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The Body at Work: Professionality in gay porn

Abstract : This project of communication is directly linked to the subject of my PhD which study the process of socialization and creation of identities of people working in the gay porn work. I will question professional homosexuality as a specific sexual and professional configuration. Indeed, gay porn is a specific configuration, different from heterosexual pornography. Theories of gender and traditional feminist discourses do not allow to think about homosexual relations. This requires developing a theory and an innovative approach (Rubin, 2002). To achieve that, I am going to try to think either about the links between sexual behaviors and work’s configurations and the impact of them on the worker’s body and their privacy. Indeed, if the body is the main tool of the porn work, so he is necessary to catch him in a dialectic in the see and the show. Over what difference of figures want to show, and what they seek to externalize, it is admit to catch the variations of the aspect, which are their different faces. There are twice interesting because they impact the bodies from the unreal representations of them, but they testimony what others externalize about them. In the context of those specific configurations, it will be possible to answer in part to the question about the wear of the body due to the work and its exhaustion: How the porn work and its evolutions haunt the bodies and behaviors of the actors? To answer to this general issue, the research has a methodology context based on qualitative interviews and this in situ observation. This work of observation is completed by the use of the photography in order to the research product visual support to improve the starting of self- confrontation. It “is an interview method which permit the production of a commentary from the person about what he did. From a video, where he is seeing working, the actor say “what is ordinary, in the very course of the action, is not necessarily formulated” (Bayard et al, 1997) [...] it allows people to reflect on their own activity.”
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Tanguy Dufournet. The Body at Work: Professionality in gay porn. Ph.D Seminar of International Laboratory Associated, Triangle et Centre Max Weber, Sep 2018, Lyon, France. ⟨halshs-01881781⟩



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