Here’s Five Surprising Facts You May Not Know About Porn

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The porn industry gets a bit of a bad rep sometimes.

To some, it’s a shady business associated with being a bad influence on the youth of today. But, mainly, it’s just widely misunderstood.

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There’s also a heck of a lot we still don’t know about what is still quite a private industry.

Now, the good people at WatchMojo have researched the industry and produced a top five ‘crazy’ facts you probably never knew about porn…

1) The first ‘pornographic’ film was made in 1896

The Kiss was produced by Thomas Edison and it was pretty damn saucy for the time. The film simply featured two actors kissing.

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It’s not the kind of thing which would even raise an eyebrow nowadays but back in the 19th century it caused outrage, was seen as the most shocking thing ever committed to celluloid, and it heralded a whole new era for movie classification.

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2) Porn makes more than the video game industry

Business is booming for the gaming industry but nowhere near as much as it is for the porn industry. In 2014 it was estimated the porn industry made approximately $97 billion (£64bn), whereas in 2013 the video game industry was estimated at roughly $93 billion (£61bn). Maybe all that free porn on the Internet hasn’t been a death knell for the porn industry, after all!

3) Los Angeles county was the centre of the porn world, or at least it used to be

LA has always been associated with filmmaking in all its forms, which included porn. It’s also generally the site of the AVN awards each year.

However, times are changing as a 2012 law made it mandatory for condom use in any adult movie created in LA county, which led to a mess exodus from the San Fernando valley.

4) Male actors have it the hardest

It ain’t as fun as you might think being a guy in a porn film. Their pay is cut significantly if they don’t orgasm at the end of the shoot (well, they do call it the “money shot”). No pressure, lads!

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On average, women are also paid around twice as much as male actors, making it one of the few industries where the pay gap is actually reversed.

5) Pornographers may be responsible for VHS making Betamax obsolete

Porn has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing new technologies and many credit pornographers’ decision to go with VHS over Betamax as the reason video grew in popularity and made its predecessor obsolete.

They chose VHS as it was cheaper and a single cassette could contain more footage. Will it be the porn industry which spots the next big gap in the market?


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