Exploring Options: What Works and What Doesn’t In Porn

I like my porn like I like my burgers; quick, hot, and made by 18 year olds who don’t really know what they are doing. Luckily for me, I have absolutely no issues finding my McPorn. I can log onto sites like PornHub and get exactly what I’m looking for and be off again in no time.

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I think most guys agree with me. We want what we want and are happy to live in an age where we don’t have to search too hard to find it. So, when this week I was asked, “What would you do to improve the adult video industry”, I drew a blank. I'm rather satisfied by the fact that I can quickly find my barely legal patty pounders and immediately see what they do with their buns.

This is a long way from where this all started. 'Boogie Nights', a movie about the end of the cinematic adult film era, highlights this quite well. At the end of the 70’s porn had a choice to make: either try to enter the mainstream media market or cater to our ever shortening attention spans and focus on the reason we watch porn to begin with. Films like 'Behind The Green Door' were the industries successful attempts to “legitimize” porn. They offered a very real optional direction to a market being choked by the high costs associated with film. However, at that same time VHS was being introduced and the ability to lower costs and decrease production times pulled heavily in film format.

Obviously VHS won out and led us down a path that brought us to today’s “porn clips” market. Since I'm rather happy with this particular direction, I had to seek outside sources of inspiration. I sent out a few texts, “What would you do to make porn better?”. I asked my female friends, since I assume most guy are just as satisfied as I am. I must say, I was horribly shocked with the overwhelming theme of the responses from my now former friends...

“Fewer blowjobs”.

Every last one of them echoed this sentiment. The response didn't really surprise me from most of them. It’s a conversation I've seen repeated more than a few times. Scenes that are supposed to be focused on the pleasure of the woman seem to have a blowjob shoved in there just to get guys to watch. I found this reply particularly surprising when it came from those that reportedly have a fanatical fondness for fellatio. I've heard these women say, “I just really need a c**k in my mouth right now.” Like daily. Maybe not forcing universal themes into targeted scenes has some merit?

The other most common suggestion was one I could get behind: higher production values on “amateur” porn. I understand that this kind of seems like a Catch 22 situation, but I see what they are getting at. Let’s be honest, a very large portion of what is labelled as 'amateur' content isn't actually amateur by any stretch of the imagination. The videos my girlfriends and I made are amateur. The girl just starting out who has already done 16 videos that she got paid for isn't. By definition, an amateur is someone who is completely new to a concept or project. However in this case; she’s a professional, just not a famous one. The production values on these kinds of videos are kept purposely low in order to sell the illusion.

Which is cool. I get it. However, to me at least, the appeal of amateur isn't grainy pictures and bad lighting; it’s that they aren't professional. I believe there has to be a way to professionally showcase the unprofessional. Bring Jack and Diane into a studio setting. Set up lighting and cameras. Leave scripting, make-up / wardrobe and direction out of it. Let them do what they wanna do, how they wanna do it, and sell me that. I know people who would jump at the chance to have their own professionally made sex tape “leaked” to the public.

In terms of the market for this, how big and sustainable “volunteer stars” would be as a resource, I simply don’t know. I'm just a guy who writes words on the inter-web. However, given the appeal of amateur porn and the number of people who upload their own home-made videos, I'm imagining that there’s at least a starting point to see how it would turn out.

The are other aspects that people would undoubtedly change or new concepts they would like to see incorporated. In response to this, I appreciate that catering for all could be very problematic in the mainstream market, however, this is where the beautiful term 'niche' comes into play. With so many new types of porn coming into the market over the years, it is more feasible now more than ever to listen to a specific audience's wishes and to cater for their sexual interests. 

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