James Deen: The Boy-Next-Door Of Porn

I recently had the pleasure of reading a rather intriguing feature on male porn star, James Deen. And honestly, I liked the text so much that I literally felt obligated to share it here on MSP.

So who exactly is James Deen?

Well according to the feature, James Deen “is 5’8″ and 150 pounds. He has wavy brown hair, bright blue eyes, and day-old stubble. He tweets about bacon, hot girls, and his difficulty finding time to shower. He cracks Jew jokes. He doesn’t work out. His penis is 9 inches long” and apparently we can watch him employ (his penis) in a thousand different ways over the Internet.

Translation: he is the boy-next-door of the porn industry. The guy who sticks out in a ‘Where’s Waldo’ type-fashion when compared to the other main stream male porn stars.

So why exactly am I so crazy about this article? Well for starters, I’ve always had a general fascination with the porn industry (really, think about it: it’s an industry that pays people to have sex.. So in return, countless viewers can watch and reap pleasure too. Bizarre isn’t it?). When it comes to the consumption of pornography, it really is SUCH a diverse market of consumers. Whether you’re male or female, gay or straight, young or old, looking for something sensual or something extremely hardcore – there is literally a genre of porn for everyone.

And this idea of porn having ‘consumers of all ages’ is what made me so stoked about this article. Within the piece, the writer kept referring to James Deen’s younger fan base (i.e. the teenage girls that adore him/dedicate Tumblr accounts to him). It just blows my mind that an industry which started out with a predominatley male viewership now makes content that even teenage girls are attracted to.

When I think back to when I was 17, my girl friends wouldn’t dare talk about female masturbation, thus I can’t imagine how they would have reacted to the idea of watching porn. So the fact that (younger) women are becoming more comfortable with their sexuality (and are willing to explore it) is really an empowering thing to read about.

[Check out the full feature: 'What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality']

If you do happen to read the piece, use the comment box and let us know your thoughts!

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About Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller is an Assistant Editor for MensHealth.com. Haller received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, with a second concentration in gender studies. When she's not writing for MSP/MH, you can find her running, enjoying a cup of coffee, or searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick.

  • http://yogabeautylife.wordpress.com Kait

    That was quite possibly one of the best articles I’ve ever read.  THANKS!

  • http://twitter.com/voiceMLINE Madeline Haller

    Yay, I’m happy you liked it as much as I did!

  • http://twitter.com/voiceMLINE Madeline Haller

    I can definitely see where you’re coming from in terms of the framing of the piece. It’s so odd that in this day and age, it’s still looked at as taboo when women express their approval of porn.

  • TheSpecialLadyFriend

    Oh my goodness!  About a year ago I starting watching things with him in it and developed a liking for his style, and go out of my way to search for his porn.  I had NO IDEA that other girls did the same thing, that he has a fan base that I’m a part of.  This is the coolest discovery I have made in a very long time!  Thanks so much for posting this!  I loved the article.

  • anonymoose

    I haven’t knowing watched any porn that is made by women.  However, now I am curious to know what the differences are.  How profound and fundamentally different is a woman made porn from porn made by men??  Does the man act differently towards the woman?  Does the woman act differently towards the man?  Is there less oral and anal?  Does female porn hide the gentitals more in preference to showing an intense connection between the eyes of the man and woman?  How often does the man or woman switch positions?  Does the man not say anything dominant or degrading to the woman?  Are there any women who think that porn made by women sucks?  Or any men know think that it sucks?

    Female ex-porn stars turned porn movie directors are claiming that only a woman knows what a woman wants to see in porn.  So, it would be interesting if some (hint hint to Madeline Haller) would post a comparison and contrast.

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