Trends (2013): Threesomes

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: THREESOMES.

It’s very difficult to craft a porn bestseller that will stand the test of time. Most movies that top AE’s bestseller list rule the rankings for a few weeks and then disappear from the charts for good. For every Flashpoint or Pirates, there are dozens of other movies that quickly flame out. Threesome Fantasies Fulfilled is the one adult film of the last half decade that has resisted this trend. After debuting in June 2013, the movie became a fixture on Adult Empire’s bestseller charts. Over the past two years, it has never fallen lower than #49 on AE’s current bestsellers, except at moments when it’s been so popular it has actually fallen out of stock.

Such is the enduring appeal of the threesome! The term threesome, in reference to the sex act, came into popular use around 1972. (It got a solid boost in pop culture when Woody Allen used the word in the Oscar-winning 1977 movie Annie Hall.) Porn movies, ever eager to appropriate any and all sexcapades for use in on-screen action, were quick to incorporate the theme into the repertoire.

In 2017, there were just two weeks out of 52 where threesome-centric movies were completely absent from Adult Empire’s weekly DVD and VOD top five. Fans aren’t the only ones who are enthused! While threesomes can sometimes can be tricky to shoot, many stars profess a passion for them, on screen and off. “I love threesomes! I love having two guys to myself, that’s a good time. I’ve had a lot of threesomes with myself, my boyfriend and another male friend. It’s cool as long as you make sure it doesn’t get weird or emotionally involved,” pornstar Kassondra Raine told Adult DVD Talk.

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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)
Additional sources: The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English by Tom Dalzell