A Look Back at 2016 in Porn & Sex

2016 has been an incredible, almost unbelievable year, for reasons both good and bad. How did it shape up when it came to porn and sex? We offer our yearly retrospective of both, as seen through the eyes of the Adult Empire Blog.

January

  • 1/12: The Playboy mansion is put up for sale.
  • 1/15: Former pornstar Alexis Ford escapes a tough scrape by successfully emergency-landing a plane.
  • 1/18: Wanted wins Feature of the Year at the 2016 XBIZ Awards.
  • 1/19: CNBC reveals its yearly Dirty Dozen, toplined by Carter Cruise.
  • 1/23: Riley Reid cleans up at the 2016 AVN Awards.
  • 1/24: A Michigan driver crashes and is killed while masturbating to porn behind the wheel.

February

  • 2/23: Axel Braun announces an ambitious plan to fund a Star Wars porn sequel with crowd-sourced funds. (The effort later falls short of its goal.)

March

  • 3/3: President-to-be Donald Trump assures debate viewers he is well-endowed.
  • 3/9: Bree Olson grabs headlines when she opens up about the stigmas associated with being a pornstar.
  • 3/14: An informal survey reveals that most pornstars prefer Bernie Sanders as their presidential candidate.
  • 3/25: Playboy Enterprises goes up for sale.

April

May

  • 5/5: A new study finds that half of men fake orgasms.
  • 5/9: The famous Magic Wand cracks Time’s list of influential gadgets.

June

  • 6/2: Japan’s vagina kayak artist is found guilty.
  • 6/17: Adult Empire introduces VR porn.

July

August

  • 8/1: Donald Trump signs the controversial anti-porn pledge.
  • 8/5: Pipedream creates the world’s largest dildo.
  • 8/8: Katrina Jade wins AE’s Empire Girl contest (her AE Films showcase movie will debut in 2017).
  • 8/12: Aussie star Angela White announces she’s moving to the United States and signing on as a Spiegler Girl.
  • 8/22: Kendra Sunderland, Oregon’s “Library Girl,” makes her hardcore debut as part of Greg Lanksy‘s Vixen line.
  • 8/24: Olympic ne’er-do-well Ryan Lochte is offered a spokeman gig by Autoblow’s Brian Sloan.

September

  • 9/6: Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof tries to recruit disgraced politician Anthony Weiner as social media manager for his brothel.
  • 9/14: Eva Lovia turns free agent after a successful tenure as a Digital Playground contract star.
  • 9/15: New York City is forced to revamp its web kiosk program after the wireless hot spots are rampantly abused for porn use.
  • 9/20: Adult Empire Unlimited passes the 200,000 scenes mark.

October

November

  • 11/8: Prop 60, California’s controversial condom proposal, is voted down.
  • 11/23: Disney is forced to change the Italian title of its movie Moana because of confusion with a popular pornstar.
  • 11/29: California considers banning lawyer-client sex.
  • 11/30: A petition asks that Mia Khalifa be named as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

December

  • 12/2: The house from Boogie Nights hits the market.
  • 12/6: Asa Akira introduces a candle line.
  • 12/19: California sex shop employees ward off a wannabe robber with a bombardment of sex toys.
  • 12/27: Vivid announces its yearly sex-tape wish list.