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Porn world mourns Barbaro

Gram Ponante
Not a month after the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner was put down comes Felony Productions' Pony Play, featuring Kaci Starr with a strap-on.

Playing the ponies is increasingly popular in the BDSM world, with a number of local dungeons, er, sheepishly ordering hay for submissives who will don bridle and saddle (but rarely feedbag) in order for their masters to canter around on them.

I know very few women who haven't admitted to at least one or two porny thoughts about horses, and the phonologist will agree that it doesn't take a lot to get from "pony" to "porny".

But something about this picture made me question whether this title weren't another cut-rate co-opting for porn purposes of a legitimate fetish. Is there penetration in pony play? I took too much time finding out, and discovered that no, there usually isn't, with the exception of tails one might attach to butt plugs.

From Maximum Awesome:

Human horses are called ponygirls and ponyboys. Though it is common for ponyboys/girls to be owned/trained/ridden by someone of a similar sexual orientation, it is not a recognized rule. In fact, for the human pony, the thrill is not about obvious sexual contact, rather the thrill is found in the fulfillment of the fantasy of being a horse under the control of a master. In general, ponyboys and girls do not have sex with their masters and riders at all. That being said, there are--of course--exceptions. One notable exception is when one pony is bred to another. This stud-service is done with permission from the "owners" of each pony and is agreed upon by the ponies themselves (in human form) before ponyplay starts. At times, there will be mock breeding (no penetration) for fantasy purposes. Many ponies and masters are in a relationship together in and outside of ponyplay while others have primary relationships altogether separate from their ponyplay.

Porn appears to be doing to pony play what it has already done to schoolgirls, lesbians, and a living wage for writers at trade magazines: it is substituting a pale shadow or horrible bastardization for something noble and wholesome, in this case dressing your partner up as a horse and galloping her into town for groceries.

But I applaud Felony Productions for advertising that its movies are produced by convicted felons. I wonder if the crime was rustling or stealing the font from "Happy Days"?

Previously: But is it good for the Jews?; The Name of the Rose; Drawing a line between the living and the dead - a sexy line

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