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22 Industry Insiders And Pornstars Tell The Behind-The-Scenes Secrets Porn Viewers Don’t Want To Know (NSFL)

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Illustration by the amazing Daniella Urdinlaiz,
Illustration by the amazing Daniella Urdinlaiz.

Found at AskReddit and appearing here with permission. Be warned, this ain’t pretty. 

1. It’s More Than Just Enemas

Anal requires a lot of preparation, including but not limited to enemas, pre-fingering and eating a particular diet or skipping meals that day. ‘Surprise’ anal = you’re gonna have a bad time, from the top or the bottom.

There are a lot more ‘breaks’ to rest, recuperate and wait for the penetrating lead to get hard again than you would guess. Pretty much any time there is a cut in the editing from one angle to another.

Most ‘porn squirting’ (the kind where there are big gushes) is actually piss.

A lot of porn these days is filmed not on a dedicated set, but in the apartments/condos/vacation homes of directors and other industry folks that all trade with each other, for more variety. This is characteristic of the ‘pro-mateur’ style which is stylistically shaped to appeal to people who like amateur porn, but actually involves paid actors and more professional camera equipment, to maintain the illusion that it’s the couple’s own home.

Adult movie theatres/sex stores where men go to jack off and surreptitiously have sex with one another, are almost singlehandedly keeping the porn DVD industry alive.

Conversions on a paysite aren’t as high as you’d think they would be. Advertising and sponsorship are much bigger routes of income these days.

I just started doing porn this year, so there’s probably way more I still have to learn.

2. Some Ladies Just Don’t Care

I listened to an interview with Joanna Angel recently and she said that a lot of new actresses have raunchy smelling vaginas and don’t realize it or don’t care. So if she’s doing a scene where she has to go down on a girl with a stinky vag, she’ll stick her fingers in and then immediately put her fingers in the girls mouth. She said “if I have to taste it, you do too.”

I found it hilarious and disgusting.

3. Cleansing Is A Turnoff

A friend introduced me to Kapri Styles a few years ago when she was in NYC (and before the plastic surgery). After a few drinks and chatting it up, I remember her saying something like “you have no idea how long it takes to prep for a good anal scene. Oh god I’d never do anal again just because cleansing is such a turn off”

4. Porn Is Actually On The Bleeding Edge Of Safety And Tech

I’m an actual porn star (Ely Darling). Google me. ;)

Things I wish people would know about porn:

  • That we undergo a rigorous testing protocol called the PASS system in which we are tested every two weeks for a whole panel of the best STD tests on the market. Porn stars have a lower incidence of HIV than the general population.
  • That we don’t get royalties from porn. It’s a one-shot deal with a decent day rate but after that we don’t see residuals. People often think we’re loaded and it couldn’t be farther from the truth for most of us.
  • That we have a trade/lobbyist organization called the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee which is in the process of formulating a “stamp of approval” for companies who follow the Producer Code of Conduct and pledge to maintain ethics in their business practices. Edit: full disclosure, I serve on the board of directors of this organization.
  • That there was a study about something called The Damaged Goods Hypothesis which debunks many of the stereotypes you may have about us.

Edit: Also, there’s a *statute called 18 USC 2257 which regulates porn. Every porn scene you see distributed in the U.S. had a record for every performer they shoot including: -2 forms of Government ID (a photo of the IDs and a photo of the model holding their IDs) -a comprehensive model release -a “2257 release” that documents the performer’s previous names, stage names, aliases, SSN, birthdate, and other info. Next time you watch a porn where the performer is “tricked” into doing porn against her will, consider that she sat down to fill out alllll that paperwork before a single camera turned on.

Edit 2: I have to go to a meeting and also it’s my birthday so I might not answer much more but keep questions coming and I’ll do what I can!

Edit 3: Many people are referencing the Best Of post about Girls Do Porn. I can’t confirm or deny the woman’s story but I’ve passed the information on to the head of the Free Speech Coalition who is going to investigate and reach out to the company if they are found to be engaging in bad business practices.

Edit 4: Here is something I want other people in our industry to know, sparked by some discussion about HIV. We use a 14 day testing protocol because the tests we use have a 14 day window period of detection. (HIV RNA which tests for the RNA of the virus instead of antibodies, thus allowing us to discover positive serostatus far sooner than the average test you would get from a clinic). Previously (a few years ago) we all used a 30 day testing protocol. Some people think that 14 day protocol is superfluous and that the cost of our test ($155/165 in LA, more in other areas) is too much and that we should just abide by a 30 day testing protocol or settle for that if we feel like it. The reason why this is inadvisable is because the viral load of HIV in the first 14 days is relatively low, but after that there is something called a Viral Bloom in which the viral load increases exponentially and with it, your chances of contracting HIV. A few days may seem insignificant but it is actually very significant with regards to preventing the spread of the virus.

5. It Can Be Amazingly Awkward

I remember reading a similar thread where the scenes are truly shot as ‘scenes,’ meaning one thing doesn’t just lead to the next – there’s gaps in time. The point the person was making was that there’s usually time between the guy pulling out and the money shot where he’s standing there furiously masturbating for a few minutes in front of everyone watching and waiting for him to come. really fucking awkward.

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