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The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« on: September 17, 2012, 04:15:46 pm »
This is a remake of a lost rant I wrote in response to someone saying porn was "empowering" to women.  I can't find the original, so I'm re-writing it now.

The life-cycle of the average porn starlet.

Okay, so there's this 18 year old girl, fresh off the bus and ready for her new life in The City.  She's hoping to land a job as a waitress or whatever, until she can get her first big break in modeling or film or whatever.

At some point, she meets someone who says they can get her some big money NOW, making "adult" films.  Then he names a figure.

Next thing you know, she's dragging down $600 a scene, pulling in several thousand a month.  Not bad money for a girl with no marketable skills in a town where a pretty face and $4 will get you a cup of coffee.

But it turns out that to make that much money, she needs to make a LOT of films.  So in her first year, she burns through a hundred low-rent flicks, easy.  This wears you down.  It's hard to get into it.  So she gets a little something to help her along.  Might be coke, more probably meth.

But now she's no longer a fresh face.  She's known, and her value starts to drop.  So she has to do more and more bizarre things to get on camera.  Starts with anal, goes downhill from there.

6 months later, she's thinking to herself, "If I let that guy piss on me and then drag me into the shower, I could make rent." 

6 months after THAT, she's thinking a little differently.  "If I let those guys choke me out and put their cigs out on my back, I might get enough to score."  By this point she looks 40, and her skin looks like that of a cadaver.  Her eyes are dead, like two burned out light bulbs.

A few weeks later, she's been sold to a pimp for her drug debts, and she's hooking to score.  Statistically speaking, she's dead in 3 years, tossed in a convenient dumpster.

Then there's the next 18 year old girl, fresh off the bus and ready for her new life in The City.  She's hoping to land a job as a waitress or whatever, until she can get her first big break in modeling or film or whatever.

Rinse, repeat.

So when you feel the need to tell me porn is "empowering" to women, take a moment instead to SHUT UP.  What porn IS, is turning a human being into a commodity.  It is trading in human misery.  It is about as "empowering" to the woman as being enslaved was "empowering" to the Black population of the 1800s America.  It's sordid, when you look at it that way, and about as sexy as watching monsters waterboard people at Gitmo.

That's all I have to say.


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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 04:44:05 pm »
I believe that your original of this was the essay that changed my mind about sex work and empowerment. It was the part about the commodification of the human body... it gave me a lot to think about, and I ultimately did a 180 in my views on it.
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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 05:36:47 pm »
I believe that your original of this was the essay that changed my mind about sex work and empowerment. It was the part about the commodification of the human body... it gave me a lot to think about, and I ultimately did a 180 in my views on it.

As I once told you, I came in contact with that world about 7 years ago.  It's pretty sleazy.  There's nothing good to be said about it.  The guys are mostly the very bottom of the barrel (personalities like crocodiles), the women are as described, and life is even shittier for the fluffers.  And EVERYONE has herpes at least (Seth warned me about that...As if I would be remotely interested in anyone there).

It's not fit for humans.
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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 06:17:50 pm »
Ignore the emo music and check out the causes of death: "self-inflicted gunshot wound", "AIDS", "overdose", etc., and the sheer numbers.
There's a part 2, as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0q_VGacfNk
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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 06:40:51 pm »
Ignore the emo music and check out the causes of death: "self-inflicted gunshot wound", "AIDS", "overdose", etc., and the sheer numbers.
There's a part 2, as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0q_VGacfNk

Will check this out at home.

Incidentally 2 of the 3 people who said they wanted to read this rant have read it but not commented.

Apparently, I have offended their sensibilities in the Properthink™ thread, because they haven't spoken to me since.

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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 06:43:25 pm »
Ignore the emo music and check out the causes of death: "self-inflicted gunshot wound", "AIDS", "overdose", etc., and the sheer numbers.
There's a part 2, as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0q_VGacfNk

Will check this out at home.

Incidentally 2 of the 3 people who said they wanted to read this rant have read it but not commented.

Apparently, I have offended their sensibilities in the Properthink™ thread, because they haven't spoken to me since.

Or they just don't want to feel guilty about purchasing porn.
You know, because it's really safe and everybody gets checked and the actors like their jobs.  :x
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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 06:44:10 pm »
Nail on the head there, TGRFC.

I spent six months in that line of work, seven years ago. That was about six months too many.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 06:45:07 pm »
Ignore the emo music and check out the causes of death: "self-inflicted gunshot wound", "AIDS", "overdose", etc., and the sheer numbers.
There's a part 2, as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0q_VGacfNk

Will check this out at home.

Incidentally 2 of the 3 people who said they wanted to read this rant have read it but not commented.

Apparently, I have offended their sensibilities in the Properthink™ thread, because they haven't spoken to me since.

Or they just don't want to feel guilty about purchasing porn.
You know, because it's really safe and everybody gets checked and the actors like their jobs.  :x

No, I don't think the people I'm talking about buy porn.  Or maybe they buy WAY TOO MUCH, come to think of it.
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Re: The Porn Princess Rant, Re-Written
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2012, 06:50:06 pm »
I wills state that this is the last time I'll ever do this for those 2 people.

Pixie gets a pass, of course, on account of not being here.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 06:52:16 pm »
The vast, vast majority of porn, I 100% agree, because it is degrading and vile and dehumanizing, reducing people to yeah, shells that only superficially resemble who they used to be and using naive young women. I can't get behind pro or amateur porn (because it's impossible to tell who is doing it because they want to and who is being posted there by a vengeful, scumbag ex).
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2012, 06:55:04 pm »
The vast, vast majority of porn, I 100% agree, because it is degrading and vile and dehumanizing, reducing people to yeah, shells that only superficially resemble who they used to be and using naive young women. I can't get behind pro or amateur porn (because it's impossible to tell who is doing it because they want to and who is being posted there by a vengeful, scumbag ex).

Um.  Other than pro or amateur, what else is there?  I'm pretty sure that covers all the bases.

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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2012, 06:57:41 pm »
Let me clarify that by "porn", I don't mean images of people, but rather movies, pics, etc of people engaging in some form of sex.

Playboy magazine is fairly harmless stuff, and seems to be marketed as educational materials for 16 year olds.  The most they're guilty of is setting an impossible standard with photoshop.

I'm talking about porn movies, which are an entirely different ballgame.
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2012, 06:58:08 pm »
The vast, vast majority of porn, I 100% agree, because it is degrading and vile and dehumanizing, reducing people to yeah, shells that only superficially resemble who they used to be and using naive young women. I can't get behind pro or amateur porn (because it's impossible to tell who is doing it because they want to and who is being posted there by a vengeful, scumbag ex).

Um.  Other than pro or amateur, what else is there?  I'm pretty sure that covers all the bases.

Random outliers; exceptions.
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2012, 07:05:07 pm »
Certain subgenres of erotica, because they don't use actual people. The rest of it - photography, film, etc. - I don't know enough to say whether or not there's porn princesses in there.

Let me clarify that by "porn", I don't mean images of people, but rather movies, pics, etc of people engaging in some form of sex.

Playboy magazine is fairly harmless stuff, and seems to be marketed as educational materials for 16 year olds.  The most they're guilty of is setting an impossible standard with photoshop.

I'm talking about porn movies, which are an entirely different ballgame.
Then see Nigel's comment, although I'd add the feminist porn companies, the few of them that do exist.
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2012, 07:08:56 pm »
Certain subgenres of erotica, because they don't use actual people. The rest of it - photography, film, etc. - I don't know enough to say whether or not there's porn princesses in there.

Let me clarify that by "porn", I don't mean images of people, but rather movies, pics, etc of people engaging in some form of sex.

Playboy magazine is fairly harmless stuff, and seems to be marketed as educational materials for 16 year olds.  The most they're guilty of is setting an impossible standard with photoshop.

I'm talking about porn movies, which are an entirely different ballgame.
Then see Nigel's comment, although I'd add the feminist porn companies, the few of them that do exist.

Is that sorta like a feminist house of ill repute?  Does the brand name "feminist" make it somehow okay?

I do not understand.
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