Over the past five-or-so years we’ve seen a few breakout websites that have either directly or indirectly changed the face of porn. One is clearly a boon, while the other is a more complicated bedfellow. Twitter has assisted pornstars in breaking down the barriers between them and their fans, allowing for 24/7 contact with those that made their career, and it has been embraced by almost every pornstar this porn-filled noggin can think of! Hit up a list of pornstar Tweeters and you’ll soon enough find photos of Katie St. Ives wearing nothing but a fedora and a cigarette or Bobbi Starr’s blog posts addressing the state of the adult industry; both examples of the stellar additions to the porn world made possible by Twitter.
The other site? Well, that’d be any one of those XXX YouTube clones popping up faster than you can complain about their horrible video quality and blatant copyright infringement. (More on those sites and their impact on the industry here.)
Later this week porn professionals will descend upon sunny Pasadena, California to showcase their freshest wares and latest innovations in the realm of adult pleasure at the 2011 AVN Novelty Expo. Hosting more than a hundred exhibitors, from ASLAN Leather to XMYBOX, the ANE is when and where the makers of the world’s finest vibrators, dildos, pocket pussies, lubricants, condoms, lingerie, aphrodisiacs, sex furniture, lotions, and self-lubricating vibrating studded cock-rings gather ‘round the campfire to unleash their original erotic creations upon the salivating men and women of the adult industry. Also hosting some of the industry’s notable personalities discussing everything from the materials used to make your favorite dildos to the role bloggers and reviewers play in the current state of the adult industry. (Everyone’s favorite Asian BBW pornstar, Kelly Shibari, is speaking at that one. Feel like adding another reviewer/blogger/co-panelist, Kelly? Do ya?)
Those in the LA area interested in attending better act quick. Proceedings begin on the morning of Thursday July 7th, peak with The “O” Awards on Friday night, and continuing on Saturday morning with a floor show that must be seen to be believed.
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When the calendar eventually ticks over to the end of June every year, Americans across the nation (or wherever they might be throughout the world) feel a collective surge of excitement and national pride for soon it will be the 4th of July. Independence Day: the one day every year on which citizens of the USA celebrate their hard-fought independence from Britannic rule. Symbolizing the United States’ fierce sense of national autonomy, these celebrations often include such staples of American culture as tailgating, fireworks, and proclaiming one’s support for the troops. If you’re looking for a party that doesn’t involve your in-laws, your sister’s horrible coleslaw, and watching reruns of Boston Pops’ performances of yesteryear, why not head out to a local adult nightclub? If Chicago’s V Live is any indication, clubs around the country will be throwing their very own 4th of July parties, but few will be able to match the Jesse Jane-hosted ‘Porn on the 4th of July’ party. Well, I suppose we’ll have to wait for photos from the event, which was held on Friday July 1st, to filter out into the cybersphere before we’ll get to see whether or not Jesse worked her new signature stripper pole on the V Live stage.
‘Porn on the 4th of July’ party aside, Jesse also hosts the 11th annual Skindependence party at the same venue, well, right fucking now, actually! Now, let’s see who else is going to step up and unleash some red, white, and blue, the 235th year of our independence. So far, it looks like only Reality Kings are celebrating. C’mon, America! Show your stripes!