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How did people live before Internet pornography?

It must have been so strange.

by Anonymousreply 3010/12/2013

We lived just fine. We actually touched other men.

by Anonymousreply 110/11/2013

You used to have to go to places that sold porn mags. Some of these places also had booths with TV screens and multiple porno channels where you could watch porn flicks. You had to feed the machine quarters.

by Anonymousreply 210/11/2013

We went to these places called bookstores, where we bought magazines, or video stores, where we would rent movies. Occasionally we would meet other men in these stores and go home with them and have sex.

by Anonymousreply 310/11/2013

We went over to Cheryl's house.

by Anonymousreply 410/11/2013

Before the internet there were DVDs; before DVDs there were videocassettes, before those there were 8mm movies. And of course there were adult theaters.

by Anonymousreply 510/11/2013

Porn theaters were heaven on earth.

by Anonymousreply 610/11/2013

r6 Can I get an "Amen!"?

by Anonymousreply 710/11/2013

Us youngins had to drive around to 7-11s after 1am before mustering the courage to lay down 8.99 - 14.99 for Mandate or Inches. There were always printing errors on the pages, smeared ink, or a straight porn magazine sandwiched in between the two gay porn magazines.

Clerks were allowed to call us "Faggot" as long as we got what we wanted.

by Anonymousreply 810/11/2013

Bookstores! Poppers! Booths! 25¢ video loops!

by Anonymousreply 910/11/2013

[quote]Clerks were allowed to call us "Faggot" as long as we got what we wanted.

Really? Did that happen to you?

I used to buy Playgirl and slip it between two other things I didn't want...always at a very anonymous type of place.

by Anonymousreply 1010/11/2013

Remember how long it took the porn industry to switch from VHS to DVD? It wasn't until, like, 2003 when Falcon began offering titles on DVD.

by Anonymousreply 1110/11/2013

It was hellish. You had to go meet people, and have sex with them.

by Anonymousreply 1210/11/2013

I used to love the sleazy, mob-controlled atmosphere of gay porn shops, and particularly that odd but pervasive smell of gay books. I came to associate this smell with random sex. Some of those bookstores in San Francisco were so crowded late at night that you were almost having sex in the aisles, though the booths were accessible for the heavy stuff. Very liberating!

by Anonymousreply 1310/11/2013

They had porn movie theaters. Though they showed "het" films, women never went. The audience was all male and all aroused. Usually guys who were keen on action (particularly older and unattractive guys) would sit in the back row with long raincoats and jerk each other off or do some quick oral. Sometimes they would pass along warnings. One time I was at such a place in Mobile when the old men in back gave me a discreet warning the guy who was talking to me was an undercover cop.

by Anonymousreply 1410/11/2013

Losers went to porn movie houses. The rest of us cruised around, went to bars, and actually picked up men just about anywhere. Actual sex was the early alternative to crappy virtual sex.

Sorry this concept is lost on the soft, pasty, useless breed of entitled flab-asses out there today. Not that anyone wants them.

by Anonymousreply 1510/11/2013

OP? Didn't you ever see "Boogie Nights"?

by Anonymousreply 1610/11/2013

R15's snobbery led to AIDS being spread more rapidly, the closed nature of A list society made it the perfect vehicle.

by Anonymousreply 1710/11/2013

Bravo, R1!

by Anonymousreply 1810/11/2013

It was hard reading those porn magazines by gaslight, too. That's where the phrase "trim your wick" came from.

by Anonymousreply 1910/11/2013

I had to hide all of my erotic daguerreotypes underneath my caftan!

by Anonymousreply 2010/11/2013

R20 -- I love you!

by Anonymousreply 2110/11/2013

I had a foot locker full of porn magazines that I lugged around through college and my first few apartments.

by Anonymousreply 2210/11/2013

Just to be clear, is this a caftan?

by Anonymousreply 2310/11/2013

I remember burning all of my accumulated porn magazines and books in my parents' fireplace before I went away to college.

by Anonymousreply 2410/11/2013

Erotic puppet shows, back in my day.

by Anonymousreply 2510/11/2013

[quote]We lived just fine. We actually touched other men.

Gay men still have sex with other gay men, gramps. The difference is they're not in the closet like they were back 100 years ago, when most of the people in this thread were last sexually active.

by Anonymousreply 2610/11/2013

Me too, R24 !! :-)

by Anonymousreply 2710/11/2013

Way back in the stone age, the magazines were Male Fitness types, all the models wore posing straps, no nudity allowed. Then the 60's and the advent of porn bookstores. Besides the magazines there were countless paperback books aimed at the gay market with the most alluring covers.. One bookstore stocked so called Medical Books full of case histories of male/female patients. I purchased those reading all the sexual hangups, fetishes, BDSM, you name it it was in those case histories. Were they all fiction? I wonder.

by Anonymousreply 2810/11/2013

We got laid.

by Anonymousreply 2910/11/2013

I was never into porn but rather liked celebrity photographs and videos. That's still the case.

by Anonymousreply 3010/12/2013
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