Saturday, February 21, 2009

Markets for adult entertainments

Two recent articles have caught my attention, one concerning the market for pornography, the other for sex toys. In both cases, transactions that were once widely regarded as repugnant seem to be becoming less so.

My colleague Ben Edelman has an article on the market for on-line porn in the (usually fairly staid) Journal of Economic Perspectives: Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?, Journal of Economic Perspectives—Volume 23, Number 1—Winter 2009—Pages 209–220

"Who buys online adult entertainment? From a top-10 seller of adult entertainment, I obtained a list of the zip codes associated with all credit card subscriptions for approximately two years, 2006–2008. While it is difficult to confirm rigorously that this seller is representative, the seller runs literally hundreds of sites offering a broad range of adult entertainment
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"Controlling for broadband access, states show remarkable similarity in their subscription quantities, as shown in Table 2. Dividing state subscription counts by the FCC’s Broadband Deployment quantities, the most-subscribing state is Utah (where 5.47 of every 1,000 broadband households subscribed to the service at issue), while the least-subscribing state is Montana (1.92 per 1000 broadband households)."
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"The fourth column reports that in regions where more people report regularly attending religious services (per National Election Studies 2004), overall subscription rates are not statistically significantly different from subscriptions elsewhere (p = 0.848). However, in such regions, a statistically significantly smaller proportion of subscriptions begin on Sundays, compared with other regions. In particular, a 1 percent increase in the proportion of people who report regularly attending religious services is associated with a 0.10 percent reduction in the proportion of purchases that occur on Sunday. This analysis suggests that, on the whole, those who attend religious services shift their consumption of adult entertainment to other days of the week, despite on average consuming the same amount of adult entertainment as others. (As an interesting comparison, Malhotra, 2008, finds that religious people are more charitable only on Sundays.)"


And in the (somewhat less staid) Times of London there is A guide to the new luxury sex toys, which reports on a burgeoning market in well designed, celebrity endorsed, expensive items.

"These companies have spotted a gap in the market for female-friendly, luxury sex toys and lingerie, and television shows such as Sex and the City, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Gossip Girl and Lipstick Jungle have empowered women to buy them. "

One proprietor they interview says “People will contact us for wedding gifts and buy our little platinum vibrator with diamonds ($3,250) for the bride, and seven of the little gold-plated vibrators ($325) for the bridesmaids.”

The article ends with helpful links to "designer-centric" establishments where the market can be explored: http://www.jimmyjane.com/ , http://www.myla.com/, http://www.sh-womenstore.com/, http://www.coco-de-mer.com/

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Some readers of this may decide I am a bit of a pervert after reading my article on adult toys but, they are legal and 1000’s of people do use them so why not share my experiences, this will be a fairy short article just to see what kind of reaction I get, if you shoot me down in flames, I guess I will fade off into the sunset and you will never hear from me again.

I have just turned 50 years of age and have used adult toys for the best part of 15 years and consider nothing wrong with them. My wife passed away some years ago; since then I have had other relationships with woman but found these experiences rather trying. I did the usual things that older men do when they want to meet the opposite sex, singles parties, introductions from friend’s wives, etc, etc… Unfortunately for me, most of the single “Older” woman that I met had some kind of a chip on there shoulder about being dumped by there husband or for some reason or other. Also unfortunate for me was the fact that everyone of these woman took it upon themselves to vent there frustrations about what happed to them onto me and at every opportunity that availed itself to them; men are this and men are that blah blah blah, you can guess the rest. One of the main reasons I wanted to have a woman as a partner again was the obvious point that I was not getting any (no prizes for guessing what I was not getting.) The final straw that broke the camels back, or in my case deadened my nether regions was the night I was having an intimate moment with a lady friend of mine, in her front room when shy blurted out the words, “Your not as big as my husband was” with a kind of a sarcastic tone! That’s it I thought, there must be a better way.

The first time I walked into an adult shop looking for a dirty book and at that time, I guess maybe something else (But what???) I felt so shy I thought the ground was going to open up! Needless to say, “I did walk out of that shop with not only a dirty magazine but a male aid, to be more accurate, “A masturbator” of rubber and some lube… Now keeping in mind, this was around 1955; the quality of the product wasn’t that bad however, over the years I have purchaced quite a few male sex toys and I have noticed a great improvement in the quality of these products for example, the high-tech silicon materials they manufacture toys with is a great improvement on the rubber materials they used to use! It was during 1995 when the sprout of sex dolls started. It was popularized also through the web. Lots of people are buying it privately to try new things and incorporate them with their traditional way of having sex. It was in Japan when it became very rampant. It was traditionally intended for handicapped men who cannot have sex with girls. As technology develops, even those who were not handicapped make use of it as well for sexual enhancement purposes.

No prizes for guessing that I purchaced one of the first dolls which was not a lot better than an inflatable swimming pool with a face! These days, I still use some sex toys and enjoy the feeling that I get from them…

I think that is safe to say that, “Many” men will be in the same position as I found myself in all those years ago, feeling very embarrassment and a ashamed when buying and using these products. The great thing these days is that it is all on line! I personally buy mine from an on-line shop: http://www.sexshop4adults.co.uk/ which ship out discreetly and fast, never had a problem! When I think back to how much trouble and embarrassment I used to throgh just to get my hands on a new toy, it almost makes me shiver. Anyway, the point is this, if you find yourself in a position of having to buy and use these products, don’t be ashamed, sex is the most natural thing in the world and at 50, it is sometimes very difficult if not near imposable to find a sexual partner.

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