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What you should know about ethically produced porn

 

Many believe that pornography is a way of expressing human sexuality and if it is not viewed through the lens of culture and religion, it would not be thought of as marriage-wrecking, addictive, erection-deflating, or dangerous to a person’s sexual expression. In this light, they defend as okay what has been named as ethically produced porn. Let us take a look at ethically produced porn, what it means, and how beneficial it can be.

Ethically produced porn can be defined as that which is made legally, respects the rights of performers, has good working conditions, shows both fantasy and real-world sex, and celebrates sexual diversity. It is an accepted belief that abuse against women is a major problem in the porn industry. Would violence-free, non-misogynist, and fairly-paid porn be possible? Would the porn be ethical, or are there other concerns?

It’s hard to separate violence and sex in lots of today’s internet pornography. Easily accessible content includes simulated rape, women being slapped, punched, and subject to multitudes of misogynistic insults.

It’s also harder than ever to deny that pornography use, given its addictive, misogynistic, and violent nature, has a range of negative impacts on consumers. First exposure to internet porn in Western countries takes place before puberty for a significant fraction of children today.  A disturbingly high proportion of teenage boys and young men today believe rape myths as a result of porn exposure. Plus there is evidence suggesting exposure to violent, X-rated material leads to a dramatic increase in the perpetration of sexual violence.

Suppose that this was the kind of porn commonly found online:

  • Though this might be unrealistic, let us imagine that sex can be depicted as realistic, consensual, non-misogynistic, and safe (condoms and all).
  • Performers fully and properly consented to everything filmed.
  • Regulation ensured only people who were educated, had other employment options were allowed to perform.
  • Performers did not have a history of sexual abuse or underage porn exposure.
  • Pristine sexual health was a prerequisite for becoming a porn performer.
  • The porn industry cut any ties they are alleged to have with sex trafficking and similarly exploitative activity.

 

Reasons to avoid porn totally

Porn can prevent totally capable people from taking on the challenge to build and maintain a meaningful relationship with another person, and have three-dimensional sexuality. It doesn’t demand consideration of another person’s sexual boundaries, or sexual preferences.

Porn presents as a reward, repeated moments of instant gratification with little effort input. Therefore, consuming it has the potential to lengthen an adolescence stage, without pushing the user to enter into complicated sexual relationships. Having a healthy, adult relationship requires a lot of communication and effort, but results in character-building.

Based on this line of thinking, there is still something totally damaging about the consumption of porn, even if it were produced “ethically.”

Even apart from the harm to a porn user’s brain, their relationships, and the world around them, porn remains unethical in its very nature. It turns into sex, a deeply profound expression of our humanity, into something that is completely disposable and two-dimensional. Fighting against porn means fighting for love, and fighting for real relationships.

The value of cost

Which leads us to our next crossroads: the Internet. Whether it’s your weekly grocery run or a new impulse gadget at 2 am, the online sphere has opened our world to everything porn included. While those free tube sites are handy, they sadly don’t necessarily promote ethical porn ideals.

Higher quality often means a higher price tag, so ethical porn almost always will come with a cost. However, when paying for the material makes it feasible for production companies to then pay their performers decently, it’s clearly worth doing. Especially since it also can make the viewer feel more invested in what (and who) they’re watching.

Pornography produced with compassion

Speaking of who, the philosophy of who you see onscreen defines ethical porn in the first place. Ethical porn aims to feature a wide variety of genders, body types, races, and sexualities. This is important to illustrate how sex really is (and should be) among all lovers out there. Representation matters.

Ethical production companies go to great lengths to ensure they have explicit consent from their performers for any and everything that goes down on camera. They operate in the mindset that when talent is treated fairly, they inherently perform better. The best news is it results in a much more pleasurable viewing experience for everyone else. It’s such a turn-on to know the actors are having just as much fun performing, as you are watching them.

Using pornography ‘ethically’

So if you want to kickstart your path to being an ethical porn consumer, we are here to help. Researching production companies behind the content is always a great place to start. Ensure they’re taking ethical approaches to create content, and have solid consent policies to back it all up. Beginning to pay for material supports these companies’ philosophies, and enables them to keep producing their saucy content. Taking time to watch bonus behind-the-scenes/making-of footage helps showcase performers’ enthusiasm for the art they’re making.

 

Resources

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-21/ethical-porn-does-it-exist-and-where-do-you-find-it/8091266#:~:text=Ethical%20porn%20can%20be%20defined,problem%20in%20the%20porn%20industry.

https://fightthenewdrug.org/why-its-not-possible-to-produce-ethical-porn/

https://goop.com/wellness/sexual-health/can-porn-be-ethical/\

http://sexwithemily.com/ethical-porn/

 

 

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