Porn By The Numbers
Porn By The Numbers
by Elaine Costellano
A Petition to the XRCO, or a Narcisissitic Bark?
A Petition to the XRCO or Narcissistic Bark?
This is the question I raise in a recent petition/proposal that has been circulating around adult social media circles and a news outlet or two.
First, a brief description of a Narcissistic Bark:
- Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
- Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
- Requires excessive admiration.
- Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
- Is inter-personally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
- Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
- Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
- Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
A strong and usually public expression of protest, indignation or the like.
Venus Lux proposal seeks to address the lack of quality, ethics, and inclusion within the XRCO awards process. As well, the addition of new genre (Gay,TS & BBW)that represents 25% of all adult industry revenue.
*BBW - Big Beautiful Woman
*TS - Transexual
I was initially perplexed by this proposal. These are a few of the questions that came to mind.
1. Who is Venus Lux?
2. Are there any producers/studios or companies of this genre that are in favor of this petition and it's proposals?
3. How does this petition address quality?
4. Are the folks at XRCO unethical?
5. I had no idea that TS & BBW content generated 25% of the adult industries total revenue, does it?
6. Does this have anything to do with the petition/proposal to include mainstream (straight) content and performers in the current Transsexual Erotic Awards? (The TEA Awards)
7. Is this about gay content inclusion or equality? Is the XRCO against gay content?
So, off to conduct some homework, on XRCO, TS & BBW genre content, and sales.
Q1. Venus Lux is a transsexual performer in adult content movies. Nominated by AVN, XBIX, Tranny Awards, and Nightmoves 23 times, winning 9 awards across all 4 awards shows.
Q2.This was a difficult question, and at the same time the easiest to find an answer. Let's just break it down a bit. Awards exist because of its Sponsors (they pay the bills). Production companies and studios (content services) are the Sponsors. If a studio/production company wants these new genre added, they become a Sponsor, and show their intent by payment (in dollars). So the answer is: Not one of the major studios/companies who produce this content want the changes proposed in this petition.
Q3. I can find zero in this petition that addresses or upgrades the quality of the awards. Quality upgrade? Maybe I'm confused here.
Q4. Ethics, is a system of moral principles.
This petition is asking that additional genre specific categories be added, which has zip to do with a system of moral principles.
Q5. It doesn't. The only sales comps I could find suggest that TS sales are about 8% of total adult sales (mid 2015) in the U.S. I could not find enough data to support what the percentage is for BBW.
Q6. The Transgender Erotica Awards just concluded it's 2016 acknowledgements. I searched fairly extensively and it appears there are no planned changes or additions to the upcoming awards that I could find. As well, I haven't heard back from The TEA Awards on the subject of the inclusion of mainstream performers and content in their awards program.
Q7. In fairness, the petition does list gay, TS, and BBW as the proposed additions. Though as is evident in the supporter comments, this is not about gay content inclusion, it's about TS & BBW.
Q8. No, I don't think so. The XRCO has already awarded Gay content for 6 years, from 1984-1989. This indicates that they do not operate with the intent to exclude, but do adapt to changes in overall demand.
Well, I am no longer perplexed. I cannot find any equality, ethical, or exclusion issues going on with the XRCO.
The numbers simply don't add up in this petition, nor do the stated "improvements" that it cites. This petition is clearly more about a personal agenda than any of the proposed goals listed.
In some ways, this proposal is like the crowdfunding campaigns I recently talked about. It prays on the persons feelings via the emotional/dramatic pitch approach, and in the end, nothing is like it seems.
The approach can be effective. Let's face it, It's just plain easier to go along with, plus you have the added effect of feeling that your helping an " underdog" or "excluded" performer get recognized.
It occurs to me that it is likely that very, very few of the 46 active members of the XRCO even review TS and BBW content. This of course would further the special interest of very few, but in no way widen the scope or recognition of these awards.
This piece is not about the XRCO, but let me talk about one area here. The XRCO does not make money throughout the year and then even more at awards time. In fact, in my homework, I show that it barely breaks even after financing the annual awards and show each year. There are accounts that they have even fallen short on occasion, and that it's co-chairmen have come out of pocket to cover costs related to the show. They are not hording away cash or using some special power to control what categories and genre are in demand.
In conclusion,what I'm trying to say is, I get it, there is a little story to be pitched in any petition, but ,when reading a petition that asks for help, cooperation, or change, it is completely unnecessary to include accusations, insults, and empty promises.
As a follower/reader when I see something like that, I am soured before I even get to what it is the petition is actually about. I haven't a clue whether what has been proposed is a good idea or bad, I just know as presented, it has zero traction. (credibility) Again, I believe that a lot fans do have basic logic and common sense, and as such can distinguish meaningful from fluff.
So yeah, definitely not a sincere petition, but a soap-box style bark or outcry,
Managing Editor’s Note:
Howdy! Don Houston here, the managing Editor of XCritic, XRCO voter, and prolific reviewer of adult material. Elaine asked me to throw in my two cents here, sight unseen, as various sources on both sides of the petition had quoted me in one way or another. My personal take on the ideas behind the petition can be summed up easily given Xcritic.com has long embraced supporting a wide variety of sexual genres, our coverage of the transgender and BBW (“Big Beautiful Women”) genres exceeding that of any major media source in porn, courtesy of star writer’s Rob Perez and Apache Warrior, others contributing on a smaller scale.
In short, I’m all for sensible inclusion of all three genres mentioned in the petition, TS, BBW and Gay, but only when there are enough voters in the organization able to credibly vote in them. Currently, if you look for the best in BBW porn, your choices for credible reviews are extremely limited, Rob covering the topic better than any other listed critic on the world renowned IAFD.com, the premiere location for reviews of all sorts. Conversely, if you want insight into the latest transsexual titles, coverage falls off the map after you look past Apache, none of the other XRCO voters showing a scintilla of the coverage my teammate has provided in recent times, his coverage of Gay titles among the very best as well.
The point I’m making is that out of over 40 XRCO voters, almost none have shown the desire to review the material as it comes out, demands to tack new categories onto this year’s ballot not only unreasonable given the process started in January and is almost finished, but even moving forward would not make sense for some time until a cadre of credible reviewers could be brought in. Any voting by current members at this time would result in votes unrelated to the quality of performances or the movies but by who advertises on which websites, who represents a particular performer, or friendships; all in direct opposition to the ideals of the organization. XCritic continues to reach out to writers interested in covering such genres but at this writing, such inclusions would not make sense; better to defer to specialty award shows like the TEA or the Biggies that are dedicated to their specialty niches than expect those lacking in expertise to make the call now.
And lastly, it has been pointed out how female performers from any specialty niche can be nominated for all the requisite categories that already exist in XRCO, just as a TS movie could be nominated for qualifying categories too, I join Elaine in asking where all the petition supporters have been in nominating qualified candidates? To the best of my knowledge, genre production companies don’t send XRCO voters titles to consider throughout the year in the first place, perhaps the petitioners can focus their efforts recruiting qualified reviewers willing to write a few hundred credible reviews each year and find companies willing to support voters in such an endeavor first. Everything else is putting the cart before the horse.
Best Wishes, Don Houston, Managing Editor