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Interesting Porn Facts

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Human nature seeks entertainment. Human nature also seeks sex. The recipe for pornography is as old as human society, no doubt. But unlike our Paleolithic ancestors, we live in the wonderful age of internet and we’re not limited to passing around stones with dongs and boobs carved on them.

Pornography has been present in all forms of media throughout the ages. The level of taboo varied through time and culture but I bet there is no culture in the history of human existence that hasn’t had at least one graphic depiction of people doing the nasties.

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Brazzers, pre-alpha version.

The photo above shows an Australian cave and the paintings are 28.000 years old. They portray the didgeridoos and didgeridon’ts of Aboriginal life. Ten million days later, we’re still at it.

Having gotten this out of the way, let’s have a look at some other interesting porn related aspects.

Porn Studies

Earlier this year a new academic journal announced its appearance. Porn Studies is a quarterly peer-reviewed publication centered on studying porn. Don’t rejoice yet, unless you’ve always thought that sociological analysis always lacked coverage over the sex industry. This is a serious publication intent on filling up a niche.

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Pictured: niches.

Numbers

Before the days of high bandwidth, porn was rented on VHS and later on CDs and DVDs. It was a flourishing business but as the internet gained popularity, video rental became almost obsolete.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact number of adult websites in the world but there are more than 4 million in the US only. In 2001 there were around 70.000 of them. The industry never lost its customers, they just changed their habits.

Estimates place the total number of unique visitors on adult websites worldwide at around 30.000.000 every second.

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And all the dead kittens…

And it all started with:

The First Porn Website

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He’s also watching porn.

This one’s a bit hard to prove but it’s believed that the first adult website was sex.com and it was registered in 1994 by Gary Kremen. Gary himself said that his intentions did not include pornographic use. Yeah, right.

Another man named Stephen Cohen saw the potential in sex.com and managed to acquire it by forging some documents. He then quickly turned it into a lucrative dirty business. Kremen sued Cohen and after a lengthy trial he got the rights to sex.com back and won $65 million in compensation.

As you would expect, the porn industry is a cutthroat ( rhymes with?) business so, naturally, Cohen tucked his cash into an offshore account and fled to Mexico.

Weirdness From Around The Globe

If we were born in North Korea we’d be dead by now. Even if we managed to stay alive by basking in the magnificence of our great leader, we would be one porno away from death. In the country where there is no word for “rights” if you get caught watching porn you get the capital punishment. It better be a good one then.

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Added for good measure.

A few thousand miles away in Australia, there’s a different climate regarding pornography. Down under, women with A-Cup breasts or smaller are banned from appearing in pornographic productions. Bugger!

Back to Korea, the nicer one this time. In South Korea, people need to provide their equivalent to Social Security Numbers before accessing any porn online.

But the real weirdness comes via porn searches from around the world. These ones are from last year:

In Kazakhstan, the third most popular search was for “squirt machine”. Borat was unavailable for comment.

In Nigeria, the third search from the top was “things I jack off to”. It’s like they weren’t even trying.

In Romania, “mom and son” was so popular it held both first and fifth place. How does that even happen?

Porn Studies material right there.

 Porn and Women

There are a number of things most of us get wrong about women and their relation with porn.

First of all, they do watch porn and the most convincing argument is “well, duh!”

Although many women despise porn, some of them have been enjoying it for as long as men have. We’re not talking about a minor percentage here; according to Nielsen ratings, one in three adults browsing porn websites are women. Gotcha!

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The other two thirds.

Another prevalent myth states that as a porn star, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be damaged goods, with 99 issues and a history of bad decisions. Well, according to The Journal of Sex Research this is not the case. The study compared 177 porn actresses to a batch of women matched on age, ethnicity and marital status. It revealed that the actresses had higher levels of self-esteem and more positive thoughts in general. They also showed elevated spirituality and sexual gratification.

Speaking of porn actresses, try to imagine one. Is she a platinum blonde with a killer rack? How stereotypical of us.

A man called Jon Millward spent six months sifting through ten thousand profiles from the Internet Adult Film Database in order to find out what the average porn star looks like. According to the data collected, she’s a 5’5″ 117 lbs. brown-haired California girl with B-Cup breasts and her name is Nikki Lee. Here’s a composite image of ten of the most popular porn stars, so we can give her a face.

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I know this girl.

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