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Filthy Porn Stars Are Healthier Than You Prudes

Nov 29, 12 Filthy Porn Stars Are Healthier Than You Prudes

There’s a lyric that says, “Peace by way of war is like purity by way of fornication. It’s like telling someone murder is wrong, and then showing then by way of execution.”

While the subject matter I’m about to address is no where near as heavy as murder and war, the point of the lyric remains: Making a point by means of hypocrisy can often be self-defeating.

Case in point:

A new study has been released to combat the notion that all porn stars are sad, lonely and destitute whelps of whores by calling them healthier and happier than all those other prudish women.

At best, the entire thing feels like a “So THERE!” to any detractors of the industry of sex workers.

According to these researchers from Shippensburg University, Texas Woman’s University and the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, there exists a prejudice against prone stars as “damaged goods.”

Some of us may have even heard such prejudice from the mouths of our friends or even our own. For many, a porn star is more often than not someone who didn’t have a stable upbringing, has a low self-esteem, and allows themselves to enter into abusive relationships, often fueled with booze and narcotics.

These researchers are refuting these stereotypes, saying the porn stars they spoke with were actually healthier than women who aren’t filmed while having sex. Further still, they were said to be happier and psychologically healthier than other women of similar age and career and marital status.

These porn stars are also said to have “greater levels of spirituality” as well as “many more” sex partners. Which is obvious.

To conduct this study, the researchers surveyed some adult actresses between the ages of 18 and 50, then interviewed women who haven’t starred in at least 1 X-rated film of similar age and status.

As it is with anything involving genitals, pornography has always been a very controversial issue. Many very smart people have argued over the well-being of these women with some suggesting that this lifestyle is dangerous, while others say a career in adult films is empowering.

It must be very comforting for these women to know that so many people are so very concerned with what they do for a living.

And yet, while I believe we should always turn away from broad assumptions and stereotypes, (Honestly, how many of us have ever worked in the sex industry?) I have to wonder if many are lumping Strippers, Prostitutes and Adult Film Stars into the same stereotype.

Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, this kind of research feels as if it’s one step away from a slippery slope.

What’s the difference in this study and my visiting the Asian part of town to ask them if they really are good at math and yet horrible drivers?

Each demographic is made up of individual parts, individual people. Lumping each of these individuals into one broad assumption is dangerous, as two people in one demographic might be different on multiple accounts. For instance, one sex worker might have the greatest life, doing what she loves, existing in a stable relationship, a solid future ahead of her. On the other hand, one of her colleagues might be miserably lost, in an abusive relationship and addicted to drugs and alcohol.

(The study did find that adult film stars were “more likely” to have a history of substance abuse)

It’s difficult to make these broad, sweeping statements about an entire group of people without knowing, first hand, anyone in the group.

Stereotypes are no good, but can you really battle stereotypes by creating more of them?

Image Credit: illustrart / Shutterstock

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  • Anonymous

    Fix the spelling errors.

    • http://www.hardlightmedia.com John Valenzano

      Hmmm…there don’t seem to be any in this post.