Why Become a Pornography Actress?

International Journal of Sexual Health (Impact Factor: 0.36). 07/2012; 24(3). DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2012.666514


There is very limited research on women who perform in adult films. The current study used a discovery oriented qualitative methodology to examine the responses of 176 female actresses in the adult entertainment industry to questions regarding the reasons for becoming involved in the pornography industry, as well as their likes and dislikes of the work. The most frequent reasons for joining the industry included money, sex, and attention. Only one participant indicated that she was coerced into becoming a porn actress. The most favorable aspects of their work included money, people, sex, and freedom/independence, whereas the most frequently reported dislikes included people, sexually transmitted diseases, and exploitation. The responses from this study provide valuable insight from a large sample of a difficult to access population of pornography actresses on why they chose to become involved in the pornography industry as well as positive and negative facets of their work. The results may be used to question many of the stereotypes that society commonly holds regarding attributes of female pornography actresses.

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    ABSTRACT: Traditionally recognised forms of prostitution (such as brothel, street and escort prostitution) tend to be seen, in both popular culture and in law, as separate from pornography. The pornography industry is often represented as a less harmful and more glamorous part of the sex industry. These representations, coupled with academic debates that have typically focused on the consumption rather than the production of pornography, have resulted in some of the harms of pornography being obscured. It is argued here that commercial pornography should be understood as prostitution and, potentially, as a form of prostitution carrying specific and additional harms. This may offer useful ways forward for feminist analyses of the harms of pornography.
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