Wrestling with gay porn

This is a follow-up to something I just posted on AZBlogX, “Wrestling match”, about a piece of gay porn from the C1R studio, more specifically about the first scene (of three) in the new sports-oriented porn flick Stuff It In The Hole: Take It For The Team 2, a scene about (Greco-Roman) wrestling. With totally X-rated images of the pornstars Braxton Smith and Javier Cruz, plus discussion of their characteristics as a couple and of the sex they engage in. Here I have four (non-X-rated) things to post about: the genre of wrestling porn, and three linguistic observations: about the title of the flick and about two errors in the ad copy that C1R distributed about the film — one either some kind of malapropism or a word confusion, the other probably a simple typo.

Wrestling flicks as a gay porn genre. Such flicks are so numerous that they constitute a whole genre on their own. The attractions of these scenes for gay men are obvious: they are sports-related flicks, and so resonant with the high masculinity of men’s sports (and locker rooms); they feature sweaty muscular young men in minimal clothing; and they show these men engaged in more or less constant intimate contact, body on body. C1R’s ad copy as I reproduced it on my X blog:

Braxton Smith and Javier Cruz are practicing for their [upcoming] wrestling match. They both figured they would get a leg up on the other team if they had a friendly [spar], but a leg isn’t the only thing they get up. Things get a little hot and heavy as Cruz has Smith pinned to the mat and begins passionately kissing him. The match really heats up as their singlets slip off and the boys get down to

serious sex of several kinds, culminating in Cruz topping Braxton in anal intercourse.

The two things bracketed here are my substitutions for errors in the ad copy. I’ll get to them shortly, but first, notes on the main title of the flick, Stuff It In The Hole.

The title. The titles of porn flicks (gay and straight) are notorious for the frequency with which they are double entendres based on some kind of formulaic language: idioms, jargon, catchphrases, proverbs, and titles of all kinds. To my mind, the more outrageous they are, the funnier they are. In the current case, the basis is the basketball jargon stuff it in the hole, referring to aggressive dunking of the ball though the hoop.

Sportswriters have not been unaware of the sexual readings of some pieces of sports talk, and you can find a number of sites listing them — for instance, this 11/12/10 piece by Jeff Balke in the Houston Press, “Talk dirty to me: Ten filthy-sounding sports terms”, a list that includes the entry:

9. Stuff it in the hole. In basketball, this kind of dunk can be violent and there is often celebrating afterward. In sex, well, same thing.

(Note that the hole in question could be a vagina or an anus.)

The verb stuff has a number of uses in slang (especially in British English) as a variant of fuck.

up and coming wrestling match. The first error in the original ad copy is bracketed above as upcoming; the original had up and coming. Both expressions are perfectly standard English; from NOAD2:

up-and-coming (of a person beginning a particular activity or occupation) making good progress and likely to become successful: up-and-coming young players.

upcoming forthcoming; about to happen: the upcoming election.

Upcoming is the expression appropriate for the context in the ad copy, up and coming not. So the writer got the wrong word, by mistake in retrieving the word from memory (a Fay/Cutler malapopism), though the erroneous belief that up and coming does in fact mean ‘fothcoming’ (a classical malapropism), or though the erroneous beief that the expressions can be used interchangeably (a word confusion).

had a friendly spare. At first, this was just baffling to me, until I discovered that the boxing term spar (primarily as a verb, but also sometimes as a noun ‘sparring match’) had been borrowed into wrestling usage for a parallel practice. (My thanks to my friend Juan, who had some years as an amateur wrestler when he was younger, for the tip.) From NOAD2:

spar make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows, as a form of training: one contestant broke his nose while sparring.

Recall that the guys in the porn scene are contending in a practice match; they are sparring at wrestling.

Here, the error looks like a simple typo, possibly encouraged by software that would suggest spare as a replacement for the much rarer spar.

 

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