Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pornhub Survey; Gay Eating Disorders; Steve Grand Kickstarter Giant

Pornhub Survey

I know how much some people hate porn. God do I know. I've had "certain" book reviewers slam me for too many realistic sex scenes for as long as I can remember. I understand this and I don't have any issues at all with it. I do respect their opinions. The problem with porn, though, is that no one's been able to come up with a clear cut definition so far, and what's considered erotic romance to some is porn to others. Sarah Palin thought the very tame nude photos Levi Johnston did for Playgirl were porn. And he only showed his butt, with no full frontal. She has a right to an opinion just like everyone else. And just like me. I thought that Palin's last speech was political porn. I think the comments Palin's daughter makes about gay marriage are social porn. So we all agree to disagree...on porn.

But this article I'm linking to now is interesting because it's information taken from the data base of Pornhub.

We pulled terms and traffic to gay searches. We couldn’t break down “lesbian” because we don’t track our users on a micro-granular level (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, etc.). So for example, lesbian searches can account for, like, 40% of a city’s searches, but 80% of those searchers may likely be men.

If I told you what the majority of searches for my web site are you would smile. Let's just say they aren't searches for true, tender love and romance. And I don't have a problem with that either. As I said above, I respect everyone's right to an opinion and to privacy.

However, the one thing I find most interesting about this article I'm linking to is that it mentions porn in relation to states where gay marriage is legal as opposed to states where it's illegal.

Pornhub discovered that every single state in the South watches porn at a higher percentage than the average of states where gay marriage is legal.

I don't question the data. I believe that's true. But I do question the reasoning. I don't think gay marriage has anything to do with this. I think it's about being more isolated and not being able to socialize with gay people openly. And, even more important, states like New York where gay marriage is legal rank over 5%, about even with states like Mississippi where gay marriage is illegal.

The important thing to note is that the numbers for almost every state aren't that far apart, which means there are just as many interested in gay porn in the south as there are in the north, west, and east. And that alone makes a strong statement.

You can read more here.

Gay Eating Disorders

I don't find this article surprising at all. Although I've never had an eating disorder I've always been fanatical about what I eat and how much I eat and I think a lot of that has to do with body image and the body images we're taught to believe we should have if we're gay. The old sitcom, Will and Grace, handled this well back in the nineties. No matter how thin Will was he thought he was fat.

"The struggle started when I was 19, but I think a lot of the body image issues, the struggle with my sexuality [and] the intersection of faith really started long before that," Troy Roness, who has battled anorexia, said. "But I think the transition to college and a lot of different emotional and environmental factors really kinda came together and really set my eating disorder in motion."

You can read more here.

Steve Grand Kickstarter Giant

After I posted about gay eating disorders above I couldn't help but wonder if Steve Grand would have made as much money with his kickstarter campaign if he'd been thirty pounds overweight and not as young and attractive. If you look closely at the photo of him in the article I'm linking to below, it looks as if he hasn't eaten a full meal in a few weeks. But that's not the point of this post. Evidently, Grand's kickstarter campaign is in the top ten most funded. He hoped to raise $81,000 and wound up with $183, 500 as of the time this article was published.

'Blown away,' Grand wrote to fans on a Facebook post. 'This is no longer just an album. YOU have made it a movement.' He added: 'YOU weren’t satisfied with giving just enough to get this record produced.

YOU seem determined to put this album on the same playing field as artists backed by major labels who usually dominate the airwaves. Every dollar now means we can market and promote this album to an even wider audience.'

If you don't know what kickstarter is, you can read more here. If you don't know who Steve Grand is, here's what I posted previously.

I think kickstarter can be a wonderful thing in many cases. I think all fundraisers (indiegogo) can serve positive purposes. It's giving artists a chance to go indie in all venues of the arts. However, I think that if someone is asking for money from strangers for an artistic project or anything business related they should be held accountable by posting how the money was spent, in public, so those who donated know where their hard-earned money went. I wish I could be more trusting. But I like to keep it real and I think everyone should be held accountable. I've been in business all my life and I've managed to record everything and keep excellent books. And I never took a dime from anyone unless I earned it, and I know where all my money went. (A good deal went on books and chocolate.)

You can read more here.








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