I recently published a podcast featuring interviews with seven British porn stars. The idea for this had been generated several months earlier, when I was confronted by a variety of so-called progressives demanding I accept that pornography was “exploitative”. Knowing some people in the sex industries, I was sceptical. In my experience, those who attack the sex trade, in any form, tend to be more concerned about the “sex” part than the “trade” part.
Having been told that the trade exploits and abuses women (not men apparently – just women), I tried to respond, but was informed that, as a man, my views on sexuality are not to be trusted. So instead, I went to meet and interview female porn stars; I naively thought that perhaps, the voices of women who know the industry first-hand would change the minds of those who hate what they do.
Today, one of the women I interviewed sent me a link to the Independent newspaper; finally someone has scientifically studied the feelings of the women themselves, and the results confirm what I was told during the interviews – porn stars are happy with their work, and don’t do it (as moralists assume) to make up for childhood abuse or other bad experience. In a nutshell, they get paid (plenty) to do what they enjoy doing.
The link came along with the following words:
Hurray! A positive article for a change!! X
This won’t sway anti-sex feminist groups like Object or UK Feminista; but it may at least help those poor liberal-minded guys n’ girls who enjoy porn, but feel guilty about it.