NEWS: Hard times for porn industry

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Ron Jeremy, legendary porn film star.

Pun intended.
The credit crunch is affecting everyone – including the porn industry.Adult magazine and video publisher Larry Flynt  and
Girls Gone Wild founder Joseph Francis have asked the US government for a $5 billion bailout, reports TMZ.

According to the gentlemen, XXX DVD sales are down 22% in comparison to last year. 

Flynt produces pornographic content, most notably Hustler magazine.

Francis boldy compared the porn industry to the automobile industry and said, “Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation’s most important businesses; we feel we deserve the same consideration.”

“With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind,” Flynt says in the TMZ story.

Is sex really the farthest thing from our minds during this time of recession?

On the contrary, Daily News newspaper in New York reported that sex therapists have  noticed a relationship between the credit crunch and bad behavior from patients in the finance industry.   

“A lot of Wall Streeters use sex as a way to cope with stress. Bankers do tend to rely on pretty unhealthy ways of coping with stress – drugs, sex” said Manhattan-based Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert.

The article went on to say that many men in the finance industry consider going to an Asian massage parlor, where they may receive oral sex or masturbated, during their lunch hour as a “normal” practice.

Stress leads to “maladaptive coping mechanisms,” stated New Jersey-based sex addiction specialist Jodi Conway.

The UK’s Telegraph reported that as many industries are reporting loses, the sales of sex toys, pregnancy tests, maternity clothes and baby equipment is soaring.

According to the article, sextoys.co.uk reported a 27% increase in sales.

And check out this forum where people share how masturbating helps them to relieve their stress.

Just don’t do it in public, or you may get arrested, as Hong Kong TV reporter Chiu Yu-kit was for publically masturbating on a bus last July.

“I just wanted to relieve stress,” the reporter said according to Australian News Reports.

I think it’s safe to say people definitely have sex on the mind. Why they’re not buying XXX-rated DVDs must be due to a combination of other factors, like illegal downloads and digital technology allowing people to make their own films -as well the credit crunch.  Mr. Flint and Mr. Francis need to get more creative if they are expected to survive during these tough times.

– JD

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