Curated Smut: Is Trenchcoatx the Future?

http://trenchcoatx.com/

http://trenchcoatx.com/

Alright, I’m sure I immediately captured the attenion of exacly 50% of readers the moment you reached the eighth word of the title and saw the image above. When we think of smut, I imagine we have an awful tendency to land on a feeling of shame or something of which we should be ashamed. Consider that porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined according to The Huffington Post; that is a pretty mindblowing concept. Feel free to think about the sheer volume of downloads and views that are spread out between those three giants, and then realize how prevalent viewing pornography really is.

So What?

I have no intention of talking about the politics and morality of pornography, even though this country desperately needs to have an honest conversation about sex work in general with not only those who make the front pages, but as well as articulate advocates like writer and actress Stoya, a familiar face in the adult film industry and co-creator of the recently-launched Trenchcoatx. When you think of surfing the internet on your mobile device or laptop with the shades drawn, you might be like a large portion of porn connoisseurs who land on large category-driven sites that pull clips and videos from production websites, or depend on uploads from a population of users who have mined videos from subscirptions or torrents.

Sound about right?

The problem is that a large part of the users lament a lack of variability or originality in what they are viewing. This should not come as a surprise since you get what you pay for. You want free adult videos, then you are stuck with whatever videos have been uploaded or mined from other sites, which breeds homogeneity. If you think the first page of an aggregate porn site is boring, then all I can offer is a very heartfelt duh.

Trenchcoatx

If you cruise on over to their website, you notice immediately that the feel of the site leans more toward a French arthouse than a typical ad-laden adult production studio. If you want to know exactly what they are trying to accomplish on Trenchcoatx, here it is in their own words:

“We believe in high quality product, fair prices for the consumer, and fair pay for the people who work for us. Right now we’re still figuring out how these values fit into today’s adult entertainment industry. So please take a look around, let your libido rise to the occasion, and join us on an explicit adventure.”

While it is stil building toward something, it is pretty clear that they are working toward the kind of content that wishes to be a step apart from what is currently blanketing the internet. Co-owner Stoya wants viewers to know that part of their goal is to help highlight the range of wonderful videos that are already being made; and what they currently carry, while more diverse than the first page of p-hub, is only a small sliver of what’s out there.

The question remains: what will the future of online pornography look like? One can only hope it errs on the side of a more thoughtful and artistic approach like Trenchcoatx enedavors to provide, and not on more of the same that seems to elicit the strangest of contradictions: horniness and boredom.


What do you think the future of the adult film industry will look like? Is a more artistic and user-driven approach what people want?


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