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A Requested Clarification

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Really quickly I’d like to tell you, Constant Reader, that Playboy doesn’t produce hardcore porn. Their subsidiaries, which the company completely owns in their entirety, produce all of the hardcore titles.

Yes, I find this as silly as you do, but a clarification request was made. Playboy wants to keep the bunny image as softcore. God knows they’d possibly lose some of their fan base if people knew that > Playboy is a > PORN company.

For those who you who wonder what the difference is between hardcore porn and softcore porn let me try to explain. I say TRY, because the lines are apparently a few shades of grey. I was a producer in the business for a long time, yet after the conversation I had today I am a bit confused myself.

Two people having sex with graphic depictions, zooming in on insertion or on one person stimulating the other? Hardcore.

Two people appearing to have sex but no insertion being shown? Softcore, I guess. I say “I guess” because today I’ve been informed that Playboy doesn’t produce “hardcore” porn. And since I’ve seen videos for sale in the Playboy store that depict interaction between two people, videos that have the Bunny stamped on them, yet don’t zoom in on the “business area” while the couple is having sex… well, after today’s conversation I now know that must be softcore porn.

See, I have always been under the assumption that softcore porn involved a model alone, and hardcore involved that model with another person, male or female. Silly me. I apologize for my ignorance.

That hardcore lesbian content I referenced in other posts that we were asked to shoot? That was to be released under the name of one of the companies that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises, Inc, but wouldn’t have the Bunny stamped on the cover of the DVDs. Even though the performance of said company affects the stock price of Playboy Enterprises, Inc and even though one can look said company up on Yahoo and find public record that Playboy owns 100% of said company… well, all that matters is that you readers must be made aware that PLAYBOY doesn’t produce HARDCORE content.

SOOOOO… I’ve now told ya. You’ve been informed.

Confused? Me too.

8 thoughts on “A Requested Clarification

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  3. i know christians take a huge hit on hypocrisy. 1) well, because there is a lot of hypocrisy out there and 2) because people want an excuse to not take the person of Jesus Christ serious. but i’ve never believed that hypocrisy is limited to just a sect or religion. this shows how deep hypocrisy runs in our culture and our species. yes? no?

  4. i know christians take a huge hit on hypocrisy. 1) well, because there is a lot of hypocrisy out there and 2) because people want an excuse to not take the person of Jesus Christ serious. but i’ve never believed that hypocrisy is limited to just a sect or religion. this shows how deep hypocrisy runs in our culture and our species. yes? no?

  5. I’m glad you cleared that up. I hope your clarification appeases the /expletive deleted/ in legal who have nothing better to do than split hairs and justify thier jobs.

  6. I’m glad you cleared that up. I hope your clarification appeases the /expletive deleted/ in legal who have nothing better to do than split hairs and justify thier jobs.

  7. Hard- and Soft-core are very fuzzy definitions. I prefer a modified Meese scale (0-4; the lower the number, the harder the core):Class 4 — simple frontal nudity; genitalia may or may not be visible, but not in action. Spectrum from and to artistic nudity, depending on intention and reaction of viewer.Class 3 — basic hetero-sex; meat in motion, but nothing else. Spectrum from “erotica”, depending on other contents.Class 2 — “degrading” or “unnatural” acts; this ends up the most debated, i.e. what constitutes unnatural or degrading? Usual fight is over whether simple homo-sex is Class 2 or 3.Class 1 — “violently degrading or unnatural”; usually refers to heavy-duty kink.Class 0 — “Beyond the Pale” or “Beyond Class 1”; usual examples are kiddie & snuff porn.

  8. Hard- and Soft-core are very fuzzy definitions. I prefer a modified Meese scale (0-4; the lower the number, the harder the core):

    Class 4 — simple frontal nudity; genitalia may or may not be visible, but not in action. Spectrum from and to artistic nudity, depending on intention and reaction of viewer.

    Class 3 — basic hetero-sex; meat in motion, but nothing else. Spectrum from “erotica”, depending on other contents.

    Class 2 — “degrading” or “unnatural” acts; this ends up the most debated, i.e. what constitutes unnatural or degrading? Usual fight is over whether simple homo-sex is Class 2 or 3.

    Class 1 — “violently degrading or unnatural”; usually refers to heavy-duty kink.

    Class 0 — “Beyond the Pale” or “Beyond Class 1”; usual examples are kiddie & snuff porn.

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