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What’s Up in the Media 08.14.13

by Shellie R. Warren on August 14th, 2013 in The Haps

This week in porn/sex news…

1) Well, I guess this should come as no real surprise. At a time when the literary world (as it relates to publishing) is suffering, some folks are still making big bucks including E L James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey, who made it to the top of the Forbes List this year. Now what did throw me off a bit is* just how high up* she is. That book made her 95 million (95, sigh, million) dollars. Hmph. And they say that porn doesn’t make money anymore. (People)

2) Which ironically brings me to another point that caused me to immediately think of I Corinthians 6:16-20(Message): “Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” An article on porn agents (because remember, porn is *acting out* sexual um, pleasure) I checked out addressed how much the ACTORS make: “An in-demand actress is paid about $800 for a girl-girl scene, $1,000 for a guy-girl scene, $1,200 or more for anal sex and $4,000 or more for double penetration”. An agent takes 15 percent of that. Wow. Millions to write about it, pennies to actually do it. Is it just me or does seeing the price tags make porn seem just that much cheaper? (Hollywood Reporter)

3) As someone who works with married couples, I promise you that you’d be better off *actually asking your partner* but for those who are in denial about the fact that poor communication is one of the main reasons why sex lives suffer, there is an app that will let you know if you’re holding it down…or not. “Spreadsheets is a new mobile app that ‘monitors your performance in bed to provide statistical and historical feedback’ by tracking a user’s ‘movement and audio levels through the accelerometer and microphone to provide statistical and visual analysis of their performance in bed,’ according to its website.” Yeah. OK. (Huffington Post)

4) Um, I’ll just put this out there and let y’all talk amongst yourselves. I checked out an article entitled “Who’s the Real Sex Addict? The Dubious Claims of Ariel Castro and Anthony Weiner”? Yeah. The writer said a mouthful right there. (Huffington Post)

5) Hmph. This is interesting. Speaking of Huffington Post, reportedly pornographic material like Playboy and Penthouse are no longer going to be sold on military bases. Not because of a moral conviction (that would be too much like right) but because they aren’t making any money. Don’t be surprised if E L James comes up with something (else) to address that issue. I mean, she does have 95 million, after all.

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  • Suri Whitebird

    I don’t know how Fifty Shades made it so big. It isn’t well-written, either as a story or as pornography. I think it might just be down to how it was marketed – with those innocent-looking covers and availability in high street stores, it largely took the shame and stigma away from pornography and made it acceptable, and I’m sure all those reviews and the media coverage were at least in part paid for by the publisher to generate hype.

    I’ve not read Fifty Shades, but I’ve skimmed over a sex scene. I’ve seen better-written porn in My Little Pony fanfics.

  • Ociffer

    good review… I don’t think we should disparage people who write or those who buy what they’ve written. If there wasn’t something valuable or marketable to the buyer, then it wouldn’t have been a success. I guess it was considered scandalous and hit the market at the time that Kindles were getting popular, so it became a guilty pleasure for many. Plus I think it involved some popular female fantasies too. I don’t imagine many Christians read it, they were just offended that it gained popular appeal and was tempting for some. I imagine there was similar outrage centuries ago over similar scandalous books or theatre shows.

    Magazines like newspapers are going the way of the buggy whip and gas street lights.

    point 2 is interesting in that those who are most at risk in sex worker business often probably get paid the least. does seem like an injustice. And a mere 200 dollar bump for anal is surprising. Never forget Sasha Grey’s sleasy agent when she was on Tyra.

    Ariel Castro was a monster. “Carlos Danger” was and probably still is a sick man, but not a monster. Don’t know if he was a sex addict either.

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