PublicDisgrace.com and BoundInPublic.com shutting down
Kink.com is going to tone things down a bit. The company, which specializes is hardcore BDSM porn, has announced that it will be shuttering two of its members sites; BoundInPublic.com and PublicDisgrace.com. The move was announced by Peter Ackworth, the guy who founded Kink.com almost 20 years ago.
For those that aren’t familiar, BoundInPublic.com is a hardcore, gay BDSM members site that features “innocent boys next door” getting bound and fucked and humiliated in public. PublicDisgrace.com is a straight, hardcore BDSM site that focuses on women being tied up and “used” in public situation like parties and at bars.
Wait…did a major porn company just announced that it’s going to make itself LESS hardcore? Is Peter Ackworth on drugs? AM I ON DRUGS!?
In explaining why Kink.com reached the decision to close shop on Public Disgrace and Bound In Public, Mr. Ackworth (who I’m sure isn’t on drugs) had this to say…
These changes are taking effect because we aim to refocus on our mission statement of demystifying and celebrating alternative sexualities. While these products were highly structured behind the scenes, we felt they did not always convey the negotiated and consensual nature of BDSM as it is actually safely practiced in the real world. In some instances, the content could confuse the uninitiated viewer.
In other words…Kink.com wants to make itself seem less like a rape or revenge porn company. Which, assuming the company wants to make itself more integrated into mainstream civilization, makes sense. Because while the average soccer mom might fantasize about some rough BDSM sex, she probably wants nothing to do with getting hog tied a a frat party and fucked by twelve dudes and a drunken cheerleader.
Another change that’s being made by the Kink.com folks is rebranding HardcoreGangBangs.com to FantasyGangbangs.com. Again, the focus here is making it crystal clear to everyone that this shit is just pretend. For some of you, this is pretty much the same thing as being told that Santa Claus isn’t real and that professional wrestling is scripted.
Adding to his statement above, Peter Ackworth had this to say about the renewed focus on the Kink.com brand and it’s affilliated websites…
After almost two decades in the business, we’re looking to grow in ways that return to our original mission, and so we’re shifting our energies to things like Kink University, enhancing the social aspects of our websites, events in our community center, and adding the ability to buy kink-branded BDSM gear on our sites.
In short, we are aiming for kink.com to become a lifestyle brand. With the mainstreaming of kink as evidenced by the huge popularity of ’50 Shades of Grey,’ we feel there is an opportunity to serve a wider customer base in the future.
No word yet on when exactly all of these changes will be taking effect, but considering Kink.com has made the announcement, I assume that it will be sooner rather than later.
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