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3 Places to Watch Porn Discreetly on Your Google Glass

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Google Glass Model: [whispering]: OK, Glass. Play Barely Legal Teens 2…

Before each one of us becomes the Big Brother that everyone feared, let’s focus on the good that’ll come out of Google Glass. The potential for an influx of porn. Lots of it. The leading adult Android app store, MiKandi, announced several days ago that they would be releasing porn apps specifically for Glass in…a matter of days. That could be today. Or tomorrow. Google has been a tad more lenient compared to Apple, but not long ago they changed their content policy in the Play store: “We don’t allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material.” So before Google sends a cease-and-desist to MiKandi, here are some of the places you might enjoy watching porn on a tiny screen next to your eyeball.

1. At Work

Big conference meeting getting you down? Excuse yourself for a trip to the bathroom to tell Glass to pull up your favorite XXX video, and hope your colleagues aren’t loitering around, trying to do the same thing.

2. In Public

If your train is delayed (“train”? Who uses trains anymore? THIS IS THE FUTURE), or you’re taking your dog for a walk and could use a view besides the poop it just made, this is the perfect opportunity to re-watch the video you recorded last night with your dear significant other. Don’t forget to send them a text: “Thinking of you ;).”

3 . Pretty Much Anywhere

If you don’t get it by now, I’ll lay it out for you. With Google Glass, you can watch porn anywhere at all.

When asked about whether MiKandi’s Glass apps were an experiment or a long term project, they replied:

For us, it’s not really a shift in direction, but the natural progression of the types of products and content we want to offer at MiKandi. We’re always focused on offering the best experiences in adult entertainment, so it’s important for us to stay on top of immerging technologies and push the industry forward.

It’s true. It is a natural progression. If MiKandi doesn’t corner the adult market in new technologies, porn will still make it to those technologies, regardless. Whether or not actual app stores will be allowed to sell adult material to Google Glass users, it’s still a hands free, video recording device with an Internet connection, and the ability to send and receive media. Porn will become a thing, and with it will be new territory for communication, privacy, sex, and lawsuits. It’s creepy looking. It makes others feel paranoid. There’s no LED that indicates whether the user is recording a video, so others will have no way to tell. Users mention that when they wear it in public, others tend to get wary around them.

Privacy can be invaded in a number of ways, but the problem with Google Glass is that when a lack of privacy intersects with adult material, it leaves room for people to be exploited. MiKandi has the potential for creating a space where apps are regulated and the people featured on them are sex workers who have given their consent. But what happens outside of that? Starting next week, I will (rightly) assume that anyone wearing Google Glass is watching adult material at that EXACT moment. If the product takes off, powering down Google Glass will be this generation’s version of shooing the cat out of the room, or putting your family photo face-down on the nightstand.

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One thought on “3 Places to Watch Porn Discreetly on Your Google Glass

  1. “Sex workers who have given their consent”? How do you regulate that? You can’t. When you watch a porn video, you can’t know that the women you see in it actually wanted (1) to participate in the acts you’re seeing, and (2) that they wanted those images distributed on the Internet (see “amateur porn” in particular). And if you consider the coercive nature of the porn industry (e.g., targeting young girls with limited options, economic pressure to do what the directors say even if they don’t want to, etc.), the “consent” that you do know about isn’t very meaningful either.

    In addition to the oppression nature of porn itself, there’s another reason I wouldn’t celebrate this technological development. It’s bad enough that some men feel entitled to masturbate in public (which generally constitutes a form of sexual harassment, because the people around them did not consent to be part of it). The last thing we need is people—but let’s face it, men—having more sexual experiences in public. Noticing that the man across the train from me has a hard-on isn’t made any less gross if I have to wonder whether he’s using his Google Glass to secretly record videos of the women around him or to enjoy a private porn show. Whether we’re talking about public masturbation or watching porn in public, it’s relevant to point out that some of the “thrill” comes from the public, non-consensual nature of it. The people around you never consented to be part of your sexual fantasy, and they might not even know what you’re doing, but they’re in it, as they sit, walk, stand around you and interact with you as you secretly watch porn through your glasses (and/or touch yourself).

    “[T]he problem with Google Glass is that when a lack of privacy intersects with adult material, it leaves room for people to be exploited.” This new app would be no exception. In fact, it would be yet another example of how public space is made unsafe for women.

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