Thursday, April 2, 2009

25 Random Things About Porn

1. 12% of all websites are pornographic.

2. 25% of all search engine requests are pornographic.

3. The word "pornography" dates back to just 1857, and was originally applied to "descriptions of prostitutes," (from Fr. pornographie, from Gk. pornographos "[one] writing of prostitutes"), and mostly used by scholars discussing classical art and writing.

4. The Supreme Court established the basic legal standard for pornography in miller v. california (1973), wherein Chief Justice Warren Burger stated that pornographic material would be classified as obscene if it met three criteria: (1) the work, taken as a whole by an average person applying contemporary community standards, appeals to the prurient interest; (2) the work depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive way; and (3) the work, when taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

5. Ron Jeremy, aka the "Hedgehog"...


...has had sex with an estimated 4,000 different women on film over a career of some 20 years.

6. Entry-level female porn stars are paid $200-$400 for blow jobs, $400-$1200 for vaginal sex, $900-$1500 for anal, $1200-$1600 for double penetration, and $2000 for double-anal (for niche stuff like midgets or trannies, the girls generally get 15% extra).

7. During the first Gulf War, pilots from the USS John F. Kennedy reportedly watched porn videos “to help get them pumped up to drop bombs.”

8. 1 in 3 visitors to adult websites are women.

9. According to fMRI studies, pornography might rely on a mirror-neuron system, the same neural system involved in empathy, imitation, culture, and learning. As one commentator put it: "you like what you see because a motor-resonance mechanism makes you think you're doing it."

10. Drs. Ron and Nancy Rockey claim that pornography addiction has its source in feelings of inferiority or inadequacy for those who may have been abused or rejected in some form while in their mother's womb and/or during the first seven years of their life.

11. In 1993 Lorena Bobbitt cut off more than half of her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis, left the apartment with her half, drove a ways, rolled down the car window and threw the penis into a field. Apparently realizing the severity of the incident, she stopped and called 911. After an exhaustive search, the penis was located, packed in ice, and was re-attached during a nine and a half hour operation. In 1994, John Wayne Bobbitt starred in his first porn video: John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut. Two years later he starred in another: Frankenpenis. He has not done any since.

12. Over half of evangelical pastors admit to viewing pornography last year.

13. Nude stereoscopy debuted in 1838 and became extremely popular.

14. American Express stopped accepting porn transactions in 2000, claiming the number of disputed transactions at porn sites was too high.

15. A year after the World Wide Web went live, Gary Kremen, founder of Match.com, registered the domain name sex.com. In 1995 con man Stephen Michael Cohen stole it from him and launched a multi-million dollar website. in 1998 Kremen sued under six different causes of action to reclaim it. The court ruled in his favor, transferring ownership back to Kremen, who sought damages. In 2001 Kremen finally won a judgment that awarded him $65m. Cohen fled to Mexico, leaving Kremen with his mansion, which he had trashed before fleeing. He was captured by US Marshals in 2005 when he attempted to renew his Mexican visa. With interest, Cohen now owes Kremen almost $90m. Kremen sold sex.com in 2006 for $12m. He still lives in Cohen’s house.

16. In 1996 Robin B. Hamman wrote the first Masters Dissertation on "Cyborgasms: Cybersex Amongst Multiple-Selves and Cyborgs in the Narrow-Bandwidth Space of America Online Chat Rooms." He now works for the BBC.

17. John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 critically acclaimed Shortbus is the first major motion picture to open with a scene depciting graphic autofellatio to climax.

18. Elmhurst, Illinois is #1 in the nation for internet searches with keywords "porn," "xxx," and "sex".

19. 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate and 2012 Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin inspired tribute porn (Hustler Video's Nailin' Paylin) and a sex doll (Topco's “This is NOT Sarah Palin Inflatable Love Doll”).

20. BUTT is a quarterly magazine for gay men, founded in 2001 and edited by Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom. It has an estimated worldwide circulation of 24,000.

21. In January of 2009 Larry Flynt of Hustler, and Joe Francis of "Girls Gone Wild" petitioned the government for a $5 billion bailout, citing flagging adult DVD sales, down 22% from a year ago. "Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation's most important businesses," Francis said. "We feel we deserve the same consideration."

22. Harold Johnson's Zen and the Art of Pornography was published in 2008. It is available on Kindle.

23. AM 740 Midnight Blue, "the first-ever, R-rated, late-night radio show," launched in January 2009, offering a collection of sexy songs (like the Swallows’ “It Ain't the Meat It's the Motion," Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record," and Blind Boy Fuller’s "Sweet Honey Hole") intended to appeal to Toronto Zoomers, “baby boomers who lead an active, adventurous lifestyle."

24. A Google search for "hentai" produces 63.5 million hits — over a third more than "samurai" (39.5 million) or "sushi" (40.9 million).

25. Cartoon pornography is illegal in Canada if it depicts any characters of the human species under the age of 18, including fictional ones.

Sources: 1,2 - Good Magazine; 3 - etymology.com; 5 - Washington Post; 6 - videobox blog ; 7 - oneagrygirl.com; 8,18 - Top 10 Reviews; 9 - AlphaPsy Blog; 10 - itsfixable.com; 12 - safefamilies.org; 14 - Wired; 15 - Times Online; 21 - TMZ; 23 - Torontoist; 25 - efc.ca.

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