Keeping in mind that these icons will be small, the “less is more” trope is even more important. I really liked the “Bareback” icon you designed; it’s simple, to the point, and easy to see at a glance. Different colors ought to be used for each, but there’s no need to link any color with a specific category. I mean, I get maybe using black for BDSM (or maybe Fetish) but what is the color of Themed Movies or Oral Sex?
I do think some of the more vague and/or severely underused categories should be merged eventually. Some of the examples already given (grey/older and mature, Homemade and Amateur, etc) are spot-on. Towards this I really like the new Fansite category - because most of those sites are pay sites, the performers are earning money, and many of them are already professionals in the wider porn industry.
I’ve always had a little difficulty with the “Anal” category. I assume most people to understand that Anal refers to fucking and does NOT include fingering, rimming, or fisting as the main event. Given that we have a Bareback category, I would like to suggest changing Anal to something along the lines of “Condoms” or “Safe Sex,” which is how I already think about the Anal designation. Let’s face it; all bareback sex IS anal sex but if we’re going to distinguish it from non-bareback fucking, what are we left with? Safe sex/fucking using condoms.
The discussion around using “White” and/or “Caucasian” is interesting given what’s going on right now, and also very delicate and tricky. Be very careful that this thread doesn’t blow up. It taps into the definitions of race and culture. To give a personal example: my mom was Mexican American but I look very WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant - it’s a term often used in the US) and culturally I grew up in mainstream American culture. I have cousins who look as “white” as me (also some who are a lot darker), but grew up/live in Mexico and are CULTURALLY Latino. But I have never thought of any of them - light or dark - as a different race from myself. For me, the difference has always been cultural. To further the example, most Argentinians look European, because the indigenous people were basically wiped out and there was little to no mixing with the remnants (as opposed to, say, Mexico or Bolivia). Are the Argentinians “white” or Latino? And Brazil - Brazilians are very different from the rest of Latin America, and many consider themselves separate. Are they Latinos?
My comments above are only my own experience. I’m not claiming to be right, or an authority, or that other people’s perspectives’ aren’t valid.
I bring this up only to remind everyone that such classifications are difficult to make in the real world and here we are trying to come up with a system that works for porn.
I personally feel that we don’t have to have a category for “white/Caucasian” and this is why: It IS TRUE, as a previous commentator pointed out, that white is the default in porn, to which I might add that this is unfortunately true outside porn as well. Generally speaking, this is a bad thing, and we should all try to examine our own outlook on such things. But the point of these icons is to help users make quick decisions about what they want to see. Good or bad (personally I think bad, but that’s only my feeling) we all know that the majority of any particular movies we download are going to feature white guys as part of the cast. And a huge chunk of movies with white cast members are going to be all white. Therefore if you want to watch two white guys fuck, it’s already very easy to find; just hit the Search button. For this same reason I would say it would be pointless to have a “Gay” category; the vast, vast majority of films on this site feature all-gay action, and for those of us who like the idea of straight guys doing gay stuff, or a little female in the mix, we can easily look that category up.
Again, let me emphasize that in my belief, “white/Caucasian” as the default image of porn we envision is not a good thing. But I also want to point out that the icons are not meant to convey anything other than a quick-and-dirty, if imperfect, way to help downloaders zero in on what they want to see at that moment.
I do agree with updating some of the terms, changing She-Male to Trans, for example.
Just my thoughts on that topic.
Thanks, all, for wading through my ramblings. I’m looking forward to more ideas.
Oops - sorry. One more quick comment.
Would it be possible to create a South Asian category? The term encompasses folks from the subcontinent - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives as well as self-identified overseas (ie: Desi) community members. I bring this up because in terms of looks, body types, etc. South Asians are distinct from those further east and I think (perhaps incorrectly) when most people think of Asia they first think about China, Japan, etc.
Yes, yes, the subcontinent is part of Asia. But i would point out that so too is the much of Middle East, and we have a separate category for that.
I really appreciate your opinion and agree with everything you said!
About Brazilians, well, I'm Brazilian and I can say, our mix of races is huge, it's like the whole world has a piece of themselves in my country and we embrace anyone who needs our help, I believe it is the best part of my country.
I think it is better to focus on new categories, as you mentioned "anal". Most videos are anal, rating between safe and bareback is perfect.