Who Pays for Porn ?

 

I have been looking at porn! Well more to the point I have been researching internet porn sites with a particular question in mind:

“Who the hell pays for porn now?”

Now I will admit to some slight side tracking and perhaps the research taking longer than was absolutely necessary, but when KewelWorld asked me towrite this article, I knew I needed a through and in depth knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, and it is safe to say I am now fully qualified to write this article……..

Those of us able to remember the days before the internet will know porn was obtained by sweating blushing men in magazine form from the top shelf in the local paper shop or by those brave enough to venture into a sex shop in VHS and then DVD form, or for the adolescent boy, the only option was increasingly well “used” magazines which were swapped around and stashed under mattresses.

Since the very inception of the internet and the start of its mass use in the early 1990's, porn has been available and consumed online voraciously by both men and woman (easily available (and perhaps doubtful in their accuracy)) statistics state that 1 in 3 visitors to pornographic websites woman).

There has in the last few years been a rise in two distinct ways of accessing and digesting porn online;

  • The first being a massive surge in free pornsites, such as XTube, RedTube, ExtremeTube etc, offering professional pornographic films, both in full length, and clip version, but also giving amateurs the chance to upload their own offerings, with the opportunity to make money if consumers of their home filmed shenanigans would like to see more. These sites make their money via advertising, virtually all of it adult market themed. Pay to View websites offer small samples of their wares within the free sites in the hope that consumers will feel inspired to go log onto their websites – credit cards in hand!
  • The second way is through live shows, whereby a normally bored looking scantily clad girl will offer viewers far more delights than her current gyrations, if they would like to stump up some money and go to a “private room”, once there the consumer can speak to the girl via text, giving direction etc. The current most successful porn site is LiveJasmin.com, and the statistics are fairly staggering, the site attracts about 32 million visitors a month, which accounts for about 2.5%ish of all internet users. So it would perhaps suggest that those once happy to thrash their credit cards for the pleasure of thrashing something else, have now “upgraded” to live cam shows, where they can control and see the girls in action live.

So whilst the online porn world is perhaps waning in some sectors, and the heyday of the mid 90's and early noughties, where they were literally raking in money hand over fist, have gone there is still money to be made.

But what of porn stars? Smaller revenues mean smaller fees paid out and whilst female performers have the option to go the live cam sites, and it should be noted perhaps that most of the performers in these sites are not the pneumatic American blondes, but are from Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe, the money paid out to the girls is rarely enough to entice the pros from the US. However fetish and kinks sites, do seem to be fairing somewhat better, one of the oldest and largest is kink.com, offering sites for pretty much any “taste”, they do also offer a live cam service, where consumers can have a willing submissive do their bidding, and it should be noted that Kink.com do make it clear that they film in the US, in their “castle” in San Francisco, and that their live models are based in the US, as all filming takes place there.

As the internet evolves and changes as with absolutely everything we view and consume online things change, the same can be said of the online pornographic industry, people are still making money, perhaps they are not the same people, and perhaps its not as much money, the finger of exploitation will always be pointed, because it always has been, and however much it is pointed, it seems to do little to curb the appetite. For as long as people want to sit in front of their computers, a box of tissues to their side for a little stress relieving time, then online pornography will be there, ever changing and evolving, it will be for the companies producing and the models performing to find new ways to extract money from consumers.

So in answer to my question…. Who the hell pays for porn now? I think less people do, but I think the people that do are the same people that always did and always will. For rest of us, when surfing the internet and “accidentally” coming upon some action, at least its probably going to be free!