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Anteros Media: Sex and magic cartoon ponies

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Anteros Media: Sex and magic cartoon ponies

During the summer of 2011, banished to my sofa with a carton of orange juice and a summer cold, a friend suggested I watch a little show called My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I was vaguely aware of the show at the time, as it had been slowly popping up all over the internet, but it was only after blazing through the first season that I understood the appeal. It was well written and beautifully animated, yes. But more than that, the entire thing was just so unabashedly cheerful, good-natured and unrelentingly positive it was impossible not to like it.

I bring this up because, to the best of my knowledge, it’s the best way I can describe what Anteros Media is. The site had been gaining followers slowly on Twitter for a few months before releasing its beta version, but by the time it was out, I was curious enough to grab a membership and see exactly what was going on here.

Named after Anteros, the Greek god of requited love, Anteros Media’s main goal is to feature men who connect on a sexual and spiritual level. Yes, these guys are hot, and you’re watching them make hot, sweet, man-love on one another, but it’s the fact that they actually know and love each other (platonically or romantically) that makes it work.

The first thing I noticed when I logged in to Anteros is how it starts off with no-holds-barred happiness. If you’re the kind of person who needs things with an edge of cynicism or misanthropy, chances are this site will be like pouring holy water over a vampire. The models are all gay, healthy and pleasant, and they perform not merely for the sake of collecting paycheques, but because they actually love what they do and love the people they’re working with. I know, how weird is that?

Despite being a new site, still in its beta stage, I found that it is easy to navigate and operates well. The video streaming is smooth, and despite its age, the site has an impressive selection. It also features a library of essays and literature on porn and sex, which I thought was a nice testament to its brand of intelligent porn. Not only that, but its FAQ and support sections are informative and helpful. And the best part of all: the site is ad-free. Admittedly, it may not have the polish of some big sites, but the product speaks for itself.

If I had to summarize my experience with Anteros in one word, I’d say the whole thing is pleasant. Like My Little Pony, it balances strong artistic merit with such an earnest embracing of optimism that it becomes almost infectious. Yes, friendship and happiness and love and respect might not be the coolest things ever, but ultimately, there are worse things to believe in.
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I'm hot now
I love it when you use big, catty words. Remind me to bring the really big basket next time to catch the purses falling out of your mouth.
Hey JR from Toronto!
They don't use cue cards.

No, I'm not associated with the site, but Devon Hunter is a friend of mine, so I'm in a position to know.

I suppose you're entitled to your opinion, and maybe the extemporaneous nature of the interaction on the site isn't for you, but I thought I ought to correct your misconception.

Whew! I made it through that comment without being as catty as you were! I'm proud of myself!

Wait a minute.

Oops.

Sorry!

*waves*
Visited the site and...
Oh, god, make them stop talking! Stop the grade-school-level reading off the cue-cards! Stop talking! Oh, my brain hurts!
Anteros Media
Great article Jeremy. With declining profits in the last few years studios seem to be ever searching for the next “new” thing and I feel have gotten side tracked into producing more and more violent and extreme content. Making some feel like they need to sanitize their keyboards after clicking on a site.

As the adult entertainment business once again goes through one of its many transitions and incarnations maybe www.AnterosMedia.com and sites like it are just what the industry needs. I say what is wrong with feeling GOOD & POSITIVE after leaving an adult site?
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