ManCrush: Cody Winter
We caught up with Cody Winter for a behind-the-scenes look at his online life.
What led you to start exploring a career in porn?
There’s a lot we can learn about ourselves through our sexuality – we often use it to validate aspects of our own identities, as well as to explore psychology that makes us uncomfortable to dissect verbally. I’d reached a point in my life where I was proud to have a healthy relationship with those demons, and that was something I enjoyed sharing. Comodifying that just seemed like the practical next step.
Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?
Most definitely, of course! There’s this inherent camaraderie in that non-verbal exchange of a red-light bar that really gets me going – all the more-so when it’s you and your partner getting a group worked up.
What’s your ultimate porn fantasy?
Eccentric billionaire with feeder fetish writes his family out of the will to watch me eat pizza on camera.
Perhaps more realistically, group scene where the director takes partner suggestions and doesn’t set any particular parameters. Everyone brings their favourite toys and gear, the camera comes on and we just get to do what comes natural.
Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?
Jon Shield – there’s a performer who’s got a grip on what people want to feel and want to see, and just looks so damn good delivering it. He’s taught me a lot about sex and about myself, and those experiences had a lot to do with creating Cody.
I’ve crushed on Conner Habib since the days of dial-up internet, and somehow he’s still got the exact same face. I was unbelievably nervous to shoot with him, but once we met I got to just enjoy a fantasy fulfilled. He’s not afraid to share his own thoughts and opinions on social media, even though it challenges audiences to see him as a full person, and not just an object.
Damien Crosse is just the ultimate fucker. Whether he’s on top or bottom, he performs with this unabashed, animalistic passion that always feels so real and so potent. He released a couple scenes where he wore these gold high-top sneakers the whole time, and a few where he was cruising by the urinals – everything he does is so hot.
What took you from New York to Seattle?
I moved to New York at 19 to pursue photography, thinking that I’d be there for three years. I ended up shooting in-house for an incredible brand, but when I passed my 26th birthday I decided I’d rather run off into the woods and go feral. I’d highly recommend it – my pits have never smelled better.
As well as working in porn, you’re also a gardener. How did you get into gardening?
I’ve always looked at sex work as a side-hustle. I grew up working outside. I realised, after a few years shooting full-time, that I didn’t love my occupation quite so much as my medium. Landscaping is a process where each step is fulfilling - when you’re done, the thing you’ve worked to build is only just starting to become what it will be.
Can we talk underwear?
Always jockstraps! A nice, classic mesh pouch with a little musk on it and a thin waistband is my all-time favourite. If I absolutely have to cover my ass, I love a button-fly, pleat-fronted boxer. I love to swap skivvies with other boys, so I’m not picky about what I pick up off the bedroom floor.