Why did Paris make that sex tape?

2011-06-11 00:00

PARIS Hilton’s infamous sex tape 1 Night in Paris changed her life forever, the hotel heiress has revealed in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.

The home movie that she shot in 2001 with her then boyfriend, Rick Salomon — with no intent of ever releasing it — rates as one of the most explicit celebrity sex tapes ever made public.

“I just felt so betrayed,” the 30-year-old socialite told Morgan as her mother Kathy Hilton, seated next to her, wiped away tears. “This was not some random guy, this was someone I was with for a few years.”

“That you loved?” Morgan asked.

“I thought I did and I can’t believe he would do something like that to me. It’s something that changed my life forever.”

The tape was shot largely using a tripod-mounted camera on night vision, and it clearly showed penetrative intercourse and the couple performing oral sex on each other. Salomon leaked the tape on the Internet in 2003, a week before the start of Paris’s TV series The Simple Life, and he later released it as an X-rated DVD for sale. She sued him and they settled out of court in 2005, with Salomon allegedly paying her $400 000 (R2,75 million), according to Wikipedia.

Paris said, “People assume, ‘Oh, she’s a slut’, just because of one thing that happened to me and it’s hard because I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life and explain it to my children. It’s something that’s changed my life forever and I’ll never be able to erase it.”

The sex tape is still on sale over the Internet — legally so — and to date has probably been viewed by millions of people.

New technology makes it possible

It’s safe to say that most people would not want their intimate sex moments with their partner posted on the Internet for mass public viewing, so many people can empathise with Paris over such a gross invasion of her privacy.

Yet it’s something of a catch-22 situation. Modern technology, such as digital camcorders and web cams, has made the filming of raunchy bedroom activities incredibly easy and increasingly commonplace. But at the same time, social-networking technology renders these private movies unbelievably vulnerable to sudden mass exposure at the click of a button — via MMS clips on cellphones, Facebook, YouTube and a multitude of other applications.

Within hours of illicit release on any of these applications, millions of people could easily view an unsuspecting partner’s most intimate moments.

So it begs the question — why would anyone agree to film their sex antics?

Why make a home sex movie?

There are two elements involved. Firstly, performing sexually for a camera that operates like a third eye is exhibitionistic and it completely changes the atmosphere of a sexual interlude. It creates a risqué frisson between you as consenting partners that isn’t normally there, and thus it changes your sexual interaction. You both become performers rather than partakers in sex.

Secondly, watching the video together afterwards can be thrilling and erotically charged. It gives you an idea of what you would look like as a movie star or porn star — something that most people fantasise about but never get to enact in normal life. It may inspire you to expand and improve on your bedroom technique — and it’s highly likely to lead to passionate encores.

Yet considering that roughly half of all marriages end in divorce — most of which are acrimonious — and that the majority of relationships are likely to break up sooner or later, it would be prudent to film your personal sex scenes only under certain conditions. No one likes the thought of their wide circle of mutual friends or the general public chortling over their intimate sex scenes or naked photos after a relationship has soured.

How to make your own sex tape.

The key priority is absolute trust in your partner. Not that this is sacrosanct because trust can break in a split second — like after one of you has discovered the other has had an affair. The second rule is, don’t feel pressured into it by anybody, including the person you are currently wildly in love with, if you’re not keen. Trust your instincts.

If the idea of filming yourselves appeals, start by examining what type of sexual activities you would each like to record and which activities you would definitely want excluded — and come to an agreement. Then set up a tripod or use a hand-held camera, or alternate between them for variety.

Begin by filming a short clip and view it back together to gain an understanding of what works well and what doesn’t. Try altering the lighting and mood of your venue, consider whether you want music playing or prefer the sounds of your voices, and vary between overall views and close-ups. Look around for props such as food, champagne, lubricants, handcuffs, massage oils, full-length mirrors and sex toys, to eroticise the action.

Vary your activities as it can be dull watching a long stretch of the same thing from the same angle and distance. Change positions frequently, and move from foreplay to intercourse and back again. Close-ups are likely to be far more erotic to watch later than wide-angle shots. Or as an interesting alternative, hook up the camcorder to the TV and watch yourselves live.

Role-play adds a different dimension

Consider spicing things up by dressing up in fantasy outfits and role-playing. Doctor-nurse and vampire-victim are popular options, as is the dominatrix-sex slave scenario, which people often find quite liberating as they get to act out of character. The less inhibited you feel, the more likely you are to let go and enjoy what you’re doing.

Two final points come to mind. You could wear masks and other items to hide your identities if you’re both concerned about your sex tape some day coming to light. Or you could agree to film yourselves on the proviso that you watch your home movie together immediately afterwards and then delete it. This way, you get to perform like porn stars and view yourselves in action, without that fear in the back of your minds of potential future embarrassment.

Stevie Jean writes for the local online adult store, OhZone. For adult toys and free sex techniques, contact her at info@ohzone.co.za or view www.ohzone.co.za

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