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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Myriad Charms Of Food Porn: Sloppy, Bloody And Hilarious

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 1:31 PM

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The term "food porn" gets thrown around a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? The most common usage seems to refer to figurative food porn, i.e. extreme close-ups of food, shot in a revealing, porn-like manner. Flickr.com illuminates the topic with an extensive Food Porn Pool, boasting over 8,000 members, complete with a robust discussion board -- and surprise surprise -- the Bay Area has the highest concentration of contributed photos. Slashfood also gives good food porn, figuratively speaking, with over 800 posts clocked.

Then there's the less figurative food porn. Basically, anything that involves sex and food together. From there, however, it's a matter of degrees: on the more-sex-less-food side of things you have "wet and messy fetishism," otherwise known as WAM. We're talking sloppy, wet, slippery foods here: whipped cream, custard, pudding. You get the picture. For the committed carnivore, there's the similarly slippery meat and blood porn (NSFW, like you didn't know), otherwise known as "Atkins porn." (also, NSFW).

Finally, there's just straight up food and porn smashed together in decidedly hilarious ways: The man who got busted in Germany last month concealing two "latex dildos with a natural look" inside two large sausages in preparation for his trip to Dubai. Also on the phallic tip is last week's controversy over the Iowa State Fair's erotic corn-dog-eating contest, which risks being banned over concerns that it's too "disgusting."

-- Brian Bernbaum

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