Trends (2008): MILF

In celebration of Adult Empire’s 20th anniversary, we look at some of the porn trends and genres that shaped the company’s history. In this edition: MILF.

If there is one porn word that has fully entered the mainstream lexicon, it is undoubtedly “MILF.” It stands for “Mother I’d Like to Fuck,” of course, and the fact that every single person reading this sentence likely already knew that attests to its commonplace status as a slang term.

Porn featuring attractive, sexually adventurous older women is certainly nothing new. The Taboo series from the 1980s centered on shocking plots with mature women seducing young men. Even so, it would take another decade before the concept had a term of its own.

According to The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, the acronym originated around 1995 in internet newsgroups. It received its first wide exposure in the 1999 movie American Pie, where two horny high schoolers dub Jennifer Coolidge’s lusty mom a quintessential MILF. (A long-running porn series from Horizon and Heatwave pushed a more awkward variant, MILTF, which never caught on.)

Porn themed around the word began cropping up shortly thereafter, but Sarah Palin and Lisa Ann made it one of the top slang words of 2008 with the political porn spoof Who’s Nailin’ Paylin. The movie, inspired by Palin’s run for vice president, helped make Lisa Ann adult entertainment’s most popular star and gave her the signature role of her career. Entire websites and studios are now based on the MILF concept, including Jodi West’s popular Forbidden Fruits Films.

It can sometimes be hard to pin down what makes a MILF, or even what age marks entry into the category. Performers in their 20s are often lumped into MILF movies, regardless of whether the actor in question has had children. West herself sees MILFdom as more of an attitude than anything else: “A MILF is maternal, somebody who wants to take care of everything, yet she’s still a sexual being.” (West does also note that 36 seems like the reasonable low end for the MILF age range.)

Some say MILF porn’s popularity is rooted in Sigmund Freud’s notion that men have repressed desires for their own mothers. Others say no such complicated psychology is required.  “MILF porn isn’t really about moms per se—it’s about real women who are comfortable and confident with their bodies and sexuality and aren’t afraid to show it,” said Playboy’s Justin Lehmiller in 2014. Whatever the reason, MILF porn continues to capture the public’s imagination – it was among Adult Empire’s top 10 trending genres once again in 2016.

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Adult Empire 20 Years

Feature (1997) | Shaved (1998) | Interactive DVD (1999) | Contract Girl Era (2000) | Compilations (2001) | Anal Obsession (2002) | Reality Porn (2003) | Gonzo (2004) | Cuckolding (2005) | Oiled (2006) | Celeb Sex Tapes (2007) | MILF (2008) | Parodies (2009) | Firsts/ Doubles (2010) | Rise of the All-Natural Girl (2011) | Family Roleplay (2012) | Threesomes (2013) | Interracial (2014) | BDSM (2015) | Star Showcase (2016) | High-End Erotica (2017)