Rape: Gay Porn’s Newest Fetish?
There was a time when rape was pretty much an abstract concept to gay men. Now suddenly — and strangely — it’s all over the place, especially our porn. Let’s recount the strange and unfortunate confluence of fact and fiction of the past couple of months, shall we?
In August, Mason Wyler posted a vivid and graphic rape fantasy on his blog. A few months later he actually was brutally raped. Instead of coming to his support, many people doubted his story. He was ridiculed by the police and fellow porn star Chad Manning even went so far as to suggest it was some kind of publicity stunt, which ultimately prompted Mason to publish extensive, and irrefutable proof on his blog.*
Then last week we saw the simultaneous release of two gay porn films (one very amateur, one very big budget) that explore the rape theme, the tone of the later even spawned its own mini-controversy as some fans expressed concern.
Finally (I hope), earlier this week we learned that straight porn star Jack Venice was convicted for raping a female student at Washington State University. I should point out that Jack’s not gay (in fact, he was once quoted as saying, “I am 100% comfortable with having gay fans but I am not gay and never will be for any price,”) but has been featured in many of our fave “gay-friendly” sites like SG4GE and Mike Hancock.
*As it turns out, Mike and I were on an Internet-free vacation when Mason’s story broke which is why we ended up never writing about it. For the record we’ve always been on Mason’s side.