18 September 2017

Bespoke porn

Bespoke: In sense “custom-made”, 1755, from earlier bespoken (c. 1600), form of bespeak, in sense “arrange beforehand” (1580s).  Primarily used for tailoring, now also used more generally, as fancier term for custom-made, notably for software, as in a “bespoke solution”.
Most people are familiar at least with the concept of bespoke clothing custom-tailored to the individual.  Most probably are not aware that the pornography industry offers bespoke products.
It is very unusual to find second cameramen on porn sets these days: the internet is killing porn-makers who take pride in production values. It’s because the money is now in the pockets of the tech giants in faraway cities such as Montreal, owners of sites such as PornHub that are crammed with pirated content illegally uploaded by fans; PornHub is currently the world’s 38th most popular site.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve been tracing the consequences of all that free porn. It’s laying waste to the Valley, compelling some actors to take up escorting, and putting crews and production companies out of business.  But... he explains that customs – bespoke porn – is a new growth industry in the Valley. In houses all around us, teams of professional porn-makers are staying afloat by conjuring into life entire films for just one viewer...

Dan plays me the flyswatter video. In it, a fully clothed woman becomes exasperated because there’s a fly and, to make matters worse, she’s misplaced her flyswatter. Eventually she finds it and spends the rest of the video swatting flies...

Next, Dan shows me a film commissioned by a client they call Condiments Man. A woman in a swimsuit sits in a paddling pool. Rhiannon stands above her, out of shot on a ladder, holding industrial-sized tubs of condiments. And she starts to pour them over her head: ketchup, relish...

Stamps Man, Dan says, is from Norway. He spent 40 years assiduously amassing a stamp collection, which he mailed to them for the purposes of the video.

Dan presses play. It fades in on a book of stamps lying on a living room floor. Three young women enter. They complain about it being hot outside and wonder if they should take a shower. But then they notice the stamp collection. They pick up the book and leaf through it.

“He would rather look at this stamp collection than have sex with me,” one of the women says.
“All the more reason to get rid of it,” her friend replies.

So the girls stomp on the stamps, twisting their heels into the pages. Stamps rip and tear. Then they throw the remaining stamps into the fire.

“Burn! Burn! Burn!” they chant. “This is so fucking awesome.”

“In real life, the girls felt bad about it,” Rhiannon says. “We kept trying to assure them, ‘No, this is really what he wants.’” She pauses. “He’s such a sweet guy. I’m very curious to know what he’s like in real life.”
Much more at The Guardian (safe for work).  This was also the subject of a recent podcast on This American Life.

7 comments:

  1. I make bespoke porn videos and my most common request is for race play, where I as a white looking woman (I am biracial and don't personally identify as white) speak in the first person using racial slurs and especially the N-word. These are 100% requested by clients who are people of color. For obvious reasons race play is considered very taboo and not allowed on a lot of porn sites, so it's easy to see how some groups of people are forced into the bespoke model.
    Some of the other weird requests I get:
    1. I am a giant and I role play that I have shrunken a man down very small, and then sometimes pretend to eat him (shinking/ vore fetish)
    2. Guys who want to be hypnotized
    3. Guys who want to be told that they will be beaten to death
    4. Guys who want to (and have) been castrated

    And soooo much more.

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    1. Vore fetish - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorarephilia

      You learn something new every day. Thanks, Mistress Harley.

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    2. My pleasure, nice to return the favor as I've learned tons from TYWKIWDBI over the years. Plus I learn CRAZY stuff about human sexuality, nice when it's relevant to share.

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  2. Also I have been reading your blog forever and LOVE it! <3

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  3. There is a whole 'baby play' thing where the adult pretends to 'eat' the baby. The 'biting' is done with both lips drawn over the teeth, and very, very lightly pressing against the baby. This usually elicits laughter from the baby as the feeling is ticklish. Again, this is done, very, very, VERY lightly, almost like softly gumming.

    But, this begs the question of whether this pleasurable experience as a baby is then relived as an adult through whatever that philia is?

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    1. In my experience "baby play" also called "adult baby" has more to do with longing to recapture the experience of being completely helpless and fully dependent on their dominant partner in a safe consensual role-play scenario. Equally the dominant in ABP (adult baby play) is usually of a nurturing type dominant who is fulfilled by being the "caretaker" of the adult baby.

      I'm also a financial dominatrix, which is all about people paying you for literally nothing, because it's humiliating. Financial domination is probably the craziest, weirdest, and personally my favorite fetish. I was actually just on an episode of "The Doctors" on CBS discussing financial domination.

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    2. Tx for the insight.

      More info here -
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphilic_infantilism

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