Here are some examples of porn’s dark side:
1. Porn recruiting efforts are usually deceptive and manipulative. They will advertise large amounts of money for “modeling” or “nude modeling”. Women show up hoping to make the promised amount of money and then find out it’s not actually modeling and instead it is porn. Most women that do porn never thought it was something they would do. However, people are more likely to say yes when they are manipulated in this way.
2. Porn stars have repeatedly admitted to being on pain killers, alcohol, or drugs to get through the scenes. This is because the scenes are often very painful and it’s the only way they can get through them. Additionally, getting porn actors addicted to drugs or alcohol helps to keep them stuck in the industry as they depend on money and more drugs/alcohol.
3. Porn stars are often pressured into doing things they don’t want to during filming such as anal. Sometimes it happens without their consent during filming in which case the only way out of it would be to leave and not get paid. Other times they can be pressured into doing it by the director or their agent.
4. Safe sex is not encouraged and the actors are under a lot of pressure to film without protection. Even if the actors want to use condoms the directors and producers put a high amount of pressure on the actors to do it without. They say things like “we’ll get someone else who can do it”.
So, while nobody is forcing porn actors to be in the porn industry, the industry is manipulative and abusive as the examples show. Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a powerful force which can hook the actors into a vicious cycle that’s hard to break free. Additionally, with porn comes stigmas and lowered self-esteem. I’m not saying porn actors don’t have a choice or that they can’t leave. Rather, I’m pointing out the challenges they face in this industry and the pitfalls that keep them there.
Here are some video confessions from ex-porn stars talking about their true experiences. Warning: this testimony is very powerful and shocking.
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Porn is really another piece of sex trafficking. Just like escorting, stripping, and prostitution, porn is very much part of the sex trafficking and exploitation of women. This is hard for many people to accept as we like to believe the women are paid, willing, and doing this of their own free will. However, the examples show manipulation, abuse, and how it can be hard for women to leave the industry. Prostitution is very similar in many respects. Women might choose to be a prostitute but they are often exploited and abused in that occupation. They often resort to drugs/alcohol to cope with it but this also makes them prone to addiction and less likely to leave the occupation. And just like prostitutes, women in the porn industry often share similar stories of sexual abuse as children. If the porn industry attracts women that were molested and sexually abused growing up, it cannot be the positive idealized industry we once imagined.
For more testimony from former porn stars see the quotes here and here.
Does this change your view of porn? Share your thoughts in the comments.