Is there a such thing as #MeToo in the porn industry?



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For years now, rumors and speculations about sexual abuse on porn sets have circulated. Bad enough many people assume all porn stars come from backgrounds of sexual abuse and exploitation.

While majority of the porn industry, surprisingly enough, conducts themselves in a professional manner some performers leave the sets feeling violated.

In major headlines is the story of Jenny Blighe. She is a 30-year-old webcam girl who delved into porn for the first and last time earlier this year.

Blighe claims she shot a scene, “Cam Girls: The Movie” for Evil Angels productions. The film was directed by renowned pornographer Jhonni Darko. She claims on the set of that film, she was abused. She told the NY post, “I didn’t expect to be treated like a piece of meat.”

In her testimony, the once-off porn star claims she was choked almost into unconsciousness, she was treated roughly, and left the set with bite marks and bruises.

As she speaks out about being violated, her cries are falling on deaf ears because of the nature of her work.

This raises several question when it comes to the credibility of adult workers. Is there a such thing as sexual harassment when a woman is making her body available to the sex industry?

The porn producers have a job to do and a product to put on the internet. The comfort, sexual, and emotional gratification of adult performers are put on the back burner. One may assume that by giving consent, signing documents, and agreeing to be a part of any porn production that a porn star is lending their body to the industry at that time. For lack of better words, when a star steps on the set, some producers and male talent assume “anything goes.”

Be that as it may, every adult entertainer reserves the right to assert themselves, say their limitations and draw the lines. Usually, for amateurs, things boil down to “if we don’t get the shot, no one gets paid and I may not work again.”

In reality most porn stars are in the industry because of the money. Therefore, they are put in a position to be complicit or not get paid. This makes it difficult for many women on set to speak up for themselves.

Sadly enough, porn stars don’t have a grasp of the most basic reality. “YOU NEED ME. I DON’T NEED YOU.” While $1000-$5000 may be the motivation for most girls in the industry, way more is at stake for the producers and the companies behind the productions. With this in mind women should speak up for themselves on set rather than wait until the scene is done to decide they feel violated.

Without the women, there is no porn industry. So, the people on set should ultimately be on their best behavior and work to make it a safe, welcoming environment for their performers.

Being involved in any aspect of the sex industry leaves women vulnerable to violation. Unfortunately, there are social stigmas attached to being a porn star. The sad reality is, a woman could be shooting 10 films a year and not be promiscuous, meanwhile a woman who is a local hometown skank has sex with over 10 men in a week. The woman who is not seen in porn but is way more promiscuous would get the benefit of the doubt if they made sexual assault and harassment claims than the less promiscuous porn star.

With this in mind, women in the porn industry have to be a lot more aggressive and vigilant about protecting themselves from abusive people. It is important to set parameters and stick to guns.

While it may seem scary to say NO and walk off a set, and cost everyone a day’s work, people would respect the testimony of a woman who says, “I felt sexually violated so I stopped the scene and left,” rather than “I did the scene, got paid, and after filming, I felt violated.”

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2 Comments
  1. Anthony Sublett 4 months ago
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    What’s the difference between and moment and a movement??? Sacrifice!!!! If you are being treated wrong stand up and say something right then!!! The Porn Business is just that business for both sides. You should not be mistreated doing your job. When she was choked unconscious she should have woke up and walked away right then!!!! Now she nows this ain’t the right career path for her!!! SPEAK UP OR SHUTUP!!!!

  2. steven 3 months ago
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    How could you not know in advance what the scene is going to be? I think what she means to say is, Looking back I can’t believe I did that.

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