BeautifulAgony.com launched in 2004 as a response to what the founders saw as a vacuum of real erotica on the Internet. It features videos of contributors’ o-faces, i.e. orgasms from the neck up. Hundreds and hundreds of videos later — they update each weekday — the site is still going strong. It’s heavy-breathing sexy without being obscene in the slightest — quite an accomplishment. You have to pay to join ($14.95 a month) but there are plenty of free samples in case your sex life is on a recession-induced budget. We chatted with c0-founder Lauren Olney about the site:
Do you post every video you receive?
Unfortunately not all the videos we receive make the cut. Mostly it’s technical problems that prevent us from using a contribution: poor lighting, framing, or flashing a little too much flesh. Anything that’s obviously faked or exaggerated will also get politely declined we’re looking for authenticity, genuine emotion — and believe me, after five years, we know how to spot a fake! We also require a Confessions interview with each Beautiful Agony submission, so if a contributor is not willing to speak openly and honestly about themselves and/or their experiences on camera, then we can’t really use their “o-face” video, no matter how sensational it might be.
So how do you determine if someone’s faking it?
Recently I worked out I’ve witnessed something in the region of 2,500 orgasms since the project began and I can honestly say, after that many, it really does just becomes second nature! Genuine emotion is in the tiniest, tell-tale details: the sex-flush, dilating pupils, beads of sweat, the sounds, the breathing rhythms, the body language. Of course you get wild screamers, but you’re going on an intense journey with that person and so you really see how their experience evolves. The Confessions interviews are very helpful at providing an insight into individual personalities too. But really, what’s the point in contributing if you’re going to fake it? Most people are honest in their approach to Beautiful Agony, and those few that aren’t really just misunderstand the concept of the project. All the exaggerated porn faces, the “oohs” and “aaahs” and “”fuck me, fuck me harder baby, oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah…” — that isn’t an orgasm, that’s bad acting!