May 2, 2014

The Internet Is For Porn

Why Won’t Major Tech Companies Embrace The Porn Industry?

 

It was bound to happen at some point. The topics of adult entertainment, taboos, and this blog was surely destined to cross paths. It’s boggling that I haven’t written on this topic in the entire time that this blog has existed. But here we are, snorting cocaine off a stripper’s tits and calling it a day.

 

 

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Ok, that last part might have been a little over the top (nahh), but I might as well set the tone for this post up front. We’re going to delve into the adult entertainment industry head on, and explore what it’s responsible for while taking a shot at examining some of the reasons why the Technology Industry has a love/hate relationship with it. I’m also going to talk (at length) about some taboos that need to be cleared up or at least addressed.

 

For many readers, this is going to get really uncomfortable, so I’m warning in advance.

 

I’m sure there will be plenty of puns and double entendres involved, and they are likely all intentional. I might even commit a few blasphemies along the way just for kicks. So if you’re easily offended by naked pictures, pornography, or “adult references” in general, now would probably be a good time to head out. It’s a sensitive topic (at best) but I’d like to cover it as seriously as possible (even though you know damned well I’m going to make light of things). That being said, I’m a guy... so if there’s going to be anything resembling pornography on this blog it’s going to be women. Apologies to all of the gay men and straight women out there.

 

We’ll just have to see what gets included here as I write... because that’s generally how this blog gets put together. The text comes first, then later I plop in the images for illustration. Anyways... let’s begin.

 


 

Cumming to Jesus Moment

 

And, there we go... off to a grand start for securing my ticket to Hell. I suppose that would work if I was religious, which ironically being the son of a deacon (dad) and a minister (mom) I’m surprisingly not religious at all. But trust me, before this post is through, we’re going hit a few (hundred) nerves.

 

 

sexy-nun That’s one bad habit...

 

But the point stands... the premise of the phrase “Coming to Jesus Moment” is firmly in the idea of – That moment where you have to face the truth of the matter, the revelation.

 

It has been said the porn industry has pushed technology forward, dating all the way back to the VHS/Betamax war. When the porn industry chose VHS, Betamax was dead in the water.


This was seen again during the Blu-ray/HD-DVD war in the mid-2000s, when the video industry was looking for a high definition platform to replace the DVD. When the porn industry chose Blu-ray, Blu-ray flourished and became the universally accepted format.


The porn industry was also instrumental in being able to pay with a credit card over the Internet, as purchasing things on the Internet in the 1990s involved mailing in money orders. No, not emailing, but rather using snail mail and waiting four to six business weeks for confirmation.


If the porn industry is so influential in pushing technology, why are tech giants like Samsung, Google and Apple shunning the porn industry?

 

Essentially it’s a stigma, and little else.

 

Big companies, while they benefit immensely from the adult entertainment industry, also treat it like a dirty little secret and try to separate themselves as far as humanly possible from the “smut” in order to keep a clean reputation in public. In the professional world, if you’re involved with big names and it’s generally family friendly stuff, the last thing you want to do is openly associate yourself with the adult entertainment industry lest you get that stigma associated with you.

 

When I was writing the research paper with Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Dioniso, we invariably had to cover a whole section about tele-dildonics and various applications. For those who don’t know, it’s essentially a dildo or sexual device which is controlled remotely by another person over the Internet. This can range from the simplistic (just a Bluetooth enabled vibrator) to the insanely over the top... which I suppose would be like the Haptic Feedback Masturbation Simulator recently being shown off in Japan in conjunction with Oculus Rift.

 

Let’s face it... we’re all human and we do like to get our freak on. All the time if we could...

 

Now, whether we admit it or not is a whole other story. If you’re in the United States, you’re a lot less likely to be open about that (being a Puritan sort of conservative nature) versus say... I dunno... Denmark.

 

Buckle up, because we’re about to get mighty uncomfortable for a bit here. But it’s something that needs to be discussed in order to frame the bigger situation. So if talking about teenagers having sex is uncomfortable to you... or adults having sex with teenagers... I suggest skipping over to the next section. You’ve been warned.

 

Which I suppose brings us to the inevitable topic about age of consent around the world. Ok, folks... time to have “the talk” and it’s going to get a little more uncomfortable.

 


 

Cherry Pie

 

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In the United States, the generally agreed upon age of consent is 18 years of age, with each state making stipulations and amendments depending on the situation inherent. But the overall agreement is 18, and anything under that and you’re probably going to jail for statutory rape. But in Denmark, the general age of consent is 15. Although prostitution is legal in Denmark, and the age of consent is 15 years of age, one must be at least 18 to engage in prostitution.

 

Essentially that just means that there are ways around it if you want there to be, but we’ll go with generally accepted practice in this case. If you find yourself with a willing 15 year old teenager, you’re good to go, but if you want to pay for sex then she’ll have to be at least 18 in Denmark. Unless you took her out to a really expensive dinner first... or out shopping. Just saying...

 

The age of consent in The Kingdom of Denmark is 15 as specified by Section 222, part 1, which reads: "Any person who has sexual intercourse with any child under the age of fifteen will be liable to imprisonment for any term not exceeding eight years."

 

Section 223, part 1, reads: "Any person who has sexual intercourse with any child under 18, who is said person's adopted child, stepchild or foster child, or who is entrusted to said person for education or upbringing, will be liable to imprisonment for any term not exceeding four years." This applies e.g. to teachers.

 

Which, I suppose is why it wasn’t (past tense) uncommon to see adult entertainment including a 16 year old teenager originating over there (lots of babysitter porn, I suspect), but in the United States, all hell broke loose when Traci Lords dropped the bombshell that she was 16 when she started in the porn industry. This was (of course) before 1980 when that got locked down in Denmark as illegal and in the United States, things were a lot more lax.

 

ce_LordsTraci3Which brings me to another important point concerning the digital age and international discrepancies. We live in an age of instantaneous information transfer and communication worldwide and yet nobody has a clue how to unify the rules so everyone can just get on with their (sex) life.

 

After all, the laws and statutes around the world are as varied as the ingredients in a fruitcake. So what was totally taboo in the United States and caused a complete shit-storm to pull Traci’s videos off of shelves, would have been just another typical day in Denmark (at the time) or other countries where they’d have said - “She got a late start in the industry...” – now a days though, it would have met the same fate as it did back then in the United States. But you see how things change up... and more importantly how quickly things change altogether.

 

After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old cousin. Again... not saying that’s ok, nor am I passing a moral judgement on him. I’m bringing it up simply to illustrate the disparity of what we say and what actually happens here in the US and worldwide. And also how quickly things change... or at least we assume they do.

 

What’s totally legal in one place is taboo in another... but the United States (and other countries) are a bit overly puritanical about this subject. Doubly so if you’re religious. I think the term pedophile comes to mind over here (which is actually incorrect, by the way).

 

The problem here is that we’re essentially trying to legislate morality on people who (for the most part) aren’t listening. Compounding the issue is that we’re in an International community now where pretty much anything goes (and does) whether we like it or not.

 

Look at all the sexting taking place between teenagers... and there is plenty of risqué’ Skype video chats happening right now (or KIK, ooVoo, etc). But I digress here for a minute, because the underlying taboo is about the sex being a “dirty” thing, but more importantly that the go-to excuse is always “think of the children!”... to which I’m merely implying that I actually am thinking of them and being realistic about the situation instead of pretending like teenage boys aren’t horny little bastards... or your daughter isn’t enjoying herself every chance she gets.

 

Yes, doing the research on that paper led me into some really interesting back alleys of the Internet. I’m pretty sure I appear on a few watch lists as a result. What did you expect when I had to start doing some due diligence in the adult entertainment and porn industry worldwide to address things like tele-dildonics and the age of internet sex?

 

But nonetheless, it’s information that really should be looked into.

 

So, here’s the actual criteria for pedophilia... just in case you were wondering (which probably none of you were):

 

 

Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger. As a medical diagnosis, specific criteria for the disorder extends the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13.

 

 

Alright, I get what you’re thinking at this point. The hell am I talking about pedophilia for in a blog about the adult entertainment industry and porn? Well, it’s relevant to understanding the underlying taboos of different countries.

 

At no point whatsoever do I, nor have I, nor will I ever condone pedophilia. Just need to make that perfectly clear before you start lighting up the torches and grabbing some pitchforks. But on the other hand, it helps to know what pedophilia actually is, which most people seemingly do not. I lean more toward an international average as age of consent (globally) which would come to be roughly age 15 or 16. I wouldn’t apply the age 18 age of consent worldwide because it seems overly puritan (except in pornography, which I think 18 is fine), and also because even in the United States it’s just a bunch of lip service.

 

 

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To make believe that teenagers aren’t out having sex with older adults (and each other) is just self-delusion. Happens all the time... Every once in awhile you hear about that female teacher having sex with her student and you’re all outraged... but to be honest, that teenage boy is on cloud nine.

 

Don’t act like you wouldn’t have sex with your teacher if they were good looking and willing... that’s what a large majority of Porn plots are about, and by god is it a best seller for a reason.

 

Which is a nice segway back to the taboo aspect and the root of it all. Or at least I’m going to try.

 

Essentially porn is just sexual fantasy – and those fantasies we try really, really hard to not talk about out of taboo, embarrassment, stigma, and whatever else. We try to pass it off as protecting the children, but to be honest – kids these days have seen more pornography than I have at their age (lucky bastards).

 

Teenagers are far more likely to be getting laid more than their parents. Maybe it’s the older generation with the stigma and not the newer generation?

 

I’m ambivalent about that in general because I’m more of an international averages sort of thinker on the subject. That and I’m a realist that knows it’s happening regardless of whatever laws of morality are implied/imposed.

 

Back on the topic at hand, which is trying to understand the origin of this stigma associated with the adult entertainment industry and major technology companies, I reside mostly in the United States for this frame of reference.

 

If you’re having sex with a 16 year old teenager, and you’re over 18, the immediate response is that you’re a pedophile in the United States, a sex offender and all sorts of negativity associated with it. If the same thing were to happen in Denmark, you’d just have a girlfriend and/or a damned good time.

 

But the appropriate designation for 15 and older is not Pedophile but Ephebophile.

 

 

Ephebophilia is the primary or exclusive adult sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 15 to 19. The term was originally used in the late 19th to mid 20th century. It is one of a number of sexual preferences across age groups subsumed under the technical term chronophilia.

 

Ephebophilia strictly denotes the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction. In sexual ethics, it may be defined as a sexual preference for girls generally 14–16 years old, and boys generally 14–19 years old. Some authors define ephebophilia as a sexual preference for pubescent and adolescent boys.

 

 

Yes, these are the ridiculous things that I’ve learned doing research on the wide reaching subject of The Metaverse. After all, nobody is going to deny that there is an awful lot of sex going on in places like Second Life, and with the anonymity and pseudonymity involved, you really have absolutely no idea at all if you’re getting off with a teenager or not. Let’s not act like teenagers aren’t logging into Second Life... or more importantly that your teenage son or daughter isn’t having sex at all. I think that’s a fallacy of being a parent... much like we don’t like to acknowledge that our parents are still having sex, or even... your grandparents.

 

Welcome to the reality check.

 

Thoughts like that crossed my mind regularly in looking into these situations, and to understand that there really is no guarantee in the short run that this situation isn’t true, or that it’s just a guy on that stripper pole emoting you as a barbie... or maybe somebody old enough to be your grandfather or grandmother...

 

What concerns me is the unknowing in a world that is schizophrenic at best about what the rules of engagement are for international exchanges.

 

Which brings me back to that stigma of the topic itself.

 

I’m sure I’ve made a lot of readers a bit uncomfortable so far, but that just goes to show that this stigma persists. I think that the less we openly talk about all of this the more we feed into those stigmas and negative perceptions.

 


 

Conservative Thinking

 

Strangely enough, those who actually know me in real life also know that I’m more or less ambivalent about the adult entertainment industry as a whole. In the same manner as I really don’t care if some twenty or thirty year old guy is having sex with a 16 year old teenage girl or if the High School teacher is banging one of her teenage boy students.

 

In Second Life that manifests (as my avatar) in much the same way as I would say – to each your own but it’s not my cup of tea, and if it were, then I really don’t care what people think. I can’t see myself hanging around the virtual strip clubs or paying a virtual call girl. I mean, for the pure hell of it sometimes I do hang out at virtual strip clubs, but (funny enough) it’s because the random conversation sometimes is interesting with the strippers and call girls.

 

Other than that... I prefer the real deal to playing with virtual barbies.

 

But if that’s what trips people’s triggers, then so be it.

 

 

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A lot of people I’ve come across in Second Life have been convinced that I’m totally anti-pornography and swinger lifestyle. Which is actually untrue. It’s just not something that interests me to get into or involved with. I haven’t found a compelling reason to engage in disposable relationships – either in second life or first life.

 

But that’s another story.

 

So, I dove right into the whole pedophilia and ephebophilia topics because the biggest issue when it comes to adult entertainment and porn is “protecting the kids” and verifying ages, which tech companies loathe to get into. The last thing they want to deal with is a bunch of kids who ended up watching “The Maddam’s Family” or “Who’s Nailin’ Palin?” because their parents left the parental lock code at 0000.

 

Nor do we want to talk about the very real likelihood of “underage” sex happening all the time whether you’re in or out of the United States. In the US sex on its’ own is stigmatized heavily but in other countries not so much (if at all), which comes back to discrepancies in international laws and jurisdiction in a global communications system such as the Internet.

 

Which leads us to just the idea of adult entertainment on the whole, and leaving out the fringe cases and considerations.

 

Up until now, I’ve been intentionally hitting all of the nerves that I can on the subject and staring directly into the vortex of taboo. The purpose of that was/is to desensitize you, my reader, to the main topic at hand... so in retrospect you’re less likely to shun the topic because you now have some perspective.

 


 

Innovation Through Masturbation

 

Technology is actually innovated and advanced largely by the adult entertainment industry as a whole. But despite this major benefit, most tech giants (and quite a lot of people) pretend like porn is bad, or try to disassociate themselves from anything in the industry at all.

 

Let’s be Frank...

 

rocky_horror_image_3 Don’t dream it... be it...

 

The human race has some seriously in-depth kinks and fetishes. I couldn’t even cover it all in-depth, because I’d get completely overwhelmed by the time I attempted to sort out Japan. What I’ve discussed in this post pales in comparison to all of that, and even The Rocky Horror Picture Show is tame by comparison. But still, just the adult industry in general carries a stigma... taboo... and we disassociate from it in “polite” company, or just outright lead second lives to accommodate under cover of anonymity...

 

But when it comes to tech companies, it takes a whole new level of disassociation and “family friendly” atmosphere. After all, you’re not going to find adult films in the iTunes store or Google Play anytime soon. Nor are you going to find adult entertainment rated apps in the App Stores...

 

Instead, it’s this sort of exclusion and back-room understanding that makes adult entertainment and related industries have to find ways to innovate and workarounds constantly. No adult section on Youtube? Ok... they’ll just build up Tube8.com and YouPorn.com – No apps and Google changed the App Store policies to forbid adult materials? Fine... we’ll just work around it again...

 

You’d think for a multi-billion dollar industry that historically drives innovation in technology and adoption... tech companies would treat the industry with a little more respect. You would think they’d be all over it like Gianna Michaels on a...

 

 

gianna-michaels Clearly I wrote myself into a corner on that one. She makes an excellent Jessica Rabbit though.

 

Ok, well... you get the point.

 

Is this stubbornness on the part of the tech giants, or is this a conscious effort to promote wholesome, family-friendly content? The problem with the latter approach is it neglects a market of responsible adults who want a new level of pornography to be incorporated in their sex lives.

 

I’m not personally worried about what people will think of me if I were to associate with adult entertainment. In the virtual world aspect, it’s a matter of acknowledging the existence and market for adult entertainment and experiences and not being too shy to engage with it in a professional manner.

 

If the adult entertainment industry is responsible for pushing technology that we use today and making it ubiquitous, then there’s no reason to give it a bad name.

 

Unless she wants you to talk dirty like that...

 

If it wasn’t for the world obsession and consumption of pornographic materials, we probably wouldn’t be using a lot of the things we take for granted today in our every day lives. So I see it as an opportunity to cater to the adult industry as a whole, and create a less stigmatized working and symbiotic relationship between them and our technology companies.

 

Sure, nobody is really going to make that first step anytime soon... because of that stigma... and nobody wants to freely associate their professional selves with the adult entertainment industry if they’re working with “wholesome” and family-friendly enterprises who will look down at you if they (god forbid) found out.

 

But let me be the first professional to put it out there. If I find myself dealing with the adult entertainment industry for anything technology related, and other players in the industry think lesser of me for it – I don’t care. I know where the money is at, and I know what industry is truly responsible for driving technology since the beginning. I also know there will never be a shortage of people who want to have sex or get off.

 

That’s called being a realistic adult about the issue instead of acting like an awkward ball of insecurity and taboo.

 

It shouldn’t stigmatize the technology that comes of it, either. No more than online transactions, your Blu-ray DVD, and countless other innovations that were a result of pornography driving it forward.

 

Let’s put it in language the big companies can understand: whichever major tech company jumps on the future of pornography will be entitled to the billions of dollars that come with it.

 


 

 


 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go torch my browser history with napalm and scrub my brain with bleach. Some search terms on the internet just aren’t safe...

 


2 comments:

  1. Nothing shocking there, but you did a bang-up job on putting it together! Loved the pic of the nun...that's one bad habit! Really well done!

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    1. Well, you know how anal people are about sex and relative taboos. I just make it a habit to *really* warn people before they dive into posts like this.

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