Identity Porn

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Identity porn is a narrative kink that may or may not involve actual porn, involving "people who have secret identities which focus on the consequences of using multiple personas"[1].

The term was probably coined in DC Comics fandom before or around 2005[2].

It is commonly used in Marvel Comics and related fandoms as well, due to the plethora of multi-identitied superheroes, but has spread to many other fandoms.

Definition(s)

  • "Identity porn is easiest to explain in the DCU (and the term probably originated there). Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Superman. The two body love triangle. Because there's three people there, three identities. Both Clark Kent and Superman are independently real to different social circles. But in order to get the kink I think they also have to be real to overlapping social circles. If someone is one self with one person and a different self with a different person then there's no clash, crunch, tension, just these seperate pieces. If they are, or want to be, real in both personas, then you can get identity porn."[3]
  • "it has to approach it from a particular direction, that I have been thinking of to myself as being about "role-playing as yourself", where the various identities start escaping from the boxes the characters try to keep them in, overlapping and blending. It is generally heavy on the dramatic irony, interesting combinations of denial and self-awareness, compartmentalization taken to extremes, and grand reveals."[4]
  • "...I wonder if the striving for wholeness, for the truth behind the masks, is what other people kink on emotionally. For me, the point of identity porn has to do with the ways it shows the whole person who's pretending to be only part of themselves. The climax, then, is when all those masks collide and fall apart, leaving the whole person exposed to someone else who knows them better than they ever would have without the playing with masks."[5]

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References

  1. Melannen in a post on Kink Finders 18 July 2011 (accessed 6 December 2011).
  2. Comment thread in a post by Melannen 23 July 2011 (accessed 6 December 2011).
  3. Identity Porn, post by beccaelizabeth, 23 July 2011 (accessed 6 December 2011).
  4. identity porn, post by melannen, 7 July 2011 (accessed 6 December 2011).
  5. Petra in comments of post by Melannen, 23 July 2011 (accessed 7 December 2011).
  6. Petra in comments of post by Melannen, 23 July 2011: "In the chatlog searching, I found instances where I referred to the How to Marry a Millionaire 'verse while I was writing it as "The Identity Porn story," so for me at the time they seem to have been more or less synonymous."
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