Apocalypse Porn Shows Why People Are Horny for the End of the World

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Apocalypse porn and world-ending sex fantasies have a decades-long history that illuminates how we cope with desire in crisis.

By Samantha Cole

In the middle of a months-long global pandemic, economic collapse, climate calamity, and civil unrest unlike anything we’ve seen in a lifetime, the world—or at least the world as we knew it—feels a little like it’s coming to an end. 

And people say they’re horny for it.

Like giggling at a funeral, getting boned up during the apocalypse feels taboo but ultimately, uncontrollable. Much has been written about how the COVID-19 lockdown has fucked with our sex lives: under forced cohabitation or isolation, we’ve all gotten a little screwy.

But there’s a long tradition of being turned on by the end of the world in porn. As scholars and sex therapists I talked to assured me; and even when we’re faced with the apocalypse, feeling these things is as human as it gets.

A Brief History of Apocalypse Porn

Defining “apocalypse porn” is tricky. There’s disaster porn, a colloquial term for gawking at ruin, which is something altogether different from what we’re discussing here.

There are true apocalypse adult films, like the 2007 film Crescendo 2012, where the premise is that people fuck like there’s no tomorrow, because there won’t be. Outside of porn, these scenarios are everywhere in pop culture. Britney Spears’ video for “Till the World Ends,” for example, while not pornographic, falls into this category of world-ending orgy fantasy. So does Prince’s “1999.” MelancholiaSeeking a Friend for the End of the WorldArmageddonLast Night—the list of world-ending movies with a sex or romance plot goes on.

Searching “apocalypse” and “end of the world” on porn tube sites like Pornhub or Xvideos returns mixed results. It’s mostly riff on the retro Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic style, like Apocalypse X or a parody of Bird Box.Compared to results for, say, cock and ball torture or selfsuck, which have hundreds of video results, apocalypse porn doesn’t seem to be as popular or prolific. But what is out there is usually more plot-driven and carefully produced.

Apocalypse sex can happen at the end of the world, or just the end of thisworld. Coronavirus porn could probably fall under the category of apocalypse porn, since so much of it leans into a dystopian horror flick theme. Then there’s post-apocalyptic porn like the 1987 film The Load Warrior, a parody of the second Mad Max film, The Road Warrior. In Load Warrior, men are cows to be milked for the world’s most scarce and precious commodity: semen.

In the 1981 Satisfiers of Alpha Blue, people in the far-off future travel to a planet of erotic pleasure to get their needs fulfilled by computers that fuck them perfectly. Of course, one of the characters wrestles with questions of connection, love, and romance versus the cold perfection of artificially-intelligent fuckbots—themes reflected in mainstream pop culture today, with more recent films like Her and Ex Machina still asking the same questions of humanness and sexual connection.

It’s not the end of humanity, but the teetering, collapse, and rebuilding of society, that still resonates today.

Within the category of post-apocalyptic porno flicks, the 1982 avant-garde Café Flesh is a favorite of Laura Helen Marks, porn scholar and professor of English at Tulane University. It’s set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic future where almost everyone gets violently ill if they have sex, and those who don’t are put on stage to perform live porn theatre for the rest.

Marks told me that she sees two divergent approaches to apocalypse porn: lawlessness or breakdown in social structure, and the case of a completely authoritarian world that spawns outcasts and rebels.

“In the former case, there is a good deal of desperation, barter, and primitive economies, which can provide a certain level of danger and excitement—a sense of ‘who gives a fuck,'” Marks said. “In the latter case, the films offer a contrasting sense of being controlled or restricted, which similarly augments sexual fantasy though in the opposite direction—toward strict regimes and containment.”

Both approaches play around with erotic fantasies of gender, race, and class divides, where identities and power dynamics are either dialed to caricature levels or rendered meaningless…

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https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/jgxgjd/apocalypse-porn-horny-during-covid-lockdown

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