1A) FOOD PORN

Food porn, you may not use this term very often in daily life, but you must know what it means: colourful donuts with creamy nutella inside, pancakes with ice cream and fruits overlap into a beautiful shape, melted cheese on the top of spaghetti. Actually now food porn is all over the media, there are thousands of food bloggers on the internet, sharing photos of delicious-looked food, or, there are lots of cooking tv shows about how chefs cook those amazing dishes. Why food porn became so popular?

When I have a lazy afternoon, I love to check my social media even though I’m not really a social media person. There are always some pictures or videos about food, alluring food. If just in time I was hungry, I always enter the account of that blogger, and watch every single videos or photos, it made me feel satisfied, even though I was still hungry. I believe there are thousands of people like me, watching those tutorials when curled up in the bed instead of actually learn to cook.

Chris Cosentino states that,

“food porn is the ability of food to elicit a positive and euphoric reaction, as well as to make others covet what you are eating.”

There is another form of food porn become more and more popular, especially in Asia, called livesteam eating. Basically just a pretty girl sit in front of the camera, and eat a bunch of delicious food. Sounds ridiculous, but there are thousands people love to watch the livesteam, even spend money to support the livesteam host. To earn money, more and more people join in the livestream eating, or just simply post videos of eating tons of food on the social media, and more and more people started to watch those ‘food porn’. The same, people just watching it to gain satisfaction not thinking about actually eat those food.

In Anne E. McBride’s ‘Food Porn’,

people criticise the term food porn, most of them don’t believe in food porn, or think it’s just a abstract metaphor made up by media industry. Porn is related to sex, it is raw and cheap, it can replace sex in some way, but food porn is always pretty, attractive, airbrushed. Sex is not necessary for living, but eating is how we maintain our lives.

There’s huge ‘food porn’ trend going on in Asia which is live stream eating. People eating all kinds of delicious food in front of camera, and there are thousands people watching them even paying money on them. This can prove people need the existence of food porn and people enjoy it.maxresdefault

In my opinion, I won’t judge the term food porn, even food porn cannot replace the actual food, but it doesn’t mean people gonna eat the same food in the food porn. This applies to the sex porn as well.

REFERENCE

Anne E, M 2010, ‘Food Porn’, Gastronomica, vol. 10, iss. 1, (Winter 2010): 38-46.