People who criticize the porn industry are thinking about humanity.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the women who have so few options and so few ways of making money that they start working in porn to pay the bills rather than starve or work at a job that won’t support their families.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the girls who are raped or abused as children, and end up in the porn industry because of some boyfriend or some promise of fortune, and who have no way of escaping because they have no home to go back to.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the women in the industry who consent to certain acts, but then are forced to do acts that they did not consent to under threat of revoked pay.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the porn workers who have lifelong permanent medical issues, stds, PTSD, depression, or other mental health issues because of what they experienced in the porn industry, who have no recourse because there is no regulation, no care for these workers, and they are tossed aside like garbage when no longer profitable.
We’re thinking of the humanity of the little girls and young women whose only education of sex has come from porn, so that they think violence is normal, and performance and male pleasure is what sex is about.
We’re thinking about the humanity of women of color, of trans people, of disabled people, of women with mental disorders, emotional disorders, and eating disorders, all of whom are fetishized in porn.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the women whose public breakdowns after performing a scene in which they were emotionally or physically hurt are still online to this day, and are being used as masturbation fodder for men who hate women.
We’re thinking about the humanity of survivors of child sexual abuse, both the children who are in the videos that are actually on porn sites, and the children whom those same videos will be or have been used to groom and harm.
We’re thinking about the humanity of boys who grew up in this toxic culture, who struggle to see women as fully formed human beings and treat their female peers with contempt, and sexually harass and assault them.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the adult men who run and fund the porn industry, who say hateful, evil things about women, and who profit from misogyny and abuse of women, and think this is justified because they believe women deserve to be subjugated.
We’re thinking about the humanity of the men who read all of this, all the statistics and all of the horrific experiences of ex porn workers, and still care more about their access to porn then they care about the women whose lives they’re hurting.
Where is their humanity?
Where is yours?