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The Ethics of “Free” Porn

This video is about “free” porn and the ethics of making porn. You might not think about this when you are watching porn, but in order to give your favorite actors, writers, companies, etc the proper support, acknowledgement and funding, this is an important topic!

One response to “The Ethics of “Free” Porn

  1. With all due respect, the conflict I’m hearing described here sounds like an expression of an internalized belief in the inherent stigma of sex work.

    If women want to create, post, and watch content FOR FREE, that’s lauded as empowerment and not questioned. However, the women who create content with the expectation and intent that they are entitled to and worth being compensated for their emotional and physical labor are presented as a source of “conflict” once they express displeasure that their work has been stolen.

    There’s simply no excuse for the level of ignorance the site’s creator admits she went in to this with. Professional content producers are NOT hard to locate, are not difficult to contact, and are not shy about voicing their needs and experience. Anyone willing to hop on Twitter, or run a quick Google search could find out, first hand, from the stakeholders, that sex work is work and that theft of their work product is harmful. It would take all of about 15 minutes to know at least that much.

    Of course, taking ANY amount of time to listen to sex workers requires an acknowledgment that sex workers are people with moral agency, intelligence, and competence to make discerning and educated choices and be the ones in the position to best know their own needs. Something the creator of the website in question clearly (and admittedly) never considered.

    In the pursuit of trying to provide a platform for “decent” women to be empowered, sex workers were neither considered nor consulted; the stigma of sex work having replaced normal humanity once again.

    I’m all for empowerment of women and the fundamental right of all people to explore and enjoy their own sexuality, and I know you support this as well in so many ways. I truly do admire your work. However, if reaching our common goal is in any way happening via utilizing, without compensation, the physical and emotional work of the very people who have made it made it possible for us to even have these conversations in the first place, then I am completely unconflicting in saying that “free” porn is not the appropriate path. If we view the exploitation of ANY woman and her work as acceptable, then empowerment for ALL women may not be our true desire and certainly won’t be our actual outcome.

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