/ By Recovery Expert

In the industry of porn, sex is a part of the job. But how can viewers tell which actresses are being coerced and which are being treated fairly? And how can viewers be sure they, personally, aren’t being exploited?

The argument over whether women are inherently exploited by the porn industry is a long and storied one. In the United States, the “mainstream” porn industry has guidelines in place to help cut down on exploitation, but those regulations do very little for “amateur porn,” which makes up the majority of pornography online.

The internet has completely changed the pornography industry, and the sex in porn is now very different from sex in real life. Because porn sex is often violent and aggressive, the women who take part in its creation are pushed to engage in more varied sex acts with higher frequency than porn actresses had to in the past.

A New Yorker article states that “according to one analysis of an industry talent database, women entering the business now will do more, and more quickly, than they once did.”

Moreover, this need to film increasingly graphic and involved porn sex scenes may be responsible for actresses reaching their limit and leaving the industry earlier, and perhaps more disillusioned. According to the same article, “most porn actresses (nowadays) don’t stick around long enough to start slow. The average career is between four and six months.”

This is likely due, in part, to the stress of trying to keep up with the graphic nature of porn sex acts demanded by a modern porn-viewing audience. According to the New Yorker article, “performers work long hours with no benefits and they have to cover significant out-of-pocket costs” for transportation, healthcare such as STI-testing, and other basic needs not covered by employers.

These reports apply only to “mainstream” porn actresses. Such concerns may pale in comparison to the problems faced by “amateur” porn actresses, whose basic consent is not guaranteed.

For instance, just last year a company based in California was brought to court under charges of luring young women across the country to San Diego under the promise of (non-nude) modeling jobs, which ended up being pornography video shoots.

Once the women arrived in San Diego, they stated that they were “plied with marijuana and alcohol” and coerced to shoot porn sex scenes under the false pretense that the movies would not appear online, according to Rolling Stone.

While the women involved successfully sued the company for $12.5 million dollars, their videos will almost certainly never disappear from the internet, and many other women will never see justice for illegal images and videos posted online without their consent.

Just as women are often exploited in the world of online pornography, some viewers of pornography may also find themselves wondering whether they’re really in control of their viewing habits.

Pornography addiction is increasingly something many men struggle with, said Desert Solace addiction recovery facility Co-founder Jerri Jorgensen. “There’s people out there that are — and they think, ‘I’m the only one,’” she said. “Oh my gosh. This is a pandemic.”

Jorgensen and her husband Mark opened Desert Solace after Mark entered recovery for his own pornography addiction. Their program seeks to treat clients’ reliance on the hardcore sex in porn to numb emotions or avoid intimacy. Instead, they focus on connection to nature, other people and themselves.

“The opposite of addiction is connection. It’s connection to themselves; recognizing who they are at their core. Without all the masks and all the stories and all the stuff that we put on ourselves,” Jerri Jorgensen said. “It’s connection with our loved ones, with our spouses, with our kids.”

In order to step away from pornography, and the views men may get about sex from porn, Desert Solace provides both group and individual therapy in a supportive environment.

“The advice to the suffering is that they reach out,” Jorgensen said. “So if you call and you’re not even thinking about residential treatment, we’re still really good resources. Because we’ve both been there. We’ve lived it.”


Desert Solace is an inpatient addiction treatment center in St. George, Utah. Desert Solace specializes in the treatment of pornography and sex addictions. Additionally, they offer treatment programs for gaming, gambling and substance abuse. Their inpatient facility for porn, sex, gaming, gambling and substance addictions features professional, licensed counselors, a professional chef, equine therapy and more. With ongoing outpatient support for patients and their loved ones via phone calls and online messaging, Desert Solace believes in involving the client’s family in the pornography and sex addiction recovery process.

Desert Solace
451 N Meadow Dr.
Dammeron Valley, UT 84783, USA
info@desertsolace.com
(435) 817-1351

Note: Article contributed by KHTS AM 1220 & 98.1 FM


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