This article is about the pornographic film crew position. For other uses, see Fluffing (disambiguation).
A fluffer on set of a gay pornographic movie handing a lubricant to an actor

A fluffer is a person employed to keep a male adult film star erect on the set.[1] These duties, which do not necessarily involve touching the actors, are considered part of the makeup department. After setting up the desired angle, the director asks the actors to hold position and calls for the fluffer to "fluff" the actors for the shot. Fluffing could also entail sexual acts such as fellatio or non-penetrative sex.[2]

According to some pornographic actors, such as Aurora Snow,[3] James Deen[4] and Keiran Lee,[5] fluffers do not actually exist, saying that the role might have existed in the past, yet was displaced in 1998 with the increase of Viagra; however, according to pornographic actress Sabrina Deep,[6] fluffers do exist and can have a decisive impact on a production. Hunter Skott, who has worked as a fluffer, contended in an interview that "fluffers are only used for a gangbang or bukkake, not for regular [porn] movies".[7] Sloane Steel, formerly of Bangbros.com, said much the same.[8]

In popular culture

In the 1998 videogame Fallout 2 it is possible for the player to become a fluffer for a post-apocalyptic studio engaged in the porn industry.

The 2001 film The Fluffer was about a film buff with a crush on a porn star who is straight, for whom he would end up working as a fluffer in gay porn.[9] A four-minute short comedy film also titled The Fluffer was released in 2003.

In the 2003 fourth episode of the TV series Nip/Tuck, Matt McNamara's one-night stand with a pornographic "fluffer" (Marnette Patterson) results in a sexually transmitted infection scare.

In an episode of New Girl entitled "Fluffer", a male character is described as an "emotional fluffer" for the female lead, providing her sentimental stimulation which allows her to maintain a more active sex life with a different man with whom she has been having sex.[10]

The term fluffer has also been adopted by the real estate industry to refer to a person that stages homes,[11] and as a term for a maid who fluffs pillows, or in general cleans and prepares work equipment.[12] These two usages of the term predate the pornographic usage, which came into usage in the 1970s.[13][14]

See also


  1. "Definition of 'fluffer'". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  2. Stoddard, Grant (2 September 2002). "A Life's Work: This Job Sucks". Nerve.
  3. Aurora Snow (2013-03-18). "Blood, Sweat and Sex: My Hard Life in Porn". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  4. Suzan Ryan (2013-03-25). "Interview: James Deen". Australian Penthouse. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  5. Jonathan Stewart (2014-04-30). "10 Things A Male Pornstar Will Never Tell You". Playboy. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  6. Sabrina Deep (2016-03-17). "What was the longest sex you have had? - Quora". Quora. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  7. Grant Stoddard (2002-09-17). "A Life's Work: This Job Sucks". Nerve. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  8. Jeremy Glass (2014-11-11). "The Naked Truth About How Porn Shoots Operate". Thrillist. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  9. Scott, A.O (16 November 2001). "Film Review; O.K., Just Tell Your Folks It's Artistic Work, in Films". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  10. Adams, Erik. "Fluffer". Onion AV Club. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  11. Fadiman, A. (2008). At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9781429922968.
  12. "A CITY SLEEPS aka TUBE "FLUFFERS" - British Pathé". britishpathe.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  13. Jeremy, R. (2009). Ron Jeremy: The Life and Times of a Porn Star. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061841774.
  14. McFedries, P. (2008). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weird Word Origins. Alpha Books. ISBN 9781592577811.
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