Friday, January 31, 2014

Whitewashing Porn Performers

In the 21st century enlightened mindset, it is all good. Everything relating to sex is good, except for heterosexual male desire, and pornography will be endorsed by both men and women. Be sex positive. Be inclusive. Be open-minded about sex workers. You know why the media calls them porn stars no matter how lowly their career? If not porn stars, the only other applicable term is filmed hooker. Jon Millward decided to look at the Internet Adult Film Database and glean what information he could about the average performer. Stereotypes were challenged, and he puts a great spin on a seedy industry.

A review of his results. First, he does not note that the IAFD is not comprehensive, so what he gleans is what that crew keeps up to date, which is presumably good but still not an encyclopedia. Average male starts at 24, is 5'10" and 167 lbs. Average female starts at 22 is 5'5", 117 lbs. Average female is brunette with B cups and measurements of 34-24-34 (haha, the .70 ratio slender hourglass). Blondes make up only 33% of performers. Females racially break out as 70% are white, 14% black, 9% Hispanic and 5% Asian (1% other). He doesn't break down Hispanics into white Hispanic or not, sorry, but I bet we know the answer.

Things started to get interesting when he related data but drew safe, enlightened conclusions from them. With regards to interracial scenes,
Many women hold out on when they do their first ‘interracial’ scenes until the time and money are right, and interracial scenes are given their own category at industry award ceremonies.
As far as length of career,
Porn stars of both genders have also been progressively retiring earlier: in the ‘70s, men stayed in porn for an average of twelve years, and women for nine. Now men on average quit after four years, and women after three.
His opinion on type of sex shown,
Sometimes when I hear people railing against porn, declaring it as the downfall of society, a poison infecting masculine minds and demeaning female ones, I wonder what kind of porn they’re talking about. To me, porn seems a lot like sport.
Then there is his attack on Luke Ford's statement that most women perform in one movie and then are out of the industry because it is too degrading.
Do the majority (over 50%) of women who try porn leave it after doing one film because it’s so completely soul-destroying? Using my data set I knew I could find out. The actual number of single film quitters is between 10% and 30%. It’s difficult to settle on an exact figure, because it differs depending on how you sample the women, but one thing’s for sure: most women don’t quit after one film—in fact, the majority (at least 53%) do three or more. So, to update the quote with the facts, do most women do three films and then quit because the experience is so humiliating and painful? Perhaps. Or maybe they just don’t like it and stop.
He then claims that discussing the whys is beyond the scope of his essay, yet he was pontificating on every item he has described in the essay.

Where to begin? First, check your brain on porn before saying it is perfectly fine. The deluge of free HD streaming porn has definitely warped the sex lives of Americans if you bother to ask anyone, especially high school and college students. Second, watch the average boy-girl scene from 1984 and boy-girl scene in 2014. Tell me which is more barbaric. Third, watch "After Porn Ends" to see former big name performers recount their lives in and after pornography. It's a horror show, more so for the women as the men seemed to adjust better (go figure). That documentary might explain some things about holding out on doing interracial besides it still being a bit taboo. This link might explain about pay and waiting on odder items like anal and interracial.

Millward could have checked his data for progression of performers and told readers first time for X or Y. In "After Porn Ends", Mary Carey looks at the camera and explains how she can still get paid and string out her career at age milestones. She said at 27 she could do her first X, at 30 her first Y, and eventually she ended it with at 35 do my first black guy. Some female performers will do anything right off the bat, others hold out. Part of it is building a fanbase and then making bigger bucks for the "1st X" scene. Part of it is a woman will only do what she has to do to keep the calls coming. Start out in "tease" scenes. After a while calls stop, then do "girl-girl". After a while calls drop, then do "boy-girl" and so on and so forth with only her internal standards staircase as the obstacle. That is why the average age for more taboo (first anal, DP or interracial) is higher. Breaking down those type of scenes by women's race would probably be too uncomfortable of a revelation because the way pay is and who gets selected for what.

Now the real odd part where Millward's numbers do not add up. He states the average male quits after four years and female after three years. He then goes pedantic boss on Luke Ford's statement and instead of viewing Ford's statement of quit after one as a metaphor for the come and go quickly girls, he discusses the number that quit after one film. He says it is between 10% and 30%. He then goes on to say 53% of women performer in three or more films. That means 47% do two or fewer, and without knowing how many do three, it could be half of them quit after three (median = 3 films). How many women do you think film three in one weekend or week and then never do it again? I have to ask, when the average female quits after 3 years, but the average female (47%) makes 2 or fewer films, how are they stretching 2 films over 3 years? Did he use mean or median for average career length? It does not add up if the median women shoots 3 films stretched over 3 years. I request clarification because that sounds like bullshit to mask the chew them up and spit them out nature of the industry.

Pornography is going to be made whether one likes it or not. This kind of rah-rah "here's the average performer and look, it's all good" crap is what irks me. My focus is on the difference between the market in 1984 vs. 2014 as well as the cultural attitude towards it. If 1984 porn was what was streamed free and never-ending into your computer, the conversation would be different. If there was an online red-light district, the conversation would be different. There is no way to put the genie back into a bottle because the technology to shoot in high quality and share for all for free on the Internet is in your 3x6 Iphone. It's the desires of the consumer and standards of the producer that really are the drivers as well as the media's desire to forever expand sexual horizons.

*Thanks for linking, Captain.

4 comments:

Portlander said...

Dennis Mangan writes from time to time on his suspicion that sociopath-elites in the Cathedral underwrite the porn industry. You seem to be up on the industry, any opinion on where the money comes from when so much of it seems to be free on the internet?

I imagine that the free stuff is just the tip of the iceberg, the loss-leader so to speak, and that there's no shortage of dudes willing to pay-up for ever higher-resolution and video. I would never pay for porn, especially when so much is free, but hey, alcohol is the only vice I ever have and ever would pay for. So, I'm loathe to extrapolate from either myself or Dennis.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Im just an observer with some acquaintances. Fortress Investment Group last yr dropped 167 mil to fund some porn. The real money is in the escorting on the side. It is not a 13 bil $ industry since the biggest tudio sais they only pull in 140 mol/yr. The escorting gets dirt on the marks like my Richard Nanula post. Escorting is a big factor in athlete/musician bankruptcies.

peterike said...

"If not porn stars, the only other applicable term is filmed hooker."

This always struck me as a potential way to avoid arrest. Being a hooker/escort is illegal. Being a porn star is not.

So why doesn't an escort girl have a very simple contract she signs with her john, saying "you are paying me $xxxx to be filmed in a porn movie and you are the actor." Then they setup some camera somewhere in the room and film the encounter. Then they can -- oops! -- hit the wrong button and delete it.

Anyway, on the larger issue I agree that porn can't be stopped but that it also must be having a terrible effect on the current generation. Has anybody bothered to study this? Or is it too invasive of the "grrrrllll powwwrrrrr!" meme? All those "empowered" women out there being gang-banged for money.

By the way, in an industry historically very Jewish controlled, just about the rarest thing in a porn film is a blue eyed, blonde male. The men nearly always tend toward swarthy. The women... not so much.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Peterike - I've thought that before, but there is a catch. A muni has to allow porn to be filmed there and then there must be permits and proper testing. To refer back to my Richard Nanula post, that was his stupidity. He became infatuated with a porn performer and rather than just hire hookers or have mistresses he wanted a specific porn chick to service him. He didn't even go the escort route like using "Body Miracle", but got tested and ran through the motions that it was a private shoot.

Yes, Luke Ford has done a lot of reports in the past on the Jewish overrepresentation in porn. Not just the men but the women. You might be surprised by some women who are Jewish in its history.