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Day 34: The Future of Porn

July 30th · 1 Comment

I met my friend Jen, who is visiting from Amsterdam, at Gizzi’s Coffee in Greenwich Village today to catch up on new projects, and in Jen’s case that means erotic film.

“Is this a gay coffee bar, or is it just a gay-friendly coffee bar?” asked Jen as she settled in, pointing at the tri-corner rainbow flag in the window, and that was a good question – come to think of it, the barista’s shirt fit like a sausage and his hair was glossy as a cat’s – but I had my attention on other things.

Jen, I said, tell me: Are sex films about to bust into the mainstream?

I told her about the billboard I’d seen towering five stories over 7th Avenue, hawking a new movie by porn superstar Jenna Jameson. To see a hussy like her featured so prominently in Times Square, America’s #1 corporate theme park, seemed fraught with meaning.

I had Googled Jameson and found this interview of her on The View. She was so articulate and winning that I realized she might be the Madonna of sex cinema: publicity-hungry and media-savvy enough to change the way the game is played. Could Jenna Jameson make the jump to mainstream film, and along the way bring porn into the everyday, like Mary Quant did with the miniskirt?

Jen, who makes her own brand of sexy films, had no particular opinion of Jenna Jameson but little doubt about the trend. “That’s kind of old news,” Jen said, giving me a sympathetic look. “Everyone in the porn community has seen this coming forever.”

I was surprised, and I was not alone. Two or three people sat alone at nearby tables at 3:00 in the afternoon, staring at their laptops but hanging on our every word.

Talk about sex, of course, and everyone pays attention, which is exactly why Jameson (and Jen) might prevail.

Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes

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  • 1 Meredith Medland // Aug 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Now, the question will be — while people are paying attention to sex — what are they not paying attention too? Peak Oil? Finances? Quality of their food? Ahhh…a great entry Mr. Ferris. — I’m looking forward to the “A Year in New York” — green blog entry so I can post you over at http://www.livinggreenshow.com. Keep up the great work.

    Love the Blog!

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