The 22nd Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference

Adam de Beer

Shiver me timber: animating gay porn

ith the exception of the Japanese tradition of Hentai, academic discussion is inhibited when focussing on pornographic imagery and films. This tends to stigmatise and obfuscate the social implications of pornography. It is in the genre of gay pornography that CGI sex is finding an audience with the release of films such as Pirate’s Booty (2009) and Tales from the gods (2010). This paper considers why specifically gay pornography has chosen to include animation as narrative technique and returns to early topographical work by Thomas Waugh (1985) to discuss this move from fantasized public space to fantasy space as backdrop for the sex act.

Biographical statement:
Adam de Beer is presently working on his doctorate in film studies in the Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Cape Town, South Africa. He lectures on Video Production and Storytelling for the centre with a focus on animation and gay and lesbian films. His research centres on topics related to his thesis, namely animation, movement in animation and the history of animation in South Africa.