Feeds

Erotica 09: Bit limp, but crowds still up for it

I'll have what she's having

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

About the only truly new product to grace the stands was the "sqweel", a rotating variable speed wheel with multiple pink tongues attached. According to its inventor, Trevor Murphy, "most ladies like it on medium speed".

sqweel tongues at trade show

In a TMI-tastic admission he may yet come to regret, he added: "My girlfriend turns it up to top speed for the last 30 seconds, and then goes off like a rocket".

Other obvious trends were the presence of fewer publishers, and fewer purveyors of DVD erotica or dedicated sex channels for home viewing. It is not clear whether this is the effect of the recession – or the internet.

On the other hand, women’s porn director Anna Span was there and in clearly triumphant mood. She told The Register that since her victory over the British Board of Film Censorship in the issue of female ejaculation "the floodgates had opened". Perhaps, in the circumstances, this was not the most delicate of metaphors.

Erotica is not finished, not by a long chalk, but it is beginning to look a little worn. While that may in part be due to recession, it may also reflect the evolution of the marketplace for sexualities. Special interest groups – from LGBT to BDSM – are all increasingly running their own events.

These are more amateur in the true sense of the word than Erotica, but because they come from within the community concerned, such events have a heart and soul – a sense of fun – that seems now to be lacking at Erotica.

As hopes of an economic upturn in the next year grow, now could be a very good time for the organisers of Erotica to re-evaluate and take stock – with revamp and relaunch to follow next autumn. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted as site supremo coughs up
Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so
Website letting consumers claim $10 cash back crashes after stampede
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors
'It's ecological' says spokesman, now how would you like your Bambi done?
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.