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Food Porn, Word Porn, Portland Porn? When did porn go mainstream?

Since Portland Oregon gets so much press for livability, does that mean better porn than everyone else too?

Portland porn doesn’t keep Portland weird, but it can’t hurt.

Or can it?

The city already has strip club tourism. Is porn tourism next?

What would that mean?

In the early 70’s my hometown had a porn trailer and movie tent set up in the parking lot of a saw mill.

As kids we wondered whose dad we’d find if we ever got in there?

Big joke until it’s your dad, or one of the group’s dad.

Yes, we snuck in one night. No, we didn’t find anyone we knew. It was dark.

Did baby boomers grow up with porn? Not online porn. We had to find it in the real world.

Fortunately, or not, my Grandpa kept a stash of old Playboys in the guest room.

Guess who got the guest room on visits?

It’s still a secret, so no telling.

60’s soft porn doesn’t stand a chance against online porn.

What is the biggest difference?

Context. Let’s say lack of context is the biggest difference.

Playboys from Grandma and Grandpa’s closet seem a safer bet for twelve year olds than online porn today.

Not once did a pop up ad encourage kids of the 60’s, like twelve year olds in 1967’s Summer of Love, to click a button and land in a warped place.

Since it was Gramps, it had a sense of official approval.

“Why do you have a stack of Playboys, Grandpa?” I asked.

“To keep current, Grandson,” he said.

Playboy as educational tool for sixty year olds?

Now we’re sixty and Playboy is dressing their models while Sports Illustrated goes nearly bare with swimsuits.

Educational, or following the market?

Since the rest of the world is jumping on the porn bandwagon, where do you draw the line?

Portland porn has a line.

Like food porn, Portland porn comes from iconic images identifying the city.

Instead of naked hosers working the backside of hot yoga, Portland porn is the old White Stag sign, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall sign, or unicycle guy playing his flame throwing bagpipes.

Spicy, but not this spicy.

From Oregon Theater on Division:

“After a fifty-year run as a regular neighborhood movie theater, this family-owned business switched to porn in the late 70’s. The building is deceivingly large inside. A concession counter in the lobby offers snacks, drinks, porn, and towels for sale and condoms for free. Upstairs are the bathrooms. The women’s bathroom, which generally remains locked, doubles as a private orgy room on special occasions.

“The main auditorium is quite huge, even for a theater. Regular theater seats have been replaced with rows of couches and plush chairs. A couples area is roped-off near the front, where it can be seen from anywhere in the room. Next to that is a rectangular wooden structure with three lockable doors on either side – six booths in total, connected by gloryholes. A lone massage table stands on the floor in front of the big screen, where porn is playing.”

Regular hours, low admission. Is this where online porn leads?

Or here, (old joke follows):

A man goes to a sex club with two dollars and asks what’s available. He’s shown to a room with instructions to take off his clothes. He does. A small door opens and a chicken struts in.

A week later the same man goes to the sex club, this time with five dollars. He’s shown to an upstairs hallway with windows looking down into a room. Another man stands near a window.

“What’s going on?” the first man asked.

“You never know. Last week they had a guy with a chicken in there.”

Porn can attach to anything. Hey look, blogger porn. But let’s check under the hood.

From pbs.org:

Over the years, we’ve had to develop a lot of technology to support the (porn) business — streaming video technology, hosting technologies, credit card scrubbing technologies, processing, customer service. And all of these things are now working so well that they have value to other companies, and we’re beginning to market those technologies to other companies. And that’s actually the largest area of growth in our business right now.

How do you feel about porn leading the internet to better technology?

The baseball highlights streaming on your phone is porn tech?

That apple pie recipe on your screen comes through porn tech?

You see ads for “Mommy’s Night Out?”

Baseball, apple pie, and mom have been porned? Oh. No.

Belinda Luscombe writes a Time magazine cover story about young men who grew up with internet porn, and they now have second thoughts?

Dear Belinda, porn is based on second thoughts, like “What the heck is going on?” “Why did they do that?”

Portland porn landed in Time Magazine.

In an appropriately red lettered opening paragraph Luscombe describes Noah Church, “a 26-year-old part-time wildland firefighter in Portland, Ore.”

Since she included the “Ore.” you know it’s getting real.

Google Noah Church. He’s a man with a message, not just some space-filler-story for sensationalist effect.

When you’ve got youtube, amazon, and a website telling your story about porn addiction and recovery, your not just another guy.

He does interviews on porn recovery sites. He does a podcast.

You get a big takeaway from a Portland porn point man in recovery. It’s there.

Here’s a heads up from BoomerPdx: either stick around and figure it out online, or go out on a date.

Explain the date destination with this bit of Portland porn history from Portland Erotisphere:

Being under 30, I grew up as part of a generation that doesn’t really understand the concept of porn theaters, because we’ve had access to porn on the internet since we were too young to be looking at it. When adult movie theaters first became popular in the 60’s and 70’s, they would have been the only reasonable way for most people to see pornographic movies. Then the 80’s rolled around, and the VCR was invented, and they began shutting down. By the time the 90’s hit there were very few adult movie theaters left. Two of them remained in Portland: The Oregon Theater and the Jefferson Theater, which has since been replaced by the Paris Theatre.

Best to leave your porny ideas at home if you choose the dating route.

Chances are good you’ll be out with someone who knows skeevy moves when they see them.

Portland porn wasn’t an easy find in the mid-80’s when one of the guys got married.

If he was having a bachelor party, there has to be porn, was the consensus.

Two of the group went to SW 3rd to rent video reels and a projector. While the clerk gathered the order he said, “We have booths in the back while you wait.”

“Like a restaurant booth? I could eat.”

“No, video booths.”

OOOOOOOooooh.

“I knew that.”

The two guys slid into booths, one in front of the other.

After a minute the first guy checked in with the guy in the other booth.

“What have you got?”

“Looks like a training video for driving a fork lift.”

“Mine looks like a commercial for reforestation.”

“Let’s put in one more quarter.”

Thirty seconds later the first guy come back to other booth.

“We’ve got to go.”

“But they’ve just loaded the truck. I think something’s going to happen now.”

“Something did. A guy just looked into my booth and grabbed a handful.”

“Popcorn?”

“I popped him one. Let’s go.”

Online porn could have saved a life.

A restaurant near the north freeway exit of Tigard turned into porn superstore. It’s a real landmark for directions.

Before the final remodel a fire broke out. Without a fire route posted, one man died.

The report said he died of smoke inhalation in a room with a couch, a video monitor, and a toilet paper bale nailed to the wall.

He was probably waiting for the fork lift video to move forward and lost track of things.

With big problems, there are big solutions. And then there’s the parents.

From The Economist:

Research funders need to pay for methodical studies of pornography and of sex more widely. Schools need to debunk porn myths: some Danish sex educators have started to discuss pornography in the classroom, using it to get youngsters thinking about issues such as body image and the meaning of consent. Above all, parents need to educate themselves about pornography—and to talk candidly to their children about how little justice it does to one of life’s great pleasures. That will be difficult for many. But the best weapon against misinformation is the truth, not an embarrassed silence.

Silence is the tool used to install myths about women and men in those too young for the truth.

Baby boomers can handle the truth.

Final thought: if you feel you need to explain porn to the naive, yet persistent, do it Downton Abbey style.

All Americans respond to the authority of an English accent. If a business is serious about selling their product, they hire an English actor.

It’s all about manners, posture, and confidence. Add those qualities to porn and watch the needle dip.

Proper English ladies engaging in an affair, tryst, dalliance, liaison, infidelity?

Oh, my. You may want to close your eyes.

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      If someone named Triple X, or just xxx, drops a comment, I’m approving.

      Is porn an education issue, a marketing issue, a financial issue, or all of the above?

      What’s it not is a picture painted by those who love the closet and keeping it full of the latest taboos. Memo to Utah: Porn is not a new thing, and your citizens are fans.

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