I knew it when I saw it, justice Potter Stewart famously said in a 1964 Supreme Court case when asked to set a legal standard for "hard core" pornography. But if you can't see anything, what do you call it -- hard core, soft core, or whatever you like?
porn 'doesn't sound that interesting, said Caroline Spiegel, Quinn's founder, one of many new platforms springing up in the growing world of audio porn. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, she was browsing the site in a large room in the Williamsburg neighborhood of brooklyn, where she lives and works with Jackie Hanley, the company's co-founder and chief operating officer.
“‘色情作品’听起来没那么有趣，”Quinn的创始人卡罗琳·斯皮格尔(Caroline Spiegel)说，这是日益壮大的音频色情世界里涌现的众多新平台之一。前不久的一个周二下午，她在布鲁克林威廉斯堡社区的一个大开间里浏览网站，这是她和公司联合创始人兼首席运营官杰姬·汉利(Jackie Hanley)一起生活和工作的地方。
The goal is for Quinn to follow in the footsteps of popular sites like Pornhub.com as the destination of choice for non-visual pornography. Quinn plans to keep the service free for users and will introduce an option later this month to tip creators for a small percentage of the site. They also plan to experiment with advertising.
The idea came from spiegel, 22, who was being treated for an eating disorder and was beginning to have sexual dysfunction. "Visual porn doesn't work for me," she said. "Too much voyeurism."
She found that audio porn left more room for subjectivity and imagination. And you can listen anywhere.
Spiegel clicks on a story about a man with a strong British accent who begins, "I love sex." She paused and giggled. "Just know what's going on."
It comes in many forms: a provocative story, a masturbation guide, a sex scene. Sometimes these audio stories appear in Reddit posts, blog posts and podcasts like "tell dirty jokes" and "kiss me!" In the. Many of the creators are women.
Visual porn works better for men, said Gina Gutierrez, 29, the founder of Dipsea, a subscription app that allows users to listen to 175 articles in the app for a monthly ($8.99) or annual ($47.99) subscription and receive weekly updates.
Ms. Gutierrez and her co-founder, Faye Keegan, 29, set out to adopt a narrative based on the premise that "the best sexual content is hidden among the rest."
Outlander 'is a good example, Mr. Gutierrez said. "Even 'Fleabag' shows real sex." They can't find porn they like, and many of the videos they find online don't excite them. Mr. Gutierrez found himself dreaming not of sex on film, but of an Airbnb room for filming scenes.
Using Headspace, a meditation guide, reminded her that audio-only apps could improve attention and, more importantly, pleasure.
Dipsea's neat design and cartoonish thumbnails might be mistaken for a meditation mindfulness product, but its story title is "worth the wait." (caption: "I was surprised when she told me she didn't want to sleep together on the first date. But if she wants to wait, I can wait. I'll do whatever she wants me to do." ) scenes include the F train and tulum, Mexico; And sweet encounters at indie rock concerts.
The general idea is a sexual fantasy that's easy to fit into, Mr. Gutierrez said.
Dipsea also categorizes gender and sexual orientation, types of scenes (" pickup lines ", "role-playing"), and levels of pornography. The app's "right" audience is women between the ages of 25 and 45.
Lucie Fleming, 25, works as a voice actress in New York City, where her experience is mostly corporate storytelling and product advertising. She, along with spiegel and hanley, was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta at Stanford University, and hanley approached her to join their new venture.
25岁的露西·弗莱明(Lucie Fleming)在纽约市作配音演员，她的工作经验主要是企业故事讲述和产品广告。她和斯皮格尔、汉利都是斯坦福大学(Stanford University)Kappa Alpha Theta女生联谊会成员，汉利主动找到她，让她加入他们的新企业。
It's an opportunity to perform in a way I've never been able to as an artist, and to communicate with the audience in a way that's more intimate than laser hair removal or in-house video, Mr. Fleming said.
There will be some difficulty in changing roles. "It doesn't sound too pretentious," Ms. Fleming said. "The script says, 'moan here.' "I try to blend it in as naturally as possible so it doesn't sound like, 'ok, I'll moan.'" But she's gotten so good that she's even started writing stories for the platform.
Another Quinn creator, Jim, 35, recorded audio porn under the title feel-good Filth. He has a full-time job at an international bank in Chicago, but thinks the money he makes from recording may be enough to live on in a few years. Jim himself prefers traditional porn. "I love visuals," he said.
At Dipsea, professional voice actors record stories separately. Some of the sound comes from the audio library. "The condom wrapper could be the sound of the candy wrapper opening," gutierrez said.
Birth control and active consent are mentioned directly in the story script. Quinn's policy, spiegel says, is "no minors, no incest, no bestiality, no consent -- although we do allow consensual consent, there will be clear markers."
Dipsea takes a similar position on consent. "It's mandatory," Mr. Gutierrez said, "but it doesn't have to be verbal. For example, if the story is part 2 of a series, and it's about a monogamous couple. If it's the first time two people meet who have never met before, then yes."
This is not just to cater to social and political conventions, but because "the whole process of communication is at the heart of pleasure," she said.
These stories are produced by companies run by women, and without unattainable bodies to compare them to, you could argue, a more acceptable, even feminist, form of pornography. (though feminists have been divided on pornography for decades.)
It can also be a more destructive form, one that has all the problems of conventional porn than, say, virtual reality porn, and much more.
(" I'm already getting a lot of weird emails, "she said when asked about her last name.) Audio porn is also likely to grow in popularity as users become more aware of ethical porn consumption and more wary of exploiting performers, she said.
色情博客Girl on the Net的作者、现年35岁、住在伦敦的莎拉(“我现在这样就已经有很多奇怪的邮件了，”在被问及姓氏时她说)。她说，音频色情也可能会越来越受欢迎，因为用户对合乎道德的色情作品消费越来越有意识，也越来越谨防剥削表演者。
More and more people are looking for independent porn sites, paying for their video porn, and also exploring options like audio, she said. "It may also be important that the technology needed to make audio is now more accessible to people -- it is now easier to record your own audio."
About half of Quinn's users are male, and the most searched term on the site is "lesbian," spiegel said. Its most popular stories include a British man named harry speaking to a female lover -- accents that are so popular that they have their own classification.
He makes sure you, the object of his desire, feel comfortable before some of the hot stuff that doesn't fit here: "let me get your coat, let me help you relax," he says. "Take off your high heels."