Contest: make a video for Our Porn, Ourselves

In this video, we talk about women, porn and anti-porn feminists. The video announces the Our Porn, Ourselves video contest. It’s social media activism meets having fun with being pro-porn (and supporting pro-porn women), and getting cool prizes in the process.

Make a short video that tells us you are pro-porn, and upload the video to your favorite video sharing website. This is where you get to tell us “I’m pro-porn and I vote!” When you’re done, Tweet the location (URL) of the video with the hashtag #proporn. The deadline is June 12, the start of the Stop Porn Culture feminist anti-porn conference. Ten winners will be selected for the best videos, with a bounty of prizes. The focus is not sexually explicit videos, because ideally we’d like to see your video shared in as many places as possible. All genders are encouraged to participate!

The prize sponsors are fabulous! And the prizes are a pro-porn, pro-women, sex-positive explosion.

Babeland is women-run, and they’ve got ten gift packs.
Tantus Toys is women-owned and operated, and they’ve got a high-quality silicone toy for each of the ten winners.
Carnal Nation has ten t-shirts with sexy illustrations by Suzanne Rachel Forbes on them.
Camille Crimson has one of the hottest women-owned and operated porn sites on the internet, and she’s generously offering ten one-month memberships.
Bliss Connection has a love swing for the cream of the crop; For the Girls has a one-month membership.
For ten winners, Cleis Press has a copy of The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn, and I’ve got two free digital or audio books of the winner’s choosing from Digita Publications. And there’s more to be announced!

A few notes on viewership math in the video are after the jump.

* My statement “25% of all Internet use is porn” is sourced from: “According to Nielsen net ratings, more than a quarter of Internet users accessed an adult Web site in January 2010.” (NPR)
* My statement “1 in 3 porn consumers are women” is sourced from: “In the first three months of 2007, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, approximately one in three visitors to adult entertainment Web sites was female” a PDF released by Nielsen and fact checked by Hearst Media Corporation on behalf of Oprah magazine. (CNN)
* My statement “Internet users: 259,561,000″ is sourced from Internet World Stats based only on North America, data from 2009. It was unclear to me if Nielsen’s internet stats were global or not, so I chose the specific data set of North America.
* My statement “Porn viewers: 64,890,250 (North America)” applies the 25% from Nielsen January 2010 to IWS figures from 2009.
* My statement “over 21 million women watch porn” applies the 1 in 3 from Nielsen 2007 to the above figure of 25% in January 2010, based on 2009 North America. (The figure was 21, 680,000 but I erred for the benefit of the doubt.)

I did not apply Nielsen globally due to internet censorship in countries whose internet use likely contributes to Nielsen’s figures (China, Jordan, etc.). I also think that an estimation based on more current and precise data for women who tell Nielsen that they look at porn would be higher than 2007′s “1 in 3″ result of 21 million (North American women). Australian and UK/European women would likely comprise a significant spike.

About violet

Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com) is a Forbes "Web Celeb," a high-profile tech personality and one of Wired's "Faces of Innovation." She is regarded as the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology, a sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (MacLife, The Oprah Winfrey Show, others) and is regularly interviewed, quoted and featured prominently by major media outlets. Violet has many award-winning, best selling books; her book The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn is featured on Oprah's website. She was the notorious sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She headlines at conferences ranging from ETech, LeWeb and SXSW: Interactive, to Google Tech Talks at Google, Inc. The London Times named Blue one of the 40 bloggers who really count (2010). Violet Blue is in no way associated with the unauthorized use of her name (or likeness) and registered trademark in pornographic films.
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9 Responses to Contest: make a video for Our Porn, Ourselves

  1. Molly Adler says:

    As a feminist who loves porn, sells porn and celebrates it at Pornotopia Film Festival annually, I am grateful for this project.

    Thank you for coming out as a porn-loving feminist and encouraging others to do the same. Thank you for having a sense of humor while concurrently offering evidence countering unfounded anti-porn arguments. Thank you to all the hot feminist porn producers and directors.

  2. Can non-Americans participate?

  3. Shirley Marquez says:

    The statement “25% of all Internet use is porn” is not supported by the link you give; the statement you quote says that a quarter of all users accessed an adult site, not that a quarter of the total usage was adult. The site also says “adult sites accounted for about 6 percent of all U.S. Internet hits that month”.

    These are still substantial numbers, and show widespread interest in adult content. But it is important to interpret statistics accurately.

  4. violet says:

    Shirley, thank you for your comment. Here is the entire quote source, from NPR:

    “According to Nielsen net ratings, more than a quarter of Internet users accessed an adult Web site in January 2010. The Web research company Hitwise says adult sites accounted for about 6 percent of all U.S. Internet hits that month — putting the adult category in eighth place, with social networking sites in first.”

  5. Tobi says:

    Not to be overly picky, but fixing inaccuracies helps build the case and Shirley is right. What the NPR article is saying – 25% of internet users watch porn – is very different from “25% of the internet use is porn.” In fact, going by the page hits cited in the article it looks like 6% of internet use is porn. Frankly, I think the first actually makes a better case, as it’s clear that a large portion of people watch porn and that it’s not just that tiny minority watching so much of it to skew the usage data.

    As for your later calculations, they are based on the percentage of users, not percentage of use, so they are still completely valid.

  6. violet says:

    Tobi and Shirley — awesome. I made the edit to the video and it’s all set. Swapping out video files now, and the data is now stronger for it. Thank you!

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