Amateur Porn: The Wild West of the Industry

Amateur Porn: The Wild West of the Industry

I recently watched a documentary titled Hot Girls Wanted, which details the lives of amateur porn “stars”. These are the ethical and potential legal problems I noticed: the ads are misleading, and appear to target young, inexperienced girls. Once the girls are there, they are enticed and exploited through money into performing more extreme and violent sexual acts. Online porn is habit-forming, meaning the individual needs more and more of the material to get to the same level of euphoria or arousal much like an addiction to narcotics. This need for more material translates directly to profit for the porn industry. “A 2003 study by Eric Schlosser estimated that revenues from hardcore porn match Hollywood’s domestic box office takings. According to that study, hardcore porn videos, Internet sites, live sex acts and cable TV programming generate US$10 billion, roughly equal to US domestic box office receipts.” Easy money is associated with amateur porn, but at what cost to the life of a person who doesn’t fully understand what they are getting themselves into? The average career of someone who finds themselves in amateur porn is four months. Most will spend the rest of their lives paying for that four month mistake because the content will never go away, and the majority of people, including their future children will never find it acceptable, socially or otherwise.

The girls are typically in their late teens, and so have the legal capacity to make their own life decisions. However, their young age also translates to markedly less impulse control. Online amateur porn sites ensure that these girls will pay for a lapse in judgement their entire life. Current medical research indicates that “frontal lobe circuitry mediates “executive functioning,” a term encompassing a broad array of abilities, including attention, response inhibition, regulation of emotion, organization and long-range planning. Structural MRI studies of cortical thickness indicate that areas involved in high-level integration of input from disparate parts of the brain mature particularly late and do not reach adult levels until the mid 20s”
One might make the argument that the military actively recruits in high schools, and that in comparison these young individuals also do not realize the kind of commitment they are making: one which could literally take their lives prematurely. However, occupations in the military are clearly defined, and the applicant can make a choice to choose a job which will keep them out of combat situations. *not 100% guaranteed of course. The military is also looked upon favorably by a large majority of society as something honorable. The military will pay for your higher education, give you room and board, and also pay for your medical, dental, and the expenses of your future children. So, there is an understanding of the seriousness of the act of a commitment of that magnitude, and a somewhat serious effort at compensation.

The amateur porn industry in contrast, is not respecting or being responsible about anything pertaining to the lives of these women. They are not offering social support, they will not pay for your medical or dental. They will not pay for your future psychotherapy. They will not give free birth control, and will offer no assistance if a girl becomes pregnant from a ‘gig’ known as the “cream pie”. However, they will profit highly from the girls’ vaginas, long after her she’s finished, literally or figuratively.

The ‘gig’ known to insiders as a “Forced Blow Job” generates more income, but is descriptively opaque.  However, the lack of adequate detail leaves girls to suffer in shock through a physically and mentally abusive act, with one girl describing the experience as feeling like an actual rape. I am certain they want it to be vague so that the girls’ response on camera is real: filled with shock, fear, humiliation, and pain; generating more views for that genre. These people are entitled to an extensive briefing beforehand on possible working condition scenarios. They should be entitled by law to know exactly what the job entails, yet the descriptions are purposefully vague. The amateur porn industry is ripe for a class action lawsuit in the near future given its lack of business ethics, and enormous profit margins.

In the documentary, most of the actresses spoke of an intense desire to leave whatever former situation they were in, yet felt unable to do so through traditional means due to lack of money, family pressures to remain in the area, or lack of better opportunities presenting themselves, etc. It speaks to the overall lack of education these women possess due to their young ages. In high school, not a lot of research is required of the student unless they are at an honors level, so many teenagers simply don’t know how to do adequate research, so that when they see an ad for a job, they take the name and simple description at face value without digging a little deeper to understand who they would be working for, and why the company is advertising heavily for young women, with no talent, or experience. At the collegiate level, one is required to think critically, so whether or not you learned that beforehand, you definitely learn it at the university level. These kids are getting recruited right before they would typically enter college, and I think that’s done purposefully.

I use the example of prostitution below, because to me, prostitution and pornographic acting are both very similar professions.
“If prostitution is a free choice, why are the women with the fewest choices the ones most often found doing it?” (MacKinnon, 1993). A large percentage of prostitutes polled in one study of 475 people involved in prostitution reported that they were in a difficult period of their lives and most wanted to leave the occupation. The notable scholar, lawyer, and activist, Catharine MacKinnon argues that “In prostitution, women have sex with men they would never otherwise have sex with. The money thus acts as a form of force, not as a measure of consent. It acts like physical force does in rape.

“No person can be said to truly consent to their own oppression and no people should have the right to consent to the oppression of others.” Renowned sociologist Kathleen Barry states “Consent is not a “good divining rod as to the existence of oppression, and consent to violation is a fact of oppression. Oppression cannot effectively be gauged according to the degree of “consent,” since even in slavery there was some consent, if consent is defined as inability to see, or feel any alternative.”

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Hilton, D. L. (2013). Pornography addiction – a supranormal stimulus considered in the context of neuroplasticity. Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, 3.

http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2009/The_Teen_Brain__Primed_to_Learn,_Primed_to_Take_Risks/#sthash.05w8ePOC.dpuf

Campbell, Duncan (May 2, 2003). With pot and porn outstripping corn, America’s black economy is flying high. The Guardian.

Melissa Farley, Isin Baral, Merab Kiremire and Ufuk Sezgin (1998). “Prostitution in Five Countries“. Feminism & Psychology.

http://www.cpbn.org/program/intelligence-squared/episode/its-wrong-pay-sex

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