Working a Wank-Fest

Ambition, airbrushing, and water-powered sex toys at porn convention

8. Predict five AVN Award winners correctly. I managed to guess nine, including Stuntgirl for Best All-Sex Release (a strange category) and Sodomania for Best Vignette Series (it beat Goo Girls!). But the five for Jenna Jameson, her husband, and her movies were probably no-brainers.

9. Observe any changes to the Expo from previous years. While many would argue that the event is more redundant than innovative, I did notice some significant trends. More than 13,000 industry members and upwards of 17,000 fans composed a group that was more gender- and race-diverse than ever. On the studio side, things also seem a lot less like a white-man clusterfuck. The number of performers of color has increased, and there's a noticeable explosion of African American porn titles, thanks in part to the successful merger of rap music and porn (a natural pairing—rap music videos already seem pornographic). Hopefully, this signals an evolution of the representation of ethnicity in adult, one of its most problematic elements.

10. Get a guy to shave his balls while I interview him. I thought this would make a clever and potentially sexy intro to a profile of a male performer, producer, or director, and although I interviewed several, I didn't find the perfect candidate for this stunt. Well, eight out of 10 ain't bad, and there's always next year.


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