"Economists are citing some dire
portents of a recession these days, but they’ve missed one indicator I find
especially disturbing: The porn business has suddenly gone flaccid.
The drop in porn rentals and sales is worrisome on several fronts: Till now,
porn has been a recession-proof business. Further, with the country already in a
dispirited mood, the fact that porn has gone limp may indicate a true plunge in
DVD porn is down between 10% and 30%, depending on which nook and cranny of
the business you scrutinize. Joy King, executive vice president of Wicked
Pictures, and a smart analyst of the business, says the smallest dropoff is in
"couples-friendly porn" — films that embrace something of a storyline. Women
account for roughly half of this audience, making their purchases in lingerie
boutiques and toy stores (no, not kiddie toys)."
I suspect that the various free porn sites (You Porn, Tiava, etc.) are competing with for pay triple X DVD entertainment sales.
Hard times ahead as porn goes soft?
Apatow, Segel look below the belt for laughs
Variety, Fri., Apr. 18, 2008, 3:15pm PT