Thursday, March 12, 2015

Grantland Joins the Porn Normalization Push

Grantland has really turned the progressive insanity up a notch. They sent Rembert down to Selma, and he got to talk with the President. They signal whenever possible with movies and television shows. They also avoided commenting on Michelle Rodriguez’s comment on non-whties in white superhero roles, and what better way to hold the progressive line that to omit all discussion of something? As they were sending their fey little black kid down to Selma, they were also sending their good little feminist to the AVN awards in Vegas. It is a debacle of sex positive garbage that you would expect from Jezebel. The entire thing is another entry in the normalize porn for women campaign.

Lambert is Molly Lambert who normally criticizes Mad Men for not being 21st century progressive enough. Here she is selected to go to the AVN awards in Vegas. She makes the proper David Foster Wallace references since he started the “intelligentsia observes the porn degenerates” schtick by going to the AVN awards show roughly two decades ago. Lambert reveals she is a consumer of the industry and knows some things by growing up in the valley. There is the obvious "meet a new girl" routine, that quite frankly is getting cliché. See this new girl is empowered, independent, strong, choosing to do this, creative and oh look, she is reading a book. Reading a book, and not just a fun fiction book, is part of the SWPL sale of porn being okay. This time around it is “Hero With a Thousand Faces”. When they did an article on James Deen, it was Kayden Kross reading a David Foster Wallace book. They love to show pics of Sasha Grey holding serious books, but alas she is never seen reading them.

Lambert slips in that a decade ago Sasha Grey and someone else allowed SWPL styled girls to enter the scene. No, no they did not. First, Grey is an attractive girl with a very nice body. Second, you can go to any tube site right now and click on the top 100 girls. Lots of great bodies, plastic surgery, a few are gorgeous, but no, the slacker girl reading Bauhaus is not there. It’d be great if Lambert could even Google and link the article about how Grey was the last ditch effort by the agency that had her early in her career to compete against LA Direct Models, and they pushed Grey significantly to lure in more girls. The whole mainstream attempt for Grey is for that agency to show what they can do for a female to pull more into the agency. I loved how Lambert recounted her talk with a young starlet about psychology and talking about deep desires, and then let's it slide how quasi-incest stuff is a new trend. Pushing incest? No way. It's like media coordination between the news and entertainment wings again.

Lambert notes girls starting with softer stuff and moving to more extreme as a way of building the career or easing into it is a naïve one. Sex workers of all stripes want to do the least degrading stuff for the most money (studies of hookers have shown this). Plus, if they build a fan base, their “first” something becomes a selling point. Lambert says how like totally new girls don’t want to do that, and like why do studios always think chicks totally want softer more couples stuff and not raw, crazy stuff. Like OMG! Let’s just push more degeneracy faster please. If anyone is wondering, Lambert is partly part of the tribe of the Chosen Ones. Another odd thing is how Lambert will mention girls spend 2 years on average in the industry, so she must be cribbing off that guy who evaluated IAFD statistics for the average. But how does that match up with the other statistic that the average performer does 3 films and leaves? Why the two orders Colonel? Why not explore this? Why do they leave so quickly if it is so cool, safe, awesome and empowering? Did she bother to ask any old timer the wear and tear of doing anal in 1995 (fewer did it and for short 60-90 second segments at the end of scenes) vs. today (nearly all and for dozens of minutes in scenes)? No, let’s not investigate. This is PR for porn.

There is a section where she talks to disgusting agent Mark Spiegler and then old timer Paul Fishbein, who laments what has happened to the industry. The old timer is right that the money has drained away, and this is evident just from the AVNs moving off of the Strip and out to the Hard Rock. There is the discussion of tube sites and how they are bad. There is an anti-piracy group to protect the performers from the tube sites. Weird thing is, uhhh, tube sites are bad for the business but also tube sites are the business. Grrr it's a paradox. Lambert just chose not to dig deeper. Lambert did not mention that at the AVNs the biggest booths there were the two big tube site booths “Mindgeek” (which was Manwin, funded by Wall Street) and “Pornhub”, which is affiliated with Mindgeek. The old giants of the ‘90s Wicked and Vivid had a small booth and no booth respectively. Sure, some studios are still making good money, but how many? Production is down and big players are more consolidated. Mindgeek goes out and thinks of acquiring production groups, and they are the tube site operators. Hello! This might be bigger news to report than porn performers reading habits.

Here is the scoop on the tube sites. Keep in mind, as I said above, some of the biggest content generators are also running the biggest tube sites. Because bandwidth is cheap, those tube sites will always make money due to advertising even if they don’t get people to buy for HD streaming for clarity. Anyone can set one up and then run the risk of having videos be pulled. They probably won’t as long as the videos are older than 9 months. Studios still do searches on tube sites and look for newer content, and will have said content removed. Many of the non-content generator owned tube sites are working with the studios that are left and have a production basis where the studio is paid an amount per view or the tube site pays a flat fee to the studio for their scenes. Some tube sites have been going out and buying the rights to titles for $100-250 a pop. 

The other big tube site money maker: if you are on a tube site and the “banner ad” under the video goes to the studio’s website, the studio is using the tube site as their main affiliate. It might sound dumb for them to advertise on a tube site since tubes are free and cannibalize their business, but in reality, they funnel traffic to their product. You may never click on the ad, but some idiot will and that is a potential gold mine for that studio. A scene can be shot for as little as $3,000, have the raw recording turned over to the production studio for $5,000, and then it is edit, market and sell. They do not need many subscribers or buyers to turn a profit per scene. Do you really think the big studio that also owns the tube site is not making money when the scenes are that cheap to make? The money has left the industry and concentrated into fewer hands.

Lambert even throws out a question about a Netflix for porn. I used to think this was a billion dollar idea years ago, but not anymore. Why? Well Lambert admits to watching it, but does she keep up with technology? Right now a person can Chromecast from their laptop, iphone or tablet up to their 60 inch HD tv. They do it without a subscription, and the quality will be very good. Who in their right mind will pay for a monthly subscription? What goes unsaid in all the advances of technology is that every step of the way made it easier for people to get access to smut without revealing it. All barriers get removed. Look at the progression. Going to physical theater is worse than renting or buying a video which is worse than downloading files onto your computer which is worse than just tubing files on your device that you never have to download and save. Rollback any of the technology and use would drop.

But that is part of the secret to Lambert’s essay. This is a woman writing on the sports and pop culture site Grantland that has readers who probably skew male, and who would be more likely to click on the link for this article? Most likely men. What is the message here? “A woman likes porn is telling you the reader that the performers are happy, cheery people all trying to help the girls be happy, and it is super awesome. If you felt any guilt or shame in watching horribly degrading videos, don’t!” At least the SWPL who went to the AVN’s with James Deen was a bit more honest on the weird no boundaries thing at the AVNs. That writer started the Deen push, whom the media is using and Deen will go along with. Hey, he’s a good looking guy who is 5’7” maybe 130 lbs with a receding hairline but the media is always telling girls >cue violins< how much he cares about his performances >enter harps< wants to make movies about romance and >add piano< considers it an art he loves to craft. Weird how all the Jewish writers in the feminist sphere like this guy, almost like it is a coordinated campaign.

While Lambert mentions Wallace’s old essay on the AVNs, Wallace did write about it as if he were the only sane or normal person there. Lambert is writing as if these people are perfectly normal and fine. That is her pitch. That is the pitch that the feminists have to make now where they can yell about rape culture hysteria hourly on college campuses yet they must turn a blind eye or speak positively about porn because empowerment? Umm, if rape culture is a problem, wouldn’t never-ending free porn of whatever you want to see contribute to this rape culture problem you speak of? We know that is a sham. We know Lambert’s forced to play her role of SWPL investigating the oddballs. Here is the comedy for anyone who has read her reviews of television though. She is quick to tsk-tsk the old fashioned point of views expressed on Mad Men and preen in the mirror over her progressive behavior. Here, your average human from the Mad Men era, would look at her following, interviewing and cheering on filmed whores and their pimps as an enabler of vile degeneracy. Many of the truths we hold depend upon our point of view (thanks Obi-Wan). If you’re skeptical, below is a video (safe for work) where a long time and now retired porn star explains the difference between porn performers and hookers. Rationalization hamster turned to 11. Remember kids, porn is a good business with good, normal people.


15 comments:

Camlost said...

American porn chicks are hideous.

Anonymous said...

surprised at the lack of comments on this, great essay. however i do watch pron daily and havent slept with a woman in five years so i guess there is mixed feelings yknow. i get youre married and stuff so you hate it now.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Camlost - google porn stars before and after make up. 90% are ugly butterfaces with good bodies. The few who are truly pretty usually enter porn thru the nude glamour modeling route.

Anon - Thank you for complimemt but Like most young guys, I used to be a porn watcher who as I got to know more about the industry, I saw it for what it was. It will always exist but we should not be glamorizing it and we should restrict access somehow. I gave it up almost entirely. Now if i check anything it's some new girl a person told me to look into for WTF matters or a horrible plastic surgery.

Jokah Macpherson said...

Wow, that video is hilarious. The thought crossed my mind a couple times that it was some sort of ironic joke but I guess that's asking too much self-awareness from someone so busy creating a product to contribute to the economy.

It's amazing the lengths a women's hamster will go to put down other women as whores while excusing her own actions.

peterike said...

So I clicked on the link, not to waste my time reading it, but to leave a snarky comment. Well, no commenting. Figures. I see the author is also promoting the degenerate Jew comedy "Broad City." The two women in that show have been endlessly praised by the media for being "fearless" and "brave," because it's "fearless" and "brave" to push every Prog trope you can think of, guaranteeing you will be called "fearless" and "brave."

Anyhoo! One thing about porn is that if nobody ever made any more, you'd never run out of porn to watch. There's so damn much of it. But the need for new seems unstoppable.

I've gone in and out (hah) of bursty porn phases. It always makes me feel weird and guilty, ultimately, and now I mostly avoid it. Having a super hot girlfriend at the moment helps! (Had to put my brag on there.) But porn is definitely a crutch for those times when you're not getting the real thing. It's very difficult to resist the lure.

Jokah Macpherson said...

"But the need for new seems unstoppable."

Yeah, it's pretty amazing how much that matters. I'm reading Montaigne's essays right now and he describes the Coolidge effect in one of them in the context of a stud horse he owns. Even 500 years ago, people had noticed this phenomenon.

My relationship with porn is the same as well. Currently off for about a month. In an alternate universe where I was reasonably attractive to women right from the start of puberty I'd probably have never even bothered with it but it's a convenient crutch and then becomes ingrained as a habit that's tough to shake.

Suburban_elk said...

The quality of the younger generations is directly related to the mating habits of its parents. And their mating habits is not just comprised of who is the man and who is the woman; it is everything that they do together to get it going.

It seems instinctive and intuitive that a man will provide his best seed when he is at his best. Though apparently some "studies" say that infrequent ejaculation can mess with sperm quality. There is not a yes or no answer to the question of how to shoot out the best spermatozoa and achieve the most victorious results, but instinct and feeling might be reliable guides.

As for the "actresses" who do porn. They are entrapped in the fallacy of youth, which is that their porn lifestyle is "just another day" (that they will eventually move out of), when the reality is that those days add up and become life.

I was trying to convey that same "problem" in my comments on a previous thread; which problem is that youth cannot conceive of life with any perspective because they are in it.

Which problem is often (and maddeningly) expressed in the adages,

I wish i knew then what i know now.

and

Life is wasted on the young.

The first of those expressions sums up a neat contradiction. If you knew then what you know now, you would not be the same person, you would not be in that place with those people and your youthful happy face; rather you would be a more distant person who does not belong there. The second is deliberately misstated but.

Anonymous said...

Great post!

What happened to Grantland? Now they're writing about pornography??

A friend recognized Deen in Vegas once. I didn't know who the guy was. He was really short and was a complete prick.

Ron Jeremy is the only male porn actor anybody should be able to identify.

Mike said...

I haven't read Grantland with any consistency in about 2 years but you just reminded me that the two most obnoxious writers on that site at the time were Rembert and Molly Lambert. A couple of the guys who basically stick to sports (Jonah Keri and Barnwell) were the only ones worth reading as I recall. I should've seen the warning signs about that site sooner.

nikcrit said...

I tend to conjure a reductive gloss when it comes to porn. Basically, Porn='it's all no good.'

My frame for the subject is mid-'90s to early 2000s, and 'the industry' was still mainly in Los Angeles, as i understand now the rot has moved eastward to LV (which, by my lights, is the true end of western civilization).

Back then, there was this loosely associated milieu in pop entertainment that fed the porn industry: the girls who'd appear and re-appear in top rap and heavy metal music videos were also 'top' strippers, a poon-industry field that was then-ascending in tone to 'gentlemen's clubs.'
Yet all those sources were merely sources to the catchall filter and trap that is the porn industry, which then was really making money alone an unconnected to related vices, because the home-video movement of the 80s made
DVDs the 'best' way to enjoy the product but yet the internet had not yet begun to outright give away the product....now, as i think sobl noted in a earlier post, the overall money is down and the industry is mainly a front for escorting and its likes.
sidenote: when i worked in l.a. a lot, had a casual acquaintance with one of the co-founders of the porn site Met-Art, one of the supposedly more 'upscale' sites; dude was a jew from Jersey who got his seed capital from a family business that sold pools and hot tubs.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Nikcrit - you have double commented the last 15 comments. When you didnt double you actually tripled. I have to duplicate your doubles. Please properly comment.

Suburban_elk said...

To think, all this time we have been spared the pleasure of nikcrit times two.

PA said...

Nikki unloaded the big guns in that earlier thread. Lol.

nikcrit said...

@SOBL.
My apologies; but i think i know what my feau pas was; i would hit submit, then read it through the draft option, THEN correct it and re-submit ----- but no more. i do regret any inconveniences...

@sub_elk: spared, yes; pleasure, no...

@PA, one of the most, umm, 'manly' signs that exists in our oh-so politicized contemporary public social space is to be able to gracefully take as much as one can dish out. Having said that, i do realize i'm somewhat the interloper here, and that its a bit awkward during the piss-n-vinegar bonding moments among you alabaster chaps, which I understand is a big and integral part of these sites and during which i try my best to gracefully bow out of the discussions. But I do appreciate the engagement when objective discussion prevails, as I too like to be included in your commenting and exchanges; i think there's some genuine quality and dare say fresh insight inasmuch ------ though it may never be objectively 'worth' much in our cold and crass outside world, lolzz.

Suburban_elk said...

Hey check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbjdUkeN4jM&bpctr=1426556689