"They were never going to stop us," says Scott Fuller, who has worked at different adult video stores in Houston for the last couple of decades. Deep Throat, now digitally mastered and sold on DVD, is carried at different stores statewide, and it continues to sell well.

Fuller's latest gig is Pleasure Zone, an adult video store, and while adult video sales have dipped since Fuller started in the industry, "anything we carry, people buy." On a recent evening at Pleasure Zone, which was lit up like a Gap store in the Galleria, Fuller worked the register. A couple of video racks had been taken down to make room for more sex toys—those used to be illegal too—in preparation for Valentine's Day, but the films remain a big part of the store. One of the best sellers goes for $73.

"People always ask what we have in the back," Fuller says. "But I tell them, if it's not up front, it won't sell."

Ilana Kohn
Ilana Kohn

Ethan Burnett never had to tell anyone what he was looking for. All it took was a quick Google search.

If he searched for "porn" on any random night, the result might be a link to the popular video-streaming site pornhub.com. The top video on Porn Hub for this particular search might be "Drunk, High and Cock Hungry," provided by the site collegefuckfest.com. The video features a young woman surrounded by a group of men at a party, taking off her shirt and pants before performing oral sex on a guy in front of a group of college-age students.

If Ethan moved on from Porn Hub, he could click on another Google result: keezmovies.com, full of similar video streams. The top video on Keez might be titled "Slut Masked and Gangbanged," featuring a young woman having sex with half a dozen men at the same time.

It would take less than 20 minutes to view both videos, and neither cost a dime.

High-end pornography today that sells on DVD and Blu-ray has basically moved mainstream, pushed by the home video boom of the 1980s. Porn actresses do far better than Lovelace, who made a little more than $1,000 for her role in Deep Throat and was arrested for cocaine possession a couple years after the movie's release.

Jesse Jane, for instance, who was born just outside of Dallas, acted in a 2005 adult film that had a $1 million budget. The movie, Pirates, which sells at Pleasure Zone for $73, was also released in a toned-down version and carried by Borders and Barnes & Noble. Jane told Howard Stern that she pulled down six figures making five films a year.

Forbes magazine estimated that a porn company started by Jenna Jameson, who made about 50 adult movies in a 10-year span, is worth $30 million. Vanessa del Rio, who worked in the porn industry for 25 years, also acted in the ABC series NYPD Blue.

If the porn industry has a dark side now, it's on the Internet.

"There's so much free stuff, coming out so fast, and it's all junk," says Fuller, who doesn't own a computer and stays away from Internet porn. "Our customers keep spending money here because they have kids, or grandkids, and the kids get on the computer too."

Authorities haven't done much to stop children from watching porn on the Internet. They've cracked down on child pornography, and those arrests are often massive and highly publicized, but regulating what people produce and publish on the Internet has proved trickier for the government.

Courts have left that task up to cities and states, and the governing law depends on where a person is viewing the porn. So if a kid in Texas were looking at a hardcore porn site based out of Nebraska, it would be up to Texas to pursue any criminal charges.

"There are tens of thousands of laws, and that's the problem," says Morris, the Internet porn guru in College Station. "Every city, every county, every state, those laws apply to every Web site. How are you going to comply with that? You're not. Most Web masters say, 'We can't follow the law, so why try?'"

Producing and selling a sex tape in Texas isn't legal—California is the only state where it is—but the Internet culture has some haphazard views on the law.

"I've shot stuff in Texas, and there's certainly stuff being filmed in Texas now," Morris says. "But you just try to fly under the radar, don't do anything with bondage, no rape fantasy, anything that might get the [district attorney] or the neighbors interested, and you hope for the best."

The federal government has tried to protect kids from porn, starting in 1996 with the Communications Decency Act, and two years later, the stricter Child Online Protection Act. The law basically outlined criminal punishment for anyone who made pornographic material available to kids under 18.

The act became the subject of litigation almost immediately after being signed into law, and as recently as the summer of 2008, a federal circuit court upheld earlier rulings that the act violated the 1st and 5th amendments. In effect, there are almost no penalties under federal law for a Web site that makes porn available to children. Not that it would have mattered much anyway.

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donkey_kong.2010
donkey_kong.2010

Funny, how they don't treat the girls. 


Men & women, secretly want to raise 'little whores'  

and in the 'open', they admonish, reprimand and punish 

the boys/men .

 
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