MY FIRST PORNO: THE UNABASHED QUEER ON ‘THE BIGGER THE BETTER’
My favorite thing to ask people is about their first porno. For those of us who came of age before the internet, the answers are a snapshot in time. So when the guy behind the Unabashed Queer fame told me it was The Bigger The Better on VHS, I asked him to write about it. You see, The Bigger the Better was one of my first pornos, too …
“My first porno was The Bigger The Better on VHS, which, like a fine Franzia, I purchased based on the box artwork. And when I say box, I mean box. In my recollection, the box/sleeve/cover for a porn VHS tape was bulkier than your average non-pornographic film; it insisted on indiscretion.
I was drawn to the effortless sexiness of cover-boy Rick Donovan, clad only in a wholesome cotton panty. Avoiding the cliché of the boy-next-door look, I’ll say he had the look of the distant older brother, the one deciding whether or not he preferred playing football or smoking pot. (Is this a storyline from Dazed and Confused? If so, forgive me.) The one who channeled his anger fist-first into walls. The one I fantasized would stumble in drunk from a party into our shared room and “molest” me (I sooooo wanted it) resulting in a multi-year incestuous relationship that would endure throughout his college career on semester breaks until he eventually moved to New York City against the wishes of our parents and found his way into the leather scene never to be seen or heard from again.
One in the list of cast members still stands out to me: Buster. Just who did she think she was with her one-name name? Jackée? (To Buster’s credit, TBTB just barely pre-dated 227, so Ms. Harry loses.) On the back of the VHS box is the image of an impossibly sexy blonde Rock Hudson-looking young’un plopped down on a toilet playing with his impressive member. They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
The highlight of the film is its opening scene. A solo number: Donovan masturbating to his own reflection in a full-length mirror. The ultimate in narcissism. Or self-love? I only wished I found myself so alluring. I wished I could jerk off to my own reflection without laughing. Donavan doesn’t even hint at a smile throughout the entire film. Neither does Buster.” — the Unabashed Queer
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The Bigger the Better (free preview via NakedSword)