The role of pornography
The foreskin is protective of the sensitive glans penis which it covers. The trend or need to retract and ‘uncover’ the glans to expose it by intact men seems most likely a symptom of the ‘normalisation’ of circumcised penises by North American culture where the vast majority of pornography (an important medium where men can compare themselves to other men) up until recently stemmed from. Many intact men exposed to those cut porn stars appearing in porn, may have felt ‘inferior’ or ‘different’ at one stage or another when watching porn and being continually exposed predominantly to cut penises via porn, might have led to the belief that a circumcised penis was more desirable than an intact one. This situation is changing however since European porn has become popular in the recent past with intact hetreosexual European male porn stars such as Rocco Siffredi and Manuel Ferrara to name but just two, redressing the balance. Certainly amongst gay culture there have been numerous intact porn stars who have helped to promote the joys and pleasures of the foreskin and it would seem that the intact penis is now gaining some sort of status symbol, which is a welcome change.
For many men both straight and gay, the first thing they do when masturbating or having sex is to retract their foreskin. Indeed when watching both hetero and homosexual porn, the vast majority of both men and women will retract the foreskin from the outset and completely ignore it as if it were some sort of obstructive nuisance. It’s no surprise then that the conditioning surrounding the foreskin perpetuated by American porn has continued to maintain the foreskin as an object of disdain and derision or something that gets in the way or to be shameful or embarrassed about. If pornography is an informal source of sexual education, as well as providing sexual pleasure and a safe sex option for men and women, then the role modelling has been that the foreskin is an irrelevant and a cumbersome or bothersome irritation. Surely the cut men in porn were simply doing the best that they knew how to with their circumcised penises, but the legacy left by them has had the effect of promoting the idea that circumcised penises were what penises ‘ought’ to look like. The legacy and influence left by cut porn stars seems to be the overly vigorous manual handling and forceful thrusting via oral, vaginal and anal sex because of the obvious need to generate greater stimulation from their desensitized glans penises to achieve the sensations that lead to the orgasmic trigger.
Having perpetuated circumcised penises as the norm, it is also porn that has seemingly helped to reverse this trend by the recent promotion of intact penises. Since the 1980s certain porn directors started to promote intact models in their films. Films by directors such as Jean Daniel Cadinot and Kristen Bjorn have been significant in elevating the status of the intact penis among the homosexual community. Bjorn uses many South American and Eastern European men in his films, most of whom predominantly have foreskins. He quite often pays particular attention to foreskin play in his movies with pulling, stretching, sucking, tonguing and the docking of foreskins being featured in many of his films. Al Parker, an American porn star who also became a director and producer of porn films, was also an advocate of foreskin. He likewise indulged in docking, chewing, sucking, tonguing and stretching of foreskins on film. Although he was circumcised, he had a surgical foreskin reconstruction towards the end of his life, which defied belief that he was once circumcised as his foreskin looked convincingly real.
There are now a multitude of European porn directors and studios churning out porn with intact models, to the point that some American directors and studios (Falcon, Matt Stirling & William Higgins) have taken advantage of the glut of European men with readily available foreskins who are only too willing to show them off in porn films. Production companies such as Bel Ami, Cazzo, Lucas Kazan, Sarava, Lucas Entertainment and many others generally churn out porn with predominantly intact performers. Several intact porn stars who possess acroposthions include Anthony Gallo (Brazillian), Slava Petrovich (Russian) and Dirk Jager (German). There is now a growing and steady stream of intact North American men making sexually explicit films, both commercially and privately made with devices such as camcorders, cameras, mobiles and webcams.
With the proliferation and seemingly irreversible influence that the Internet has over the way that we now live our lives, porn has become accessible to the vast majority of human beings in the western world, should they so wish to access it. Blogging sites such as Tumblr facilitate the dissemination of a vast array of blogs which pertain to the intact penis, whilst virtually everyone now has access to phone cameras with which to film themselves and upload sexually explicit videos instantly to a variety of websites such as Xtube, which cater for home grown porn. There appears also to be a growing role for women who are foreskin enthusiasts to make a difference in the way that the foreskin is promoted. Indeed it would seem that some female porn stars are quite keen to fondle and orally play with a foreskin, where once upon a time the practice was to retract it and keep it retracted. The foreskin seems to have found an enthusiastic outlet in home grown porn and fetishists can now express their preferential interests and needs for their love of foreskin over and via the Internet.