17 things you probably didn't know about porn

Come. We have the secret knowledge.

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There’s a good chance you’ve seen porn at least once in your life. You might even watch it regularly (ain’t nothing wrong with that.) Either way, we’re all familiar with the concept. The carefully crafted world of sexual illusion holds many secrets that we, mere mortals are not aware of.

  1. 1 Porn started being produced basically as soon as motion pictures were invented in 1895

    The concept of pornography as understood today did not exist until the Victorian era. Under the legislation of that time publication and selling of explicit materials was forbidden. Some of the shop and warehouse stock meant for sale was destroyed in the name of Her Majesty, just to protect the masses from demoralisation. This law, however, didn't apply to the rich. So naturally, pornography started spreading like wildfire.

    The earliest surviving pornographic film was called Le Coucher de la Mariée. It was directed and produced by Eugène Pirou and Albert Kirchner, and premiered in 1896.

  2. 2 The sex industry is the largest and most profitable industry in the world

    Over 13,000 adult videos are produced annually, amounting to $13 billion dollars in profit. To put those numbers in perspective, Hollywood releases around 500 movies every year and makes only $8.8 billion.

  3. 3 That being said, they are actually struggling at the moment

    A very low percentage of the online content is original. Most of the time, it's the same videos being re-uploaded to various websites. As a result, people watch premium content for free instead of paying for it.

    'I personally think the adult industry really fucked themselves over in the begging stages of internet porn,' James Deen, one of the most popular male porn actors, said in his recent Reddit AMA. 'They lost the customers' trust by doing shady moves like pre-checked subscriptions and one click up sells,' he added. That's why people prefer lower quality, but free, porn.

    And to make things worse, the porn industry is ruled by a single company responsible for the majority of your pornographic consumption. Mindgeek has become a porn monopoly by buying the most popular websites such as Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube. Production companies that create original content find it harder and harder to find people willing to pay for their movies.

  4. 4 Rule 34 is the most important rule in porn

    'If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions'. [Rule 34](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_34_(Internet_meme)) is a meme that originated from a 2003 webcomic drawn by Peter Morley-Souter as a commentary on Calvin and Hobbes parody porn. Now, it is a widely used phrase in the porn industry.

  5. 5 Despite the 'amateur' genre being strong in porn, the industry itself is very professional

    Even if the videos look homemade, it's probably not. The world of porn is a tight network of professional sets and production companies. Casting agencies and distributors. Talent promoters and managers. It is basically a mirror network of the Hollywood system, but with much more... well, sex.

  6. 6 Shooting a 20-minute-long video takes way longer than 20 minutes

    Much like in regular filmmaking, production can last to anywhere between 4-12 hours, depending on the scene. All those different angles you see? The crew had to move the camera, the lights, the sound equipment to adjust for each one of those set ups. That's probably 15 minutes every time alone!

    This becomes a bit problematic for guys, obviously. To stay 'in the game', they tend to use different enhancements. However, contrary to the popular opinion, they try to stay away from Viagra as it makes their faces red which doesn't look good on camera.

    Similarly, most of the female orgasms you see in porn are fake. No one has the strength to actually go on for hours like that.

  7. 7 Just because a position looks good on camera, doesn't mean it really feels good

    It's about the visuals, baby! Since imagination plays such a big part in porn consumption, it is more important to create scenarios that are appealing to the viewer rather than make the actors feel good. It's called... acting. Shocking, right?

  8. 8 The porn industry is very strict about health regulations

    Actors have to get tested regularly in order to work. A failure to present recent results every month or two weeks (depending on company policy) can result in getting fired.

  9. 9 Most people in lesbian and gay porn are in fact heterosexual
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    The porn industry is curious for many reasons. One of them being - the wage gap. According to a famous porn agent Mark Spiegler, women are paid more than men to have sex on camera.

    However, due to a significantly smaller number of actors in the genre, those who agree to do male gay porn can triple their rate. That's how the term 'gay for pay' was born.

    One of the biggest tip-offs that the two ladies getting it on are in fact heterosexual is the length of their nails. We're sure you can imagine why that would be a problem in a real-life scenario.

  10. 10 Porn star life is measured in dog years

    Four years in the industry is like twenty in real life. People become irrelevant very quickly, whether for their fading beauty or because of the ever-changing trends in porn. The usual turn-around time in the business in three months.

  11. 11 Sunday is the most popular day for online porn

    According to the BBC, 'The data applies to both men and women and it certainly poses the question about what has happened to the traditional ‘day of rest'. Our money is on boredom.

  12. 12 'Teen', 'lesbian', and 'milf' are the most searched terms

    Followed by 'step mom,' 'mom,' and 'squirt'. Interesting...

  13. 13 Men like to focus on women's eyes and lips while watching porn

    Studies have shown that, surprisingly, men are not all about boobs and vaginas. Watching female's face is apparently the thing that gets them going. Women, on the other hand, go straight for the genitals when watching porn.

  14. 14 What's also interesting is that women are very into gay and lesbian porn

    Right after these categories, it's the 'solo male' porn. Researchers argue that it's a result of women being more interested in seeing real life pleasure than male domination.

  15. 15 Porn featuring women with A-cup breasts (or smaller) is illegal in Australia

    Yes, it's true. Funnily enough though, most porn production companies Down Under are owned by women.

  16. 16 The highest earning porn star is Jenna Jameson.

    Her net worth is estimated at around $30 million. She hasn't done a single film since 2007. #lifegoals

  17. 17 And finally, the porn industry is a key player in entertainment formats

    It was porn that helped propagate VHS tapes over Betamax back in the day. The same happened with HD-DVD and Blue-ray. What will be next?

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