Queering the Orientalist porn package: Arab men in French gay pornography | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 6, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1474-2756
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0578


This article charts the shift in focus from orientalist to postcolonial porn production in the French context. We set contemporary digital video production by local studio Citbeur against old-school racial fetish porn made famous by Jean-Daniel Cadinot (, 1984) and later by Jean-Nol Ren Clair in the series. Unlike the blatant sexual tourism of the colonialist porn produced by Cadinot and JNRC, we argue here that Citbeur marks a break with the exploitative gaze of white pornographers intent on hunting out niche markets for the expanding sector of ethnic pornography. In short, there is a radical shift in focus from the neo-colonial sex and class tourism in Cadinot and JNRC to the multi-ethnic independent production of studio Citbeur, in which the gay subculture attempts to mark both a visual distance from stereotypical imagery of Arab masculinity as savage and a political distance from institutional gay culture.


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