Lesbianism in contemporary pornography

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Depiction of lesbianism or "girl on girl" sex has been a relatively common theme in erotic art and pornography throughout history. Studies indicate that heterosexual men were more aroused by depictions involving lesbian sex than they are by depictions of heterosexual activity, while heterosexual and lesbian women were aroused by a wide range of sexual stimuli. Historically, erotica and pornography involving sex between women has been produced by men for a predominantly male audience.

Contemporary lesbian (or girl-girl) pornography, is a prominent genre in mainstream hardcore and softcore pornography, with many adult video titles, websites, and entire studios (such as Girlfriends Films, Triangle Films, and Sweetheart Video) devoted entirely to depictions of sexual activity between women. Many heterosexual adult videos include at least one lesbian sex scene. In Japanese adult video, however, lesbianism is considered a fetish and is only occasionally included in mainstream heterosexual videos. Rezu (レズ—lesbian) video is a specialized genre, though a large number of such videos are produced, nevertheless.

Most porn actresses perform in sex scenes with other women at least occasionally. A number of porn actresses, such as Jana Cova, Felecia, Justine Joli, Jade Starr and Charlie Laine, even specialize in this genre and only have sex with other women on camera. Though porn industry publicity tends to portray porn actresses as being bisexual, such on-screen activity does not necessarily reflect real-life sexual orientation. While a few actresses who perform in these scenes are bisexual or lesbian in real life, most are "gay-for-pay" and are exclusively heterosexual off-camera.

Mainstream pornography depicting sex between women (in both Western and Japanese pornography) is typically aimed at a male audience (though it also has a small lesbian audience), which is why it is usually grouped with "straight" porn (in contrast to gay male pornography, which is largely segregated from mainstream heterosexual pornography). There is small genre of pornography made by lesbians, such as the defunct lesbian erotic magazine On Our Backs, videos by Fatale Media, SIR Video, Pink and White Productions, and BLEU Productions, and web sites such as the CyberDyke Network.


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