How the Porn Industry Exploits and Misrepresents Black People

TRIGGER WARNINGThis article contains explicit porn titles containing graphic and derogatory terms, reader discretion is heavily advised.

Some argue that porn is “just a fantasy,” but the porn industry’s troubling history of perpetuating, normalizing, and profiting from racism and racist stereotypes shows that “fantasy” still has the capacity to be deeply damaging and problematic. Let’s discuss.

A 2021 study analyzed videos from popular porn sites and found that videos featuring Black people perpetuate harmful racist stereotypes, disproportionately emphasize violence and aggression, and often depict Black people as “worse than objects.” (Fritz, Malic, Paul, & Zhou, 2021)

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