black fetish and aversive racism.

At the same time, White guys, if they are remotely  sincere about repudiating their racism, also need to understand these issues and their own  Privilege / Dominance as White Gay Males.

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There is indeed Much racism and White privilege in Gay Porn.

This is a very complex issue.  One it sets up Black men as always having to perform as Top, Alpha Male, and other racist mythology about Black male sexuality.  On the corollary, White guys get to have it both ways.  Their White sexuality is always constructed as "normal", and "average", and "rece-less".   Sexual encounters between White and Non-Whties  is always about Whites (Top or Bottom) getting Serviced / White needs are always met.  .  White guys can Bottom freely and there is no Loss to their "Prestige" as Men. 

White men are also very much Control of the Fantasy where non White are concerned.  They are often the ones doing the Selecting on which Black male will fuck them.  And when they want to Top, they will go to the "femininized" Asian man.

Unfortunately, interracial encounters are seemingly always caught up / complicit with notions of Master - Slave subordination.   and when a Black man Bottoms, he does indeed loose prestige and becomes embroled in 'Slave" discourse.  I have never seen an interracial sex scene that didnt have some racist caption or rhetoric going on.

I think the Key thing in this discussion, is to interrogate how Gay Porn always Privileges White Gay Male desire. and how other racialized bodies (Black, Asian) seemingly exist to Service those desires. 

Another concern is where do these discourses of Hyper-masculine Black sexuality come from, and is there some Complicity on the Black male's part in perpetuating them.

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Mmmm

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Why are we bringing a race discussion into porn.  Who cares who tops and who bottoms its fake its porn stop jerking off and have real sex in real life not live through what some porn studio puts out!  I hate that their isn't many large muscular guys on any color in porn anymore do I cry about? No because its not real life!

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Let me guess, you're white? If not, I can only assume you aren't black. You can't say, "why are you bringing race into it" when it's always been about race: White producers are making their bottoms white because their white consumers demand that they want black tops. The article also quotes from the producer that: "most of the white guys who watch [interracial] porn want the fantasy of submitting to a tough street THUG." Hopefully you know some things on human psychology and know that things like that can have a subconscious influence on people. It's also a gateway into starting stereotypes, and it's apart of systematic racism (seriously google "systemic racism" and read up on it, I promise you won't regret it). Porn is a fantasy. The porn industry is big.

Did you skim the article? Regardless if people watch porn more or less, people are always going to perpetuate stereotypes because it's all. they see in porn. Then, you say "go out and have real sex", and you say it like you know the experience of being a black bottom trying to do that; because fyi - it's difficult when nearly everyone just wants to assume that you're a thug top from the streets with a 12 inch dick, and if you're not; blocked. AND if you read the official article, the editor says he has a friend who's black (who tries to "go out and have real sex"), and once they, the white gays, hear him talk, they're "are no longer interested" - because the porn that you claim "isn't real" brainwashed them. Also, what about a person of color who wants to become a porn star and have "real sex"? It'll be difficult for an Asian top or black bottom because the porn industry is just flat out racist.

And if white consumers can have their fantasies catered to them, why can't other men of color?

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It's sad because as a white guy, I want to see men of color be able to be bottomed. Hell I want to top a black guy, I love black asses!

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I love how this discussion, even in the comments, only center around on the Black/White paradigm. Only one comment even mentioned something other than Black/White. There are many more interracial couplings other than Black/White...Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Indian, Saudi. Not to mention why does the topic of interracial porn have to even have a White person in it?!

But of course, leave it to a White author, writing for basically a White audience to leave the idea of interracial porn 1) from a White perspective and 2) keep the Black/White paradigm. That's racist!!

You all need to open your minds a little more. 

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SAME AUTHOR AS ABOVE: After showing this article to a friend, she pointed out, "and they didn't talk about class stereotypes and how they are embedded in the racial stereotypes....it's amazing how we can often only see one thing at a time...."

I have to agree with her 1,000% There is no mention how race and class are so interlinked that 'fantasy' stories such as porn use these to further stereotype certain populations and help keep the collective consciousness about race and class within a certain framework. 

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It sucks but it's true. I love seeing a black bottom but such videos are rare. The porn creators aren't the racists though. They're selling a product called fantasy and to sell it, the attempt to appeal to the widest audience. For straight porn that's white men. For gay porn that's also white man. We are the racists and shows up in our fantasies. They just meet the demand and expecting any business to do otherwise is silly.

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Did we figure out who's in the pic yet?  There's no credit...  :/

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this issue needs to be put on blast because this is relevant in reality! The amount of white guys who are surprised that me as a black man prefer to bottom is insane! and then they follow up their ignorance with " well, its cuz your so tall, i just assumed............." like really?

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the same thing happens to me. i'm 6'5" black bottom

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After reading these comments, I guess it's true what they say -- opinions are like gaping stretched out white assholes

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I like to see a black guy suck a big white cock. That's hot. 

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There are plenty of whites being tops in interracial porn. The reason there are more blacks topping whites in porn and in reality is there big cocks. It is so much hotter to see that.

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There are plenty of whites being tops in interracial porn. The reason there are more blacks topping whites in porn and in reality is there big cocks. It is so much hotter to see that.

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It's not racist if it's black supremacist...

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The assertion that being a top is a "power" issue is laughable!  Bottoms have all of the power.  Without a bottom, what is a top good for?  Whereas, there are plenty of substitutes for a top that a bottom can use for satisfaction!

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Coz everyone has this theory that black guy have big cocks so there for the "white" guy wants a big cock 

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id like to know why Asian guys are always the bottoms in Asian/white or Asian/black porn

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I love to see a huge black cock pounding some little thigh white hole.....I used to think I was beating off to something that turned me on, but now i realize Im beating my meat to racism.

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As a black man I have to agree with this racism. I mean I can not stand the thought of fucking another black guy. In fact I think of them as dirty niggers. I know it's messed up to think this way but black men are just plain gross. I like a white boy who will suck the bunions on my feet, lick my fat stinkin asshole and spend their money on me, being I am a broke ass nigger.

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Yeah nice troll job loser EPIC FAIL!

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Have you thought about seeing someone about this because you need some help.

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As a gay black man I wish there were more videos of white men topping black guys. The blacks don't have to be thugs and the white guys don't have to be tattooed dushbags. All you need is a good sexy storyline and I'm hooked :)

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Most gay black porn actors are portrayed as thugs, while most white porn actors are portrayed as tatted-up faux masculine dirtbags. How are those two any different or any more racist than the other? It's not as if you're going to get gainfully employed, Mensa level actors vying for $1000 porn roles in the current era of disposable online smut. 

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I find gay porn extremely racist. Why can't I watch a video of two loving people of colour? Why do Black men have to be portrayed as "thugs"? That's not sexy...just racist.

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Well if anyone remembers Brian Hawks from the 1980's i use to be his BF long before he ever went into porn.  That's another whole story in itself.  10" on a little body made for great pron material and he was blond hair blue eyes.

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Must every square inch of this planet be scrutinized under a microscope in our never-ending quest to find issues, scandals, injustices, and other intrigues/schemes? Must everything in life be viewed through victim-colored glasses? It's so tiring, and perpetuates a climate of 7/24 negativity.

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Such things can only be found if they exist to begin with. And if they DO exist, then hell yes they deserve to be identified for what they are. 

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...and THIS tiny cabal of gay porn producers is an improvement over hetero mafioso controlling all erotic images of gay men prior to Stonewall? Just how representative of the gay male community was the presumption this sprang from -- and did they factor in the number of straight women who watch gay male porn?

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I can't find a top....send them to Seattle asap!

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The larger issue being sex is the last frontier in racism is what should be discussed. It's enough to mention that and start a conversation. How do you bridge the gap between sexual desire and bigotry? 

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i agree, i enjoy watching porn when a black guy is the top, and imagine i am the lucky bottom one. i wouldn´t call it racism, simply and plainly admiration

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Is just like a White guy and a Hispanic guy, Usually the Hispanic guy is the Bottom

and the WHITE guy is the top

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What porn is that usually I see the hispanic with a fat uncut cock pounding the white bottom

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Whether or not black men like to see porn with white tops is irrelevant. Ditto that for roles and practices. The point here is about consumerism. Who pays for porn vs who downloads bootleg porn? Like it or not, white dudes are more likely to pay for porn, so porn studios cater to who will pay for what they make.

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I don't think they are racist!! I'm sure people will think I am, but I'm not!! Every has their preference & mine is only white or Hispanic!!

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 Instinct Magazine, you just get around to this topic?! As many times as I've brought it up in my various blog posts tweeted and emailed to you from my FIRSTHAND experience in the gay porn industry, you, The Huffington Post and every other site/magazine out there show your own racism by waiting until you can get a White/light face to talk about the matter.

Never mind the FACT that I have the experience as a former gay porn actor. A Black gay porn actor who purposely entered the industry as a bottom on-camera (while versatile off-camera). AND has scenes that had me bottoming for White tops.

And whoever this producer is, the fact that he chose to be nameless shows how much of a COWARD he is, and how much IT knows that its inhumane self is part of the problem. For its actions are fueling the way Black gay males are perceived by weak-minded non-Blacks, and how weak-minded Blacks feel the need to play the rule because porn has taught them to play that racist role.

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LeNair, send your vids of you bottoming for white tops. that's hot.

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Le-who?

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Being a total black bottom as I am and only date white guys. I get it all the time from black guys that I am being a white guy slave because I am a bottom and only date white guys, so I see where this is going. Its not about being a white guys slave. For me its about being who u are and what u like. I would love to see more porn movies with black guys as the bottom.

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Ummmm- who's in the pic?  I kinda want to see this video!  I assume the white boy's the top....

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It's like if Hollywood wouldn't make original stories and it would only make sequels and rip offs because... oh, wait!

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Is this mag racist.
Your generalization is inaccurate.

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It's Instinct Magazine, which is quite racist. No different than any other gay media "news" site and magazine.

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I'm black and I've been saying this for years. I also understood that the lack of black bottoms in interracial porn was likely due to dollars and cents. I think there is a market for it, but porn producers aren't ping to alter their winning formula for a money-making machine

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R I -DICK- U L O U S

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This is silly.  The next step is to make African American bottoms in porn and then everyone will scream again scream "racist".

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For realz! Like they only want 'blacks' to be top shit then they act like there shit don't stink, and act like there dick bigger.

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My ex was one of the few porn stars who was regularly featured as a bottom in interracial scenes.

it all had to do with the fantasy of the bbc. And no. I'm not talking about British television.

The industry also finds it difficult to feature a black man being the bottom to a white man for fear of it looking like a slave/ownership fantasy.

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I can only tell you about my experience. I am in an interracial relationship. My partner is black and he is definitely a top. That being said, I am taller than him and slightly bigger than him. Yes, he is hyper-masculine. But these statistics don't necessarily coincide with the entirety of the stereotype referenced in the article.

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Really nice to see more articles that actually make you think, rather than some crap about reality stars

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