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10 Things I Learned As an Intern at a Porn Site

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By Maria Herrera

UPDATE:  I’m currently doing an AMA on Reddit about my internship and this post.  Check it out and ask me additional questions if you have any: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2astmp/iama_female_intern_at_sexcom_ama/

I was on my way to my Web Marketing class when a girl who looked about my age stopped me to ask me a very strange, life-changing question. She asked me if I watch porn. “Huh?” As a girl, I was taken aback by such a question, but her approach was so natural that I felt compelled to answer honestly. “Yes.” “Great, would you like to come in for a focus group on women’s porn consumption and masturbation habits?” she asked. “Umm…” “It pays 50 bucks and food will be provided,” she continued. “Oh. Ok. Sure, I’ll be there.” >:-)

A few months after my participation in that focus group, while my classmates and I were all struggling to find our summer internship, I thought back on the experience and how enjoyable it had been and decided I had nothing to lose by sending in my application. Two months later, I started my internship at Sex.com. I had some expectations, but like most unfounded presumptions, the reality was entirely different.

So, without further ado, here are the 10 highlights from my internship at Sex.com:

1)  I learned so much about weird sexual practices and fetishes. It was the first time I had ever heard of nipple clamps, sounding and even rosebuds (proceed at your own risk). I definitely discovered it wasn’t for me… but I did stumble upon other fetishes I was totally interested in.

2)  Watching porn in front of others is every bit as uncomfortable and exciting as it sounds, especially when male colleagues walk by. I still jump and switch my screen to a blank Google page every time someone walks by, just out of pure habit.

3)  The office is mostly geeks and gadgets, not girls and giggles, kind of like what a porno about working at a porn company would be. I was surprised to find that most of my colleagues are family people with kids rather than people who give off the CPV (creepy pervert vibe) and they certainly can’t be described as “porn peeps”.

4)  Sex Positivity is a part of our everyday projects at Sex.com in a way that you don’t see very often.

5)  As my internship progressed, I became much more open to talking about porn in general as well as telling others about my job, which was something I had been uptight about at first.

6)  Working with porn means that words and jokes that would be inappropriate in a workplace are basically part of the job. Meetings are much more fun. You know that joke you made about the cumshot that got you fired? Well, here it gets you a high five.

7)  Some of my colleagues know of my deepest sexual secrets and fantasies, many of which even some of my previous lovers or best friends haven’t been privy to.

8)  We don’t even spend that much time watching porn! I watch about 15 minutes of porn per day, tops. Sometimes only because it looks hot, for “inspiration”. Ahem.

9)  I didn’t expect to learn as much as I have in my four months here. I would honestly say it is the holy grail of learning experiences in web marketing (advanced SEO anyone?). When I compare myself to my classmates who are mostly making copies and fetching coffee, I feel extremely lucky.

10)  Not only did I discover my love for porn, but this internship has made me realize something they hadn’t taught me in school: that a job like this can be both professional and entertaining, which totally makes it one of the best jobs in the world!

 10 Things I Learned As an Intern at a Porn Site

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