Children Of Porn Stars Explain What It's Like To Grow Up Around The Adult Film Industry

"I was not allowed in the basement for any reason"

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Let's be honest: the idea of your parents doin' it is unfathomable. As far as you're concerned they've only had sex the same amount of times they've got children. Because why the hell would they have sexual intercourse unless they wanted to make a child.

Now imagine if one or both of your parents worked in the adult film industry. That's right, what if mom or dad was a porn star?

Luckily, this is exactly what Reddit's for: asking people to answer slightly embarrassing questions about their personal life, like what it's like being the child of a porn star.

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1. Jamman751 says, "I used to live in a poorer neighborhood and one of my friend's mom used to host a daily cam show to make money for the family. She was really open about it and made a lot of money on it.

He never really cared nor was he embarrassed by his mom, but he obviously got mocked at school for it. Kids even made accounts and requested things from his mom via cam, but he would just thank them for the extra cash. The kid could never be fazed."

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2. Woodshayes says, "Not about my parents, but my friend's parents were in a Hustler amateur video. Dad pees on Mom. We found it somehow and tormented him with it, because we were assholes. Mom and Dad were also not attractive people."

3. GoodElevation says, "My friend's mom was a porn star in the late 90's. He would beat the shit out of you if you ever mentioned anything about it."

4. Hopped says, "I was so angry when I found out my mother was a pornstar: I went into a fit of blind anger and just started punching the wall, breaking both my arms."

5. SianM10 says, "I went to school with Pamela Anderson's sons. I was in school when one of them was there (Brandon), but i graduated before i met the other one joined (Dylan). As it was a boarding school, they were placed into a male house and obviously the question came up. I don't know how they handled it but they were completely normal, down to earth kids who just so happened to be the sons of Pamela. I think you come to terms with your parents past and realize that the past is past for a reason and it shouldn't affect your present and future."

6. Organic_crystal_meth says, "Knowing my mom is a pornstar isn't that bad, but knowing I was conceived at a creampie gangbang and will never know for sure who my father is the hard part."

7. TerroristOgre says, "My mother was a dominatrix professionally for many years. Sex therapist by day and domina by night. So maybe this is something similar?

I did most of the chores in the house except laundry. I was not allowed in the basement for any reason. Of course that means I snuck down... Our basement was a dungeon. Poles, straps, things to straddle, walls of toys and tools...and the smell of incense and something else I didn't know at the time.

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Sometimes my mother had clients when I would normally be home (she usually didn't). We had a code. I would check the mail box. If there was an envelope with my name on it, it meant that it contained money and a time for me to return. I would take the money and go down the street to a bookshop where I would order a wrap and do my homework in their cafe. At the time I didn't mind, but as I got older I realized it wasn't really the best thing for me and that it wasn't a safe solution.

A few times she forgot to leave me an envelope and I walked into...sounds coming from the basement. Sometimes it wasn't a client but rather just someone she wanted to bone. I have seen my mother bent over various pieces of furniture in our living room unfortunately when it just came to a walking into her general sex life. She's also answered the door when I came home to see her in a harness or in her gear. I saw her naked often and she wasn't shy about it.

I didn't know what she did was weird, but only that I wasn't meant to talk about it. Sometimes my afternoons were spent having a snack in a bookstore cafe and sometimes I was able to come right home when I got off the bus. I don't know if it was entirely about money or if it was just something she loved doing. My mother was more down to earth with sex related things for a parent. She was very difficult in most other areas of our life."

8. LiedAboutMyExpertise says, "Finally, one I can answer! My father was a porn director, so I hope this still counts. To be honest, I didn't learn all that much about porn specifically (most of that knowledge was gleaned the same way that every other young man stumbles upon it), but I learnt a fuck load about lighting, makeup, camera work and sound design.

Porn has far more rigorous lighting requirements than almost any other genre, because without clothes, you have to do everything possible to make everything as appealing as possible. Lighting is always from above and about 30° to the left or right of the actors (diffused normally, unless it's any kind of bdsm or fetish video, where a particular look is sometimes desired). This means that the chin of the female actress will normally be highlighted, which, with proper contouring, can subconsciously draw attention away from anything that is harder to cover, like a larger forehead or broad shoulders. It also casts the most light onto the upper breast, while darkening the under-breast, which gives an impression of greater depth than is usually the case.In porn, it is difficult to capture only the sound that you want, without rustling or squeaking of furniture, or excessive grunting (which to my fathers annoyance is becoming more and more common). This is normally re-recorded in post, and the clips are then given to an engineer to combine with the original audio, which gives a cleaner result. The big give away that this is the case, is if there is ever foot tapping or any kind of consistent, repetitive knocking that should be present, but isn't, or is very faint.

Every porn star is wearing a metric fuck load of makeup (about 2.445 imperial fuck loads for those of you who are free), and it works. That penis is not really that good looking, it's as bumpy and veiny as yours, the trick is non-water soluble concealer. This is used to hide minor blemishes, and occasionally a fine detailer is used to accentuate the base of the head, which gives the impression of width along the shaft. Women too, will often need a lot of makeup to hide scars or marks, though it's possibly less than you may expect, especially when you remember these women are professional actresses, they have the same aesthetic (if not higher) goals as mainstream actresses.

Obviously this won't apply to all cases, and just like any other genre, there are plenty of directors who do it differently to achieve a certain look, but in the case of most general pornography, this will hold about true."