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Scott O’Hara (October 16, 1961 - February 18, 1998) was an American pornographic performer, poet, editor/publisher, and author.



Born in Grants Pass, Oregon, O'Hara's given name was John R. Scott, O'Hara always used his professional name throughout his adult life. He was known as "Scott O'Hara" or "Spunk". In an essay titled "A Dick by Any Other Name," O'Hara wrote: "I knew from an early age that I was a changeling. I spent the next eighteen years looking for my real name, and since I found it I have not pretended to be anyone else." (O'Hara 1999)

O'Hara had the notoriety of receiving the title "The Biggest Dick in San Francisco" in a contest in the early 1980s. That title became his trademark for the rest of his porn and professional career. Published measurement of his penis varies from 9.5 to 11 inches. From 1983 to 1988, he appeared in over twenty gay and bisexual-themed films and videos, several of which demonstrate his rare ability of auto-fellatio.

After leaving the porn industry behind, O'Hara tried his hand at publishing and editing a journal (Steam) and a magazine (Wilde). He also wrote numerous poems, plays, and three books. He was an active and committed libertarian as well.

O'Hara was a strong supporter of NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love Association). He explained his support at a press conference held on June 24, 1994 to commemorate the Stonewall riots.[1]

When I was 12 and 13 years old I would have joined NAMBLA in a minute, because I knew I was gay and I wanted to go out and get laid, not just read 'The Gay Mystique' all my life; I needed personal contact. [NAMBLA is] willing to take the risks that no one is willing to take... . They're the only ones willing to acknowledge that adolescents actually do have sex lives. There is also a more basic reason why I support NAMBLA. They are the voice of dissent in the gay movement today. They're the whipping boy, the fashionable group to condemn. ... I say, watch out, tomorrow that whipping boy could be you... . In the efforts of the gay establishment to suppress NAMBLA I see the seeds of tyranny.

O'Hara was a cautious proponent of barebacking, praising the freedom from fear of risk it gave him, yet he had "HIV+" tattooed on his shoulder back in 1994.[2] Four years later, he died of AIDS-related complications (Non-Hodgkin lymphoma) in San Francisco. O'Hara left his personal papers (consisting of 39 boxes of journals, correspondences, notes, and manuscripts) with the John Hay Library of Brown University.

Selected filmography

  • Below the Belt
  • Hung and Horny
  • The Joys of Self-Abuse
  • Oversized Load
  • Ramcharger
  • Sgt. Swann's Private Files
  • Slaves for Sale
  • California Blue

Published works

  • Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics) (Badboy, 1996)
  • Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane (New York: Haworth Press, 1997)
  • Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O'Hara (New York: Haworth Press, 1999)
  • Steam: A Quarterly Journal for Men (editor, 1993-1995)

See also


  1. ^ Tim Evanson. "Obituary". Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  2. ^ David M. Halperin, What Do Gay Men Want?: An Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2007, pp. 88-89

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