Lydia Lee shares her bewilderment about choking scenes in porn in this post. The scenes exist, I’ve seen ’em. But I’m with Lydia on this one: I don’t understand why they’re supposed to be sexy. The best theory I can come up with (when the choking is done with a penis in the throat instead of hands around the neck) is that maybe it’s supposed to be somehow affirming of the vast size and virility of the male schlong. But as Lydia writes:

I know asphyxiation is a turn-on for many. It’s also dangerous alone because some people actually die, so having a partner–I suppose–is better than doing it alone and possibly dying. Still, I don’t see what’s sexy about it. There. I have had my Pollyanna moment. Though now I’m curious if there’s site dedicated to chokin’ man-bitches out?

That last is an interesting question, actually. I’d expect to find it in gay porn, which presumably has its own gonzo niches. More interesting from a gender-politics perspective would be a femdom version. I trust Rule 34; these things are probably out there. If they’re not, that would say something very interesting indeed about the gender politics of choking.

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