Apocalypse Porn & Isolation Thirst Tells Us The End of The World is Pretty Hot

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Apocalypse Porn & Isolation Thirst Tells Us The End of The World is Pretty Hot

People are getting weirdly turned on by the end of the world. Here's proof if you don't believe me.

We’ve already published an article about how 2020 is really starting to feel like the end of the world. A quick Google search will bring up tons of apocalyptic results that’ll have you doomscrolling for hours (possibly at the expense of your mental health). Every aspect of our lives has been affected by the events of this year and, naturally, our relationships and sex lives haven’t escaped that. So, I don’t know why I was surprised when I started realising that people find this whole end-of-the-world, we’re-all-doomed scenario pretty damn sexy.

Sexting

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Isolation dehydration

If you haven’t texted your ex during quarantine, you probably know somebody who has, and they’re not alone in doing so.The whole world is thirsty.

Roisin Lanigan writes that “many of us are texting people we would never usually entertain in normal, un-locked-down society, sending increasingly explicit messages and nudes and generally ramping up the horn to levels that would previously be considered socially unacceptable”.

She even argues that what is considered “socially unacceptable” is changing on account of us all having to keep 2 metres apart.

“It’s perhaps due to the fact that the majority, if not all of our sexual activity takes place through a screen, that the content of that sexual activity is becoming wilder. By cutting down or eliminating real life awkwardness and having the comfort of being able to hide behind DMs, curate responses and simply log off when it all gets too much, we’re becoming much braver and more brazen than we’d usually be.”

Send nudes neon sign

Basically, anything goes. And if you regret it after, its much easier to make sure you never see the recipient of your pixelated private parts ever again. If you haven’t already, here’s an anonymous contribution about quarantine sexting that we published last month. Needless to say, many of us will be coming out of quarantine with  some interesting content hidden in our camera rolls, and some texts we should probably go back and delete just in case.

It’s not only our interactions with each other that are changing on account of the end-of-the-world-thirst either.

Pandemic porn

I first stumbled upon this Vice article, Apocalypse Porn Shows Why People Are Horny for the End of the World, a few days ago. Since then I’m definitely starting to see a trend online. People are increasingly becoming sexually frustrated by being stuck in isolation, or finding creative ways to use our impending doom to their advantage. But is creativity all it is?

Samantha Cole, who wrote the aforementioned article, says that there’s “a long tradition of being turned on by the end of the world in porn”. Whether you believe that we are in fact living through the end of times or not, it’s hard to deny the fact that the world, as we knew it before the pandemic, is over. That is, it seems, something that the crazy world of adult films hasn’t overlooked. Considering the fact that just about any random mix of words you can come up with has probably already been turned into some NSFW amateur film, it’s pretty obvious that a global pandemic would be too.

Coronavirus porn could probably fall under the category of apocalypse porn, since so much of it leans into a dystopian horror flick theme,” writes Cole. But why are people so attracted to the idea of it in the first place?

One argument is that porn turns “a fucked-up situation into escape and entertainment”. It makes light of a situation that’s been getting everyone down, and turns it into a situation that helps people get it on.

Another is that, weirdly, these videos are a kind of educational content (just not for kids). Cole cites one video in which getting down to business is interrupted in order to include a kind of COVID-19 public service announcement. That one’s a benefit to society, really.

The issue arises in the fact that this kind of content appears to take the real life situation quite lightly – using it to attract views or for financial gain. This ignores the fact that there are people whose lives have been seriously impacted by this pandemic. Then again, When has the world of pornography ever been sensitive about the tropes it portrays? Expecting the people making these videos to consider the fact that they might be offending someone is probably being overly optimistic.

365 Days on Netflix

Michele Morrone and Anna Maria Sieklucka in 365 Days. Source: Netflix

Even Netflix is getting thirsty

Netflix has consistently been providing us with the content we need. When we craved distraction in the first stages of iso, the streaming service blessed us with Tiger King. As our quarantine fatigue began to fade and we found new energy to start protesting injustices, we were given Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich to fuel our indignation. Now, Netflix is capitalising on the global thirst with the Polish film, 365 Days.

Buzzfeed News reporter, Scaachi Koul, wrote an article titled The Most Popular Movie On Netflix Right Now Is Basically Porn, and I think that says a lot about our current state of mind as a society. While it doesn’t exactly qualify as apocalypse porn, this Fifty Shades of Grey knockoff (review coming soon…maybe) has managed to shoot into the top ten in multiple countries. “Pretty impressive for a Polish movie that has had limited — if any — North American promotion and has earned a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes“, writes Koul.

“In 365 Days, there’s no use pretending there’s an actual movie going on around two people who can’t keep their hands off each other boneyarding to death. It’s basically a movie for people too nervous to just take the plunge and type ‘pornhub’ into a browser.”

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Scaachi concludes with “If I were 15, stuck at home, and too squeamish to just look at porn on my phone like a normal pervert, I too would probably run through this movie so many times my Netflix account would be suspended”. (Her whole article about this film is fantastic though, and I highly recommend giving it a read whether you’ve seen the movie or not).

So, obviously, the impending apocalypse is making us feel some pretty unexpected things in some pretty interesting places. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

In the words of Cole, “As the whole world struggles to define its ‘new normal’, and we’re attending orgies over Zoom and inviting the virtual world into our sex lives more than ever—combined with the uniquely 2020 phenomenon of widespread ‘skin hunger’—it’s no wonder some among us are little horny all the time”.

If you have been finding yourself feeling a little thirstier than usual, I give you permission to embrace it and blame the apocalypse. It’s not you, it’s the end of the world.

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