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07-22-14  07:12am - 13 hrs Big Hair Day (16 Posts) - #17
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Originally Posted by turboshaft:

I've always been a less-is-more kind of guy; that is, less styling, the better.
I'm going to take a stab in the dark, and guess that you might be a baby boomer (born in the 50's); grew up with the overly styled hairdos of the 60s, which went out of fashion by the time you were a young man (amidst 70s 'back to nature' trend, with long flowing locks pouring from every location).

It's hard to shake the preferences one acquires in one's youth, I think. I personally was born in the 80s, grew up with 90s style (often rather 70s revivalist; baggy clothes, long hair, flares, hipster pants), but really became my own person in the 2000's (which I would say, generally, revives a lot of 80s looks; from skinny jeans, guyliner, high contrast gritty urban looks, etc). Although I can appreciate beauty manifested in each era, I do privately prefer the 'alt chick' look.

It's funny how fashions echo through time.

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Originally Posted by jberryl69:


Does this mean, the listings & reviews of the current PU provider database will be culled to those that you are able to contract with?


Not trying to be contentious, but that's currently how thebestporn.com operates anyhow; as far as I know, TBP is already an affiliate of every site they review. Almost all affiliate programs offer content to their affiliates,(review sites just don't need it for their method of promotion).

The only hurdle I can envisage lies in the amount of content they'd need; they might need more content than is given to affiliates by default (depending on the site). Negotiating this is far from unheard of, however (e.g. tube sites).

07-15-14  06:59am - 7 days Big Hair Day (16 Posts) - #4
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Somebody sweep the makeup off their faces before they suffocate!

07-14-14  09:01am - 8 days Is Porn Losing Its sparkle or Do You Think Its Great These Days (28 Posts) - #29
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Originally Posted by pat362:


Your statement would have been true 3 or more years ago but 5 years is likely more accurate but you can't say the same for what has been done since then. Of course if you add the porn made prior to that to todays stuff than yes there is a lot more good than bad but I don't know if that's what you meant.



How far back are you going for your good old days? Are you saying prior to 2000 because you have had plenty of niche porn since then. The same can't be said for prior to that but if that's the case than I wouldn't talk about porn made when the internet was not yet the main way people got their porn fix.
This is a fair point, there has been some contraction in the past few years, with bad market and IP troubles. Still, there's a staggering amount of porn out there, in an even more staggering diversity of nices and fetishes, more of which are conceived and catered to every day. Off the top of my head, CFNM and cuckolding strike me as two fetishes that have really exploded of late.



Originally Posted by pat362:

I don't know about you but most of the popular music made today is so similar to each other that it's often hard to tell who the artist is. I guess taste vary but I don't call the type of music done in the last 5 or so years to be all that good. It's not horrible but will we really be listening to it 20 or more years from now? The fact that artists that have been in the business for 20 plus years are still in high demand tells you that they had talent.

That's exactly the thing; by 'popular music' you'd mean the stuff that's on the radio. Right now, there are orders of magnitude more amazing music in being made in every conceivable subgenre than ever before- as well as in new subgenres. Classic rock, blues, jazz, classical, every subgenre of metal, electronic, folk, you name it; the artists of today are so empowered to create and publish. The difference is that they have considerably less individual cultural impact compared to the days when big media ruled the airwaves and curated the content. Bowie, Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, the Beatles- all of these guys had immense cultural impact because they were picked up by massive labels and broadcasted to the world ad nauseum. Their music was great, that's why they were chosen, but the lasting cultural impact that makes them 'classic' has a lot more to do with limited channels of media monopolised by relatively few firms back then. At the time there was of course an 'underground scene', often from which stars were plucked by the big labels, but great acts from the same periods don't have the same cultural impact, instead being favourites of genre enthusiasts. Right now, in the genres of the aforementioned classic acts, there is a staggering amount of artists producing music that is just as good - the onus is on fans of said genres to seek it out on the various online 'scenes'. Or, if one can't be bothered, just listen to whatever big media spoonfeeds mainstream society.

A different example, demonstrating the same trend: beer. There is a certain veneration for antiquated quality brews with centuries of tradition behind them. Many regard the trappist ales brewed to the same recipe for centuries to be among the greatest beers in existence- and they are damn good. But with the explosion in information and accessibility to craft and microbrewing, there are now more breweries and brewers than ever before. Anyone can find the information and equipment they need to become a master brewer, if they're dedicated, and many people have, all over the world. Relatively new American breweries produce ridiculously good brews in traditional styles, easily exceeding many venerated established brands. Same everywhere. There has always been good beer, for those who cared to find, but now there is more, and it is easy to find, easier to make. Of course, all along, there has been bad beer, for those that don't really care either way. That's ok, not everyone has to be a beer aficionado. There's volumes more bad beer than ever before, as the global market has continued to expand. So, we have a situation where there is more good beer, and more bad beer, than ever before. Yet there is a perception that the 'golden age' of brewing was some time between the middle ages and the age of colonialism.

It's just not true. The golden age of beer is now. The golden age of music, film, art, dance, industry, science, language, and academia is now.

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It's been pretty well covered, 'free speech' means you don't get fined or go to jail for a shitty opinion, not that it is protected everywhere. Even then, it's an American law that doesn't have equivalents in every country. The internet=! America. For instance, Most common law countries (e.g. UK, Australia, NZ, Canada) have 'fuzzy' rights that operate off precedent, not statute. Some countries have outright outlawed hatespeech (e.g. Germany).

Indeed, American-style free speech is a peculiarity; though not a bad one. It's just far from the standard in what we would refer to as 'the free world'. On the positive side, whilst statute protection of free speech really protects and empowers extreme groups to be shitheads in the US, it has also really protected controversial cultural expression at times - like porn, and risque music.

Anyway, I would encourage any person feeling frustrated with the sensitivity of offended minorities to try imagine how if feels to be constantly looked down upon, denied access, mocked, and discriminated; how thankful you'd be for etiquette, policy, and rules that mitigate or forbid such behaviour; and how noisy you might get when aforementioned boundaries are crossed.

07-14-14  08:18am - 8 days Oxygen Retreat (16 Posts) - #17
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Seems to be doing more harm than good anyway; necroposting in a thread that from the outset was highly critical of the resort.

07-11-14  05:19am - 11 days Is Porn Losing Its sparkle or Do You Think Its Great These Days (28 Posts) - #25
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Originally Posted by Parsnip:


I'm not denying it's a golden age for CHEAP porn. It's just that it is now all about volume, with little beauty or style.


I really disagree. Well, let me qualify that; there is more bad porn than ever, sure. But there is also more good porn than ever. It could be that the ratio is worse now, that's a matter of opinion; either way, there's no denying that the total volume of excellent porn is greater now than at any point in history.

Back in the 'good ol' days', it was impossible for studios to focus on a niche they were very passionate about- everyone had to go mainstream and cater to the mass market (maybe with a little twist). Since the advent of the internet, though, it has been possible for all manner of obscure and focussed niche sites to sell direct to a similarly focussed audience, with relatively low overheads.

In general I find this is true with most things. When people say music has gone to shit, for instance, what they mean is that there is more bad music than there ever was before. But there is also more good music than there ever was before. Way more. Culture has just changed; instead of being delivered curated content on tv, the onus is on us wade through the cruft and find what is specifically good for us.

07-09-14  06:01am - 13 days The Joy of "Paint" (10 Posts) - #7
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Hey PinkPanther; I'd strongly urge you to try better image manipulation software. No need for photoshop or anything, but if you just took a single step above MS Paint, you'll see a huge improvement in the quality and/or filesize of the images you create with this method.

My recommendation would be paint.NET. It's free, not overly complicated, doesn't come with ads or other nonsense, and can save your screenshots in a variety of filetypes at customisable qualities (I'd recommend PNG). You can get it at http://getpaint.net

07-08-14  03:53am - 14 days Happy 4th of July !! (4 Posts) - #5
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Originally Posted by Cybertoad:


Was late happy 4th um and 5th.

Without this day we would not have the freedoms we do.
Most likely porn and this site would not exist.

So Happy Birth Day America.


Imagine; if you'd never rose up against British tyranny, you all might be living under constant colonial oppression - like those poor Canadians!

Seriously, though, happy independence, 'murica - the world's a better, more lively place with you in it.

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Off the record, it's my opinion that tubes, forums, pirates, and the whole bag are just symptoms of the internet. If not them, then someting else. While the aforementioned symptoms have been causing media industries (not just porn) a lot of trouble, I'm not sure we can sensibly qualify it as a 'problem'; unless we want to go ahead an forsake the internet, with which these problems come bundled.

So what then? 'What' indeed. The immediate and obvious response has been to seek legislative and judicial solutions, but on the scale we're talking, it's just not practical. Some might argue that it's foolish to use legislation to stifle technological and cultural progress in defense of extant business models, too. Business models is what it comes, to, though. Probably. My guess is that media will change (or is changing), profit models will innoculate themselves against the infinite anonymous replication of data that the internet offers. Information as a service, rampant advertising, microtransactions, crowdfunding; these are all expeditions after that same goal.

Advertising driven media has probably done the best, but the race is far from over. Additionally, it's not as much an option for the adult industry (who're incapable of attracting the mainstream advertising market).

07-08-14  02:44am - 14 days Is Porn Losing Its sparkle or Do You Think Its Great These Days (28 Posts) - #13
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Interesting discussion. Turboshaft is right about tattoos being a generational thing; we select against tattoos when we can, but it's getting harder and harder to avoid if you're committed to shooting real, everyday, amateur models, (who increasingly often have tattoos).

OP, I'd suggest you go off the beaten path a little. You made fair criticisms of the examples you listed, but they're very mainstream. No better place to prospect for porn with that 'certain something' you're missing than here; a porn review site.

As far as we go, we're based in Europe (nowadays, formerly of Australia), but the girls wear *zero* makeup (not natural looking shades). The majority of our content is a bit softer than what you've described liking (solo interview and masturbation), but we do have a *lot* of girl-girl scenes (plenty of which feature anal play).

Suggestions off the top of my head for you to check out would be Ishotmyself.com (it's arty, but raw, and often features hardcore content), x-art is very hardcore (maybe too much, if you're not very into it).

Maybe if you told us more about what you *do* like?

07-02-14  02:01am - 20 days Google says no more porn ads. (36 Posts) - #25
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Originally Posted by pat362:

The weapon of choice in the 1600 to 1700 was a musket rifle.
I think this is key; back then, the citizenry could conceivably be as well armed as the state. If organised into militias (as the amendment prescribes) it was a decent anti-tyranny clause. That balance of citizen vs state power rose with the invention and proliferation of firearms, and fell with the combustion engine (just look at the 'springtime of nations' in the 1860s- an armed and organised population could literally rise up and beat back the military, and indeed that's how many modern republics were founded.) But now? 2nd amendment rights are used primarily for small concealable arms; weapons of crime, not war. Glocks aren't too helpful against Apaches and fighter jets- the days of the citizenry putting down the government via armed rebellion Washington-style are gone. The 2nd amendment has lost it's point.

Originally Posted by pat362:

I'm Canadian so it's understandable that I have a different view on guns than my US neighbor because most Canadians don't own a gun and those that do tend to keep it at the firing range. A Rifle is more common but again the number is still quite small when compared with the total number of people living in Canada.
More guns per head in Canada compared to the US, I believe. Mainly rifles and shotguns, though- impractical for crime.

Originally Posted by pat362:

I'm willing to bet that Google will bring porn adds back the day it starts to hurt their pocket book.
I don't think so; or rather, they surely expect a hit to their pocketbook, but have gone and done it anyway. My best guess is because they think, in the long run, excising porn from adwords will produce more relevant ads, increasing trust and performance in the whole program over time. Maybe.

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Mmmmm. That's wild. I somehow doubt the founding fathers, when they framed the amendment about not having an established religion, expected it to be used to protect someone's "right" to set 6 guys onto a girl, beat her senseless, slap, beat, punch her to oblivion, split her orifices apart, rip her insides out, and film it for psychos to masturbate to.

I suppose the first thing that strikes me with these founding father's hypotheticals is the relevance of what they intended. I mean, they were slave-owning, tax avoidant, industrialists who sponsored a rebellion to dodge unfair, crippling taxes. Not saints. Their constitution was pretty good, certainly ahead of it's time, and aspirational to many other fledgling nations along the line. But that was centuries ago; the constitution of then wasn't equipped for the problems of now (thus all the extra amendments). I don't think their intentions hold all that much weight.

Originally Posted by Parsnip:

Anymore that they expected the amendment about well regulated militias to be used to allow whackjobs to march into their local bar and slap multi-shot assault weapons on the table.

I don't think provocateurs like that cause all that much harm, nor do their shocking assault rifles. The overwhelming majority of gun related deaths and crimes are caused by handguns. The NRA would have a fit; but the obvious thing to do would be to just get rid of handguns entirely. Want a gun? Go for it; have any full sized rifle or shutgun you want. Enjoy your hunting, target shooting, collecting or whatever. Want to carry it in public? Fuck it, why not- expect some weird looks, though. Good luck surprising anyone, or concealing/disposing of the damned thing.

Originally Posted by Parsnip:

All these rights have restrictions, they aren't unlimited.
This is the real heart of the matter, I suppose. We live in a civil society; necessarily sacrificing certain freedoms for collective benefit. Like driving- it's not like any schmo can buy a car and drive it without a licence, registration, insurance, and observing the road rules. We don't think of that as a restriction of freedom, but that's basically what it is. Want to build a giant wooden effigy on your roof? Sorry, not allowed- unsafe. Want to dispose of your household waste via bonfire? Also not allowed, at least not without some regulation and permission. Tired of living in a house, want to camp in central park? Nope. Society isn't built around inalienable rights, inalienable rights are built around society. Society is a bunch of mandatory regulations, freedom is everything outside of that. If we were truly free, we'd have the choice to opt out of the law- but that isn't practical for the collective, so it's not allowed.

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Allow me to play devil's advocate. I don't think there's any infringement here, nor do I expect any real detriment. So google adwords will be porn free, and no longer viable as a marketing option for adult sites. Just like facebook, youtube, television, newspapers, and highway billboards at the moment.

Our sites will still be indexed in google, and search engine optimisation will still be a valid method of increasing one's page rank to get more traffic from google.

Most likely, google has done this not to appease moralistic puritans, but in the pursuit to aid in the transfer of relevant information. It could well be that, like youtube, they don't want relevant content getting drowned out by high-bidding, less relevant, arguably spammy adult ads. Or to not have adult ads take precedence in keyword 'grey zones'.

They almost certainly have taken a paycut in making this move, so it's not for the money. But, yeah, my feeling this is another step in Google's diabolical scheme to offer ads that know so much about you, and your current context, their relevance is real (and appreciated).

06-26-14  05:52am - 26 days Interesting article about X-Art and their copyright defence (18 Posts) - #12
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Originally Posted by Cybertoad:


Sad day in the adult industry when they start acting like bankers and not artists .

I think there's a threshold for most artists when the money eclipses the art. It's kind of unavoidable really, even the purest street performer would get corrupted if his art shaped millions of dollars,the livelihood of hundreds of auxiliary professionals, and countless fans.

Human nature, I guess.

On the positive side, this phenomenon does actually add value to the 'independent'/underground scene. So long as folks keep selling out, the little guy has a better shot at doing something remarkable.

06-26-14  05:48am - 26 days "A Rosebud By Any Other Name..." (25 Posts) - #26
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Originally Posted by LPee23:


If you have a very large number of models, it requires effort on a consistent basis over the years to avoid losing a small number of records. One brief lapse is all it takes, and without self-auditing, you would never know. This is why X-Art.com could be in trouble, as I said in the Malibu Media thread, because it looks like their 2257 records are likely to get dragged into court soon. It's a tough bar to meet when one accidental slip up that results in a single lost record can result in criminal charges.


Indeed; we've got over 1500 models on our site, no small number (all documented). Our CEO actually had 50+ charges tossed at him back in Australia, amidst a moral panic drummed up by the media. Thanks in part to the exhaustive documentation, every single charge against him was dropped.

Of course, that was a more complicated issue born mostly out legal ambiguities and the of the lack of firm statutes protecting free speech in Australia (we don't have a bill of rights like America! Westminster influenced politics are funny like that). Part of the reason we ultimately relocated operations to Amsterdam.

06-25-14  09:59am - 27 days "A Rosebud By Any Other Name..." (25 Posts) - #24
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Originally Posted by LPee23:

...I think it did lead a lot of webmasters to go over their records, realize that many were incomplete, and self-censor by deleting a lot of legal content that just wasn't properly documented.
Oh sure, we've been there before; without a catalyzing incident, of sorts, we audited our records and came up short for a handful of shoots. We'd certainly taken the records, but had somehow misplaced them. After exhaustive searching, we came up empty. The only thing left to do was to delete the perfectly legal content from our servers.

Even though 2257 legislation doesn't strictly have jurisdiction, we do claim to have it, and that more or less embodies a promise to would-be members.

Originally Posted by LPee23:

I know first hand of a webmaster who purchased a European site and couldn't use a portion of their content because their 2257 records were incomplete.


Oh ho, this is a good point too. We don't buy or sell 3rd party content, but plenty of sites do. If you were in that business, you better hope you take 2257 documentation; good luck selling your content without it (especially considering that the majority of bigtime paysites are American).

Originally Posted by LPee23:

I also have heard of a site with truly illegal content that claimed to have valid 2257 documents. The owner was arrested, I think in Russia back around 2006. This particular site was a black mark on good operations everywhere, and it deserves to be forgotten.


This kind of highlights it, too. Scumbags can, and will, just lie. Good to hear they got what was coming; if they were based in Russia, though, it would have been due to Russian laws. If anything, the unenforced 2257 would've lent this site undue credibility.

It's a tricky problem, though, because it'd be a monumental effort to enforce such legislation and audit everyone too. Random spot checks might do the trick. Alternately, perhaps a digital solution would lend 2257 more credibility; there is a growing array of identity verification solutions for online credit card purchases, including some which involve a webcam snapshot of your face, and ID. Such technology could conceivably be adapted...

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Originally Posted by pat362:

The main reason 2257 exists is because too many 17 years old were getting into the industry and it was next to impossible to track these young men and women


I respectfully disagree, I don't think it is primarily to do with a proliferation of 17-year-olds determined to get into porn (not to say it *absolutely* wasn't that).

2257 requirements were put in place by the 'Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988'; ostensibly to 'protect the children'. Though few can fault the noble goal of combating and criminalising porn depicting minors (which is why it passed), this law doesn't do much in that regard. It's not as if illegal and immoral sites give a hoot about compliance (the distribution of such content typically occurs entirely in the shadows). Moreover, this ceremonial law is basically unenforced. To my knowledge, the FBI haven't *ever* audited anyone's 2257 records, much less pressed charges on those grounds.

Not to say it's useless. It's good practice to maintain rigorous documentation, to protect oneself with evidence of reasonable and responsible efforts to ensure all performers are of age. Decrying pornographers as predators of children is pretty stock-standard, it's nice to have a quick and solid answer to that charge.

Mostly, though, I'd say the purpose of 2257 is customer assurance. Title 18 is a US law, applicable to US sites, in the US. Yet, virtually all sites of repute, regardless of origin, comply. We're an Australian company based in the Netherlands, and we keep meticulous 2257 documentation ready for presentation at any moment. Why? Well, the majority of internet surfers, and porn customers, are American. It makes them feel assured that a site is above the level to see 2257 compliance. Conversely, absence of compliance is seen as suspicious (or downright incriminating, regardless of the lack of jurisdiction).

Such it is that a child-protection bill protected roughly zero children but lives on as a kind of consumer confidence accreditation; outside of the US, as a kind of industry self-regulation.

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Originally Posted by Cybertoad:


Personally there should be a porn search engine and advertising company. Maybe someone will catch that and run.

This is basically what TGP and tube affiliate sites are/do (with wildly varying success).

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Originally Posted by graymane:


Sirs, and/or ranking women of AWpress website ...(webmasters)

Just wanna say, I've been following your recent posts in our forum with a good deal of interest. Always useful, and certainly something pleasantly different.

During the last five years, of which I've been quite active on this forum, some of my fondest memories was having webmasters around. I've certainly missed them.

So I guess it goes without saying ....and I trust speaks collectively, that we're really glad to again have webmasters aboard.


Hey Graymane, cheers for the kind words! To clarify; I'm not one of the ranking ladies, more of the 'sir' variety- but this is a shared account, so anyone could pop on and say 'hi'.

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Oooh, some affiliates aren't gunna like that one.

06-11-14  07:50am - 41 days Can anyone think of a site like Hegreart or watch4beauty but with videos (6 Posts) - #7
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Originally Posted by host2626:

Enjoy the face closeup, because we're into art-schmart and stuff.
guilty.

06-06-14  08:58am - 46 days Can anyone think of a site like Hegreart or watch4beauty but with videos (6 Posts) - #5
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Originally Posted by TheMoreYouKnow:


abbeywinters.com has a mixed bag of sets softcore and hardcore. Solo models shoots without the gloss of tons in make-up are plenty to find there.


Heyy, thanks for the recommendation.

It's true, girls doing random activities nude, often in groups and/or outdoor, is something that we like to do. That said, our typical model is more of the amateur/girl-next-door type (rather than the fashion-model type elephant mentioned). For that, I'd recommend Femjoy.

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Originally Posted by turboshaft:


I think after revenge porn the next thing I hate is slut shaming, or the double standard our society places on the sexual activities of men versus women.

The former is arguably an incarnation of the latter. It's because of this doublestandard that the victims of revenge porn are overwhelmingly women; the social penalty for being exposed as promiscuous just isn't as severe for men.

It'd be nice if society could move past it's obsession with female sexual agency, and quit worrying about what a woman does with her body. But until then, the next best thing is opposing stuff like revenge porn.
Originally Posted by turboshaft:


You have point there, LPee23. "Porn," in my book, implies consent. Posting this shit without people's permission is anything but consensual. Sort of like how some people insist on the term "sexual assault," when the word "sexual" usually implies a consensual activity, not a crime against someone's will.

Indeed, an alternate term for revenge porn is 'non-consensual pornography', a term I think is better. Firstly, 'revenge' corrolates vaguely to justice/come-uppance, or at the very least cause-and-effect- in turn, pointing down the road to victim blaming. Conversely, 'non-consensual porn' points to r@pe, without over-sensationalising the issue. Make no mistake, though, I do think the comparison is a fair one, though not an equivalent one. People who do this kind of thing are definitely in the same spectrum; misogynists who think women should be ashamed of their sexuality, using that to inflict shame and hurt upon someone for pleasure or a sense of satisfaction and superiority. Edited by Staff on Jun 06, 2014, 10:09am (Khan: edited dis-allowed word)

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We take model health extremely seriously, and have rigorous testing procedures in place.

We're based in Amsterdam, so this law isn't applicable to our operation. Moreover, the vast majority of our content is solo girl, and girl-girl. That said, we do regularly shoot and release girl-boy shoots too (1 per month). In almost 40 girl-boy shoots so far, none have used a condom.

That. Said. Our girl-boy scenes feature only real-life couples, we turn the cameras on and encourage them to relax and show us how they normally do it. Imposing condoms would be like imposing sex positions or money shots; fake. Of course, couples are free to use condoms if that's how they do it.

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Originally Posted by pat362:


^No they weren't. The only reason why Titanic became the hit that it was is because there was a love story between two beautiful young people. You take that out of the movie or girls decide that it's not a believable love story and Titanic becomes the most expensive flop in the history of cinema.


Can't beat the mass appeal of impossible love. That said, the exorbitant costs weren't meaningless, the setting/sfx added a cultural touchstone and sense of magnitude to the love story.

Even considering Titanic and Avatar, I still can't get aboard the 'screw Cameron' train. After Aliens and T2, he gets a free pass from me for life. Here's hoping he turns his skills back to clever, unconventional, genre-forging flicks.

05-23-14  02:33am - 60 days Revenge Bill fPasses ! (16 Posts) - #2
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I think this is a pretty good decision; I know that the EFF is worried about this kind of legislation overreaching, and that is a legitimate concern, but nevertheless there is a deficiency in the law when it comes to revenge porn.

Not too long ago we had a model who'd had their real name posted alongside some of our photos on a scummy revenge porn website. The website made it's money by offering to take posts down for $400; basically blackmail, except that nothing is illegal. Luckily for the model, in this instance, the pictures were ours; so we were able to get the page taken down on a copyright infringement basis.

How messed up is it that it's more illegal to host unlicenced images than it is to publicly extort someone?

05-20-14  10:24am - 63 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1198 Posts) - #1217
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I'd add Looper to the list of guilty as charged but it's such a fucked up time travel plot that I can't get my head around all the twist and turns the creators took in this movie. Let's just say that the protagonist killing himself in the present should have made it impossible for his old self to even exist and therefore the movie should never have existed.


I really liked looper's handling of time travel. The two (one?) main characters blatantly lampshaded it in the diner scene at the beginning:

"I don't want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we're going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws."

To me, that was the creators of the movie levelling with the audience. "Ok, listen, if you want hard sci fi and theoretical physics, this film is not for you. The time travel in this film doesn't make sense, and it's not the point. If you want the love child of die hard and back to the future, buckle in."

04-30-14  01:31am - 83 days There's a "pornography crisis in the lesbian community"? (12 Posts) - #10
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Oh yep, lesbea is great; a nice mix of girl-girl and glamour/erotica. Though not dedicated to girl-girl content, our Aussie friends at IShotMyself.com offer beautifully shot, genuine amateur content (without the fake stuff).

04-29-14  02:21am - 84 days There's a "pornography crisis in the lesbian community"? (12 Posts) - #8
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Oh lol, no offence with that; though we don't have a hard download limit, our bandwidth monitoring software does shoot out emails to accounts that trip certain flags. Certainly, though, the intention isn't to target fans on a barnstorming AW binge. Rather, most of the accounts that raise those flags have either been hacked, shared, or using some unsavoury software.

With the genuinity thing, it's a tricky thing to make guarantees upon, or enforce (after all, we're not the sexuality police). Also, we don't aim to shoot people of a specific sexuality only. However, we can (and do) insist on awesome shoots of awesome girls having fun. If someone's not into it, it shows, and we're not about limp and dull-eyed professionals going through the motions.

Ultimately, I'd estimate that most of the girls who appear in girl-girl scenes are 'bi-curious' or bisexual. Exclusive lesbians aren't rare, though, and are among some of our most popular models (they're so sexually aggressive and confident). We'd never want someone to do something for us that they weren't into and take great measures to communicate that.

04-29-14  02:10am - 84 days What would the social consequences be if your porn habits/PU nickname ... (21 Posts) - #17
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Conversely, though, a lot of people are super-interested in the daily mores of a porn company.

But you sure are right; if you want to work in the adult industry and keep it a secret, you're going to have a bad time. Best to preclude any crises by 'owning it', IMO.

04-28-14  09:17am - 85 days "Your porn is not Canadian enough" (16 Posts) - #17
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Shout out to amateur canada!

04-28-14  09:13am - 85 days There's a "pornography crisis in the lesbian community"? (12 Posts) - #6
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Well we've got a huge focus in girl-girl porn on abbywinters.com; our models aren't 'fake' (no airbrushing, make-up, cosmetic surgery, etc), many are privately lesbian or bisexual, and in general there's a fairly strong 'sex positive' vibe to what we do.

I'll add that I think they're a little off in implying that fakeness is a male taste or influence on porn. Plenty of media is fake, regardless of the target audience, and plenty of males have a keen enthusiasm for 'the real thing' too.

That said, I think it's still fair to say that we don't fundamentally cater to the lesbian demographic. Some of our content is super for them, and they've told us as much (real girlfriends are a hit), but a lot of it really isn't in step with queer culture. Also, most of our members are men.

More broadly, though, I'd say that erotic fiction is the true hub of female-targeted smut- and there's no shortage of queer representation in that scene.

04-28-14  09:01am - 85 days Name recognition in porn (20 Posts) - #15
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Although we're well known amongst enthusiasts of the niches we inhabit, rare is the 'square' who recognises abbywinters.com. Over the course of several years, I've casually met just one person who knew the site off the bat.

I've got a few shirts with the name and logo on it, at first I was worried I'd get weird looks if I wore them out, but after some time I can confirm they've never pulled so much as a sideward glance (so far as I know).

04-28-14  08:56am - 85 days What would the social consequences be if your porn habits/PU nickname ... (21 Posts) - #15
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Well, I work at a porn site, so colleagues are no issue. Most of my friends know too (because who wouldn't tell that story). Family is dicier- it's openly known and joked about in the down-to-earth part, and spoken of in hushed tones of scandal amongst the stuck-up part.

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