Is Porn Dangerous?

I apologize for not making a blog post in nearly two weeks; I just started school and had a lot of things to do outside of the computer. I also apologize for the lack of philosophy-based posts, and this will likely be my last one concerning ethics in a long time. I will focus more of theistic arguments and try to examine them carefully. If someone can point me to some unknown atheist arguments too, that would be great! Now on with the blog post about porn(my specialty).

I have a few Christian friends; some intelligent, some…. Not so much. And although they do not really care about how dangerous pornography can be, it is still an issue that I thought was an interesting one. A theist may use this as an argument against pornography, but the truth is that most would rather their daughter become a coal minor(much more dangerous job). This is because they’re concerned with the morality of porn. Even though this is the case, I will still address this argument.

Many female porn stars are ingesting human fecal matter because of ‘ass-to-mouth’. This is where during anal sex, the male takes his penis out and allows the girl to perform oral sex on him. For obvious reasons, eating shit is not healthy and this is causing many female porn stars to become very sick. Are the risks worth the rewards? They do it because it is what some of the viewing audience wants to see, not because they enjoy it(they may enjoy it, actually). The question is are the risks worth the rewards? I’ve seen this in several movies and it doesn’t necessarily turn me on(I was actually grossed out the first time I saw it), but in the end they’re doing it for a viewing audience. Is it worth it? There are not many ways you can totally protect them from that when they are essentially doing to the worst thing possible to absorb fecal matter.

Another thing that is becoming more prominent in modern-day porn is doing scenes without a condom. Why do they do this? Because the viewers want the scenes to be as real as possible. Seeing a condom is not something that the average viewer wants to see and I almost never see them. The question is the same: are the risks worth the rewards? Adult film stars are tested every two weeks for STD’s and drugs. They are not allowed to do scenes if they test positive. All of these risks increase dramatically if they do not wear condoms.

In the long run, porn is dangerous. Is it worth the money? Probably not, but for some of the actresses and actors it is. Likely because the porn industry is the biggest entertainment industry in the world, and that means some good money. This, like most jobs, involves risks and it is up to the people involved if they’re willing to take them.

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5 Responses to Is Porn Dangerous?

  1. Nocterro says:

    Two things.

    First, your argument only works as a case against some porn, not all porn – there are cases where the risk of disease/infection/whatever is very low.

    Second, you seem to be arguing something like this:

    1. If an action is likely to result in contracting an STD, that action is immoral.
    2. Sex in porn is likely to result in contracting an STD.
    3. Sex in porn is immoral.

    If this is the case, you’re also committed to this argument:

    1′. If an action is likely to result in contracting an STD, that action is immoral.
    2′. Sex with an african-american is likely to result in contracting an STD.[1]
    3′. Sex with an african-american is immoral.

    So, there must be a problem with P1 – unless you’re willing to accept that sex with african-americans is indeed immoral?

    [1] in 2008, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis rates were highest among african-americans, representing 49, 71, and 49 percent of total cases, respectively. (source: http://www.cdc.gov/STD/stats08/minorities.htm)

  2. I never once stated that porn is immoral, I simply stated that it was risky for the people involved. And many, MANY porn stars take bigger risks than others in an attempt to make more money. You are attacking a blatant strawman, and it irked me to a slight degree.

    I don’t think that it is immoral; I just think that porn is not a smart career choice because of the risks involved. That is completely up to the people involved.

    • Nocterro says:

      You filed the post under “ethics”, and you also said “…and this will likely be my last one concerning *ethics* in a long time.”

      If the conclusion has nothing to do with ethics, why not put it under something like “medicine” or “public health”?

  3. Nocterro says:

    Anyway, here’s two little-known arguments you might be interested in for future posts:

    http://www.ryerson.ca/%7Ekraay/Documents/Random.pdf

    http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/wes/demonism.pdf

  4. You again attacked another strawman. I never once stated that it had nothing to do with ethics, just as I never stated it was immoral. This is obviously an ethical issue, but the conclusion is that it is dangerous, NOT immoral.

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