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On Cody Cummings and the curious world of gay-for-pay porn.

September 2, 2010

(It should go without saying that this post and the links within it are NSFW. But I will say it anyway for folks who complain when such obvious things are not noted: This post and the links in it are NotSafeForWork! If you’re at work, don’t read this post! If you are and you do, well, enjoy your chat with the director of Human Resources!)

Cody Cummings is a porn performer I’ve found myself fascinated with for quite some time. Yes, I think he’s hot; in spite of his kind of cheesy tattoos, his propensity for always wearing a really heavy looking silver watch in all of his scenes and his sometimes excessive abuse of hair removal products. But he also fascinates me as an interesting aspect of the gay-for-pay porn genre. Gay-for-pay, if the moniker isn’t obvious enough, is porn that stars allegedly heterosexual men who are engaging in gay sex on camera for money. Now most folks with a bit of savvy know that porn is all about fantasy. And that fantasy is often as constructed as the Eiffel Tower. I used to work with this big ol’ southern queen years ago who had once held a job writing “girl copy” for Playboy. Girl copy is the text that goes along with the photos of the models saying what they like, how they are in bed, what kind of men they’re into, etc. So for a period of time this was all being fabricated by a gay man. (Sorry to crush the hopes and dreams of men everywhere who thought Candy really did love a man who wanted to make love to her on a bearskin rug by a roaring fire!) As soon as I heard that story it was impossible to totally get out of my head when consuming porn. I could no longer ignore the artifice that is sometimes thinly or heavily veiled. Do I believe all of the guys in gay-for-pay porn are straight? Not even a little. All you have to do is watch a few such videos and watch these supposedly heterosexual dudes swallow cocks like they’re starving for it and you start to peel away that veil a little bit. But fantasy is fantasy and sometimes the conceit works and great fun is had by all. And then there’s Cody Cummings.

Mr. Cummings’ website consists of four types of scenes that rotate through on a once-a-week basis: solo masturbation scenes, sex scenes with a woman, scenes where he is orally serviced by another guy and scenes with him, a woman and another guy where the woman gets fucked and Cody gets orally serviced by all parties present. (The bisexual threesome scenes tend to show up the least frequently.) Cody does not suck cock, does not fuck other guys and does not get fucked by other guys. He is the fantasy of the hot straight guy who lets you blow him even though he’d probably rather have some vagina. Or vaginas. Anyway, I’ve watched a bunch of his videos and I’d say that a small handful of them are actually hot. Cody has some problems staying at attention when a man’s mouth is doing the sucking, so it can often be a pretty hotless affair to watch. There have been a few guys who seem to have the skills to get him going, but they are in the minority. The scenes that seem to get him the most excited are the ones with another woman and another man, which one can unpack in a variety of ways. So why do I keep checking in on his pornographic exploits if they aren’t all that boner-inducing? The answer is simple: brilliant marketing.

Cody Cummings is like the Jenna Jameson of gay-for-pay. According to her (heavily ghost-written) memoir, Ms. Jameson did not do anal, a rare claim for a woman making heterosexual porn. And it’s believed that a big contributing element of her massive fan base came from so many people waiting for the day when she’d finally give her butt up on camera. For a long, long time, Cody did nothing with guys but get blown. But recently he did a solo video were he blew himself. Then he did a threesome video that involved a man, a woman and lots of candy. It was super cheesy but at one point a lollipop got fairly familiar with Cody’s manhole. (Which, p.s., is really puzzling to me. Why would you rather have a sticky piece of candy up your butt than some part of the male anatomy?) Not long after that he was bold enough to allow a guy to rub his on man-rod up against Cody’s! Gasp! And, in his latest video – another bisexual threesome – he kisses the guy as part of a bet to get to fuck the girl. Ah, again with the deeply thought out porn plots! But the deal is, I totally wanted to watch the video! Part of it is that I find two guys kissing to be one of the most erotic things to watch. But the other is that I wanted to see him kiss another guy!

So I did. And the verdict? Big fuckin’ deal. The kiss lasted for about 2 seconds and had slightly more passion than I would imagine he’d have for kissing a family member. It was almost hilarious how non-sexy it was! And did I feel like a sucker? A little bit. But here’s the deal: most marketing doesn’t work all that well on me. I rarely see commercials for things and want them and then go seek them out for purchase. But when my libido is part of the equation, well, let’s just say I am more of an impulse spender. But what’s even funnier about Cody Cummings and the whole gay-for-pay phenomenon is that it’s a lot like  being gay and having sex with a straight guy: the fantasy is often better than the reality and there are far too many restrictions involved to fully enjoy yourself the way you would with another gay dude. (And when it’s not like that and it is really hot and heavy, well, I would question just how “straight” the man in question is!) When I was younger I used to get really righteous about gay-for-pay and how it denigrates us gays and makes us worship straight men. (And don’t even get me started on how it totally erases bisexuality as a possible and valid sexual identity!) And while I think there’s some merit to that argument, fantasy is fantasy and when it comes to your sexual fantasies, all bets are off and correctness pretty much goes out the window. Just try to remember that, in real life, most of those gay-for-pay dudes are just that: gay guys who get paid to have gay sex. Just because they don’t have a limp wrist and a big lisp, doesn’t mean they aren’t family.

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  1. September 17, 2010 2:03 pm

    i’m in complete agreement here… except for the curiosity about doing “str8” guys.. it’s usually terrible.. and the worst are generally “str8 acting” fags.

    let’s cut them all out of the equation and just make out, k?

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