The Price of Wrestling Porn


I haven’t taken a poll, or anything, but I imagine that I support the gay porn industry just as much as the next man. I have friends whose video and DVD collections require whole rooms to house, so by comparison I don’t think that I qualify as a “fanatic” really. But I have my own little treasure in my closet, and I pitch in for a couple recurring subscriptions here and there. My porn fix is managed, and I don’t intend on increasing my tithe to the industry, particularly in these tough times.

Then along comes a nicely packaged new site that completely grabs my attention. YouTube teasers for Naked Kombat look promising. The website is attractive, the teasers are sexy, and the backstories (complete with transparent “rules“) add a nice touch to the homoeroticism. The wrestlers appear to be, on average, perhaps a little hotter than other wrestling video products. But the subscription price is premium, significantly higher than other gay wrestling companies. Also some of their links to other “kink” sites that they produce take me to shots of women, which I find immediately… deflating. What to do. What to do.
As I take shopping for porn way too seriously, it makes me think of the harsh backdrop that I paint when I write my wrestling fiction. When I started writing the Producer’s Ring, I conceived of the setting for my homoerotic celebrity wrestling fiction as an alternate world where the entertainment industry has become the basis for political and economic order, where everything and everyone is a commodity, where capitalism has run amok and marketing and profits are the first and last word in political dominance. This alternate reality seems ripe with possibilities for gay wrestling fiction, but I really don’t want the reality that I live in to actually drift that direction. Where more and more of our lives are given a price tag, I hope that we continue to work into the calculus the pricelessness of imagination, romanticism, justice and humanity.

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