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What does the word ‘amateur’ mean in terms of porn?

I heard it’s some kind of ‘newbie’ when it comes to sex. But what of the deeper meaning?



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“Amateur” comes from the Latin “amator”, meaning “one who loves”. So an amateur is someone who does something “for the love of it” rather than because they are paid.

So an amateur in the porn sense is someone doing it for love (Oh how apt!) as opposed to the professional actors whose job is to perform on camera. The enormous increase in the availability of digital camcorders led to a boom in the numbers of non-professionals recording their activities and then uploading them to file-sharing websites. https://theporndude.com/top-amateur-porn-sites

Amateur pornography is a category of pornography that features models, actors or non-professionals performing without pay or actors for whom this material is not their only paid modeling work. Reality pornography is professionally made porn which seeks to emulate the style of amateur pornography. Amateur porn has been called one of the most profitable and long-lasting genres of pornography.

Amateur pornography began to rapidly increase in the 1980s, with the camcorder revolution, when people started recording their sex lives and watching the results on VCRs. These home movies were initially shared for free, often under the counter at the local video store. Homegrown Video was the first company to release and distribute these types of amateur adult videos commercially.

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