Porn Consumption and Respect

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In a culture that's so saturated by pornography use, it seems the average person consumes porn regularly. I feel like as a culture we have no respect for the people who create the porn that most people consume. When the average person uses pornography as part of their routine why do you think we do not have respect for the people who create it as we do people in any other job?
 

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In a culture that's so saturated by pornography use, it seems the average person consumes porn regularly. I feel like as a culture we have no respect for the people who create the porn that most people consume. When the average person uses pornography as part of their routine why do you think we do not have respect for the people who create it as we do people in any other job?
Hypocrisy and puritanism, with some misogyny added in.

There might be a few left who pretend not to use porn because of religion or politics and even fewer still who aren't all that interested.
 

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Religious people use as much porn as non religious. But watching porn is a sin in all of the main religions. So it happens secretly, fellow church members may not know about it. And the official line is in those communities: Porn is shameful. Just like any other sex involved job.
Double moral and hypocrisy.
 

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Religious people use as much porn as non religious. But watching porn is a sin in all of the main religions. So it happens secretly, fellow church members may not know about it. And the official line is in those communities: Porn is shameful. Just like any other sex involved job.
Double moral and hypocrisy.
I remember someone saying one of the biggest porn using states is Utah.
 
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While the OP has good intentions I seriously doubt we can get good insight into the issue on this forum. It is highly unlikely that anybody here watches much porn.

Excuse me, but I have to go log into SL now. No reason....
 

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While the OP has good intentions I seriously doubt we can get good insight into the issue on this forum. It is highly unlikely that anybody here watches much porn.

Excuse me, but I have to go log into SL now. No reason....
Haha. Why do you say that?
 
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When the average person uses pornography as part of their routine why do you think we do not have respect for the people who create it as we do people in any other job?
Well....how much respect do we actually have for people who produce anything else? Not much I think. Check YouTube to see how much respect people have for the ones making their hamburgers, for instance.

But humans have always had hangups regarding sex workers especially. Religions banning it didn't spontaneously happen. In Ancient Rome, where prostitution was completely legal and using one's services wasn't considered necessarily shameful, it was still seen as contemptible and proof of low moral character to work as one. I think if a society ever arises that actually dignifies sex work (as opposed to just tolerating it), it'll be a world-first for sure.
 

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I feel like as a culture we have no respect for the people who create the porn that most people consume. When the average person uses pornography as part of their routine why do you think we do not have respect for the people who create it as we do people in any other job?
The US's puritan background is why. Any kind of sex outside of standard marital relations is considered "bad" or "sinful" by many people. By extension, watching it (peeping through windows in the old days, dirty magazines, now online) is also bad, and must be hidden and talked down. Despite that, a whole lot of people do anyway, everything from "bodice ripper" romance novels to Pornhub. It has always been thus. There's a 35,000 year old naked woman statuette that's "cave man porn". The Renaissance had painted nudes, the Victorians had naughty postcards.

Having known some people in the adult entertainment industry, that's how they consider themselves - entertainers, same as actors and singers. Hollywood's dirty little secret is the adult film industry. It got started in southern California because all the infrastructure of the film industry was already there, and plenty of wannabe-stars.
 

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I think it's something to do with the fact porn objectifies the models, obviously, which doesn't really encourage the user to view with much respect -- they are generally passive subjects of the user's gaze, there simply for his entertainment, not active agents who've chosen, for whatever reason, to work in the sex industry.

I think, too, a lot of people feel "There's no way I would do something like that," so they see the models as either helpless victims or as lacking sufficient self-respect (otherwise they'd not be making such material).
 

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Honestly I think this is more about humans' need to rank people from highly admirable to lowly despicable than it is about sexual repression. Of course influencing how people feel about sex is a time honored way to control them. But encouraging people to judge each other on a big winner to big loser scale is even better. And many people can't get past the thrill of looking down on someone else.
 
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I think it's something to do with the fact porn objectifies the models, obviously, which doesn't really encourage the user to view with much respect -- they are generally passive subjects of the user's gaze, there simply for his entertainment, not active agents who've chosen, for whatever reason, to work in the sex industry.

I think, too, a lot of people feel "There's no way I would do something like that," so they see the models as either helpless victims or as lacking sufficient self-respect (otherwise they'd not be making such material).
:qft:

Also, because this thread is just begging for it:

 

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Makes me wonder if religious shame could turn those ultra conservative people into being more preoccupied with sex than anyone else.
That and repression. Hence their over-the-top interest in what other people do in bed.
 

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That and repression. Hence their over-the-top interest in what other people do in bed.
I’ve always been interested in what other people do in bed. I just don’t usually go to the length of asking
 
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