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?

Brianna Nicolas

Arent black men racist to black women 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.

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 »
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.

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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.

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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