Thursday, August 2, 2012

DAWSON'S CRACK: HE WASN'T THE ONLY ONE GETTING BAREBACKED

Karl Marxxx here, writing a few posts for Big Shoe Diaries while Colby enjoys some R&R in Vancouver before his Canadian debut at Tube Steak this Friday Night with DIXX Magazine. If you're in Vancouver for Pride, check out the event.  It looks like a lot of fun!


But back to the subject of other people besides Dawson getting bareback on camera . . .  Many of you may have read the excellent blog entry from Mark King on HuffPost a couple weeks ago claiming that Dawson's 20 Load Weekend was "the most important gay film ever made."  The title was a bit sensational, but King accurately summarized the advent and mainstreaming of bareback porn in an industry that has been locked down to condom only sex since the AIDS crisis.  So stringent were the rules of the gay porn industry that some companies even required both a pre-shoot negative HIV test and condom use as part of their contract terms, holding gay porn actors to a different standard than their straight counterparts.

The efforts of Desert Knights and Treasure Island Media to mainstream something anathema to
the gay community, regardless of how you feel about it, were impressive. And while it's easy to imagine that a small group of people are to blame (or laud, depending on your perspective), for changing the course of pornographic history, another more powerful force was at play in the 2.0 version of the internet age: crowdsourced content.

In addition to his famous quote: "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes," Andy Warhol also predicted the advent of amateur porn.  If not for filming sex, what else could home video cameras be for? He suggested that in the future, everyone would make porn and their neighbors would watch.  Pretty much everything Andy predicted came true.  And in the early 2000s, sites like Xtube, Pornotube, Dudesnude and more offered users the opportunity to upload their own homemade porn for all the world to see.  And a lot of the amateur porn in the gay categories was made without condoms.  So while TIM and Hot Desert Knights tried to push their lower budget productions into the homes of Gay America, Gay America was already consuming it's own bareback porn with actors that could have been their neighbors, but one could never truly tell 'cause most of the hottest amateur porn cuts out the heads for anonymity, forcing us to fantasize about what might possibly be connected to the hot bodies banging on the screen in front of us.

Bringing handsome actors like Dawson into the fold of studio produced bareback porn put a face to the headless torsos of studs we had already been jacking off to for a few years at that point, but it wasn't the first time we'd seen post-AIDS sex without a condom.  And in the contentious conversation that's followed from King's post, I think we should remind ourselves that it wasn't a big wealthy studio head that put the idea of making bareback porn into our heads and bedrooms; it was us . . . you and me and I and our next door neighbors producing, uploading and downloading the kind of porn people wanted to see, establishing a clear path forward for the marketability of product that was inconceivable for the past 20 years.

13 comments:

  1. "Many of you may have read the excellent blog entry from Mark King on HuffPost a couple weeks ago claiming that Dawson's 20 Load Weekend was "the most important gay film ever made.""

    "Most important gay film?" Uh, I think you mean "most important gay PORN film," as the author wrote in the original piece.

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  2. "Bringing handsome actors like Dawson into the fold of studio produced bareback porn put a face to the headless torsos of studs we had already been jacking off to for a few years at that point, but it wasn't the first time we'd seen post-AIDS sex without a condom."

    No, but I think the point of the piece was that it was the first time it was mass-marketed and became a hit large enough to transcend the smaller niche market it was aimed for.

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  3. Thanks for the clarity, Anon! I mean gay "porn" film of course. And I wasn't trying to suggest that the article was wrong, but that it left out a key element in the development of an audience that was already developed by the time TIM/HDK got into mainstream production.

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  4. Now that's what I'm talking bout, Karl Marxxx. You hit the paradigm shift on the head. Nice one.

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  5. is that kind of a segue to introduce us to colby's first steps in that field?

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  6. Were's the PozPorn? Let's break down that wall. We have sex too, and guess what you're infinitely less likely to get HIV from a responsible Poz than that trashy random you had in the backroom last Saturday night. Think on that...

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  7. Hi Karl.
    I hate to burst your bubble, but you have got your timeline wrong. Dawson's 20-Load weekend was released in 2004 , a full 2 years before X-tube was even created. In fact, TIM started putting out "amateur" bareback porn as early as 1999 - long before people started uploading videos to X-tube or Pornotube. I remember. I was there...

    A more likely scenario is that films from Treasure Island Media actually gave gay boys the inspiration to create and upload their own raw sex videos. Everyone can be a porn star, so everyone has got to try...

    Don't believe me? Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island_Media and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xtube

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  8. Ah, Dawson... I think I had a crush for him... really! ._.

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  9. Well, let's get one thing out of the way at the start; Meryl Streep is an actor, Robert DeNiro is an actor, "Just Dawson"(jazz hands) not so much. It's a far cry from putting your image, naked or otherwise, on a file to being an actor. That having been said...

    The outsider/rebel bareback contingent was putting out their media long before the interweb became the omnipotent phenom we know & love today. The first "name" performer I was aware of doing post-crisis raw porn had to be Brad McGuire(and that must've been close to 15 yrs ago by now), followed in quick succession by the likes of Carlos Morales, Owen Hawk, etc, etc. Now, perhaps the fact that sites like those mentioned have given one click access in the last 5 or 6 yrs and created an exploding community actually has more to do with chipping away at more recent and ever bigger name performers to BB(Matt Rush, Leo Giamatti, Antonio Biaggi, to name a few), those early torsos weren't necessarily as "headless" as dear Karl may recall.

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  10. "Barebacking is a right," gay anthropologist Eric Rofes once wrote. "After all, practically every straight guy in the world gets to do it without being told they are irresponsible, foolish, or suicidal ... Barebacking is liberation. Barebacking is defiance."

    Excuse me? How unbelievable unresponisble is this? Ok, I get it some people want to fuck without a condom and feel "free" but then trying to give the whole situation an intellectual superstructre? And since when did unresponsible straight men became our new idols? Fuck that! Although I'm not religious I don't think people have a right to self-destruciton and the fact that bareback sex and drug use go hand in hand most of the time should emphasize the fact that it's a self-destructive act.
    Mind you, if people are in a relationship and decide to not use condoms I don't have a problem with that... I just think it's stupid to forget the horrors of the 1980s and act like a spoiled child!

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    1. Right on, NM. There's a reason why Eric Rofes is dead now.

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    2. Eric is right. How do you think babies born? By the garce of Our Lady? I`m hiv+ since 92 and I fuck bareback, I`m not sick, there`s no virus in my blood or sperm. Thuth is: if you take the pills every day, if you have a good infectologist and make exercises regulary, you will NOT die of AIDS. That`s the reality!

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  11. COLBY AINT DOING BAREBACK PORN OVER KARLS DEAD BODY!

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