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I'm thinking I used to spend about $20-30 a month on magazines and videos back in the...80s, plus an Atlanta, Dallas, Houston or Fort Lauderdale strip club once every couple of months or so. That was maybe 40 images per $5 magazine and one crappy video rental a week. When you consider Moore's rule of technology (doubles every 6 months-2 years), and you throw in inflation, I'd say on-line porn is about the same or slightly better value than porn of prior years.
And although I know where there are some really, really...um...satisfying strip clubs, it is hard to compare that to having a private video chat with any one of about a million girls, some of whom are popular models on your favorite porn sites, with the ability to ask her to do just about anything you can imagine right there in living color...probably for less than you would spend at a strip club.
And if you think that is cool, just wait until you see POV and real-time role-play porn on an Oculus Rift! This technology will blow your everything!
So I guess the value (and budget) is about the same but the technology makes it all much better.
A good value compared to what? Magazines? Old VHS? DVDs? Strip clubs? A date? A girlfriend? A hooker? A wife? (I'm mostly kidding...) :-)
I agree with Pat and RearAdmiral about the volume and variety available on-line being unlike anything else, ever, but I've also experienced what Greymane mentions with rip-off sites. It amazes me that some of these sites can be in business at all.
In the end, you often make a decision based on the sales pitch you are given. Sometimes the result is all that is promised, but often it is not. Thankfully, there is a community here at PU, "The community-based Consumer Reports of porn", that helps us by providing timely and accurate reviews so we know what we are getting into.
I've been to japan and the things girls do for money in clubs and parlors there are unbelievable. When it comes to fetishes, they might even top the US. I knew a top-tier American stripper who went over there for a year because the money was almost double what she made in the US. Paid for 4 years of college in less than a year! (Somebody paid her $10,000 cash to be a blindfolded, glass topped table for 2 hours including breaks.) I'm guessing this is why a lot of the great oriental porn actresses won't leave Japan to shoot a video without blurring...they probably make more and expose less by staying in the country.
So, yes, the double standard is very frustrating. But there probably isn't much we are going to be able to do about it.
I think part of the problem is the demand on photographers and models to satisfy different tastes. I happen to like full-body shots where the model is looking at the camera. Not everyone does. I don't like shots of just hands or feet. Many others do. Front, back, top, bottom, close-up, full-body, stand, sit, closed, spread, etc. Just rattling off the different types of shots takes me to about 40 images. So if there is a "formula" checklist of shot types and positions that photographers must follow in order to get top dollar for their sets, it probably automatically includes about 50-60 shots.
Keep in mind also that photographers often hire models by the day and will shoot multiples sets in one venue or in different room in the same rented house or hotel room...or that webmasters often break up photo shoots into multiple sets to save money. And if they happen to have a very popular or very exclusive model, the images get rationed out like diamonds by DeBeers, sometimes appearing years after the model has retired. So for me, it is somewhere between 30 and 100 images. I'll pull the whole set down and cull anything I don't want anyway.
This is kind of a funny question because it is probably based on what we WANT to see vs. what we ACTUALLY see. In the US, with our weird views toward nudity, there are very few topless and nude beaches, but no matter where you find them, they are not the eye-candy havens you would think. Most are filled with much older men and women that you don't particularly want to see naked. You just can't un-see some of it. Then there are the gawkers who don't get that nude/topless beaches are not exclusively for the 20-something crowd. The few good looking men and women that do show up at these beaches are often (not always) just exhibitionists looking for a venue. South Beach in Miami is probably the best topless beach in the US and it is a lot of fun to visit, but be prepared to see a few things that will....well...spoil the view.
For me, it's a toss-up. Random username/passwords aren't bad IF your browser is allowed to remember them. (That way, you only enter it once and don't have to remember it.) If not, random username/PW are the worst. It is why I dropped my Watch4Beauty subscription...because they do not allow your browser to keep the info. Capcha is rapidly becoming the most annoying as it becomes more widespread, though. What is the purpose, exactly, to make sure you are not using a download bot? You already paid for the material, right?
Well.... think I get the question. Or maybe I'm interpreting it in a particular way. There is sometimes a distinct period of time between the orgasmic groan (or virtual groan if yours is silent) and actual ejaculation. The question is how long can one hold that sensation that causes the groan before shooting off? Well, for me, maybe a couple of seconds the first time. Longer, but less intense the second or third times, probably because there is not as much left to hold back....
It is amazing how convenient digital media is. I"ve collected over 2 TB over the past 16 years or so, almost entirely images. Of course the old stuff is like 8mm film and you can hardly even see the videos on today's screens. Those old videos are laughable.
I see a lot of interesting comments about guilt here. Really? If your significant other walked in while you were masterbating to a porn video, you would not feel guilty, but if it was a live cam-girl, you would?
Cheating, mutually agreed upon with my wife, is me sticking my dick into another girl or another guy sticking his dick into her. Grinding to orgasm at a strip club doesn't count. Masterbating under any circumstances, live girl, booth girl, strip-club, cam-girl, Waikiki hooker, whatever..not cheating, just release. Heck, she's even given me money to go to clubs when I'm travelling for work.
So don't confuse feeling guilty with cheating unless you feel guilty because your sexual organ smells like somebody other than your significant other's sexual organ. That's cheating! Anything short of that, in spite of what others may think, is pretty much just for fun.
I have preferences, but there are always outliers that I will join once in a while. In the grand scheme of things, the benefits of trying something different far outweigh the risk of being dissapointed...especially when your only talking $20 or so.
In college. Half the frat house was watching as we were on a beach weekend... I saw one or two as they walked by, but didn't know they were ALL watching until we were done and I don't think she ever knew.
I never do the live webcam thing but once I was on Met Art and saw a girl named Mila, one of my all time favorite models, in an active webcam. I got into a 1 on 1 with her. She was everything I imagined she would be and the interaction was terrific! 10 minutes and $50 later (including tip) I was the happiest guy on earth. That will be the only time....probably...
I've known several dancers and a handful of pornstars. I WOULD marry a dancer (most of the ones I knew were financing their educations and got out). I would NOT marry a pornstar. The problem is that literally all of the pornstars I've known have been drawn into pornography from dancing, then nude modeling, then porn. Somewhere around doing porn, the sense of normal gets really messed up. The girls are highly influenced by the folks around them, most of which have a twisted sense of what normal is. The result is implants and enhancements, extreme acts, and other things that the girl might not normally do. And that is just the external influences. Layer on the childhood background some of the girls have which say it is OK to do porn. Something tells me conversations with her dad would not be particularly normal. Then there's the psychology of the girl herself. Ever heard of polyamorous? It is a very poorly understood psychological condition of a person who can't love just one other person. It is one of the effects...or maybe one of the motivators behind many pornstars.
I'm not saying there aren't a few pornstars out there with terrific, perfectly normal personalities. What I am saying is that I would find it difficult to maintain common values with most pornstars, which is a primary basis behind marraige, isn't it?
I am very happily married. Porn is a release and a fantasy. Why screw that up?
Two words...CROSS SELLING! I have unchecked all the boxes, only to find them mysteriously rechecked after something like a mistyped CC was corrected. Once or twice I didn't notice until processing was complete. NOTHING misses me off more than that and I've blasted several sites because of it.
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