Five Points on Porn

  1. As much as some people would like to see porn vanish, it isn’t. It’s been around for a long time in various forms, and it’s going to persist, so the best thing we can do is mange it in a way that helps more than hurts.
  2. Pornography should be taught on in sex-ed. Simply letting men and women figure it out on their own isn’t working. I watched my first porn when I was 11 because of its availability, but not a single person, even my parents (who knew I was watching it) didn’t educate me about misogyny, objectification, or many of the other drawbacks of porn.
  3. The industry itself is dominated by men and that needs to change. The good ol’ boys club will always seek its own interests over women, and just about anyone else. I don’t know why this is, perhaps it’s a generational thing, but it needs to stop, and the only way that’s going to happen is by bringing equality to porn.
  4. Many of the actresses become victims of rape, STIs, abuse; the list goes on, but if they unionized, they could demand medical, fair pay, obtain legal help, and have representatives on site to ensure women and men aren’t being mistreated.
  5. The legal age is 18, and most women’s porn careers stop around 30. I think the legal age for acting in a pornographic film should be 25, and if the producers of such films really believe a women is done after 30 then they should offer a retirement plan–that’s something the union can help with.
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