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Does sex sell? 

58%
505 deviants said Hell yeah, it naturally does.
33%
291 deviants said What? No! You dirty old man!!
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74 deviants said What does sex mean?

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DestructoDee Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's an easy question. Yes, sex does sell. Some people find it vulgare and disgusting and would say that it's wrong and doesn't sell, but in truth, it does sell.
Classy is usually connected with being sensual and sensual with sexy, just look at this add by Smirnoff.
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And I bet your mind travelled through that very line of thought when you look at that picture.

One thing to be noted is that a lot of sexy adds are aimed at men, in the way that it usually has something to do with sexy women.(How that might be directed at females is that females might think 'Hmmm, would I look that sexy if I drank that?' )
But here's an Absolut Vodka add that is definetly aimed that females. (any really sensetive people should not look.)
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Yeah, sex sells, but I would really want to add a 'Y' at the end of that and make it 'Sexy Sells', which I think would be more pin-pointing what it is.
To sell something it doesn't have to have sex in it, heck, doesn't even have to have a person in it, as long as it's something sexy that makes you think "Sex".

I'm not sure if many have noted this, but if you look as sports cars you'll find that they often are designed to look sleek and sexy. There's another thing where sex sells. Just because something doesn't scream "SEX!!" in your face doesn't mean that it doesn't add to a persons general sexiness if they have it as an accessory.

Porn is very straight forward, personally don't like it much cause to some degree the fakeness of it makes me sick in my stomach.
But as for sex or sexual things envolved in comics and stuff, there's nothing wrong with that. Dragonball is suitable for kids and have many different points where a characters privates are visible, but it doesn't matter because that it's the point of it, the joke that is made about it is.

Something can be more or less offensive (in a sexual way) depending on how focused it is on the actual 'sexual act'. Like is I drew a picture that was about one of my characters nearly dropping her towel and some of her privates being visible, the privates wouldn't be the main part, the point that it's funny that she's nearly dropping her towel is. Thus the effect of the 'sexiness' wouldn't be as brutal as in some cases where the nakedness is the main point of the add, picture or thing.

I feel I've started to ramble here, so I think I'll stop here, for now. :3
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Now THERE'S a theme we can all get on.
Sure, it's all about the primal urges and your target audience...but that's a discussion in itself.
Point of Order: NICE COMMENT!!
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DestructoDee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :hug:
I find it to be a rather interesting discussion, can talk about it for hours if I got someone to talk to. :]
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Hoping I'm not being too forward, but...HOW DO YOU DO IT?
[Now comes the part where the Poll reveals to us the preferences of the community.]
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DestructoDee Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I do it?
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
That statement is actually laden with a double meaning, depending on the way you look at it.

First off, people who feel uncomfortable using the word 'sex' in a conversation often use lighter references and idioms, and forego the actual sentence, 'to have sexual intercourse', and just replace it with the abbreviated form, 'Let's Do It'. Hence, the sentence was aimed at asking the way in which you have sex.

Second, the question was aimed to asking the process on how you actually go about talking about sex.

I apologize in case you misunderstood my intentions or didn't get the question; you see I'm a supporter of double entendrees and wordplay.
If I had a Scrabble I'd probably be a badass player at it.
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DestructoDee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In which way I have sex? Well, that is, as I see it, a very general question. I would just call in "normal" sex. But then again, you can always ask what "normal" sex is. :P

I tend to be very blunt when I speak about sex, the only reason I don't like using words like fuck is because I don't find them blunt, just crude and rude. That said, I tend to use finer words if I know that the person I'm talking to or a person in the vicinity is quite shy, or feel akward, about the subject.
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Hmmm...I'm not sure if I really want to know that much, so early on. HOWEVER...!

It's refreshing to know that you support both blunt as well as finer mannerisms depending on your audience, AND you abstain from bringing in "effing" in the conversation.
...Unless you'd use it as a grade in how food or how intense the experience was.

Yes. I'm one of the people who feel a little awkward when talking about it as you might get to know...if we continue to stroll down this path, Fate willing.

But let's take a different approach now: what other topics do you enjoy talking about?
I enjoy talking about movies, clothes, manga, philosophy, and music to name a few.
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GuildmasterPhill Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
depends on who you sell it to.
I tend to avoid it, especially when there's no justification for it. (I.E, porn.) but if it's essential to the rest of the story, then it's gotta be there, I suppose!

and then, there's the question of degree, censorship, and all that. you can have sex in a story/comic without it being porn so long as you're not too graphic, or it could be as simple as just having a character that would be considered 'sexy'.
...but yeah... I'm not sure which to vote for. ^^;
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berniethehedgehog2 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
it turns guys into wild
animals when it comes
to selling!
like in beer commercial
where hot chicks
come out and hand them a beer
they think a hot chick
will come out of nowhere if they
drink beer.

ah the stupidity of humans nowadays
so yeah I think sex does sell
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CCG Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Poor Elson...(at the time I post this) 228 Deviants think you're a dirty old man. XD;;
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Make that 234 at present. :D

Who knows what dirty schemes I have planned next... AshxRuby moment? Where things get a little too 'close' for comfort, hmm...? :giggle:
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firestriker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student
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firestriker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student
you are a Quagmire buddy


lol
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CCG Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
PERVERT :iconflailplz:

Kidding. :giggle: I am curious to what you come up with next though...;)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK GUYS AND GALS! :D :) :D

I'll try to reply to them when I get the chance! ^^

Here's something I feel needs to be referenced from the front page:

:iconhung-by-balloons: 1 hour 31 minutes ago
I just wanna ask... whats up with all of the sex polls XD everytime I get a poll from you its either about Sonic, your podcast or sex :S hahaha is a research project your doing or is just morbid curiosity lol

Keep the polls though, its makes DA more interesting XD


:icondarkspeeds: 7 seconds ago
I treat it as education and personal interest to see others opinion of it and how they react to it.

I mean if people go 'Ewww... Sex! Why talk about it?' then I feel that they immediately lack the maturity for proper discussion - unless they are totally under age.

I'm at the point where I feel that sex is an important and natural thing to discuss. I'm only human like you and anyone else on this planet. = )

I'm glad you find my polls interesting.

Don't worry there is also an additional reason why I created this poll - it will link up to my next Sonic 'gag' fanart in the near future. ^^ I gurantee that it will be one of those one hit wonder kind of Sonic fanart deviation like the 'Shadow brings Sexy back' one I did ages ago... :D
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FlyingMonkeyofOz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Well, form the huge volume of comments, I'm sure by now you sussed that a lot of people think sex sells. I think it does too. It's one of humanities favourite past times! A lot goes into the whole sex thing, marketing, time, etc. Porn, pictures, music videos, games, films... Sex is everywhere! ^^ Heck, even Sonic has a sex factor when you take Rouge into account. Or Shadow... XD

Sex does sell, but it doesn't mean you have to buy it! :-)
Thanks for such an interesting topic! :)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries buddy, thanks for taking a keen interest in the dicussion! I'm glad that you and many have dicussed this topic with an analytical view as well as a sense of maturity.

Sex sells for sure, heck I feel that there are more girls than boys that like Shadow the Hedgehog. :) Hey! That could be my next poll to prove my point! XXD
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FlyingMonkeyofOz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
I'd look put for that definetly!
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Redztheartist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Axe commercials O| *SHOT*


It lures a tons of guys into getting the product. Somehow in reality they don't smell so great... <<
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CobaltWinterborn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Of course it does. It's the biggest industry in the world.
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silverfox64 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
You know? Sex is always a seller, though my answer would be more a 'Yes' rather than a 'Hell yeah'.

As we all know, sex is a seller because we are bounded to it, it is a primary instinct, like breathing, eating, you got my point.

As for you, I just want to say, if you're gonna try drawing something 'suggestive' (as for you can't post sex here on dA), you can always do it. As for they say, "there's always a first time for everything".
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*via YouTube

:D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh for sure, you already predicted what I have planned next for a fanart submission of the Sonic series... :D Just type in Jason Griffith + Safesex and you'll get what I mean.
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BD-da-drawer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
It's does sell, especially to those who are desperate for it.
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sapphireluna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does and that sucks. I hate that industry.
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CVA123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Once in a Blue Moon. In other words it does, BUT you have to put that scene in the perfect spot for the stroy line.

Sometimes sex scenes can make the people go in awe, but again, SOMETIMES. Say for instense that we take Ashworth and Ruby as an example. They first meet and there were a couple of blushes. We may not know EXACTLY what that means ("love at first site"? maybe, but that's your story line), but later on through chapters, there will come a time when one admitts their feelings. Then, they fall in love and start kickin' it (if you know what I mean).

The answer is SOMETIMES.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What the? What are you suggesting...? :giggle:

I meant the discussion to be open in a RL sense but hey now that mention about how it can applied to TGAF... :giggle: :D
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CVA123 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh, I'm sorry. ^^;

I was just using Ruby and Ash as example to make my opinion simple; very clear or understanding. (But just to let you know that I actually like Ruby and Ash as a couple; just for thoughts. :D)

But I'll just say that sex sells sometimes. (Sorry for the bad pair up ^^;)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry? What are you talkin about? I totally support it if you didn't know. :XD:
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CVA123 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Wait what? :confused:

I thought we were talkin' 'bout if sex sells. And then I used Ruby and Ash as an example as a couple; possibly if were kickin' it together. Will sex sell for your characters as well is what I meant. (IT'S JUST AN EXAMPLE!)

:(....... I should get off this subject. T_T I mean yeah I'm young, but hello, it's all tv and internts falut. If they didn't put up playboy people would never have...... I'm gonna shut up now. I'm done. :X
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems like 58% of the participants of the poll are pervs...
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AN1ME Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Yes, it does sell.

As my best friend Lizzie stated to me one day '90% of the stuff on the internet is porn, take that away and all that's left is the boring stuff'.
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AN1ME Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
But i'm not into porn.

I find it degrading and seriously disgusting.

Sure i have an FA account, but i mainly use it because i draw 'tasteful' pieces of artwork.

I prefer doing 'tasteful artwork' because it gives the viewers the illusion of something may happen...so in a way, they have to try and figure out 'is something cheeky gonna happen, or not?'
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BluestreakFUS Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There wasn't a "sometimes" option so I choosed "hell yeah" =P

Sex sells. But pesonally, I like sex only if it's in certain circumstances, as in meaningful and sensual sex, something with emotion, and not just soulless smut like you see too often =P
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Hipster-Coyote Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Okay, I came REEEEEAL close to choosing "what does sex mean" just because I was cracking up. *cough* Anyway. Back to maturity.
Yes, sadly, in todays society sex definitely sells-even if it's only subconscious. If something looks pleasing to us, we're drawn to it-even more so if it has that little hint of something, the little added bit that doesn't go too far but does just enough to draw the viewer in. It's just the way the mind works. Some people have more of a weakness to it then others, that's for sure...
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww so close! XXD

Nah I'd rather you choose what you felt is right for an answer - the bonus is that you've explained why you've chosen your answer. Thanks for sharing your insight! ^^
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Hipster-Coyote Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
:giggle: Haha, yep.
xD Well, It's always good to give your take on things-as long as you're not all yelling it or trying to force it upon someone.
The pleasure's mine mate :'D
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EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Sex sells. In my opinion it's an easy way to sell something, because it's something that calls to any human.

But sometimes I find so many sex related things everywhere (films, advertisements, TV shows,...) that I feel it like an obssession in the society and makes me feel it empty, including myself. Sex is natural, but not the only thing in life!

Besides, a good work, one of those that calls the attention of everybody without the need of sex related contents is, in my opinion, a better work, because it didn't choose the easier way to the success and probably feeds the soul in some way. That also is powerful and very human.

Hope your new work at the casino is going awesome! :hug:
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving my job at the casino at the moment. ;) Why don't you drop by in a lovely dress and sing us a few songs on stage? Probably James Bond/007 is accompanying you. :giggle: :hug:

But yes thanks for your insight and honest feedback! I feel that sex sells too, it's just a very human thing like you said.

How are things going with your studies? And your romantic life with your boyfriend? :D
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EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Bond, James Bond?? O.O Give me one day to find the perfect dress!!! *searches for a dress in her wardrobe*
Mr. Scott, prepare the transporter to Perth, WA Australia NOW! :giggle:

Aww It would be great if transporters like in Star Trek do exist! :D

And with my boyfriend, lately we almost have a relationship in the distance since we are in the exams period and live in different towns. But yeah! There's some romanticism after all! :D

Two exams left! Almost there! XD
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AncestralSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
To be honest i don't see why it shouldn't sell. Not only the thought of it, such as pictures in advertising and what not, but also the act of it.
I don't know if any of you have ever watched a show called ';Pen & Teller's Bullshit' but they do talk about prostitution in one of the episodes.
They go on to say that sex can actually be a safe and profitable business as long as it's done correctly.
I mean you hear all of these horrible stories about prostitutes getting picked up by their clients and never being seen again, so why not just make brothels legal? So long as they are a safe work place to do these acts.
Seriously watch that episode of 'Bullshit' i was telling you about, you'll know what i mean.
So yeah sex sells, and i don't see why it shouldn't.
(Just so you people know, no i am not one of these people that shows skin and flaunts herself all the time, lol ain't got nothing to flaunt :p I'm jut trying to take this from a neutral standpoint)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Now you remind me of the 'Hostel' thriller series... :D :D

Yup I couldn't agree more with ya on your opinion - sex sells - deal with it people. :aww:
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AncestralSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Lol that smilie was supposed to say Pen
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RoareyRaccoon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who draws adult art for people, yes it does XP. I don't really like this site much so I don't submit a gigantic chunk of my work, but where I do hang out a picture with sex in it gets a hell of a lot more attention than a picture which is completely clean. There are a few exceptions to that but all my most popular pieces, save a couple, are pornographic XP.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest this poll is a prologue to what I have planned for later on regarding a sex related Sonic fan art piece... (Gag more like it... ^^)

I bet that this simple idea, when illustrated and published here will be attracting quite a lot of attention. :D I will prove that sex will sell even to the demographic of DA/Sonic Community. :giggle:
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RoareyRaccoon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, you, drawing Sonic porn. Now that would be hilarious, seriously XD.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if it's considered porn... But yeah... It really depends on how far I can take the gag in an illustrative sense. :giggle:

I'm going to doing an illustration based off the recent news of Jason Griffith in a Safe Sex ad... :D
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RoareyRaccoon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I dunno, you should do something dirty just to fuck with people XD.
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felousefarnayne Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am disappointed to say but since most men can't think of anything else it sadly does sell take X Blades for example, with a woman that fights wearing virtually almost nothing it sells well some reason 0_o, sometimes it makes me wonder why people are so concerned about it or even obcessed with it, I mean I don't get it since I am 22 and not had a big interest in it save for beautiful romance pieces ^^; I know I am strange
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