Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Data reveal six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. It’s not as surprising as it sounds

The world is a big place, and cultural gaps are vast. But there are a few things that connect people across borders. Some people argue food is the best glue while others say it’s education. But there’s a new contestant: online porn.

Porn is being made and watched in the Middle East, and millions more are watching it around the planet. In fact, some of the world’s top porn consumers come out of the Middle East. According to data released by Google, six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. Pakistan tops the list at number one, followed by Egypt at number two. Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey come in at numbers four, five, seven and eight, respectively. Pakistan leads the way in porn searches for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes.

According to research put out by PornMD, the terms “creamy squirt,” “blowjob” and even “Kendra Wilkinson” (Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend) appear on the top 10 most-searched terms coming out of countries like Iraq, Syria and Iran. The word “Arab” is the number-one searched porn term in Egypt, Iran and Syria. Some get a little creepier. “Pain” lands at Iraq’s fourth most-searched term, while “father daughter” and “brother sister” come in at numbers four and five for Syria. Both the words “mother” and “mom” appear on Egypt’s top 10 list.

The specifics are representative of a broader change taking place in a society all but defined by extreme “moral” standards. The fact that porn trends within the region can even be tracked is impressive, given that the sale of erotic material is banned in nearly every Arab country except Lebanon and Turkey.

In 2009, Iraq’s government moved ahead with new censorship laws, prohibiting material deemed harmful to the public. Taher Naser al-Hmood, the country’s cultural minister, claimed, “Our Constitution respects freedom of thought and freedom of expression, but that should come with respect for society as a whole, and for moral behavior. It is not easy to balance security and democracy. It is like being a tightrope walker.”

Ahmed Mohammed Raouf, chief engineer for the State Company for Internet Services, told the New York Times, “I don’t want to stop a person from seeing a certain thing, but I also want to protect society.”

More recently, the Saudi Arabian government announced that it had hacked and disabled about 9,000 Twitter accounts associated with the publication of pornography and arrested many of the handles’ owners. The move was organized by the Commission for the Promotion and Prevention of Vice, also known as Haia, the Saudi religious police.

The good news for porn fans in the region is that a lot of these restrictions seem fairly easy to overcome. It’s not uncommon to find vendors lining the streets armed with pornographic videos. Nor is it rare to find young men hanging around popular shopping centers, selling cards to disable Internet blocks.

Meet the Stars

Mia Khalifa, a 21-year-old Muslim American born in Lebanon, has just been voted the “Number 1 Porn Star” on Pornhub, a free website that is the 73rd most popular site on the Internet, according to analytics company Alexa. Khalifa moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. Corey Price, vice president of PornHub, told Buzzfeed that the site has seen more than 750,000 searches for Khalifa since Saturday.

Khalifa plays up her Muslim heritage in her movies, sometimes wearing a hijab and sporting heavy eyeliner to emphasize her “exotic” look. The raw sexuality of Khalifa’s work literally strips away common western stereotypes of Muslim women. In his piece, “In Praise of Vulgarity” Charles Paul Freund argues, “Broad-based culture, popular and vulgar, is far from being a mere distraction or a source of self-absorption. As Islamists have learned, it can function as a bulwark against coercion. More than that, it can even be a means of democratic resort.”

But then there are those in the opposing court. NOW Lebanon’s Juliana Yazbeck wrote, “For someone who has struggled so much to assert their presence as a human being with a working, thinking brain, I cannot deny that I felt a pang of despair when Mia erupted across social media and entertainment news. It never even crossed my mind to think, ‘She doesn’t have the right.’ What did cross my mind was: Really? Of the very few Lebanese women who are making global headlines, it had to be a porn star?”

Yazbeck’s response was fairly mild compared to other more extreme protesters. Many conservative Muslims have targeted Khalifa via Twitter, writing things like, “@miakhalifa You do realize that you’ll be the first person in Hellfire right?” Another user posted a manipulated image of an Isis militant holding Khalifa’s decapitated head.

And she’s not alone. After Sila Sahin, a Turkish-German actress, posed nude for the German edition of Playboy, she received a slew of criticism. Threads on Islamic websites read, “She must pay” and “She needs to be careful.” One user wrote, “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit with my culture.”

Is this a sex problem? Or is it a porn problem? Or is it just another hiccup in the long, thorny path to gender equality? Women are given center-stage in a lot of pornography, after all. Maybe some in the Middle East aren’t interested in seeing that happen. Or maybe they feel that sex should be restricted to a more private and procreative space. Many Muslim states declare that cemented social morals should not be violated. The data out there, however, suggest their public may feel otherwise.

Source: Salon

Squirting Is Just Peeing, Say Scientists

On December 24, a group of French scientists published what is probably the first medical-journal article on squirting. They gave pelvic ultrasound scans to seven women who previously reported emitting about a cup full of liquid (!) when they had sex. By administering the scans after the women peed, and then twice during sexual stimulation, they were able to conclude exactly where the liquid was coming from and what it consisted of—and, spoiler alert, it was pee.

There have been plenty of studies done on female ejaculation, this is the first one, as far as I can tell, to specifically explore women who expel great gushing quantities of fluid when sex is happening. Since at least the 80s, however, there’s been a lot of debate around whether or not women ejaculate at all, or if any instance of it is just an adult version of bedwetting.

It should be noted that there are papers that say, yeah, there is something that comes out of vaginas during sex that definitely isn’t urine. (It’s supposedly liquid from the “female prostate.”) But in this specific study—the first to focus on women who soak the sheets—the answer is nah. “The present data based on ultrasonographic bladder monitoring and biochemical analyses indicate that squirting is essentially the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity, although a marginal contribution of prostatic secretions to the emitted fluid often exists,” is how the researchers put it.

For a debate that can essentially, and crudely, be boiled down to “cum or piss?” it’s surprisingly fraught with important implications. Some feminists say that reducing the physical manifestations of their orgasms to urine diminishes the importance of female pleasure during sex. Other feminists say the opposite: Claiming it’s more than urine perpetuates a male fantasy.

In recent months, this uncertainty has even given ammunition to censors in the UK, where squirting was one of a number of practices that was banned in porn . Because no one could say definitively whether it was piss, government busybodies were apparently bound to assume it fell under the category of urolagnia, which is considered obscene.

One thing that’s for sure, though, is that people love watching it. Mike Williams, who works for PornHub’s communication team, told me it’s the seventh most searched term worldwide.

But why? Justin Lehmiller, who edits the popular blog Sex and Psychology, has a couple of theories. “It probably stems from a desire to know that the woman enjoyed herself and was sexually satisfied,” he told me. “A lot of guys actually care about this and they want to know the sex was mutually enjoyable.” He also adds that it’s just as likely an ego thing, or a validation of masculinity.

As for the “do ladies ejaculate or is it just pee?” debate, I’m sure there’ll be more to, uh, come.

Source: Vice

Worlds Aids Day is Today

On this national aids day it’s a good time to remind you that if your agent doesn’t tell you when you go out on a job that the director, owner, or whoever is HIV positive, it’s probably time to find a new agent.

You should always be notified in advance if anyone you are working with in any way is HIV positive. You always have the right to make an informed decision about YOUR working environment.

If your agent ever neglects to tell you something this important, you really really really need a new agent.

 

 

Tony Bones says Ariel Bell is a flake

Before you book aspiring starlet Ariel Bell you might want to think twice about it.

So I get a talent submission and look at her and go I can’t use her.   Then I get to thinking.  Some guys like scars so we talked.  After 5 attempts of her not showing or called she tells me she cant do it because this this and that.  I think that was a no brainier.  As you can see from the pictures ouch.  I mean the tats were ugly but I tried to be mr nice guy.  She looks like she had a nice ass in the one picture.  Well if she contacts you cornflake.

ariel bell

Source: Tony Bones

Things are heating up in Houston

ADULT ENTERTAINMENT STAR AND PENTHOUSE PET OF THE YEAR NICOLE ANISTON TO PERFORM AT VIVID LIVE IN HOUSTON NOVEMBER 20-22

Adult entertainment star Nicole Aniston will perform at Vivid Live Men’s Club in Houston November 20-22. Vivid Live, operated under a license from leading adult company Vivid Entertainment, is located at 2618 Winrock Blvd., just off Westheimer Rd. in the Briargrove area.

nicole aniston

Petite and shapely blonde bombshell Nicole is a San Diego native who was raised on a horse ranch and worked as a bank teller before she began modeling and started performing in adult movies. She was named Penthouse Pet of the Month in August, 2012 and Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2013.  She has made over 100 movies for top studios and has been nominated for the New Starlet of the Year and Female Performer of the Year by XBiz and for Most Outrageous Sex Scene by AVN.

“The adult industry taught me to be more of a woman,” says Nicole, who likes to cook, camp, hunt and fish. “I’m definitely more into my sexuality as a result of making adult movies . I can’t wait to get to Houston and have already been in touch with fans who will be meeting me at Vivid Live.”

Nicole will be performing nightly at the club and looks forward to meeting fans, posing for snapshots and signing autographs.

Guests at Vivid Live enjoy a complimentary gourmet lunch/dinner from 11 am to 7 pm, Mon.-Fri. and a breakfast buffet from 2-4 am on Thurs., Fri. and Sat.  With bar drinks, wine and domestic beer daily at $2.75 until 9pm, the club offers the hest Happy Hour in Houston.  The 12,000 ft club sports a new state-of-the-art light show, the hottest DJs, lavish new furnishings, three stages on the main floor and another in the VIP bar.  The multi-level club also features a Champagne Room, Private Dance Room and Sky Boxes.

 

EXXXOTICA NJ Experiences Record-Setting Weekend

From the moment EXXXOTICA opened its doors for its seventh year in Edison, New Jersey this past weekend in the town named for the man who invented the incandescent bulb, the largest event in the country dedicated to love and sex proved you can reinvent the light bulb.

With overall attendance up 23% from 2013 thanks to a revamped media campaign, the biggest collection yet of adult stars (over 200) and exhibitors (over 110), and an enhanced stage and seminar schedule, EXXXOTICA New Jersey had its best event to date and one of the most successful in the 24-show history of the expo. Organizers wanted to make the last show of 2014 a special one, and with some strategic changes and enhancements, one look around the show floor could tell you that mission was accomplished.

“The response we get from our New Jersey event is nothing short of amazing,” said J. Handy, Director of EXXXOTICA. “We knew it was going to be a big one when the line started forming an hour before doors openedon Friday.”

The New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison had its strongest showing ever of women and couples thanks to its popular “Ladies Free Friday” program, sponsored by Arrangement Finders (http://arrangementfinders.com) program. It was tough to find a parking spot at the convention center Friday night as approximately 6,500 female attendees and thousands more males came to experience EXXXOTICA. The packed floor of exhibitors loved every minute of it as they were selling merchandise as fast as they could put it on display.

Shirley, of Chaturbate (http://chaturbate.com) who has been a sponsor of EXXXOTICA and its annual fan choice awards show The Fanny’s (http://thefannys.com) for the past two years had this to say. “EXXXOTICA has once again outdone themselves! New Jersey was the best place to be, with great vibes, and wall to wall people.”

“EXXXOTICA had an amazing turnout this past weekend in Edison,” echoed ArrangementFinders.com CMO A.J Perkins. “The flow-through activity onto the website surpassed all previous events this year, with it providing a positive return on investment within 24 hours of Ladies Free Friday.”

Saturday and Sunday carried on the same enthusiasm as overall attendance for the days were also an increase from previous years. Many were there to see the largest contingent of stars to ever appear at an EXXXOTICA Expo. All in all, over 200 of the biggest names in adult came to give New Jersey the live experience. Top names such as the performer formerly known as Jesse Jane, Tera Patrick, Lexi Belle, Tori Black, Vernonica Rodriguez, Allie Haze, Teagan Presley, Alexis Texas, Kayden Kross, Phoenix Marie, Stoya, Asa Akira, jessica drake, Adriana Chechik, Sydney Leathers, Ron Jeremy, Tanya Tate, Joanna Angel, Evan Stone, Cindy Starfall, Jada Stevens, Julia Ann, Nina Hartley, Annika Albrite, Adrianna Luna, Mick Blue, Nikki Benz, Belle Knox, Ryan Driller, Vicki Chase, Ash Hollywood, Ron Jeremy, Kendra Lust, Jessie Lee, Abella Anderson, Ashley Massaro and many, many more at exhibitors such as CLUB Spotlight, PJ Lube, LA Direct Models, Arrangement Finders, Photo Strip, Sapphire, Veronica Rodriguez Productions and Jules Jordan Video. Fans were thrilled to meet their blue screen dreams up close and personal for pictures and autographs.

The Entertainment Stage featured a diverse lineup of entertainment, highlighted by feature dance shows by fan favorites such as Tori Black, Tera Patrick, Allie Haze, Gia Nova, the Living Sex Dolls and Evan Stone. There were also daily all-star Q&A panels with an array of stars, the Ms. EXXXOTICA competition where a new star was born, a BBW fashion show, and giveaways of Fleshlights, trips to Hedonism and more.

The EXXXOTICA Seminar Series featured standing room only crowds thanks to speakers on an array of topics from the top names in adult and beyond. Ron Jeremy, Tanya Tate, Nina Hartley, jessica drake, Evan Stone, Joshua, Bo Blaze, and Joanna Angel dished out advice and sex tips that appealed to all.

EXXXOTICA’s interactive Dungeon, sponsored by PJLube.com (http://pjlube.com), gave attendees a glimpse into the world of kink. With custom furniture and devices from DNJToys.com in the 5,000 square foot space, fans got to experience the wild side that was filled with experts in the field and get their freak on.

Official after parties let attendees celebrate into the wee hours as hot spots such as Sapphire New York, Bourbon Street, Evolve and Club QXT. The show’s host hotel also gave fans the chance to party with the porn stars with a party each night featuring live entertainment from DJ Prime, the Love Haterz and acoustic sensation, Sami Eldebs. VIP attendees got to take advantage of free admission to the hottest parties with the stars of EXXXOTICA, as well as receive free merchandise and offers from exhibitors.

“While some of our other locations are still up in the air for 2015, Edison New Jersey is not one of them,” said Handy. “With the response we got this year, one thing is for sure — we will be back!”

It’s Sex Talk Tuesday!

#SexTalkTuesday Welcomes Jenny Block As Special Guest Moderator Tuesday November 4, 3pm EST
#SexTalkTuesday announced today that author, speaker and educator Jenny Block will serve as special guest moderator of the November 4 edition of the Twitter-based chat show. The chat will run from 3pm-4pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday.
“We’re delighted to have Jenny heading up this week’s #SexTalkTuesday conversation,” said Angie Rowntree, owner of Sssh.com and organizer of #SexTalkTuesday. “This is going to be a fantastic show, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Jenny Block, author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (2008 Lambda Literary Award) and the forthcoming book “Oh Wow!” about female orgasm, is a frequent contributor to a number of high-profile publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, and curvemag.com.

“I am so excited to be the guest moderator of a Sex Talk Tuesday. We’ll be talking about female orgasms – how to have them, how to facilitate them, and why they are so important!” Jenny says.

\Block has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs, including Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Good Morning Texas, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, foxnews.com (online video), Playboy Radio, The Alan Colmes Show, and BBC Radio.

“Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” was written up and/or reviewed both nationally and internationally in and on a variety of publications and sites, including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Glamour, Marie Claire, Curve, Observer UK, Maxi (Germany), Psychologies (UK), Playgirl, NPR’s Morning Edition, The New York Times, feministing.com, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News,  2: The Magazine for Couples (Canada), wow-womenonwriting.com, and the Baltimore City Paper. Jenny has also spoken in bookstores and other venues all across the country, including Georgetown University and The Science Museum of Virginia.

A fun and provocative Twitter-based chat held every Tuesday of each month, #SexTalkTuesday is hosted and coordinated by Sssh.com, the web’s premier porn for women and couples site.

Each session, a guest moderator asks thought-provoking questions to a large and active group of participants, who send hundreds of tweets during each round of #SexTalkTuesday. The result is a lively and entertaining discussion that invites participants to be open and candid with their thoughts and opinions on sex, life, love and the humor of it all, in a way that fosters a supportive and compassionate environment for the conversation.

To participate in Sex Talk Tuesday, go to twitter.com and use the #SexTalkTuesday hash tag during the hour-long show, which this week runs from 3pm to 4pm EST.

You can follow Jenny on twitter at @Jenny_Block or visit her website at www.jennyonthepage.com. For more information on Sssh.com (@ssshforwomen), or to inquire about serving as a guest moderator, contact Rowntree at editor@sssh.com or go to sextalktuesday.com

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