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X-Rated Facts: Everything You Need To Know About Porn Films

Published by cheree
Published on 29 April 2008

Adult, porn, blue, X-rated...call it what you want. Everyone has their own term for porn, but have you ever considered how it actually became and how people watched it before the internet age? Or how about why it always seems to be the centre of controversy? Ladies, we've thought about it all. Here's everything you need to know about porn films...

Did you know the word 'sex' and 'porn' are the most researched terms on the web? It's not that surprising really.

Porn makes it more acceptable for people to express their sexual natures. But everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to the porn industry so lets face it, although it can be hot and steamy not all of us think porn is such a great thing. But why does watching porn have to be such a taboo nowadays?

If you're totally uncomfortable with this type of genre or are generally not sure how to go about it, find out what porn films actually are, what they represent, who they're for and the ups and downs of watching them. Here's what you need to know about porn films. ​

What's porn?

A porn film is a production presenting various explicit unstimulated sexual acts in all different kinds of forms.

The aim is for the actors to turn on their viewers, so whether you're watching it to heat things up between you and partner or just fancy a bit of visual pleasure, porn films can turn you on and help in all sorts of different ways. Watching porn alone or together with a partner will help you explore different sexual experiences. Why not get together with your man and copy the hot positions you watch?

​Or why not tell your man, 'I think I can do better than her' and pleasure him. The confidence and the unfamiliar experience is guaranteed to blow his mind.

Like all films, there's always something for everyone in porn. There's tons of variety so whether you're into lesbian, amateur, gay or role plays there is definitely something out there for you and your tastes.

couple spooning © We Heart It/ @chadwickgirl

Why 'X'?

Although adult films are more often referred to as 'pornographic films' (from the Greek word 'porn', meaning prostitute, and 'graph', meaning written) or simply, 'porn', they've been called A LOT of different names.

​For many years and up until the 70’s they were described as ‘blue movies,’ a reference to, among other things, the colour of the lamps placed at the entrance to striptease bars. Then came the letter 'X', and nope, it's not a reference to the last letter in the word sex. In fact, it represents the cross that appeared on posters advertising these movies. Today the 'X' is replaced by the 18+ rating.

Sexhistory

Porn films are not recent, in fact they are much older than you think. And we're talking as old as cinema itself! (Yeah that old.)

​Since the invention of cinema by the Lumiere brothers at the end of the 19th century, a few censored versions were circulated under wraps. Later, a few private salons and underground places projected these adult movies in secret. In the 70’s, the period of sexual and moral liberation, X rated films were invited into cinemas under the condition that they were forbidden to minors.

But 10 years later, the number of cinemas that showed them decreased, the reels were exploited in specialised cinemas and more were confidential. But with the advent of paid TV, cable channels, video, DVD and the Internet, this type of cinema ended up disappearing completely from the cinema screens in the 90s.

The broadcasting and production of porn underwent a revolution. It's probably a lot less awkward now to watch a porno than having to buy an Orange Wednesday ticket for the latest porn release, right? We've got technology to thank for that! Now porn films are formatted for new media and can be watched in the comfort of your own home on your laptop or if you prefer to buy, the TV.

couple in bath © We Heart It/ @mishi_xx

Porn isn't for everyone...

It's long been thought that porn degraded the image of women and that female desire and pleasure was not taken into account in porn films.

And in the face of this criticism, a manifesto was created in 1997 and signed by a few film makers of adult films. The Puzzy Power manifesto imposes certain rules; a credible scenario, respect for the woman’s desires, no violence, facial ejaculation or forced oral sex. Today there are even porn films specially created for women. Hurrah. About time too.

Beneficial or detrimental?

A number of associations have condemned the danger of adult films by highlighting the violence of certain scenes, the eventual consequences on the development of young adults (that have easy access to these images), the risk of addiction and the lack of condom use during sex.

While this may all well be true and can lead to some serious addiction and perhaps a lack of responsibility when it comes to sex, it's important to note that X-rated films are specifically targeted for adults over the age of 18 and there are in fact some social upsides.

Several studies have shown that watching porn did not distort affect men's views of women make them think any less of them. In fact, watching porn with your partner can actually be quite beneficial. ​​Watching something that you both like can open up communication between your partner and make for even hotter, greater sex.

When to watch and how?

The watershed on standard television in the UK starts at 9:00pm, and finishes at 5:30am the next morning. On premium film or pay-per-view services requiring a subscription, the watershed starts at 8:00pm.

​However, you can watch your film of choice on PIN protected channels (such as Sky Movies) at any time of the day. All you have to do is enter your PIN to view it. The transition from soft to adult material should be gradual, and 18 + material is strictly NOT allowed to be shown before 10:00pm.

The Internet is now the first point of access to porn. It offers a huge selection of films, from classics to amateur films as well as pirated videos of celebrity sex tapes (you know who we're talking about). So whether it's your first time exploring adult movies or you're all for watching a bit of porn when the urge strikes, get on your laptop and Google what interests you the most. It's that simple. There's bound to be something you like!

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