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Always Willing To Please, Porn Industry Hears Deaf Customers' Needs

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It never occurred to us that people actually cared about the plot or dialogues of porn, but imagine if you didn't even have the choice to hear how retarded it all is? Like deaf people, for example. Many have never had the privilege of hearing the campy exchange between the pizza delivery guy and the horny MILF who placed the order with a side of sausage. Enter Deaf Bunny (NSFW), the first porno company run by and for deaf people. Wired interviewed Deaf Bunny's founder Dino Capone, who said that, "Hearing people will, first and foremost, understand that deaf people can do just about anything, except hear." Uh, duh.

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The company already has a few websites like Deaf Gone Wild and Deaf Strippers, and recently released its first DVD, Naughty Deaf Roommates, which features deaf and hard of hearing actors using American Sign Language to communicate. The company's content uses full audio, for deaf people's hearing partners, but they also use subtitles and cartoon bubbles to communicate.

We've pondered the issue of handicapped porno before, wondering if it's empowering or exploitative for fetishists. But Capone says it doesn't matter. "The fact that we are marketing porn with a 'disability' actually invites people to discover what we're about." So it's kinda educational and arousing at the same time! Actually, it makes a lot of sense that deaf people would be into porn, because as Capone says, deaf people are very visually-inclined. It's kind of amazing that no one thought to tap into this market before.

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Deaf Porn Gives Viewers an Eye-Opener [Wired]
Earlier: Handicapped Porno: Offensive Or Inclusive?

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"It never occurred to us that people actually cared about the plot or dialogues of porn,"

FWIW, Viv Thomas, like a lot of Euro pornographers these days, shoots his videos with an East European cast, but unlike other directors working there, has extensive dialog in Hungarian and Czech, which are subtitled in English. And the big surprise is that, far from being the mindless anonymous hardbodies that easteuro girls are so often regarded as, many of them can actually act. And also, FWIW, I think one of Viv Thomas' latest, Unfaithful 2 actually has as good of a claim to be a successful porn to "real movie" crossover as more highfalutin fare like 9 Songs. So yeah, sometimes the dialog is worth paying attention to.