Porn Stars With And Without Their Makeup

22 Mar

So this has been going around the internet lately.

33 Startling Photos Of Porn Stars With And Without Their Makeup On

Some favorites include

Cassandra Nix, 59 titles, 21 years old

Puma Swede, 162 titles, 37 years old
Jessica Mor, not listed

Allie Haze, 148 titles, 26 years old

Yes yes yes yes yes! Some of these women even look like women I know.

I consider myself sex and porn positive and generally support the safe, sane, consensual use of safe, sane consensually made porn. And I think a huge part of that is about being able to admit that the people who you’re watching are people, human people, with lives.

Look at these women. These women are dressing up to play their parts. Their fake-as-hell roles. They are performing fantasies for their publics. And they get paid to do their jobs just like you and me. They get up and get dressed and go to work.

To me the big lesson here is to remember that on the inside there is no difference between a woman who looks like Amor Hilton’s before photo and a woman who looks like Amor Hilton’s after photo. A woman is just a person, flawless skin or no flawless skin, body jiggle or no body jiggle.

What you are using to describe us as ‘types’ of women is greasepaint. And if you’re fooled by that old trick, then you truly are the fool.

Men often tell me that they can make a distinction between porn and real women, but I find that a little hard to believe. I would like any dude who uses porn who reads this to do me a favor and think about something: what exactly is the difference between the woman you date, or work with, or know from school, and the woman you last jerked off to? What is it that separates these two “kinds” of women? Is it that one will allow herself to be treated like garbage and one won’t? Is it that one likes to “get fucked” and the other doesn’t? Is it that one is nothing but something to be used and tossed away and the other one is worth treating better than that? Do you conceive of either of them as people you can relate to? Can you understand what it’s like to be either of them?

– Porn Part 4: Half of the Big Picture « Rage Against the Man-chine

Of course the flip side is this question: Why do women have to change themselves so much to be sufficiently ‘fuckable’? And why is this need to always look fuckable to a wide audience being transfered onto women who’s fuckability has nothing to do with their jobs (i.e. politicians, scientists, etc)?

Other interesting questions include:

Why don’t men spend this much time evening out their skin tone for my viewing pleasure?

Do viewers want their porn stars to look so perfectly inhuman so that they can distance them from the real women in their lives?

I don’t look like that; do you still think I’m pretty?

Are some of these women upset that photos of them without makeup are now on the net and attached to their porn names? Why? Because their cover is blown next time they go to the supermarket? Because now their fans will know the jig is up and turn against them?

Are they as embarrassed of being a human with flaws as you are?

2 Responses to “Porn Stars With And Without Their Makeup”

  1. Kaptions March 30, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    So, first of all, I loved that these photos got published somewhere on the internet for me to later find on Reddit, because I’ve always been curious and everyone loves a good before-and-after photo.

    Second, I’m going to talk about my personal relationship with porn (and hope it doesn’t get too TMI for anyone who knows me who might stumble on my comments), because there were some things you protested against that seemed to counter feelings that I don’t have with porn, So here goes:
    For me, and as far as I know, from conversation with some friends and dates, most people who masturbate regularly will happen upon this “itch,” is an urge to “rub one out,” an almost nuisance of a feeling that, like having to pee or being thirsty, is a biological need that wants to be fulfilled quickly and without a lot of fuss. In this case a need for an orgasm.

    So when I’m watching porn, it doesn’t have much to do with women changing their appearances to be more “fuckable,” and it doesn’t really have anything to do with my concept of what a relationship with a lady ought to be, or what I want it to be–in the moment, what I need is the kind of video or image that will expedite an orgasm. And then I finish, and it’s over, and I go about my day

    It’s not that there’s a divide between “women I want to date” and “women I want to fuck” as evidenced by the conceptual difference between pornstars and “regular ladies”; it’s more about the purpose and depth of interaction. Porn is there so that people can get off; I watch porn to hopefully achieve orgasm, not to think critically about the relationship I would have with the lady in the picture. Like with other actors, who she is as a person is totally irrelevant to the product. But this is the same thing with, like, the news–nobody deeply examines the way they would treat a local anchor, or correspondent interviewing the postman, because, one, their jobs are to provide a public service and then leave, and two, geez, who ever meets these folks? You treat the people you meet with respect, and certainly you should treat the women who you’d like to have relationships with with respect, but these people only appear on a scree. It doesn’t seem reasonable to get so political when I’m just trying to have a wank alone in my room.

    I know that I don’t speak for all men, and the concern that porn can normalize objectification of women isn’t a new one and it’s not one that I’m arguing is unfounded: I do believe that it happens and I think the objectification of women in any setting is cause for concern. But I don’t think that the desire to look at boobs while I jerk off is such a controversial one, nor do I think that that desire impacts my ability to have respectful, non-reductive relationships with women. And it doesn’t change the kinds of things I expect from the ladies I meet, or want from them either.

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