the origins of orgasmic moaning


Adult performer and director Jessica Drake told me that before she made a career out of having orgasms on camera, pleasure was a muted affair for her. “In the beginning of having adult relationships, masturbation was always something I hid from my partner,” she said. “So it was a very quiet thing for me.” 

Drake explained that porn—which, according to Kerner, is a major influence on the unrealistic sexual expectations placed on women—was, at its onset, “strictly done for male enjoyment.” She believes that prototypical mainstream porn, which harks back to the early 70s, features nonrepresentative behavior such as “to-the-rafters” moaning and “women squirting like geysers and having really easy sex” because these theatrical markers incite confidence and pleasure in straight men. 

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