THE PORN INDUSTRY HAS BEEN POUNDED BY THE RISE OF INTERNET TUBE SITES – HAS IT NOW GONE LIMP?

THE PORN INDUSTRY HAS BEEN POUNDED BY THE RISE OF INTERNET TUBE SITES – HAS IT NOW GONE LIMP?

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The red carpet that leads into the AVN Awards, commonly referred to as “The Oscars of Porn”, is a narrow sliver of scuffed felt, snaking away from the theatre entrance across the floor of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Among the craps tables and the blinking slot machines, the world’s most successful adult entertainment professionals edge forward patiently in single-file.

Some wear gowns that wouldn’t be out of place at the Met Gala, others’ outfits are slitted, slotted or see-through in spots that, were a Hollywood actress to wear them to a premiere, would either launch her career or threaten to end it. Male civilians crowd the edges of the walkway, straining to capture selfies with the stars, who grin and mug with all the enthusiasm they can muster.


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Fans are as intimate as urologists with their favourite adult performers, but, for most of the year, they’re separated by the thousands of miles of fibre-optic cable between their laptops and the porn sets of the San Fernando Valley. Tonight, though, all that divides them is the velvet rope.

Held in Las Vegas each January, the AVNs (short for Adult Video News, the trade publication that organises them) are always compared to the Oscars, but the resemblance only goes so far. Yes, both ceremonies give out gongs for Best Cinematography, Best Make-Up and Best Screenplay. But there’s no Academy Award for Best Double-Penetration Sex Scene, is there?

The awards show is the climax of the four-day annual AVN expo, the world’s biggest adult entertainment trade fair; call it “The Comic-Con of Porn”. Throughout the Hard Rock’s convention halls, porn stars sit signing autographs and flogging merch, their bodies like bronzed balloon animals: cinched here, swollen there. Every day of the expo brings “fetish showcases” and burlesque acts; by night, AVN-affiliated parties unfold at nightclubs across Vegas.

It’s a sales opportunity for sex products such as the “G-Spot Squirt Watch”, or Teddy Love, a cuddly bear whose pink, protruding tongue doubles as a 10-speed clitoral stimulator. There are seminars for professionals, including “How to Develop an Effective Social Engagement Strategy”. And there are expert Q&As for the public, like “How to Negotiate a Threesome”, and “Everything You Wanted to Know About Vibrators But Were Afraid to Ask”.

“There were 16 porn producers at AVN when I first came here in 2002; this year there are four,” says Dan O’Connell, the boss of Girlfriends Films, a leading lesbian-porn production house. “I’ve been to the automotive after-market show, and it’s in a convention centre that must be 40 times the size of this place. How many people buy after-market wheels and tyres, compared to how many people like sex? There’s a disparity there, and it’s because this industry is vilified.”

Girlfriends produces four feature-length movies per month. Each title contains four extended sex scenes and shifts several thousand DVDs in its first few weeks of release, but such prestige product is an endangered species. “We sell to a mature audience,” says O’Connell, who is 63. “They don’t want the pizza delivery guy to turn up, the housewife answering the door and all of a sudden they’re 69-ing. They want to see a logical story, a seduction. But a lot of today’s porn is geared to a younger mentality that just wants hard-pounding sex.”

That younger demographic can have all the hard-pounding sex it wants for free, courtesy of so-called “tube sites” such as PornHub.com, aka “The YouTube of Porn”. In 2014, users viewed just under 80 billion videos on PornHub, an almost 25 per cent increase on 2013. This year, for the first time, the site has a brand presence at the expo.

As I pass the company’s booth one afternoon, an overweight visitor is down on all fours, being whipped live for broadcast on a 24-hour live web feed. PornHub thrives on such audience participation: its reps pass out flyers encouraging members of the public to become amateur models, offering a percentage of the ad revenue from any homemade sex clip uploaded to the site. “Be Your Own Boss,” the flyer says: “Work From Home. Get Famous.”

The crowds love PornHub, but many exhibitors are angry that one of the tube sites they blame for facilitating piracy (however inadvertently) is represented at the expo at all. “It legitimises PornHub, and it’s a slap in the face to the porn studios,” says Nate Glass, owner of Takedown Piracy, a firm that makes software to help producers find and remove pirated content from the web.

The emergence of the first tube sites in the late 2000s correlated with a sharp downturn for the adult entertainment business, Glass says. “Piracy is worse for porn than for the mainstream film or music industry, because we don’t get any help from politicians, and there’s a public perception that porn is less than those other things. People might feel guilty pirating Guardians of the Galaxy, but a lot of them will feel no sense of guilt about pirating porn.”

Piracy isn’t the only threat to the porn business. In November 2012, California passed an ordinance requiring condoms to be used in all penetrative sex scenes shot in LA County, which includes the Valley, the industry’s traditional home. In the past, porn regulation has had a moral bent, but Measure B was presented as a public-health measure to prevent the spread of HIV.

Just like the Oscars, the AVNs open with a musical number, during which Pistol proves he’s no Neil Patrick Harris in the song-and-dance department. Kudos, though, to whoever came up with a line that rhymes with, “I’m the go-to guy for first-time anal.”

Further comparisons are futile: the winners’ speeches are blessedly short, unlike their gushing Hollywood counterparts. Adriana Chechik, winner of Best Anal Sex Scene, simply thanks her co-star, Manuel, “for fucking me so good.” Jayden James, who triumphs in the Best Boobs category, doesn’t even show up. The prize for Male Performer of the Year is a TAG Heuer watch, still in its shopping bag. The winner, Mick Blue, thanks his wife, Anikka Albrite, in his speech.

Just as Albrite is accepting her own award – for Female Performer of the Year – I’m treated to another sight rarely seen at, say, the Governors Ball: a fight breaks out in the bar between two top porn actors. One of them is wearing a gold lamé jacket. The punches fly as security guards descend to peel the men apart. It’s not immediately clear what caused the fracas, but one thing is for certain: the combatants are both big, swinging dicks.

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