So I was browsing on Facebook...
So I was just browsing on Facebook, and I came across a group called Anti-Porn, so I'm like "lol, prudes", and I head in to check it out. First post on the discussion board is quite naturally "Women Who Make Porn are Not Consenting. Here's the Evidence". Wow. Rofl. Of course if they weren't consenting it'd be rape but I decided to back burner that for now and I dove in.
Reading the excerpt from a book of a former porn star that the original topic post contained was quite interesting. Swearing up and down that every woman who was involved in this terrible industry hated it and it was nothing but pain and humiliation and how many lies they had to tell to countless people just to get work...etc... ya know heart-wrenching shit. How the hours were long and physically demanding, that all breaks were filled in with heavy drinking and drug use, that if they didn't keep up the facade that they loved it all that their paychecks would suffer... The part that got me was this woman's staunch position that every single female porn star felt this way or was involved in all that. And like a good little poster he linked to his source.
Now the source has all these awesome statistics about the porn industry and how it absolutely exploded onto the internet. Lovely little facts like...
and at the end of those stats they link to this site for more stats... how predictable - The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families... ooo I smell their righteousness already.
According to comScore Media Metrix, there were 63.4 million unique visitors to adult websites in December of 2005, reaching 37.2% of the Internet audience.
According to the Florida Family Association, PornCrawler, their specialized software program, identified 20 U.S. companies that accounted for more than 70 percent of 297 million porn links on the Internet.
By the end of 2004, there were 420 million pages of pornography, and it is believed that the majority of these websites are owned by less than 50 companies (LaRue, Jan. "Obscenity and the First Amendment." Summit on Pornography. Rayburn House Office Building. Room 2322. May 19, 2005).
The Internet pornography industry generates $12 billion dollars in annual revenue � larger than the combined annual revenues of ABC, NBC, and CBS (Family Safe Media, January 10, 2006, <http://www.familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html>).
The average age of first exposure to Internet porn is 11 (Family Safe Media, December 15, 2005, <http://www.familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html>).
The largest group of viewers of Internet porn is children between ages 12 and 17 (Family Safe Media, December 15, 2005, <http://www.familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html>).
According to comScore Media Metrix, 71.9 million people visited adult sites in August 2005, reaching 42.7 percent of the Internet audience.
According to comScore Media Metrix, Internet users viewed over 15 billion pages of adult content in August 2005.
According to comScore Media Metrix, Internet users spent an average of 14.6 minutes per day viewing adult content online.
More than 32 million unique individuals visited a porn site in Sept. of 2003. Nearly 22.8 million of them were male (71 percent), while 9.4 million adult site visitors were female (29 percent)
(Nielsen/Net Ratings, Sept. 2003).
N2H2's database contained 14 million identified pages of pornography in 1998, so the growth to 260 million represents an almost 20-fold increase in just five years (N2H2, 9/23/03).
The cybersex industry generates approximately $1 billion annually and is expected to grow to $5-7 billion over the next 5 years, barring unforeseen change (National Research Council Report, 2002).
The total porn industry - estimates from $4 billion to $10 billion (National Research Council Report, 2002).
So at this site and all its lovely factoids (because goddamnit I love facts and I want to know as much as is gosh darned possible) they have this wonderful statistic.
Right.. so coupled with these
94 percent of Americans believe a ban on Internet pornography should be legal
Statistics on Internet Pornography. www.levelbest.com
So... naturally I want to call bullshit and smash the prudes but I remember the stats are supposedly global and theres a measly little chance the the 6% of Americans that don't want porn banned (or don't care) are the entirety of the American population that watch porn. Yeah fucking right. I bet the vast majority of people bitching are watching porn themselves. Obscenity laws they want made and/or enforced... psht. Oh wait I almost forgot... there are 40,000,000 Americans watching porn... almost 1 in 8 people regularly watch porn so where the hell did 94% come from?
Approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet
Exposing Porn: Science, Religion, and the New Addiction, Paul Strand. Christian Broadcasting Network, 2004
25 percent of all search engine requests are pornography related
Internet Pornography Statistics: 2003, David C. Bissette, Psy.D. www.healthymind.com
72 million Internet users visit pornography web sites per year
Pornography Statistics 2003. Internet Filter Review. www.internetfilterreview.com
34 percent of churchgoing women said they have intentionally visited porn websites online
Internet porn a guy thing? Not really, online rating service says, Mark O’Keefe. The Charlotte Observer.
At least 20,000 American adults visit Internet sex sites at least 11 hours per week
Victims of Pornography Month Should Not Exist, Jan Larue. Christian Counseling Today, 2003 Vol. 11 No. 3. << Rofl at this one::
To Ms. Shelly Luben and those who would agree. Bull. Shit. Yeah porn is HARD FUCKING WORK. No shit. You want to bitch about how physically demanding it is, how fucking tiring and embarassing and dangerous it is... Find another fucking job. You're a misandrist and you're just mad because you got the short end of the stick (no pun intended). Generalize if you want. Maybe Ron Jeremy should write a book about how terrible it was to keep his cock hard for 20 years straight or however long he's been doing his shit. You perpetrate this bs postion that all women in porn are victims and they're a bunch of innocent young women forced into positions in order to make a living or whatever your reason is. Yeah shit happens at work. Bad shit. Sucks for you, just don't waste your time generalizing from your obviously biased point of view.
Edit: And the initial responses to the Facebook thread were pretty much the same as what I said... guess I should have read those first XD But ROFL there are some funny replies...
OH. MY. ...
Well, it's not fair to say that all women who make porn are not consenting. There are definately many cases of that being true but on the other hand, there are situations where women do enjoy it for whatever reason. The most important thing is that you don't know which women are consenting and which aren't and by supporting the industry by buying porn, you are supporting violence against women.