Porn St☆r

The phrase “porn star” has popped up in the media a lot recently for celebrity scandal reasons too ephemeral to bother mentioning, but I wanted to pass along an observation my wife made about it.  Forty years ago there were only a handful of widely-distributed pornographic movies, so appearing in one could make you famous.  People knew the name Marylin Chambers because of her work in Behind the Green Door.  She was a porn star in the same way that Marylin Monroe was a movie star.  But in the intervening decades shifts in sexual mores, videotape technology, and the rise of internet billing have all conspired to shatter this analogy.  No one gets famous for doing porn anymore because the market is glutted.  We might as well talk about data-entry stars or lawn-mowing stars.  Being sexy still helps you to become famous, but you won’t become famous just for having sex. “Porn star” sounds racy, but it’s actually kinda quaint.

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