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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Why Do Men Wear Socks In Porn?

Posted by on Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 2:36 PM

I deal with that question in this week's Savage Love. Socks are incidental, I said, nothing to attach any meaning to, certainly not evidence of rampant sock fetishism among porn producers and consumers. My readers are suggesting some other possible explanations...

Dan, love your column, but you screwed the pooch on that answer. (Don't tell Rick Santorum.) I recall reading about this years ago. The reason for socks in porn is purely practical: porn sets are dirty. Now of course you might ask, why don't the women wear socks? Answer: because they're all wearing heels. I suppose you may protest and say that calling them "incidental" was a correct answer. True, but off the mark from the real reason. As you're surely not watching much hetero porn, you're excused this time.

I was interested in SID's question as to why men wear socks in porn movies. My husband has always pointed that out to me—his theory is that it's a throw-back to the time when porn movies were in their infancy and illegal to make. He always thought the socks stayed on so they could get dressed and leave quickly if the cops busted the shoot.

Regarding socks in porn, I always thought this was to keep the performers warm and their blood circulating, thus more able to do their job. Porn shoots are often done in cold places. Your feet are the most important extremity to keep warm, and you'd be surprised how much warmer the human body can be with only its feet covered versus nothing at all.

And how would a guy "use" a strap-on? One theory—better than any of the ones I came up with—after the jump.

In your reply about the man on the airplane who was excited about using his new strap-on you missed the one explanation that came to my mind first. I had a GF once that was freaky (yay, me!) and liked being DP'd (double penetration). I wasn't really into the idea of threesomes so we experimented with vibrators/dildos to meet the need and before we broke up we had been shopping for some kind of harness that would let me use my junx and her toys at the same time while leaving all our hands free for all the other fun stuff.

 

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I'm going with the cold floor explanation. Most porn sets are not going to be carpeted for obvious reason.
Posted by sgiffy on January 28, 2009 at 2:39 PM · Report this
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I think #3 has it. I always sleep naked except for a few nights in the dead of winter every year when I put on ankle-length socks. It's shocking how much warmer my entire body is.
Posted by snox on January 28, 2009 at 2:41 PM · Report this
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I just did a short scientific study and didn't see any socks. So it depends on what you are watching, and people need to stop reading into it so much.
Posted by Amnt on January 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM · Report this
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Hm, the internet ate my comment.

I just did a short scientific study and didn't see any socks on the guys, so I'm going with "it depends on what you are watching and stop reading into it so much."
Posted by Amnt on January 28, 2009 at 2:48 PM · Report this
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My comments keep dying, maybe it'll show up this time.

I just did a short "scientific study" and didn't see a single sock on a guy. I'd say it depends on what you are watching, and people shouldn't read into it so much.
Posted by Amnt on January 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM · Report this
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Fuck, sorry for the triple post, it gave me an error message...
Posted by Amnt on January 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM · Report this
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Thank you Snox, I am right.
Posted by blank12357 on January 28, 2009 at 2:52 PM · Report this
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The cold feet / cold floor theory seems like a decent one. In wintertime, I sometimes tell my husband I don't love him enough to take my socks off...
Posted by Julie in Eugene on January 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM · Report this
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Seriously, when that much blood gets shunted off to engorge those enormous whozee-whatsits, the extremities are generally the first to suffer from reduced blood-flow, and thus get cold.

I'll bet they'd wear mittens too, if their partners didn't complain about teh scratchiness...
Posted by COMTE on January 28, 2009 at 3:05 PM · Report this
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
The dirty floor explanation is very plausible. So is the warmth one. Here are more:
(1) Except when dealing with foot-fetishism, a man hot to trot is pretty much ready for action when he gets the rest of him uncovered,and has no time for incidentals.
(2) Many feet are calloused,corn-beridden,fungal,stinky,and ugly. Make-up persons on p*rn sets have enough to do without having to sand-down, peel, sterilize, deodorize, and pedicure a bunch of brutish feet.
(3) Toenails can scratch a partner when shifting positions.
(4) Imagine what one might step or slip in on the floor.
and
(5) Soft white socks are one of the two sexiest things in the universe a naked man can wear, you hypocritical barbarians, right up there with old t-shirts worn nearly to gauze by repeated washings, delicate, vulnerable, clinging, yet concealing, tantalizing, oh, god....I'm sorry, what was I saying?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Posted by Ed Special on January 28, 2009 at 3:11 PM · Report this
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I've noticed over the years that many men are self-conscious about their feet and consider them unattractive. I always figured socks in porn just meant that the guy thought he had ugly feet.
Posted by Flaminica on January 28, 2009 at 3:13 PM · Report this
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I don't think I've ever noticed socks in porn. Besides, they can't be too cold - isn't all porn filmed in the Valley, at sunset, the day of a harvest moon, between 3 men and a consenting 18 year old (27 year old) women, or a consenting MILF (28 year old).

Maybe it's just a way to tell foot fetishists, "hey, if you thought you were gonna get off on this stuff, you're wrong. Please go buy specific additional videos tailored to your needs."
Posted by Dougsf on January 28, 2009 at 3:18 PM · Report this
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there is a difference between naked and nude. naked you wear socks. Nude you wear no sox and its classy.
Posted by the Uke on January 28, 2009 at 3:19 PM · Report this
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Because it really isn't necessary to take socks or shoes in some cases off to have sex with someone. The faster you hit the ground running with an erection the better. Theres no time to take socks off.
Posted by Porn isn't made in one take on January 28, 2009 at 3:25 PM · Report this
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This is a bizarre generalization. I see plenty of bare feet in hetero porn. Usually, if anyone is wearing socks or stockings, it's the woman. This doesn't strike me as particularly empirical.
Posted by JMS on January 28, 2009 at 3:25 PM · Report this
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If you're noticing what the actors are wearing on their feet, it's either boring porn, or porn with ugly actors, or you're a foot fetishist...
Posted by michael strangeways on January 28, 2009 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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Maybe, they don't want to risk pulling a muscle in their lower back, so they leave the socks on. Or maybe, they are left on to give the impression of youth and/or urgency.
Posted by kim on January 28, 2009 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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Because ... well, MOST feet are ugly. Especially guy feet. Veiny, callousy ugly feet. An in shape guy, who does his running and calisthenics is going to give his feet hell!
Posted by Matt on January 28, 2009 at 3:32 PM · Report this
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Is it gay porn or straight porn that guys are wearing socks? My guess is that you would see more socks in gay porn than straight porn. I think it's a fetish or part of an image that is being projected.

Women aren't wearing heels in porn because the floor is dirtyj or to keep their feet warm. What heels keep feet warm? They're wearing heels because it is part of the mainstream image of what makes a woman sexy - make-up, nails, heels, big tits. It's part of an exaggerated image of what is feminine or female.

I think men are wearing socks because it's perceived as being a jock type image - and therefore masculine. It's a social construct. Don't get me wrong though. Put me in front of some guy wearing a jockstrap and ankle socks and I'll be on my knees...
Posted by PussyDunkinHines on January 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM · Report this
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Because man feet are ugly. An in shape guy, does a ton of pounding on his feet!
Posted by your comment thread sucks today on January 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM · Report this
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Oh yeah, women wear heels ... because it makes their legs look slimmer, longer, and tightens up their but. Helps conceal the fat. Ask any stripper that.
Posted by let's see if internet eats this too on January 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM · Report this
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they don't wear socks. not anything like they did. they USED to wear socks--especially in the 80s--the 80s contained within its peculiar zeitgeist (its meme, if you will) a weird "thing" about feet. the prevailing prejudices of the time (which were rampant, i assure you) insisted that feet were unattractive and sexually negligible. thus, not only was the oeuvre of 80s porn sans feet--so were ads and television shows in general at the time. no feet! ever! and foot fetishists were very quiet...it was a weird shameful thing. all of this changed in the mid 90s, when all the metrosexuals--and then fags--started wearing sandals and flip flops. (ugh. the term.) it became endemic! associated with hot frat guys! soon, every foot fetishist on earth came out of his hole, leading to the excessively footy situations we find in places like Craigslist today. and rarely a sock will you find in porn anymore. not that i ever watch porn. because i don't. (and craigslist? what's craigslist? and the 80s? what? i was barely even there...) that's why!
Posted by adrian! on January 28, 2009 at 3:37 PM · Report this
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Ugh, I don't know, but it's SO not sexy. I refuse to have sex with people in socks, unless we're camping or something.
Posted by violet_dagrinder on January 28, 2009 at 3:44 PM · Report this
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As for the strap on, yeah, DP, or they're being awesome for their partner who wants additional fucking after they're done.
Posted by violet_dagrinder on January 28, 2009 at 3:47 PM · Report this
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The sexiest male porn starts wear black socks with white deck shoes, plaid shorts and short sleeved shirts...add a fedora.

It ends up looking something like this:

http://jurassiccock.com/tour1/?nats=MjYw…,
Posted by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra on January 28, 2009 at 3:53 PM · Report this
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Why don't you ask people in the porn industry why guys wear socks?
Posted by Cory on January 28, 2009 at 3:58 PM · Report this
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My boy and I do the DP strap-on thing every so often (wicked good fun). But we never, ever wear socks whilst doing same.
Posted by anathema on January 28, 2009 at 4:03 PM · Report this
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Have you ever seen a man trying to take off his socks? There's no sexy way to do it. Of course, that' assuming he starts off wearing clothes at all
Posted by Hmmm on January 28, 2009 at 4:18 PM · Report this
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Because men wear socks... when watching porn?
Posted by Sad Comment on January 28, 2009 at 4:55 PM · Report this
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I love men's feet! Both socked and unsocked! I never see enough of them in straight porn. Sometimes they make it into the shot, most times not. Either way, socks or none, very sexy!
Posted by Vince on January 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM · Report this
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Richard Wiseman's book 'Quirkology' makes mention of a study performed on the female orgasm that was done in FMRI machines and found that many of the women being stimulated by their partner found it difficult to achieve orgasm because it was cold, so the doctor in charge added socks and saw a 20% increase in the speed at which orgasm was achieved.

So I'm doing with people-don't-like-cold-feet?
Posted by Adi on January 28, 2009 at 6:20 PM · Report this
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Socks on feet.

The reason that men wear socks on their feet in porn is that the soundstage that porn is filmed on is made of black stuff that rubs off on feet easily. My friends who have been in the biz always roll their eyes at seeing "porn star feet" - a girl is on her back, she's perfectly made up, but the soles of her feet are black. This means that she was walking around on set, outside the dressing room, in bare feet (instead of in the heels or flip-flops the girls are supposed to use). It's a mark of an amateurish production or performer. Guys wear socks for the same reason, and occasionally they forget to take them off, that's all.
Posted by Neur0mancer on January 28, 2009 at 8:37 PM · Report this
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Because it is cold in eastern europe.
Posted by Will on January 28, 2009 at 10:04 PM · Report this
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It's harder to achieve an orgasm with cold feet.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/411136…

Posted by SOCKit2mi on January 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM · Report this
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Don't any of you get clammy when your feet are bare and the room is cool?! Unless the room is 75+ degrees, my entire body breaks into a cold sweat. Sweating like a pig in a porn scene isn't always hot.
I will only NOT wear socks if-
A) It's 80 degrees
B) I'm jumping straight under the sheets
C) I'm outdoors on a warm spring/summer day
Must be just me. I vote for the cold porn sets theory.
Posted by BeenThere on January 29, 2009 at 12:10 AM · Report this
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I also know of guys who use strap-ons as an alternative to Saddlebacking - i.e. wanting not to have sex before marriage, but their gfs wanting to be penetrated...
Posted by mim on January 29, 2009 at 2:09 AM · Report this
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@32 The obvious flaw in that argument is that no one has mentioned the bottoms of the men's socks being black and dirty...
Posted by Handle on January 29, 2009 at 7:18 AM · Report this
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Some men who can't get an erection due to medical problems (ie prostate surgery) use a strap-on.
Posted by missymiss on January 29, 2009 at 9:37 AM · Report this
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@22, 80s theory: the unwanted-pregnancy-inducing fuck scene in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" featured socked feet.

"I'm gonna fuck you with one sock on so I got somethin' to wipe off my prick when I'm done"
~~Andrew Dice Clay

Posted by Dildonicus on January 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM · Report this
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Interesting #31 - I've always found one of the best ways to warm up my feet on a cold winter's night is to have sex.

Makes me feel warm and tingly all over ;))
Posted by Ayden/VA on January 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM · Report this
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Would you want to walk around bare foot on the floor of a porn set?
Posted by Nyckname on February 8, 2009 at 5:29 PM · Report this
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Men wearing socks and garters is sexy because it reminds us of those old 30's 40's stag films which were illicit and getting dressed in a hurry was practical. Women also wore those very shiny, silky black stockings for the same reason, and this fact also adds to our present day fetish for silky legs and feet. These alluring images are based on once dangerous but more exciting porn. Younger men might thus be less attracted to such old fashioned fetish wear.
Posted by Rex on May 2, 2009 at 2:19 PM · Report this
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Men Wear SOCKS in pornos for those of us who have a sock fetish...MAJOR TURN ON..If I like the man wearing the socks in the porno I would be interested in purchasing the movie. I wish men would wear their socks in all shows...at least show them off every once in a while from all angles...my favorite episode in Eureka has hot n sexy Collin Ferguson in white socks trip and show all angles of the socks and I have watched many times with my hand elsewhere. Why should it bother anyone if male stars would do that for those of us that hide our fetish...I have come to terms with it and Wish there was a way to get the producers to show the male actors in their socks at least once in each episode of a show or movie...Cheap to do and of course the longer the better but hey...seems everyone gets what they want basically except us...
Posted by dirtysocksbear on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM · Report this
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Men Wear SOCKS in pornos for those of us who have a sock fetish...MAJOR TURN ON..Other times it is like earlier stated they either didn't take them off or wanted to leave them on not because of their sexual preference of socks. If I like the man wearing the socks in the porno I would be interested in purchasing the movie. I wish men would wear their socks in all shows...at least show them off every once in a while from all angles...my favorite episode in Eureka has hot n sexy Collin Ferguson in white socks trip and show all angles of the socks and I have watched many times with my hand elsewhere. Why should it bother anyone if male stars would do that for those of us that hide our fetish...I have come to terms with it and Wish there was a way to get the producers to show the male actors in their socks at least once in each episode of a show or movie...Cheap to do and of course the longer the better but hey...seems everyone gets what they want basically except us...Any way I could contact producers to make this happen?
Posted by dirtysocksbear on May 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM · Report this
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I think its how you see things, I have noticed a recurring but sometimes inconsistant use of black dress socks almost always in straight porn flicks which seems almost like a power trip while simultaneously in gay porn they often wear white socks. Also on you tube there seems to be a lot of men that wear dark dress socks make videos and are often smoking. I asked some if they felt horny with the whole thing but no one got back. The whole thing is weird I think there is more to it then one would think.
Posted by voyeur on January 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM · Report this

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