If I am remembering this correctly- that the way to find my porn name is to combine the name of the first street I lived on with the name of my first pet- then my porn name is awesome: Max Beth. As an English instructor, it doesn’t get much better than some porn with a Shakespearean twist. Maybe my tagline could be “Screw your courage to the sticking-place” or “Is this a dagger which I see before me?”
We have porn names, striptease classes, and a holiday dedicated to slutty outfits; I’m pretty sure that there’s a little part in all of us that wants to work in the sex industry. I mean, hell, we’re sexual beings, and who isn’t curious about what it’s like to have strangers putting dollar bills in your panties? Oh, you’re not? Yeah, me neither.
Well, for those of you who are, I’d like to make one suggestion: let’s leave our porn name out of our email addresses. Or, let me rephrase that: let’s at least leave our porn name out of email addresses we use for our academic and professional correspondence.
Once I received a student email from email@example.com. I hope I wasn’t projecting my Urban Cowboy fantasies onto my student; cowboywoody is a little suggestive, right? After learning that this student referred to himself as cowboywoody, it was a bit difficult to take him and his work seriously. But, he was not the only one: I receive emails from cuteass this and hottie that. I’m just not sure that is the kind of image you want to project to someone like your future employer- unless it’s Hef. I recommend using some version of your non-porn name, the one on your birth certificate.
Using your given name in your email address is not always that simple, though. You may type in your name and discover that your name has already been taken. When that is the case, a common practice is to add a number after it, like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. Might I suggest that you don’t include 0 in that number. It’s hard to tell between a zero and the letter O, especially when handwritten.
Oh, and stay away from 69 and 420 too- unless you're applying as Snoop Dogg's assistant.