Is there a difference between Porn and Prostitution

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The porn industry is one that has been shrouded in controversy for years. Whether it be the horrific stories of ex-porn stars telling what happened to them or the industry’s sketchy sexually transmitted disease testing methods, the “adult entertainment” industry has been at the center of many debates, and for good reason. One question that always seems to rise to the surface when talking about the porn industry is the difference between pornography and prostitution. Think about it. What is the difference between people getting paid to have sex and… people getting paid to have sex?

The answer?

There’s really no difference at all.

Even the very meaning and origin of the word ‘pornography’ tells the true story. Taken straight from the Encyclopaedia Britannica:

The word pornography, derived from the Greek porni (“prostitute”) and graphein (“to write”), was originally defined as any work of art or literature depicting the life of prostitutes.

That should sum it all up for anyone questioning the difference between porn and prostitution. But we’ll keep going anyway.

Let’s talk about how it is now a popular trend in the porn industry for porn stars to auction themselves off to fans who will pay to have sex with them on camera. Yes. That’s a real thing. Last year, a porn website​​ announced multiple auctions for fans to appear in a scene with popular porn actresses. With opening bids between $2,500-$3,500, the winners of the auctions were even required to pay for their own transportation to Las Vegas to claim their prize.

Sounds legit, right? Eye roll

The porn industry is quick to dispel the idea that what they are doing reflects prostitution in any way. They claim that the people being filmed are “actors” and “actresses” that are getting paid for their time to be on camera, and that what they are doing on film is just the nature of their work.

Right…

The fact of the matter is that there is really no clear cut distinction between porn and prostitution, just an extremely thin line of small print and technicalities. In reality, the link between porn and prostitution is inseparable. Research shows that men who go to prostitutes are twice as likely to have watched a porn film in the last year compared to the general population. It’s also not surprising that when these customers show up, many come ready with porn images in hand to show the women they’re exploiting what they want to do.

And they’re not the only ones using porn as an illustration. “Pimps and traffickers use pornography to initiate their … victims into their new life of sexual slavery,” says Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, a former UN representative and a senior fellow at the Beverley LaHaye Institute. Through exposure to porn, these victims “get hardened to accept the inevitable and learn what is expected of them.”

Finally, in a study of 854 women in prostitution across nine countries, 49% said that porn had been made of them while they were in prostitution, and 47% said they had been harmed by men who had either forced or tried to force their victims to do things the men had seen in porn.

Bottom line:

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There is essentially no difference between pornography and prostitution. Society needs to understand that fueling the demand for pornography can only be harmful for individuals, relationships, and the world as a whole.

What YOU Can Do

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2 thoughts on “Is there a difference between Porn and Prostitution

  1. Very very good this subject. If anything kills authenticity in people it’s sexuality. Satanists did a good job on that. So much suffering. My most simple basic rule that can be used for anyone in any situation is: do whatever you want to do. No limits, but no unwanted pain as well, to no one.

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