Theories on Why Men Working Low-Wage Jobs Are the Most Familiar Trope in Porn

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We asked a sociologist, a porn actor, a director… and a pizza boy

by Andrew Fiouzi

It’s a tale as old as porn itself: Girl needs pool cleaned. Or lawn mowed. Or sink fixed. Or pizza delivered. Boy shows up to clean pool, mow lawn, fix sink or deliver pizza. But the manual labor quickly becomes that of another kind — namely, fucking. One of the most infamous examples is Big Sausage Pizza, a porn franchise that ran from 2003 to 2006 and that served as the subject of anEater article that examined the “history of porn’s most persistent narrative cliché” — that of the pizza delivery boy whose sausage pizza is almost entirely an extra-large euphemism.

We would argue, though, that the pizza delivery boy is just one of the many minimum-wage archetypes on which porn was built. Three other similarly clichéd gigs: the aforementioned gardener, plumber and pool boy. All of which got us thinking — why? What is it about menial labor and blue-collar work that gets porn all hot and bothered? For answers, we sought out porn performers Kayden Kross and Ryan Driller; porn director, editor and screenwriter Ivan, who also co-owns the PUBA Pornstar Network; and Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, a sociologist and author of Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society and Adult Entertainment. And for good measure, we asked a pizza delivery guy and handyman what he believes makes his professions so incredibly desirable.

Kayden Kross

Kayden Kross: “Porn deals with a lot of fantasy scenarios in which everyday interactions take unexpected sexual turns. For most of us, our everyday interactions with strangers often involve service people. And the service people you’re most likely to end up alone with are the ones who make house calls — hence, the pizza boy, the plumber and the gardener.

“The low-wage factor I think is about something else. Namely, pornographers have understood for a long time that a viewer wants to believe that the random guy unexpectedly hooking up with the beautiful woman could just as easily have been him. He often imagines himself in the actor’s place. For this reason, the character isn’t supposed to be a man who’s as unattainable as the woman. He doesn’t have to be particularly attractive, successful or witty. In the fantasy, the deal is sealed by virtue of the fact that the two of them are alone in the room, and she’s as wildly drawn to him as he is to her.

“Personally, I like scenarios that have more story to them or take a little more risk. The problem then isn’t so much creativity, but a lack of budget. We can’t afford to spend multiple days capturing all of the footage we’d need to tell an in-depth story leading up to a scene, and we don’t have the option of using public settings. Nor can we build large sets and pay a lot for extras to stand in the background. And even if we did do all of those things, most of our viewers would fast-forward straight to the sex anyway.”

Ivan: “It’s fantasy — in the vein of movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont Highand the delivery guy played by Judge Reinhold as well as Private Lessons from the early 1980s. In Private Lessons, the kid looks 14, and he’s taking a bath with an older woman, who was his housekeeper. Growing up that was my spank material. So as a director, you let your own childhood fantasies run wild. I don’t know if these fantasies are the same for younger audiences, but for people my age who grew up in the 1980s, they were definitely ours.

“Plus, they’re easy — you only need a pool cleaner, a pizza box and some creativity. Speaking of which, I did once do a series about handywomen called Big Butt Handywomen. It was reversed: Handywomen would show up to fix a guy’s TV or fix their plumbing.”

Chauntelle Tibbals: “Riley Reid, one of today’s biggest stars, recently did a scene where she’s the pizza delivery person leading into a gang bang. It’s called “Pizza That Ass.” It was released as a web exclusive on her site. (And, of course, it was immediately pirated everywhere else, too.) This scene shows the classic trope, but in a contemporary iteration — pizza lady, web-only scene, modern distribution, etc.

Riley Reid

“That said, I’m not sure I’d agree that the ‘pizza boy trope’ (or fill in random worker or anonymous solicitor visiting the home, not all of which are low wage) is the most popular scenario produced in porn. I would agree, though, that this idea is one of the most popular imaginations of adult content. It’s like the bow-chica-bow-wow of ‘porn funk’ music: It’s certainly been seen over time (or during specific eras) in porn production, but it’s not as prevalent as the general public’s ideas about porn think it is.”…

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https://melmagazine.com/theories-on-why-men-working-low-wage-jobs-are-the-most-familiar-trope-in-porn-7ae6d303effa

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Why You’re Addicted to Your Phone

Why You’re Addicted to Your Phone
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The nonstop novelty of cell phones distracts us from the true root of our suffering.

By Kurt Spellmeyer

About two years ago, I lost my phone. Waiting at Newark International Airport, I heard the cancellation of my Chicago flight, closed down by a blizzard. I took out my phone to call home, but then I learned about another plane, soon departing from a different terminal. Stampeding down the concourse with the crowd, I must have dropped my aging Samsung.

In the weeks that followed, I added “Buy a phone” to my list of undone tasks, but as each list replaced the former one, something held me back. Gradually, I understood: losing the phone felt liberating.

Living as I do in central New Jersey, I wouldn’t have the same sense of relief if my Toyota disappeared. And I’d surely miss my Kenmore washing machine, still running after 20 years. But cell phones differ from technologies like these—and in ways we might not appreciate.

Pinging, ringing, and vibrating all the time, phones can be annoying, but that’s not what sets them apart. Lying in my bed at the end of a day, I don’t feel so overwhelmed by anxiety that I can’t relax unless I run downstairs to do another load of dirty clothes. But anxiety, guilt, loss, loneliness—these emotions can arise when I’m unconnected to my phone, and I’m not the only one this happens to. The mystery is why.

Most of our machines have been designed to replicate or enhance our bodies’ functioning. A hammer is a prosthetic hand; bicycles are prosthetic legs. But cell phones, iPads, and PCs are prostheses for our minds.

People often talk about the mind as though it’s a computer when the relationship is just the reverse: computers imitate our mental processing. Our grandparents didn’t need Steve Jobs to watch the screens behind their eyes. They’d admire mental snapshots of their patios or replay movies in their heads, adding sound to the images.

Computers and their spinoffs are machines designed to simulate these capacities, and like all tools, they soon become extensions of ourselves. The mind is no computer, but our consciousness still merges with our phones and tablets as seamlessly as a painter’s hand fuses with her brush or musicians vocalize through their instruments. This fusion can happen, Buddhist teaching holds, because consciousness is formless and adopts the qualities of everything it “touches.” Once we’ve immersed ourselves in our screens, they become our whole reality—and that’s why texting drivers look up with surprise when they rear-end the car in front of them.

We’d like to believe there’s a clear boundary between the real and the virtual, but if screens have become extensions of our minds, that assumption could prove fatally naïve, especially now that IT visionaries claim an implant linking our brains to the Web is less than a decade away.  

Long before the Internet, early Buddhists coined a term—prapanca in Sanskrit—to describe the tendency of our thoughts to proliferate like “entangling vines,” as Zen teachers say. Mahayana Buddhists expanded the term to include not only words and ideas but also images, memories, and other mental fabrications. Now, the time has come for us to add everything streaming into our heads from our new prostheses: YouTube videos, online news, music, selfies sent from far away.

The trouble with prapanca, the Buddha taught in the Madhupindika Sutta, is that the nonstop novelty prevents us from uncovering the sources of our suffering. We shuttle from one screen to the next, trying to allay our nagging sense that something’s missing or not right. But nothing we find satisfies for long, and so we start Googling again…

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https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/youre-addicted-phone/

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Tell if Your ‘Expired’ Eggs Are Still Good to Eat

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A lot of people rely on the date on the packaging to tell them when food has gone bad, even with eggs, but the “sell by” dates are often rather arbitrary, and do not correlate to expiration dates. If you’ve been tossing away your eggs based on the dates on your carton—you’re wrong.

Your eyes and nose are the best tools for determining freshness with meats, produce and herbs, but you can’t really use your senses to test an egg before you crack it (unless you’re highly skilled).

Eggs are often still good to eat long after the date on the packaging says to throw them out. If you want to test how fresh they are before finding out the hard way, here are a few methods for testing them.

The Best Method for Uncracked Eggs: The Float Test

Just fill a bowl with cold water and place your eggs in the bowl. If they sink to the bottom and lay flat on their sides, they’re very fresh. If they’re a few weeks old but still good to eat, they’ll stand on one end at the bottom of the bowl. If they float to the surface, they’re no longer fresh enough to eat.

While you could fry or scramble an egg that’s on its side or standing upright, when it comes to hard-boiling, you’ll want the upright ones, as Yumi points out in her guide to peeling hard-boiled eggs.

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Below, you can see what a really bad egg looks like in comparison to really fresh one. The one on the left is most likely 3 or more months old (from when it was laid, not the date you actually bought them).

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To give you an idea of hold old an egg actually is, look at the “packed by” dates on the carton, which are in Julian date form by the “sell by” dates. Julian dates range from 1 to 365 days, and since most companies pack their eggs shortly after they’re laid, it’s a good indicator.

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Why the Float Test Works So Well

The reason this method works is because the eggshells are porous, which means they allow some air to get through. Fresh eggs have less air in them, so they sink to the bottom. But older eggs have had more time for the air to penetrate the shells, so they’re more buoyant and will float.

Other Ways to Test Uncracked Eggs

Some people also claim you can hold an egg up to your ear and shake it to test for freshness. If you can hear a sloshing sound inside the egg, it’s probably gone bad, but if you hear nothing, it’s fine to eat. Personally, though, I don’t think this method is as reliable.

Additionally, there is the candling method, which is used primarily for testing egg quality before putting eggs on the market, but it could help determine freshness too, though it’s more difficult to see at later stages. Some just put a flashlight right next to the eggshell to light up the insides, but historically, a piece of cardboard with a small hole in it was used, with a light source behind it and the egg in front.

Image via Woman’s Institute Library of Cooking (1918)

The above method will let you see the air space and mold, but it’s really a difficult technique to get down.

Image via Woman’s Institute Library of Cooking (1918)

Above you can see a fresh egg (little air space, slightly visible yolk), a slightly old egg (larger air space, slightly darker yolk), a nearly bad egg (really dark yolk, spotty), and a spoiled egg (mixed in yolk, lots of dark) using the candling technique.

The Best Method for Cracked Eggs: The Plate & Sniff Test

If you don’t need the shell intact, you can also crack the egg onto a plate or other flat surface to test how fresh it is. If it’s fresh, the yolk should be bright yellow or orange and the white shouldn’t spread much. If you’re not sure, give it a good sniff: fresh eggs shouldn’t have much of a smell at all.

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If the egg is older, the yolk will be flatter and the white will be much more runny. An egg that spreads out when cracked isn’t necessarily bad, though, just older (and again, good for hard-boiled eggs). If it’s gone bad, you probably won’t even need to do the sniff test—even slightly rotten eggs will have a very strong, distinct smell you’ll notice right away.

What to Do with Eggs That Expire Soon

Got a bunch of eggs that are going to go bad before you can use them? Hard-boil them and throw them in a jar with a beet brine to make tangy, delicious, and beautifully purple pickled eggs.

Image by Yumi Sakugawa/WonderHowTo

There are also lots of things you can do with those discarded eggshells, like make your teapot super clean, fertilize soil, and make sidewalk chalk. And don’t forget about those leftover egg cartons, which make good seed and fire starters, bird feeders, and candle-making molds.

Do you know of any other ways to test whether or not an egg is good to eat? Share your method with us in the comments.

https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/tell-if-your-expired-eggs-are-still-good-eat-0154309/

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WARNING – HAIR DYES, STRAIGHTENERS, RELAXERS NOW SHOWN TO INCREASE RISK OF BREAST CANCER

by Phillip SchneiderStaff Writer Waking Times

For years, women have been told that cancer is simply a spontaneous occurrence based on predisposed genetic traits which increase or decrease your likelihood of acquiring cancer. The biggest secret of the cancer industry is the fact that in truth, environmental exposure to carcinogenic toxins such as pesticides, heavy metals, radiation, and even certain chemical beauty products are some of the largest contributing factors in acquiring cancer.

Ask any scientist and they will tell you that throughout the many thousands of years that humanity has been on the planet, evolution has produced a species which is aptly able to survive in and adapt to their environment. The secret here is that tens of thousands years of evolution did not create humans who are “naturally” pre-programmed to acquire breast cancer. There is almost always another factor, or varying factors, which contribute to the acquisition of breast cancer and come from outside the realm of of human genetics.

For example; smokingaluminum-based deodorantshaving an abortion, and many more environmental factors can contribute to an increased risk of varying forms of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12% of women develop breast cancer at one point throughout their lifetime, affecting around 220,000 new patients each year and killing about 40,000 (about 400 of which are men).

Beauty Product Preservatives Contribute To Cancer

Something that is often overlooked is the effect that chemical-based beauty products have on women. As it turns out, many make-ups, hair dyes and personal care products contain preservatives which new research is finding to be more carcinogenic than previously thought. Scientists are discovering that these types of preservatives, known as parabens, can be highly carcinogenic, even in low doses.

Although parabens are known to mimic the growth effects of estrogens on breast cancer cells, some consider their effect too weak to cause harm…But this might not be true when parabens are combined with other agents that regulate cell growth. – Dale Leitman, Gynecologist and Molecular Biologist, UC Berkeley

Hair Dyes And Breast Cancer

In a report from the journal Carcinogenesis, scientists have found a link between increased breast cancer risk and the use of hair dyes, straighteners, relaxers and conditioning creams which contain cholesterol or placenta. While studying data coming from 4,285 women ages 20-75 (over half of which had breast cancer), they found that there was a significant increase in risk of breast cancer for women who used these hair dyes, straighteners, or relaxers.

Something you might find interesting is that the risk factor for African Americans was actually different from Caucasian American women in the study. Black women who used dark shades of hair dyes had a 51% higher risk of cancer and a 72% higher risk of estrogen positive breast cancer.

White women on the other hand had a 54% higher risk of estrogen positive breast cancer with the use of dark hair dyes and over 2.5x higher risk of estrogen negative breast cancer at 256% with the use of relaxers.

Some of the more toxic hair dye ingredients to look out for include PPD (para-Phenylenediamide), resorcinol, ammonia, persulfates, lead acetate, and 4-ABP. Brands which have lower or no levels of these toxins include Madison ReedHenna Color LabNatulique Zero, and O&M Original and Mineral.

“Exposures to carcinogens in hair products have been explored as breast cancer risk factors, yielding equivocal findings…These novel findings provide support a relationship between the use of some hair products and breast cancer.”

Conclusion

It is important to note that research has not yet concluded that these chemicals cause breast cancer, but it has proven a link. If you want to reduce your risk of breast cancer or work on healing yourself from it, reducing exposure to these chemical-based hair dyes and preservatives is a must, as well as researching factors.

 

About the Author
Phillip Schneider is a student and a staff writer for Waking Times.
This article (Warning – Hair Dyes, Straighteners, Relaxers Now Shown to Increase Risk of Breast Cancer) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Phillip Schneider and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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