It’s no secret that porn depends upon social stereotypes and cliches for much of its power.
It’s not that we actually believe that our hot secretary, smoldering boss, sexy babysitter, studly frat boy friend, or neighborhood Officer Friendly secretly yearns to take us or give themselves over entirely to our deepest, most secret, sexual desires.
It’s not that we honestly think women are shipped directly from the manufacturing plant with 38 DDD boobs and eternally patient cum-hungry tongues or that men are unloaded from their space ships sporting long-lasting 9-inch erections and a polite interest in cunnilingus — but, like it or not, those are all cliches that we’re familiar with.
Porn is, after all, fantasy.
When it comes to the technology supporting the fantasy, though, I admit that I like it to be based on science.
Science is what gets the bits from there to here. Science is what makes sure I can see very pore regardless of how invisible its wearer wishes it were. Science is what allows me to assure a webmaster that since I have a VISA card, I must be an adult. Science is what protects my computer from ugly bugs, zombies, and other nasty things that go bump through my hard drive.
Science is also what has repeatedly proven the internet stereotype of porn sites being packed with computer-borne diseases to be FALSE.
Yeah, sure, there are plenty of low-level porn sites or sites pretending to be porn sites that should only be visited while wearing a full computer-system/body condom, but you’ve probably got a better chance of getting crabs from that cutie you picked up outside of the bowling alley last week during half-price night than of needing to reformat your hard drive after visiting your favorite cat-juggling midget bondage site.
But that doesn’t mean that our close personal friends at ICM Registry and .XXX aren’t planning to fan the flames of anti-porn prejudice in order to line their pockets, feather their nests, and convince both porn lovers and porn producers that the only way to avoid a cache full of cyber-syphilis is to visit their sites, which theoretically practice safer coding than domains that cost 10 times less to register.
What super power will ICM Registry and its .XXX sites manifest in order to keep its sheep as white as snow? Why, a free McAfee SECURE anti-spyware subscription, of course! That’s a $360 savings, according to The Register. Heck, that makes the first year of one .XXX website registration more than break even, no matter how much the domain fleecing costs. (I’m reading $75 – $130 registration prices bandied about these days, with a mere $60 of that going to ICM.)
Bundling online security software into a purchase isn’t unusual these days, with many ISPs and broadband providers doing so. McAfee is certainly a brand name people will recognize, but regardless of what the company website has to say about the product, nobody who doesn’t work for the McAfee seems to be impressed by its ability to deal with spyware. As an anti-virus software producer, it’s got plenty of fans, but review after review reports that McAffee is barely competent when it comes to keeping malware out of our precious anal high-wire ballerina photo collections.
I don’t want to seem ungrateful to Uncle ICM for spending $8 million on a daily sweep of the .XXX neighborhood looking for bandits, but I’d be more impressed if it wasn’t a rent-a-cop doing the snooping, especially if I have to install McAfee’s SiteAdvisor plug-in and/or a “trust mark” to fully benefit from the massive uptick in conversions that the company insists will be mine.
Out of curiosity, if malware does somehow manage to get onto a site, who’s responsible? McAfee? ICM Registry? The dirty porno schmuck who paid $130 for a spot in the gated .XXX red-light community that’s supposed to come with a trustworthy security guard?
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Many users harbor misconceptions when it comes to Internet-related security and effective measures that can prevent security breaches. This was the picture gleaned by a new study commissioned by G Data Software, which surveyed 15,559 Internet users with their own PC and Internet access. Participants were be Read the rest of this entry »