Old Porn Exploits Women—New Age Porn Empowers Sex Workers

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New Age Porn Empowers Sex Workers

While many horny men are joining the net neutrality repeal protest (and or stockpiling free porn while it’s available) some of us sex-positive egalitarians are looking at the bigger picture and seeing quite a cultural shift taking place.

Old fashioned American porn, for the longest time associated with female exploitation and human trafficking, is slowly but surely going extinct.

In lieu of the Net Neutrality repeal, internet service providers will have the option to start charging extra for porn streaming—a decision that appeals to greedy executives as well as concerned parents who never quite liked the idea of teens having so much access to free porn sites.  The same free porn sites that technically posted illegal content, in many cases, since porn footage was legally copyrighted and was being pirated to various hosting sites.  Because of the stain of “porn”, few people dared to publicly protest and fight for the rights of porn producers.

However, now that legitimate movie studios are joining in the fight to destroy (or shall we say legally “hinder”) pirating sites, the world of free pornography will likely be one of the first casualties of an evolving Internet.

Capitalists live by one simple philosophy: if you enjoy something that much, you ought to pay someone for it—this is what powers economy.  Free porn, while threatening innocent children, also happens to rob producers, actors and directors of their daily salary.  No one’s going to bother fighting for the right to enjoy free porn, since no man wants to come forward and admit he’s a “connoisseur of masturbation.”

My hobbies are strangling animals, golf and masturbating.

                 My hobbies are strangling animals, golf and masturbating.

After all, very few if any reporters or activists fought for pornstar Max Hardcore, who was arrested in 2009 for filming roleplaying scenes that suggested illegal activities were taking place.  Just the same, no one today is going to fight for an industry that unquestionably robs people of their dignity and even sends many poor souls to an early grave because of drug addiction and suicidal-levels of guilt.  The latest casualty, Auguest Ames, committed suicide at 23 after being attacked by social justice warriors who accused the pornstar of being homophobic because she wouldn’t have sex with gay actors.

Even in an age of sexual revolution, where marriage is avoided by millennials, and polyamorous relationships are the norm, it’s easy to make the point that professional porn exploits women.

It does—it capitalizes on a person’s desperate need for money and in exchange for this sustenance, it provides terms and conditions that usually cannot be negotiated by the actors.  Producers decide, directors decide, or experienced actors (like accused rapist Ron Jeremy) dictate how the pornstar will enjoy sex.  The porn star signs away her rights to customize her sexual experience in exchange for money.

This reeks of rapist sympathizing.  As in, “she agreed to film these scenes and so gave up her consent to enjoy or not enjoy sex.”  But at the heart of feminist and anti-rape philosophy, is the simple fact that the woman has a right to enjoy every moment of the sexual encounter, exhibitionism and all, but only by her own choice.  Professional porn robs the actor of that choice since it’s “Consent Under Duress”, as Harvey Weinstein and other accused producers are finding out the hard way.

At best, porn is an act of voyeurism and exhibitionism.  When it’s consensual, it’s a sex-positive activity, as well as a form of safe sex.  It can be a form of abstinence and a lighter form of an open marriage – one that avoids emotional and physical consequences of real swinging.

At worst, it can easily become “cutesy sexual exploitation” and “human trafficking lite” – a self-aware mockery of what many profess that it already is.  An industry that tricks a naïve person into signing away their consent and fully exploits them physically and mentally.

The question is, how does a progressive society prevent exploitation without banning porn entirely—which would be a violation of free speech and freedom of choice, sending us back to the dark ages of religious misogyny?

Legalized prostitution has been suggested by some, a law change allowing all sex workers to be protected by unions, police, and watchdog groups, rather than treated like criminals.  On the other hand, banning all commercial elements in sex is the opposite end of the spectrum, and has already taken place in Iceland.

The problem with the far left scenarios is that lonely people who can’t find a mate because of disability or lack of social skills are forced to suffer and be treated like second class citizens.  As in, “if he is incapable of finding a partner, he should not be allowed to buy romantic attention…he deserves to suffer!”, a misanthropic and misandrist view that offers no compassion or hope to the socially handicapped.

Porn is on its way out, at least the old fashioned porn which earned a notorious reputation for promoting casting couches, slut-shaming, and sexualized pain, as if this were a normal study of human sexuality and not a masochistic horror cartoon.

However, the desire for polyamorous love will never completely leave humankind, men or women, and sexual experimentation is at a peak in 2018.  This leads us to the future of porn: robotic sex and interactive webcams.

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Looking for a Plug-In, tonight?

On the other side of the virtual red light district are live webcams, anonymous chat rooms, and interactive sex shows.  These sites have shrewdly invested in new technology, now apparently offering “real time” sexual stimulation with robotic products to coincide with the images on screen.

More importantly, this type of sexual entertainment gives more control to the actors (and with just as many men, women, couples, transsexuals and everything in between), with the ability to end a conversation that they feel is abusive or against their terms and consent.  Total control goes to the performer and porn producers earn commission based on the sex worker’s self-guided career and popularity.

This kind of model removes some if not all the opportunity for exploitation and gives the advantage to entrepreneurial sex workers that can use their creativity and other “assets” to please their clients individually or as a group.

Meanwhile, younger men and women seem to like these sites since they offer a more personal touch and interactive experience, rather than gazing mindlessly at old footage of actors and actresses that are probably closer to 60 years of age nowadays.

This is also the more exciting business model that could entice younger viewers to pay for their porn, since it is a cheaper option than a strip club, and a safer experience than a brothel or swinger’s party.  The new model offers greater control for clients and sex workers and it may well have the blessing of Internet Service Providers, who now have a valid reason to charge higher rates for sexual experiences.

No one’s going to pay for the chance to see Ron Jeremy’s paunch bouncing around when they could actually interact and enjoy a live sexual experience via webcam—something worth the money.

This is why the simulated sex business has staying power and old school porn films are being prematurely fired–marched away into expensive obscurity.  Why have a trial about the evils of porn shoots when you can just quietly retire the industry and make room for more ethical sex work?

Add to this conundrum robot prostitutes which are coming within the next 10-20 years and will undoubtedly spark huge debate among feminists, chauvinists, and loudest of all, lonely introverts who will be willing to pay for sex AND companionship, simulated or not.

In closing, please don’t weep for all your favorite pornstars who will be going the way of the well-proportioned dinosaur.  Instead, find some humor in the inevitability of a new gender rising called colloquially, “robo-sexuals”, whose very existence and quest for acceptance will upset the LGBTQ community.

Robosexuals, or digisexuals, will emerge from a generation of disillusioned young lovers who prefer making love to friendly robots and avoiding most human contact unless absolutely necessary.

We will have no choice but to welcome their kind as a natural evolution of sexuality, since scientifically speaking, they could be called an offshoot of asexuality—a niche of people that find no particular comfort in reproducing OR having sex with other humans.  However, the one thing in life that makes them happy would be artificial sexual stimulation and how can society possibly decide on the validity of one’s individual happiness?

If people can keep their sexual quirks to themselves and other consenting adults, without injuring or violating the trust of others, who really are we to judge on what is normal?

Can’t you hear the robot hooker slogans now?

“Twice the oxytocin, none of the drama!”

 

The Late Mitchell Warren is the writer and producer of “The End of the Magical Kingdom” trilogy, a comedy-drama-horror series that discusses, sex, drugs, love and everything painful in between.