“Whether they want to admit it or not, the numbers on the web show us that there’s definite interest,” says Alex Ladd, co-owner and head of production for DVSX.com. In an interview with adult-industry newssource Xbiz.com, Ladd couched the trend in the language of his trade: “Straight men want trannies.”
Research gathered from more than a dozen major sources – including Alexa, Google and Internet World Stats – reveals that nearly 190 million heterosexual men are attracted to transsexual women and actively seek romantic contact with or sexually explicit images of them annually.
“The Internet really has made the whole thing more popular in the last few years,” says Steven Gallon, owner of Grooby Productions, one of the first transsexual sites launched a decade ago. “You’re now seeing [transsexuals] in mainstream advertising and on TV shows. That and the Internet have made it [socially acceptable for transsexuals] to be out there on display.” …
Just frickin’ great.
There’s so much more to that article — and none of what’s in the piece is anything I’m thrilled to read.
Y’know, it’s not like trans women aren’t hypersexualized enough as it is. This prediliction of men for “trannie porn” is just not goint to help trans women to be seen as whole people, that’s for sure.
In Part II of the Examiner.com‘s series, one of the article’s subsections is entitled Secretly Adored, Publicly Abhorred. That section talks about how even though trans people seem to be getting more coverage in the press…well, here’s what reporter Madison Claire states:
…So far, anything approaching real compassion has proved remarkably – and some might argue, rather hypocritically – elusive.
Despite growing worldwide interest in transsexual women, the majority of both traditional and digital sources has yet to treat the topic seriously, opting instead to focus on the more sensational, controversial or pornographic elements of trans culture…