Extendible porn

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Mar 14 09:38:27 UTC 2010

The AHD4 and OED have definitions and examples of X porn where the subject matter is X. (Actually, the AHD4 has porn only as an abbreviation for pornography, which seems doubtful for at least some cases.)

The movie "Inglourious Basterds" is being called X porn in the sense that the person watching is the X.

Basterds of Hun: Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds'
By John Beifuss on August 24, 2009

Dubbed "kosher porn" (admiringly) by co-star Eli Roth and "Jewish revenge porn" (disdainfully) by the Jewish Daily Forward, "Inglourious Basterds" has -- like seemingly every post-war Nazi movie -- earned the ire of those who object to what's typically described as the vulgarization of the Holocaust for entertainment purposes, whether the vulgarization occurs in a movie is meant to be sentimental ("Life Is Beautiful"), ironic ("The Reader"), ennobling ("Schindler's List") or a gleeful, cartoonish, stimulating, retro wish fulfillment  (Tarantino's film).

This article is followed up by a comment saying: Zwick could have pulled a 'Jew porn' regarding the 'Defiance,' movie but chose morality.

I heard this ("Jew porn") in the wild today and it seems like a reasonable extension of the word that may likely stick. The real test will be to see if an expression like "gay porn" would work where the subject matter is not pornographic, LOL.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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