Porn

The porn industry gets a bad wrap from a lot of people. There are a lot of issues that people have, but it seems that the main issue is it is unethical. I agree. Porn is unethical because it is demeaning and has negative consequences for women and men who are involved in its making, but not for the obvious reasons. As our culture becomes more globalized, sex will become less taboo. As evident with apps like Tinder and SnapChat, as well as most colleges (including religious colleges), sex is already becoming more commercialized, and it doesn’t seem to be having a drastic effect on the economy or causing the end of the world. In fact, our economy already experienced problems, and these were the result of older (possibly under-sexed) generations.
So then, what exactly is my problem with porn? It isn’t the watching of porn. If anything, this probably has a positive effect, allowing people to live out sexual fantasies that their partners (or lack therefore of) will not entertain. The issue is how porn is produced. The issue is that people who go into porn are generally unsuited to get a good job after porn.
The question is why this happens, and I would put forth a few reasons. First, a disproportionate number of women who go into porn are then stigmatized by both men (who watched their videos while masturbating) and women who consider them to be “whores” when their time runs out. This makes them less employable, see After Porn Ends, and thus hurts their chances. Furthermore, many people go into porn when they are young and lack an awareness of everything that becoming a porn actor or actress brings. This leads occasionally to excessive spending and under saving, making these actors ill-equiped to live for any period afterwards without income.
To recap, the main issues are:
-stigmatization by those who previously enjoyed their product
-the relatively short employment period
-and a lack of skills that transfer well into other jobs.
This obviously does not include the issue of STDs, but this is a regulatory issue rather than a fundamental ethical problem within the industry.

This brings me to the final portion: possible fixes that will never be enacted because old people don’t want to get their hands sticky.
-Changing attitudes towards porn actors: By increasing acceptance of porn actors, possibly through campaigns where people admit to watching porn (obviously something that would never happen), there could be an increase in post-porn acceptance of actors.
-Increasing the dissemination of information to aspiring porn stars to make them aware, especially for porn stars like (WARNING: This is a link to Sasha Grey’s porn website) Sasha Grey and others that started at a young age, that there is a relatively low chance of becoming famous and it is necessary to be ready to pursue other options within 5 years of starting.
-Increasing the availability of non-profit training sessions available to actors, allowing them to develop other skills, however trivial, that will make them employable post-production.
-Financial planning: Clearly this is something that most of the US could benefit from, but holding even basic financial planning classes for porn actors would allow them to better use their profits from acting to ensure that they will be able to make the career jump, and possibly be unemployed for a few months, after they decide to end their career.

And yes, I do watch porn.

2 thoughts on “Porn

  1. I stopped using tinder a few weeks ago… too many douches for my liking lol. My coworker showed me cliqie.com and I’m a big fan of that over the others in terms of actually meeting people vs. just entertainment. It has a different approach that feels less sketchy cause you and your friends essentially act as “wingmen”. I like that it helps you find things to do too. Skout’s okay too, but still has it’s fair share of creepers

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