Enough is Enough: Let’s Make the Porn Industry Safe and Fair

Make the porn industry safer
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As a porn producer who has recently delved into the issues of abuse within our industry through my podcasts, I feel compelled to present this manifesto for a safer porn environment. This is not a rigid decree, but rather a starting point for discussion and a living document that will evolve as I receive feedback from critics and peers. Let’s work together to create a more ethical and responsible industry for everyone involved.

The porn industry, despite its widespread reach and influence, is plagued with issues of abuse, exploitation, violence, and health risks for its performers. Self-regulation has failed, and it’s time to implement government regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of those working in the industry. This manifesto outlines key areas of concern and proposes solutions to create a safer and more responsible porn industry.

1. Consent

The problem: Models in the porn industry often face pressure to engage in activities they didn’t agree to, leading to instances of sexual assault on set.

The solution: Implement a consent form that must be e-signed by the model at least 24 hours before the shoot, listing all activities agreed upon and performers the model consents to work with. Any activity or contact outside of the agreed-upon list should be considered sexual assault if the model reports it. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.

2. Consensual Non-Consensual Content

The problem: Rape and forced sex fantasies in porn may contribute to normalizing rape culture.

The solution: Require that the process of obtaining consent, setting boundaries, and establishing safe words be included in the video itself, regardless of its length or purpose.

3. Sex Trafficking

The problem: Many individuals are trafficked into the porn industry, misled about the nature of their work, or subjected to humiliating and damaging content without their knowledge.

The solution: Prohibit promotion or publication of porn shoots until 28 days after filming, during which time models can withdraw consent and keep their fee. This empowers models and provides a buffer for potential trafficking victims to reconsider their involvement.

4. Acquiring Banks

The problem: Acquiring banks responsible for auditing porn sites and ensuring content legality often lack understanding of consent, leading to overlooked instances of coercion or manipulation.

The solution: Require acquiring banks to have a “chief consent officer” with a legal background to oversee audits. Hold banks liable along with perpetrators if non-consensual content passes their review.

5. Over 18s Only

The problem: Pornographic content is easily accessible to minors, regardless of age.

The solution: Place all porn content behind a paywall, even if it’s just a nominal fee, to make it less available to minors. Extend this policy to social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit. Additionally, mandate that Visa and Mastercard block under-18s from making payments to “high risk merchants” such as those in the porn industry.

6. Performance Enhancing Drugs

The problem: Male performers are often pressured to use injectable erectile dysfunction drugs on porn sets, leading to unrealistic expectations of sex and long-term health consequences.

The solution: Ban the use of injectable erectile dysfunction drugs on set unless prescribed by a doctor, and impose hefty fines on productions that allow their use. This will encourage a more supportive and less pressured environment for male performers.

7. Illegal Porn Productions

The problem: Visa and Mastercard inconsistently enforce rules against illegal content, allowing some productions from countries with illegal porn industries to sell their content through European and American companies. These productions often have ties to organized crime, sex trafficking, and dangerous working conditions for models.

The solution: Visa and Mastercard should consistently enforce all laws, verifying the filming location of every shoot and blocking payments for content produced in countries where porn is illegal. This will help protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation by organized crime.

8. Model Onboarding

The problem: Models entering the porn industry often face unexpected consequences, such as friends and family discovering their work or contracting genital herpes.

The solution: Require an onboarding document to be signed for every scene, ensuring models are fully aware of the risks involved. This document should include acknowledgments that their work may be seen by family, friends, and colleagues; that the videos will be widely available for free and permanently; that they almost certainly will contract genital herpes and that they understand the sexual health risks associated with performing in porn.

Conclusion

Implementing these solutions will help make the porn industry safer for its performers and ensure a more responsible and ethical approach to content creation and distribution. By addressing consent, content transparency, sex trafficking, and age restrictions, we can work towards a more just and fair porn industry for everyone involved.

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