Pure cheek: the Ben Dover story

Carter, Oliver (2023) Pure cheek: the Ben Dover story. Porn Studies. pp. 1-11. ISSN 2326-8743

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This article explores the career of British porn performer and producer Lindsay Honey, more commonly known as Ben Dover. Arguably Britain’s most well-known pornographer, Honey’s career is significant in that it spanned 40 years, beginning when the distribution of hardcore pornography was criminalized and ending when the digital distribution of porn via the internet had become ubiquitous. Drawing on three interviews conducted with Honey in 2017 that were eventually edited into an episode of the documentary series Sexposed, alongside archival research which includes media reportage and legal documents, I show how Honey’s career illustrates considerable cultural and economic developments that affected the production, distribution and consumption of pornography in Britain. I suggest that such analyses of long-form careers can further contribute to our understanding of porn as a business.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2023.2226152
13 June 2023Accepted
8 August 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: British pornography, porn work, Ben Dover, Gonzo, cultural labour, technology
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 14:40
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2023 14:40
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14814

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