What is Porn?

"No Pornography" by mikecogh via Flickr

"No Pornography" by mikecogh via Flickr

Many of the WTFAQ questions have come out of various emails with prospective actresses, and one of the questions I ask them is:

“Where are you looking to go in the industry: straight photo/video, erotic photo/video, set scenes like bondage, or some variety of porn? (note we don’t do porn)”

One actress asked, ‘What is considered to be “some variety of porn”?’, which led to a long answer on the change from the ideal of wanting to be able to host “porn” to not allowing it. She may have gotten a longer answer than she expected…

Some variety of porn is unfortunately the question of what constitutes pornography not just as we see it, but as the world of business sees it. When we first started I said that if the art and story requires it, we would have “porn” in our work along with many other adult topics dealing with psychology, violence, etc. So I worked very hard to make sure we were only using businesses and services that allowed porn or “high risk websites”, and it was going great until we started looking at how to help fund the studio, with “behind the scenes” access for members, etc.

I had investigated some of the WordPress membership and shopping cart plugins before, but I needed to figure out the financial provider to use in order to make sure I was buying a compatible software. We already knew we couldn’t use Paypal or Google but what we found was we couldn’t use anyone but a few “high risk” credit card processors like Zombaio or CCBill which all require an additional “high risk” merchant account. I looked over all the requirements, gasped at the additional price we were going to have to pay to all these “high risk” providers and started looking back at plugins to integrate them into the website.

Let me digress for a moment… we have never had any plans to do actual porn, or scenes blocked out that would include porn. We have scenes in mind where we could conceivably stretch the sexual content into the realm of porn, such as the “unnamed hentai tentacle woman” scenes, but as cinema has shown you don’t need actual sex on screen to make it appear as if sex is happening. One final point, there are both men and women involved in this project and in many cases their significant others are also, or at the very least want to be kept in the loop about what their partner is doing. We have talked about it privately and within the group and we all know our limitations when doing sexual scenes and one unanimous decision (made for many reasons) was that we aren’t doing porn ourselves, but we were still open to stories that required it.

Back to the adventure of picking a membership plugin and shopping cart: the ones that work with the “high risk” businesses all suck for both the user of the site and for the behind the scenes stuff. In a few cases they even charge thousands of dollars a year for membership software; but even some of the more reasonably priced options beat them on features and usability. And none of them even get close to some of the paid or even free plugins that don’t support the “high risk” processors but do support Paypal, etc. So after months of research this is where I finally broke down and said “no porn”, it is just not worth it to buy and have our members use a crappy system when we could get a great system for a couple hundred bucks that supports all the standards.

So what is some variety of porn? I’ll know it when I see it, but for the most part it is anything that would get us a XXX rating instead of a NC-17 rating.

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