(Sexy!) The Thrilling, Devastating World of Sex Tapes

The internet plays host to 100,000's (if not millions) of sextapes. Everything from leaked celebrity clips to amateur couples videos can be found on every major tube site. So what is it about sextapes that make them so popular amongst viewers and so thrilling for their creators? 

 Photo composition: Burn the Night.

Photo composition: Burn the Night.

Ever since the inception of time, human beings have always made efforts to bring changes into their lives regardless of whether it’s for the greater good or not. (Donald Trump, ehh?). Whilst we can be stubborn in several areas, in others, we just love to change things up. In a way, we thrive on that; as over time, the need for ‘change’ gave rise to the evolution of Science and with that, the counter arguments also started flowing in. As technology evolved, our way of approaching subjects also changed. As Burn The Night frequently examines the latest evolution of modern-day dating and relationships, I too would also like to highlight how much it has changed from how it was approached earlier. 

Our ancestors left an abundance of knowledge for us in the book ‘Kamasutra’ which teaches us everything from forming soul connections and tantric practises to foreplay and sexual intercourse. Historians claim that the book was written between 300-400 BC. The book shares an immense knowledge of numerous sex positions and provides the perfect sex education that we are all in need of. So you could say, the book is like a compressed porn collection that we have saved on our cloud storage. 

However, as technology has become more advanced, and our patience for reading a manuscript has declined, we switched to something more visually stimulating and entertaining, like watching porn. We swamped books for magazines and magazines for videos, then a couple of decades later, internet porn was born and the market soon boomed with so much content that we made specified categories for it. One of the most interesting categories that continues to increase in popularity among internet users is the ‘homemade clip’. Yes, we did recently write a piece on Public Sex, but this topic is quite different from the former. Unlike public sex clips, homemade clips are a lot more complicated. 

If something is climbing the popularity charts on the Internet, the most important aspect of it's rise is the old age concept of ‘Demand & Supply’. The very reason why porn websites are now being flooded with homemade clips is because there is actually a big demand for this type of content. Before we crack the egg, we need to know WHY there is a demand for this content in the first place. After browsing through a couple of forums and reading many different interviews, I have compiled some of the main reasons for this. Care to know what they are? Read further to find out.

Marge and Homer Simpson Sextape
  • Many couples find it interesting to record themselves while engaging in such acts. They discover a thrill in doing so and while watching it later on. Many psychologists explain this behaviour with different reasoning. Some believe that the idea is to see them having sex from a different angle. Maybe because they find POV boring?
  • Other people believe that the reason why couples engage in such acts is to later compare their own performances with that of professional porn artists. If they execute the scene well or receive a good response, they feel more confident about themselves. Yeah, is that a criterion or a benchmark?
  • There were also many discussions where many couples confessed that the fact that someone else would be watching their video once it goes live on the internet is the very reason why they made it in the first place. The idea of someone else or possibly thousands of people watching you having sex is what excites them the most - and then there's me, still getting stage fright when it comes to reciting a poem.

There also other reasons that aren’t that exciting, in fact, they are somewhat disturbing. After doing a bit of research, I found that not every homemade sex clip is uploaded with the consent of the couple or either one of them. There is, as with most things, a darker side to this subject. Let me explain them in points, again. 

  • These clips are usually shot using smartphones, and having said that ‘privacy is a myth on the Internet’, the possibility of having your smartphone hacked does indeed raise doubts when it comes to the use of the word ‘SMART’ in smartphone. 
  • Aside from blaming hackers, it was also found that many of the leaked homemade clips were actually released by one of the partners. SHOCKING. Yes, but Revenge Porn does exist and it is destroying many lives. 
  • Usually in these instances, the individual leaks or threatens to leak such videos with an attempt to blackmail his or her victim, who was a former partner and / or someone they deemed to have been the love of their lives. This type of blackmail often pertains to financial extortion or in the worse case scenario, ongoing sexual assault against the victim. 

There is yet another reason why we see so many homemade sex clips on the Internet these days. It is also fractionally due to the emergence of high-tech hidden cameras. Yes, such things actually exist and can be purchased online (it's not just at MI6 Headquarters or reserved for pro spies, it's far more accessible than you think.) Sadly, there have been instances where hotel staff and guests actually set-up hidden cameras in different positions and record themselves engaging in sexual acts without getting consent and talking about it with their own partners. 

Now that I have mentioned the main reasons, and still entertaining the slight possibility that you may want to record yourself having sex even after reading the above information, I would like to take this opportunity to guide you on how not to screw things up for yourself. Again, this has to go in points. It's just easier okay! 

  • If your video is still on your smartphone, try to rename it to something boring and change the extension to something like ‘.exe’ so that when the hacker tries to download all the media, your video doesn’t show up since it’s now an application and not a media file.
  • You can also transfer your video onto an external hard drive like a password protected CD or pen-drive.
  • Apart from taking measures to prevent hackers from stealing such content, choose your partner wisely. Engage in such activity only if you trust him / her. Although, it’s a completely different thing if you want this to actually happen. I do believe that someone should challenge the ‘Kardashians’.
Oprah questions Kim Kardashian about sextape

It is always fun and exciting to try out new things, especially when it comes to sex. However, in the midst of doing so, we need to test the waves before we dive in to surf on the ocean. Taking decisions like uploading your homemade sex clip while you are still on a high from the increase in your testosterone / oestrogen levels isn’t the wisest thing to do and I wouldn't suggest it. Plus, since there are AT LEAST two individuals involved (solo videos aside), the decision to upload such content should be made by gaining consent and considering the opinions of all those involved, unlike how the Supreme Leader of North Korea keeps blowing up test nukes every now and then without warning anyone about it. Just don’t be like that guy!!

 

Written by Devashish Bhuyan for Burn the Night

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