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The rise of the porn meme

The rise of the porn meme
When it comes to the internet, sex feels like it's everywhere – from porn sites to pop-up ads to men private messaging women on social media to send them unsolicited dick pics. But in the world of internet memes, however, sex has struggled to permeate the mainstream. While work lives, spending habits, and love of food have long been staples of the meme world, sex has remained a taboo, a "dirty" dark side of the internet that wouldn't appear on your Twitter timeline or Facebook feed. However, in recent months a new kind of meme has emerged, one that was previously relegated to the quiet corners of PornHub.

That meme trend is of course porn memes. These use porn to make jokes about both our sex lives, but also use scenes and dialogue to refer to day-to-day drudgery – and they are becoming increasingly prevalent among social media users on many platforms as a way to relate to their peers online.


Porn memes have grown exponentially especially in the last several months. At the time of writing, there are more than 54,000 posts tagged #pornmemes on Instagram, and tweets containing porn memes. Clips from porn videos are getting tens of thousands of likes and retweets in a matter of hours. On Tumblr, too, porn content is gaining strength, with one particular Tumblr account, "Porn Memes at Midnight" (a word of warning, this page is very Not Safe For Work), sharing similar content. Launched in January 2018, it appears to be one of the first accounts on any social media site to wholeheartedly embrace the trend. Many of its posts have several hundred "reblogs" – Tumblr's sharing mechanism – and the account was posting near daily in the early months of this year, mostly commenting on sex itself. However, while many of the memes on Tumblr and Instagram were and are entirely focused on making jokes about heteronormative sex, in recent weeks the memes have increasingly branched out into content not strictly about fornication.

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