Understanding the disturbing rise of incest-themed hardcore porn

*Editorial Note and Trigger warning: Many readers may find the following accounts to be graphic and/or disturbing.* While this may be greatly disturbing to healthy people, it is important to educate our readers on dangerous trends so that we can help prevent the abuse of innocent people.

A common lie that pornographers and performers will tell you is that their work allows viewers to explore taboo fantasies, essentially keeping it “fake” so as to keep viewers from acting on those fantasies in real life.

But as research and personal stories show, the truth is actually the opposite: porn trains viewers to be aroused by what they see on screen, so much so that many viewers’ “fantasies” transfer over to real life, even if those “fantasies” are abusive or dangerous. The fact is, casual pornography use has the power to change ideas and attitudes. When that happens, changes to behavior aren’t far behind.

 

Fauxcest as a popular and disturbing genre

Many viewers get ideas from watching porn they never would have thought of otherwise, and so rather than an “outlet,” it’s more of a roadmap that gives viewers the tools and ideas to take things too far, not only in the direction of taboos but also of human rights abuses.

This is definitely the case with what’s being referred to as incest-themed porn, known as fauxcest, one of the fastest growing categories of porn, featuring role play of sex between family members.

The Daily Beast recently interviewed several pornographers who are involved with making this disturbing category of porn, and from their report, they cited research that shows a staggering 178 percent increase in what they refer to as “family role play porn.” And what may be even more surprising is that 1 in 10 purchases by young adults are now for fauxcest titles. Wow.

Jacky St. James, a pornographer who has directed dozens of videos in this really twisted porn category, said it was “inherently seductive because [a family member] is the ultimate forbidden person,” calling all the various relationship angles to insert into the plots and scenarios of these films, “taboos on top of other taboos.”

 

There is no safe “exploration”

It’s important to note that just because something is considered a taboo, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically “seductive.” And, when it comes to encouraging inter-family sex, it’s downright dangerous.

St. James only kind-of recognizes that danger by saying that fauxcest is “the one taboo that can’t really be explored in real life safely,” and “because of that there is this allure of the untouchable, and what’s untouchable to us is often the most appealing.”

But considering sexual abuse and trafficking trends, and the sexual exploitation of children, we see that what is “forbidden” actually protects vulnerable people and keeps dangerous situations from happening. We also see that what often starts as “exploration” through watching fictional, scripted performances with performing adults can quickly devolve into a demand for “closer” family relations, younger family relations, and more disturbing, hardcore scenarios. Not cool.

One porn performer interviewed in The Daily Beast’s report said, “Personally, it’s not one of my own kinks, but we are here to give the fans what they want to see,”  adding that her work was “a way for people to indulge in kinks without having to participate themselves.”

She mentioned that she felt she was doing a “public service” in performing incest-themed porn, but nothing could be further from the truth. Porn is not a safe exploration of taboo fantasies. In fact, it can be just the opposite. It inspires unhealthy ideas, and it pushes the demand into more real, dangerous situations for viewers and performers alike.

Subhead: As Always, It’s All About The Money

As viewers of fauxcest watch and increase the demand for what they want to see, there will be those who will be willing to give the viewers exactly what they want as long as they can turn a profit. Even if that profit comes from creating content that fuels abuse ideals in our society, like dads sleeping with their daughters.

This is evidenced by the increase of fauxcest production, in and of itself.  One studio released their first incest-related porn series in 2015, and it did so well, they’ve recently released their 200th DVD. That’s 200 movies in two years on incest-themed porn alone. Another porn site, as reported by The Daily Beast, noted that fauxcest was now 35% of their content. How is this a healthy obsession?

The article interviewed another fauxcest performer and noted that “there’s very little difference to her, whether she’s role-playing as ‘stepmom’ or ‘mom,’ yet to fans that distinction seems to matter—with a preference toward the latter.”

“Sometimes people really want to push that fantasy and I’m not okay with that,” she said, adding that if a request came to change up the age of the incest relationship to one that wasn’t legal, she would refuse to do that.

 

The path to abuse is clear

Other porn performers have sworn off incest-themed content altogether, regardless of how it affects their income.

One porn performer interviewed by The Daily Beast, said that when she entered the industry just three years ago, requests for incest porn were few and far between, but said that it has now turned into almost every scene she got booked for. And while it’s no surprise, it shows that the fans and their requests gradually got stranger, darker and more disturbing, illustrating the escalating nature of the industry.

And this is one of the worst things we’ve heard: “Some of my fans weren’t nice anymore, they were creepy,” she told The Daily Beast. “One fan told me that he and his wife conditioned their son his whole life until he was old enough to join them in bed. That really got to me. I almost felt like I was helping this kid get sexually abused.”

Luckily, she just refuses to shoot those kinds of scenes any more, even if it cuts her work in half, as she said, adding “technology is at everyone’s fingertips. I don’t want some kid seeing me on film coaxing my ‘stepbrother’ into f*****g me and that kid thinking it’s okay to do that to his little sister or cousin. I shudder to think about it. But I…hope this trend dies. I just want to shoot good, clean porn again.”

Sorry to break it to her, but there is no such thing as good, clean porn. It just doesn’t exist, not for the ideas it gives viewers, and in many cases, not for the people behind the camera either.

Once users start watching extreme and dangerous sex acts, things that were disgusting or societally unacceptable can start to seem normal, acceptable, and more common than they really are. One study found that people exposed to significant amounts of porn thought things like sex with animals and violent sex were twice as common as what those not exposed to porn believed. And when people believe a behavior is normal, they’re more likely to try it. And that’s not healthy, especially for incest-related behavior.

 

This article reprinted with permission from fightthenewdrug.org. Reeder Media and Village News are not official representatives of Fight the New Drug. For more information about the dangers of pornography, a Parent’s Guide and a Fortify Program as a step toward recovery, go to fightthenewdrug.org.

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