Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The porn proposition




Although pornography would not be something that would appeal to me personally. I would have no moral objections to the concept of pornography (by which I mean, the filming of sex between consenting adults, and other adults viewing that material). If it was produced in an ethical way. This would of course instantly exclude things such as sex trafficking, forced pornography and revenge or covert pornography. which are already illegal.

 I started working on this several weeks ago, and soon realised that it is quite a task. So I am interested in any input any of you may have. I need to ensure that it leaves no loopholes and is otherwise air tight in ensuring that no exploitation is able to take place, assuming these guidelines were adhered to.  I would like to expand the piece to include the whole sex industry. And I want to make it clear that I feel that if such guidelines could not be met, then the industry should not exist. This piece is largely to outline exactly where my objection with the sex industry lies and is merely a thought experiment into what an ethical sex industry might look like, if such a thing were possible.

I am not going to address the affects on the viewers of pornographic material here, only the affects and protection of those involved in the production.

Time and time again during my research I have found examples of unethical practices within the porn industry that have lead to permanent physical and emotional damage to its performers.


Testimonials from ex-porn actors, contain physical abuses such as choking, slapping, forcible insertions into the throat causing haemorrhaging of the throat and eyes caused by asphyxiation. Rupturing of the vaginal and anal lining caused by insertion of foreign objects and fisting. Bacterial infections caused by transference from the anus to the vagina or mouth. As well as being urinated or defecated upon. Semen and other fluids coming on contact with the eyes causing infections. And sexually transmitted diseases leading to long term damage such as infertility to name a few.

The emotional harm can include feelings of worthlessness and degradation. Self hate and self objectification. Depression, complex PTSD, substance addiction and even suicide.These are not fringe examples and are in fact some of the most popular types of pornography.


Coercion and manipulation plays a large part in the recruitment of young women into pornography.


 Agents of the porn industry will target young and naive girls, Women who have a history of sexual abuse are often targeted by producers, as they know they will be easy to manipulate.
Advertisements for glamour modelling, or being approached by agents who at the time will focus on money. [2] On university campuses for example, where it is played as a way to cover tuition fees. Many are runaways from broken homes. Who often end up in strip clubs, then are approached by scouts to enter into pornography.

'When you tell a person what they can’t have, they’ll often try to convince you that you’re wrong. This is especially true for the college aged who have recently left the safety of the nest to try their wings out on their own for the first time. When recruiting new porn actresses, I understood this very well and used it to my advantage.' [3]

Ex porn actors say they were often not told the details of what they will be asked to do, until right before they are expected to do it. Where they learn they will be obligated to perform an act they may not be willing to. Aggression is often used to make them conform.

Well, you’re gonna do it or we’re not gonna pay you, we’re going to sue you.’ And now with the Internet they tell the girls, ‘If you don’t do this scene, we’re going to send your porn to your family members, we’re gonna ruin your reputation, you’re never gonna work again' [1] [4]

Testimonies have shown that although a performer may at one time say they they are happy with what they are doing, they often come out later to say that in fact they were not. And for whatever reason they were compelled or coerced to lie.

You sometimes have to lie on the job (or be quiet) in order to “maintain the fantasy” for men or your image.

“Instantly the grilling started. He (Howard Stern) seemed determined to know what had a made a girl like me become a porn star. I told him I loved. Sex. I told him I loved the attention. But it wasn’t enough for him. He kept saying that something didn’t compute. He asked if I had a screwed-up childhood, and I said no. He asked if my parents had been strict, and I said no. He asked if my dad and I still talked, and I said we did. He asked if my mom minded what I was doing, and I said no. I had decided in advance that it was better not to discuss her death on the air. I didn’t think I could handle it.” (Pg. 391)
“But then Howard asked me if I’d ever been molested or abused. It was the one question I wasn’t prepared for.”
‘No’, I told Howard, in answer to his question. I lied like a rug. I wasn’t ready to tell anybody about any of this, (being gang raped, beaten and left for dead), and I certainly wasn’t ready to deal with Howard’s reaction. I didn’t want anyone to think that I was in the business because I was a victim.” (Pgs. 391 and 395) by Jenna Jameson [6]

Although this may not be typical of all producers of pornography. A porn video that has been produced unethically is, by its self indistinguishable from one that has been produced ethically.[34][35]
And I think that profiteers of pornography should adhere to precedents set in other industries.

  1. No active recruitment
    That no employers or representatives from the porn industry actively solicit or attempt to recruit young men or women into the industry.*

*Pornographers should have to demonstrate that they're performers were not coerced into doing anything. And I would consider active recruitment to be nothing less that coercion.

  1. Informed consent
    Employers should be responsible for insuring employees understand fully the nature of the role, and the long term ramifications of it. And are capable of making a reasoned choice about what they are doing.

*by ensuring, for example that they are emotionally mature enough to fully understand the long term ramifications. That they are free from addiction, which may influence their judgement.

They should also be informed of the dangers of certain sex acts such as anal sex.

    They should also be obligated to inform them of their rights under law.

  1. Responsibility for physical and emotional well being
    The employer should be responsible for ensuring that the employee is of suitable emotional well being before they start.*

*by ensuring, for example that they are emotionally mature enough to fully understand the long term ramifications. That they are free from addiction, which may influence their judgement.

    Employers should be responsible for the physical, mental and emotional well being of it's employees.*
*by ensuring that employees undertake a regular physical health test, which should include:
A weekly STD screening.
A physical examination of sexual organs for signs of injuries sustained whilst working. To include an ultra-sound scan in order to detect any signs of infertility due to pelvic inflammatory disease such as chlamydia which can have no symptoms but is a known cause of infertility.

    Employers should be held liable for any physical or emotional effects caused by what they have asked their employees to do.

  1. Right to withdraw
    The right to withdraw from any participation at any point without giving a reason. and at no point should they be physically inhibited from doing so.*

*all contracts should include a 'get out clause', allowing performs to cease activities at any point. And upon doing so, that choice should be accepted, and no effort to coerce the performer into continuing should be allowed to take place. 

References and other links

[4] This former porn star is exposing porn’s secrets

[5] A Chat With Author and Former Pornographer Dave Pounder | Psychology Today:
 
[6] Jenna Jameson's 25 Good Reasons Why No One Would Ever Want To Become a Porn Star -- (Compiled by AntiPornography.org):

[7] Ex Porn Star Emily Eve Story

[8] Pimpin’ ain’t easy: Creepiest pornstar interview of ALL TIME? | Dangerous Minds:

[9] The Content of Mainstream Pornography:

[10] sex industry stats and research

[11] Study Shows STD Rates Much Higher in Adult Film Performers | Business Wire:

[12] Pornography Statistics 2013 | Covenant Eye  

[13] Young women don't know what they are getting into(video) 

[14] The Cruelty of the Pornographers' Speech:

[15] JORA008 - Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Later Sexual Victimization Among Runaway Youth.pdf:

[16] Shocking footage of a girls porn interview

[17] Shocking Footage of Women Abused on the Porn Set (a California 
workplace)

[18] 'Porn Stars' and the Sex Industry: Take a Closer Look!

[19] Porn rehab in Bakersfield

[20] there has been a lot of pain involved with doing scenes they didn't want to do"

[21] Recruitment 'Models wanted'

[22] Porn performers have typically grown up in circumstances of parental deprivation, abuse, or both.

[23] Therefore they could literally fuck a girl up for life and she can do nothing about it

[24] Pornography is a form of prostitution(The meese report)

[25] Aggression and Sexual Behavior in Best-Selling Pornography Videos

[26] Growing Up in a Pornified Culture (tedtalk video)

[27] Child Sexual Abuse Links to Later Sexual Exploitation/High-Risk sexual Behavior

[28]  Most Successful Male Porn Star Of All Time Speaks Out On Porn

[29] Jessica's Story: My Life As A Porn Star

[30] Health & Safety in the Adult Film Industry

[31] Ex-Porn star stories

[32]  Skin Diamond Beat by KINK Producer on Her Birthday(warning graphic images)

[33]  Belle Knox has history of cutting herself and child sexual abuse - See more at: https://www.shelleylubben.com/shelleys-blog/porn-star-belle-knox-sex-trafficking-victim-and-child-sexual-abuse 

[34] Japan's porn industry forcing women into sex acts against their will

[35] Human rights report into violation of girls and women in the porn industry

[36] The porn industry is abusive and women telling it like it is

 [37] Nikki Benz, who alleges she was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted while shooting a porn film for Brazzers

 [38]  six women have now publicly accused porn actor James Deen of sexual assault

[39] California votes to reject law forcing porn stars to use condoms

[40] Duke University Porn Star Belle Knox Who Said “Porn Is Empowering" Reveals Sad Truth about being raped

[41] Porn producer arrested over filming of 16-year-old girl

[42]  Cal/OSHA also cited Kink.com for 13 violations of safety laws that exposed workers to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

[43]  Karmen Karma Kicked Drug Habit, Left the Porn Industry

[44]  Bruno Dickemz Another Violent Male Performer Allowed to Flourish in Porn

[45]  Sean Tompkins, is supporting this pornstar who helped pimp underage girls to pedophiles 

[46]  Bree Olson is seeking $100,000 to take care of the cost of three months in treatment to get her off drugs, which she claims took over her life after a stint in the porn industry

[47]  A Los Angeles Porn Industry Agent Tried to Recruit a Minor into Signing Illegal Sex Contract 

[48]  A retired adult film star has warned the growing appetite for ‘abuse’ porn is damaging amateur female performers, who are expected to take part in increasingly extreme scenes.

[49] Investigation regarding Kink.com "The production involved acts considered high-risk for the transmission of HIV"

 [50] Peter Acworth and KINK.com have profited the most from James Deen. They will keep promoting a rapist and selling videos of real rape

[51] The former porn actress and doctor to the industry, Dr Sharon Mitchell, has described some of the results of the type and duration of sex demanded by directors: “I sit there everyday and I sew up anal tears and anal prolapse

[52] Extreme anal the voice of porn performers 

[53] 'Revenge porn' posted on pornography sites

Please note that this is a working blog,I shall be updating periodically.
Thank you for reading...

Written by
Suzzan Blac and Simon Hooper

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