List of pornographic sub-genres

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Pornography, especially pornographic films, is commonly grouped into a number of distinct sub-genres. There are many genres of pornography, not all of which are listed in this article, and a pornographic work may fall into more than one genre.

Pornography is typically categorized as either softcore or hardcore pornography. A pornographic work is characterized as hardcore if it has any hardcore content.

The majority of the genres in the list relate to hardcore pornography.


Pornographic films or video recordings tend to be made in a number of distinct pornographic sub-genres which describe the sexual fantasy which the film and actors attempt to create. Pornographic films are characterised as either softcore and hardcore, which can contain depictions of sexual penetration or extreme fetishism. Sub-genres can also be classified into the characteristics of the performers or the type of sexual activity on which it concentrates, and not necessarily on the market to which each sub-genre appeals. Pornographic films are classified into a number of sub-genres, each of which usually conforms to certain conventions, and each of which caters to particular markets.

Traditionally, pornographic films or videos were made for a predominantly male market. A typical pornographic film featured a female performer on whom the film focused. Her male partner traditionally had no distinctive features other than a large penis. However, there has been an increase in female viewers over time, and there have recently been efforts to increase the sexualization of male performers also. New features such as men with smaller penises, charming facial features and well-built bodies are becoming predominant in pornographic films, as well as the emergence of feminist pornography.[3][4]

By physical characteristics of participants[edit]



Hair fetishism is sexual arousal connected with hair, mainly head hair or pubic hair. There are several common types in pornography:

Body features[edit]


Race-oriented pornography does not always feature performers who are actually of the race listed in the title. Performers are sometimes billed as being of a certain race, if their facial features, body shape, or skin color fit a publicly accepted idea of what people of that race look like. Some performers are billed as being of one race, and then of another, depending on the film.




Bodily functions[edit]

Other fetish[edit]

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual[edit]

Men with men[edit]

Women with women[edit]

Multiple men and women[edit]

Transsexual people[edit]


Reality pornography refers to real or faked 'amateur' encounters. This category also includes pornographic home movies. Related genres include:

Specific sex acts[edit]


Other sex acts[edit]

Other categories[edit]

Computer-generated, interactive, and animated[edit]



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