Is Porn Unethical?

As a 17 year old boy, I watch porn. I am not ashamed to admit this because I see it as a perfectly natural function of our human desires. But that really doesn’t answer my question. Lets explore this issue.

The conservative view to pornography is that it is degrading to women. But is this really a good point rather than a useless one? Both(or more) parties involved in the scene know exactly what they are doing, and are okay with it. If they are not, they simply do not do the scene and do something else. If they were not okay with doing porn, then they wouldn’t get into the business.

Perhaps they are not porn stars by choice, and do it because they have no other way to make money. But this is often not the case. Many porn stars could have made money the ‘honest’ way, and this is the case more often then not. Listening to a lot of interviews, it seems that most porn stars became porn stars because they wanted too, not because it was their only option. Maybe it was their only option, but this still raises issues. Because this is the case for millions of people. They do jobs that they do not want to do because they have little choice.

Though my view is simple, it is one likely not to change. Perhaps there is a reason why I make sure to delete my history and make sure no one is home before I watch it. But I think it might be the same reason why I lock the door to the bathroom. Both are in my mind embarrassing and it is not something that you would want someone to watch you doing. But they are both also perfectly normal human functions that should not be considered immoral.

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One Response to Is Porn Unethical?

  1. Wolf says:

    Many men don’t want to think about the women in porn as real people with real problems, because then they would have to admit they are for getting off to images of hurt women being hurt some more.
    You invent this fantasy world wherein women, all women, have free choices, one of which is to do porn or not. You do not mention sexual abuse as a relevant factor in the ‘choice’ to do sex work. You do not mention how poverty in combination with sexual abuse could be an incentive to work in prostitution or porn. Not connecting poverty, sexual abuse and the status of women in society to their ‘choice’ to work in porn, and their status in porn, is to be politically unaware.
    To you, the degradation of women in and of itself is not a valid criticism of porn. As long as that degradation fuels your orgasm, it’s fine. After all, it isn’t hurting *you*. It is, however, hurting the women you have sex with, and the woman/women you may eventually marry. You may nag them to do things they don’t enjoy, and you will blame *them* for the ‘choice’ they made to, say, do anal, at your request. What a slut!
    Think about this for a second. The depiction of women being physically and emotionally hurt does not bother you. What does that tell you about yourself? Why is it that being physically hurt for money is ok? Would *you* want to be sexually humiliated for money? Why do you choose not to? Is it perhaps because you’re lucky enough to have other options? Because you’re not single with two children? Because your husband didn’t just ditch you with the bills? Because you’re not a girl who was serially raped at 14, 15, 16 and landed in porn after living on the streets for weeks?
    Sex work is not like regular work. So saying millions of people do jobs they don’t really want to do is a particularly poor defense of your own porn viewing habits. Sex work restricts your future options severely. Once a girl has been in a porno, she can never be a teacher (or only until someone finds out). I especially hate these ‘scandals’ because all the students and all the teachers are watching the porn, which is supposedly moral and fine, but oh-noes!-teacher-must-give-right-example! if a woman has actually acted in a porn film, she is not seen as a woman reformed, who is teaching children and doing something wonderful with her life. She instead falls under the category ‘once a whore, always a whore’, and gets thrown right back into the gutter whence she came.
    A woman will never be fired for once having worked at McDonald’s, the local grocery store, or a myriad other jobs that pay little and exploit people. Yes, every job is exploitative, that is the nature of the system we live in, but sex work is worse. It has much higher risks, fewer benefits, little future prospects outside the industry.
    Do not underestimate the utter contempt most men have for women. They have been hating women for so long, they don’t even realise it anymore: it’s normality to them. It’s easy to feel powerful when you can smash someone else to pieces. That’s what porn offers the viewer: a chance to feel powerful, by destroying someone else.
    Do yourself a favour: think critically, not lazily, about porn. Undo the mental programming of getting off to violence. Your future wife will thank you for it.

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