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The New 'Porn Wars': Representing Gay Male Sexuality In The Middle East, Evangelos Tziallas Jan 2015

The New 'Porn Wars': Representing Gay Male Sexuality In The Middle East, Evangelos Tziallas

Evangelos Tziallas

This article argues that Michael Lucas’ Men of Israel was made in response to the rising popularity of Arab themes, performers and locations in recent gay male pornography, particularly American studio-based productions. The article explores how recent representations of Arab society, culture and men in gay male pornography employ varying degrees of performativity and authenticity in an attempt to break down differences, and bridge connections, between East and West, while Lucas and his film attempt to maintain that rigid imaginary border. I argue that the texts are a microcosm of the contentious and ongoing debates about homosexuality in the East ...


Sexercising Our Opinion On Porn: A Virtual Discussion, Evangelos Tziallas Dec 2014

Sexercising Our Opinion On Porn: A Virtual Discussion, Evangelos Tziallas

Evangelos Tziallas

A variety of pressing questions on the current topics and trends in gay male pornography were sent out to the contributors of this special issue. The answers provided were then collated into a ‘virtual’ discussion. In a brief concluding section, the contributors’ answers are reflected upon holistically in the hopes of shedding light on the changing face of gay male pornography.