What PornMD’s Search Stream Says About The Internet

Massive content warning for offensive language of all varieties.

For those of you familiar, PornMD has a live ticker in which you can see the search results, live and in real time, of various users of their websites. It has three categories – straight, gay, and “shemale” (yikes). It’s consistent. It’s bizarre. You could probably make a drinking game out of it if you want to. And like most information dumps, it says a lot about the people who use the site.

When you open a link to a search results page and the first result is “illegal,” you might want to consider your life choices and clear your search history.

I’ve kept the window open on the side, and I’ve seen a wide array of possible buzzwords that border from outright illegal to just uncomfortable, from “johnny test hentai” to “hidden pissing.” Part of me wants to believe that some of the search results (particularly the misspelled ones) are the result of drunken keyboard slapping (with hands, I hope), but I know the truth is far more disturbing.

These are real people, who want to see this content.

Now, I’m no prude, and I don’t judge. Safe, sane, consensual – it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as I don’t have to hear about it later. What fascinates me is the rampant offensive content interspersed throughout the results. I don’t even bother swapping the feed from “straight” to “shemale,” because I at least love myself this much, but there are a lot of searches for “trannies” and “crossdressers.” Racism and fatphobia runneth over. Many of them – if they actually found the exact content the users were looking for – are straight up illegal examples of incest and pedophilia.

So what does this mean? Do we settle with the realization that people, deep down, are hypocrites, and the same people that search for “ghetto mexicans” probably have a tendency to display racism towards Mexican people? Is what we jerk off to and how we do it a reflection of our own moral values? I believe so. If you’re going to consume content, you can’t disparage it’s creators, and it’s too often that these actors are viewed as commercial goods rather than content creators.

Moral arguments aside – this shows that what you do and what you search for on the internet has a trail. PornMD has access to this information, and because you can sort by country, it indicates there is some level of location tracking. Is PornMD responsible for reporting when users search for illegal content, such as the aforementioned pedophilia? If so, where do we draw the line?

I can’t answer these questions, but I can say that sitting and knowing that somewhere in the world, someone is searching for “super anal” and “natural born tits” makes me think – especially because they probably have no idea I know this. I’m curious to know what you all think.


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