Porn­hub, a pop­u­lar adult web­site released their annu­al data that lists the top searched and most viewed porn cat­e­gories world­wide. Recent­ly, the site took a more in-depth look at the break­down with­in the Unit­ed States. The find­ings dis­closed that “Ebony”, a term that denotes black per­form­ers ranked top 3 in the most searched cat­e­gories.

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When they break it down by state, it gets even more inter­est­ing… a lot of those rural states are real­ly into “step sis­ter” cat­e­gories, with “les­bian” dom­i­nat­ing as most searched nation­wide.

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But most watched, hands down Ebony rules the South.

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Being that the South encom­pass­es some of the most con­ser­v­a­tive and racial­ly divid­ed states in the coun­try, this study rais­es the very impor­tant ques­tion of “why?”

Accord­ing to Voca­tiv, who aid­ed Porn­hub in com­bin­ing the data, the race of the state’s inhab­i­tants mat­ters when it comes to porn search­es:

“Sev­er­al states seemed to instead express a racial pref­er­ence: In Mis­sis­sip­pi, Geor­gia and Delaware, the top search term was “ebony.” In Louisiana, it was “black.” In Hawaii, “asian.” This gen­er­al­ly make sense: Mis­sis­sip­pi, Louisiana and Geor­gia are among six states where the Black pop­u­la­tion accounts for more than 25 per­cent of the total pop­u­la­tion, accord­ing to the 2010 cen­sus. As of the 2000 cen­sus, Hawaii was the only state with a major­i­ty Asian Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion.”

But what about world­wide?

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Accord­ing to the above map, the US only ranks sec­ond to Africa when it comes to the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the search term “black.”

While, the demand for black porn is high, how does this trans­late to the qual­i­ty of life for black per­form­ers? It’s well known that black per­form­ers are paid half to three-quar­ters of what white actress­es are paid. Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, a pro­fes­sor of Fem­i­nist Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San­ta Bar­bara con­clud­ed the dis­par­i­ties faced by black per­form­ers in the pornog­ra­phy indus­try reflects the his­toric deval­u­a­tion of black bod­ies:

You can see that in the pro­duc­tion of the types of films that black wom­en appear in: low­er pro­duc­tion val­ue, less of the kind of mar­ket, low­er kind of val­ues in how they treat the work­ers. [Black]Women are paid half to three quar­ters of what white actress­es tend to make. And this, you know, reflects the ways in which black bod­ies have his­tor­i­cal­ly been deval­ued in our labor mar­ket since, you know, slav­ery to the present. I think that, you know, it speaks to the ways in which there’s this simul­ta­ne­ous prob­lem that was like a deep desire to have those bod­ies present and to con­sume those bod­ies as com­modi­ties, but a deep dis­gust for black peo­ple, our human­i­ty and our bod­ies, at the same time that allows that devalu­ing to func­tion.

In an inter­view with The­Root, pop­u­lar black actress, Misty Stone also chimed in on how the indus­try has con­sis­tent­ly deval­ued her despite her pop­u­lar­i­ty:

“That is absolute­ly true,” she said when asked if there is a pay dis­par­i­ty. “Now that I have raised my rate — which is not real­ly that high; I know white girls get­ting paid [$1,500], and I’m get­ting about [$1,200] — I get booked less.” But she said that her cur­rent rate is a vast improve­ment over her pre­vi­ous rates.

“There was a time I was get­ting about 400 or 500 bucks a scene. Now that I’m with LA Direct [agen­cy] and prob­a­bly at the top of the food chain, I am now booked for $1,200 a scene, but they don’t want to pay an African-Amer­i­can girl that kind of mon­ey.” She explained that her book­ings went down once her rates increased, despite the fact that they had increased based on her pop­u­lar­i­ty and star­dom.

There also is the expec­ta­tion for more extreme sex­u­al acts to be done by wom­en of col­or for less pay:

…for cer­tain, more extreme sex­u­al acts, she knows white col­leagues who were offered $3,000, while she was offered around $1,500 and occa­sion­al­ly as low as $1,200. She has so far declined to par­tic­i­pate in such sce­nes.

Again, every­thing all boils down to the idea that there is an affin­i­ty and down­right obsession/fetishization of black bod­ies but not black peo­ple.

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19 Comments on "The Irony: “Ebony” and “Black” are the Top-Searched Porn Terms in the American South"

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PinkSlayer22

I think this is a very inter­est­ing dis­cus­sion that has been need­ed for some time now. To view ethics of basic decent treat­ment of human biengs from this angle with a cred­i­ble source such as porn­hub, is kind of fun­ny.

fedupwiththehype

This is dis­turbing

Dr.Rue

I feel like more hard­core racists exist in the paci­fic north­west and such.

Dr.Rue

To be fair the south gen­er­al­ly has larg­er Black pop­u­la­tions than any oth­er place in the country…but yea we all know how those White boys get down lol. Also why is it not sur­pris­ing that “teen” and “Step sis­ter” are top terms in the Paci­fic north west..eww.

Medusa

Racist white dudes beat­ing off to ebony babes…who knew?!?

thefermiparadox

haha. :-) It’s true, those white boys do love watch­ing ebony babes.

Dee

But aren’t those same states where Black peo­ple hap­pen to be con­cen­trat­ed as well?

purplefashion03

So are you say­ing that black males main­ly watch black porn? So that crush­es the state­ment that they prefer white wom­en, right? Fur­ther­more, the major­i­ty of porn watch­es are young white males and they are the major­i­ty in those states. I have no doubt in my mind that they are the main view­ers.

Brianna Nicolas

Arent black men racist to black wom­en as well?

Amia

I don’t see the prob­lem with this web­site cov­er­ing top­ics besides nat­u­ral hair…especially when they are impor­tant issues per­tain­ing to black wom­en. Keep of the good work, BGLH.

Interested

I’m more of an avid sup­port­er now it is diver­si­fy­ing. A lit­tle edu­ca­tion did no one harm.

Sabrina black

Okay. What does this have to do with nat­u­ral hair??

Yurilyte

lol they stat­ed a LONG time ago that they were going to be diver­si­fy­ing the con­tent of their blog and would no longer be report­ing sole­ly on nat­u­ral hair.…

Sabrina black
Yeah, I read about that. They changed things around? There’s noth­ing wrong with that. It real­ly isn’t. What I meant by my ques­tion is why are porn and our issues being mixed togeth­er? If some­one is going to talk about the south, ask why the HBCU col­lege is shut­ting down in South Car­oli­na. Ask why the black pro­test­er who is a wom­an was pushed and harassed by an angry mob of cau­ca­soids at the trump ral­ly? We are almost close to hav­ing an open­ly racist pres­i­dent. The major­i­ty are vot­ing for him and some­one is excit­ed about us being pop­u­lar… Read more »
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What I got through the dis­play of those pref­er­ences is the per­pe­tra­tion of the deval­u­a­tion of black labor, despite their sup­posed rise in pop­u­lar­i­ty.

alexwek

@Sabrina black.…which HBCU in South Car­oli­na is shut­ting down? because of money?..southerners? white south­ern­ers.…

Sabrina black

Yeah, South Car­oli­na state uni­ver­si­ty is being threat­ened with clo­sure. The leg­is­la­tors pro­posed to close down South Car­oli­na State to sim­mer down under finan­cial con­trol.

Deedeemaha

Has this site turn from hair to porn now.
I’m try­ing to stay with you guys but it’s get­ting hard­er
To do so. Use to be a great site. 

But porn? Is this arti­cle soft adver­tise­ment for
Their site? You should take it down. Teens?
Come on we don’t need the stats

Yurilyte

they don’t only report on nat­u­ral hair any­more, they stat­ed they’d be diver­si­fy­ing their blog a long time ago

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