Why Porn is Harmful To Women

In a recent issue of Glamour. I find a refreshing and intriguing article written by Rashida Jones. A woman I find to not only be attractive but a great actress as well. She explored the explosion of porn into mainstream culture. I found the article to be well written and delightful. Jones discussed why Porn is harmful to women. I could not help but agree. Her article lead me to write this blog posting. 

First of all, these porn stars are negative role models. They give girls the idea that selling your body is better than having an honest job. They all speak of being empowered but I cannot find having sex with lots of people and being covered in body fluids as empowering. Our power lies in getting an education and working hard. I am no way "slut" shaming as someone with a somewhat fun past. I get women and girls must have fun. We all marry or grow out of it. 


I find the "Teen" genre of porn to be disgusting that any guy over 21 years old could get off to a girl that was in High School the year before. The girls look like the younger end of the teen spectrum almost child like. Even grown women are passed off as "teens" through the use of makeup and certain types of clothing. The empowered women instead of the so called "empowered" women they are representing right? A magazine I used to flip through during college was called "tight." The girls in the magazine look no older than 18-20 years old. They are stripped of any pubic hair making them prepubescent again. The magazine Club and Cherie presents scenarios such as student teacher and employee boss role play. 

Porn also exploits women. I've read on other forums Women are forced to do scenes that are extreme or force being blacklisted. The women are also exposed to STD's. Belladonna a seasoned starlet was abused on set. I remember watching this scene and seeing the hard smack land across her face and she did not look happy she looked like she wanted to cry. I remember watching a documentary about her where she admitted the male performer wasn't supposed to be so rough. Nowadays, Belladonna is conditioned and a veteran her scenes make most professional call girls blush. 


Indeed some of the more known porn stars have "crossed" over such as Jenna Jameson and Sasha Grey. But the fact remains that you will always be known as porn star. Do you think Belladonna could quit tomorrow and join the local PTA? No, everyone has seen her videos that explore some extreme acts and fetishes. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be one of her kids. 

I myself have some experience with the adult industry that I wish not to discuss. However, I can say when I started I felt empowered by the end I felt used and abused. The adult industry is for men  made mostly by men and consumed by men. As someone who battles with this addiction. I feel like watching porn cheated me of true intimacy with my past boyfriends and husband. Imagine how sex might have been without pornography in the mix. It shaped my sexual orientation and desires. So I ask you, is Porn Bad for Women?? 







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