Skip to comments.Former porn star: Study showing harm to porn stars offers mere ‘peek’ into realities of industry
Posted on 06/12/2014 9:57:11 PM PDT by Morgana
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 12, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new study from UCLA's School of Public Health shows that pornography performers face physical harm, sex abuse, and sexually transmitted infections.
Presented at the Centers for Disease Controls 2014 STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the study found that 10.3 percent of performers -- 75 percent of whom were women -- were "physically hurt during a film shoot." Nearly 14 percent of performers "performed a sex act [they] did not want to do. Credit: Shutterstock.com
Additionally, 23.7 percent of the 366 respondents said they had gonorrhea or chlamydia, and one-third of performers had used a drug besides marijuana in the prior three months. Nearly 59 percent of respondents had used marijuana in the three months prior to the study, which was done from August 2012 through June 2013.
Shelley Lubben, a former porn actress and the president of Pink Cross Foundation, said the study's results understate the real abuse of performers. "The study shows 10.3% are HURT physically during a porn set -- meaning they fell or they stepped on glass or their breast implant ripped open and they have to go to the hospital," she told LifeSiteNews.
"It does NOT, however, cover those who are physically abused as is the norm in porn," Lubben explained. "Physical abuse is a woman who is strangled, kicked, hit, slapped, gagged with a penis, and physically restrained while being raped by one or several male performers. The study isnt talking about that -- that number would be much higher, about 90 percent."
Lubben also said the study's results were questionable because "women in porn often lie or don't realize the truth of what they are involved in." She says that "the study is asking mentally ill, sexually diseased, drug and alcohol-addicted people to answer honestly."
"But at least the study can give the public a peek at what this industry is about," Lubben said.
Despite the risks inherent in the pornography industry, performers are not as well paid as they were in the past. While the industry brings in billions, many engage in illegal escorting and prostitution in order to make ends meet. Lubben says that "people who support pornography are supporting physically diseased, mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted people who are being extremely abused in a California workplace."
In 2013, the industry put itself on moratorium three times because of the contraction of HIV/AIDS by several performers.
A 2010 study in the journal Violence Against Women found that "88.2% [of porn scenes] contained physical aggression, principally spanking, gagging, and slapping, while 48.7 percent of scenes contained verbal aggression, primarily name-calling. Perpetrators of aggression were usually male, whereas targets of aggression were overwhelmingly female."
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She was a complete train wreck. One of her ex-boyfriends, from that industry, pummeled her face so badly that she needed reconstructive surgery. At 40 she looked like a 55 year old stretch faced botox addict. She was addicted to drugs, her teenage son was a drug dealer, and she made my buddy's life a living hell. Totally scuttled his career. He finally divorced her and was left with two toddlers that had lasting effects from a doped up mommy. His career was over, he couldn't get a job because his reputation was destroyed. To his colleagues he was "that guy that married a porn star."
The poor woman. Why did she ever go in that I’ll never know.
I wonder what will happen to Miriam Weeks, the girl from Duke University who said she had to do porn to pay for school. Will be interesting to see where she is in about five years.
The problem is that the government has made it legal without a single vote, under the claim that it is free speech.
Watch out this thread might get pulled. Any thread that is critical of pornography gets pulled, with an insulting comment.
Why do these threads get pulled?
Is that true?
I had a very close childhood friend who ended up being a stripper in order to pay for college. Next thing I knew, her whole life was about the stripping and nothing about college. She told me horror stories about what happened backstage: other young women so strung out and/or drunk that they were vomiting and defecating on the floor in the locker room trying to get “ok” to go on stage. It really broke my heart.
She was way too smart, and too beautiful, to have been in that world, but there she was. She was surrounded by gross people who I could not tolerate, and sadly that ended our friendship, but I think of her often and hope she is ok.
Go rent the old movie “Star 80” to see what the life is really like for girls that do this.
I have given up trying to figure out why threads get pulled other than lack of sense of humor.
It’s been a while since I saw Star 80, but I think it was true story about a girl who became a playboy centerfold, but not a true hardcore porn star. Nevertheless, I am sure that the porn industry has created nothing but misery for the vast majority of its participants, despite efforts to make celebrities out of some of its “stars.”
The harm is not confined to people.
The porn industry is notorious for destroying hundreds and
hundreds of pool tables every year.
That was Dorothy Stratten, who was killed by her psycho BF.
Speaking of humor.
Most of the underpaid hookers stand on the street while the really good ones run for office.
If it feels good, do it. That’s why suicide and drugs and porn should be legal. Throw in abortion and euthanasia....of old, then crippled, then poor, no wait, homophobes!....and that’s how we go from Libertarian ideologies to Democrat Progressivism.
There was also an excellent, if deeply disturbing, film in the late 1970s called Hardcore. George C. Scott was in it, along with Peter Boyle and a few others. Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Blue Collar) wrote and directed it.
Probably a study by "all (female/male) sex is rape" feminists, not that I really want to defend the porn industry but neither do I want to take the word of a bunch of extreme feminists as truth.
The story even admits that porn actors/actresses lie or deceive themselves so they damage the credibility of their own report. While there's no doubt that the porn industry is terribly abusive to performers on and off the set, I'm inclined to think the study overstates the truth.
Remember the feminist group that circulated a story about how men were more likely to beat their women on Super Bowl Sunday that any other day of the year? The Leftist media just ate it up as gospel when it turned out the story was a total fabrication.
I hate to be the bearer of uncomfortable news but I'd bet the porn/sex industry probably keeps rape and violence down in the general population rather than making it worse but, like the "gay" lifestyle, the folks actually partaking in the industry are probably full of disease, drugs and a dark side you'd rather not know about.
“The problem is that the government has made it legal without a single vote, under the claim that it is free speech.”
Robert Bork was right. We are ruled by a liberal judiciocracy.
“I’d bet the porn/sex industry probably keeps rape and violence down in the general population rather than making it worse”
This is not what serial killers and other offenders say.
“There was also an excellent, if deeply disturbing, film in the late 1970s called Hardcore.”
Yeah, Google that.
It's a very physical occupation. How many roofers or carpenters get injured on the job?
I think most of the women in the industry are there because they are too dysfunctional to do anything else that pays anything close to that amount of money -- the same reason why boys become drug dealers (an occupation with a far higher rate of on-the-job injuries)
How many injuries occur in a normal movie?Im sure there are people getting hurt in every job.
It's unbelievable how many folks on this site who are supposed to be more intelligent than the average low info voter will believe any statement that begins with "a study says" so long as it fits a pre-conceived notion.
LOL! BJ is dismayed...
To see if the sweater will unravel.............................
Actually, most people do get out of the industry after a few years. Some of them do go back periodically, and there are churches and a twelve step organization to help those who have difficulty getting out of that mess.
That said, Shelly Lubben started strong but over time she has become more of a scam artist. She doesn’t pay her employees on time, lives lavishly, and mostly just does fund raising anymore. She used to help with residential treatment programs for sex workers and a number of other projects but now she just seems to look for photo ops.
“I hate to be the bearer of uncomfortable news but I’d bet the porn/sex industry probably keeps rape and violence down in the general population ...”
That belongs right up there with the feminazis Super Bowl rubbish. Porn encourages deviance and obsession in the first place.
One of my wife's friends used to be a topless dancer in her younger days. Now she's a school teacher.
Not likely since rape is not really about the sex, it's about the control and degradation. If anything, porn probably encourages the rapist by validating his low opinion of women.
I knew one that went on to be a lawyer a long time ago.
The Bible says “sin is pleasurable for a season”.
That is an exposition of the nature of man.
And even though God repeats that verse over and over in his word to us, we still like to believe that we are not such petty creatures as to sink to the levels we do...for fleeting pleasures with terrible consequences for ourselves and the those around us.
This is not what serial killers and other offenders say.
That's what I meant by "general population". Those folks are the "outliers", the ones who insist on acting out their violent fantasies, not the larger number of everyday guys who just jerk off now and again. Suppress the male desire for sexual gratification and my guess is that you'd see more violence against women, not less.
The same argument is made by advocates for prostitution - that the society is better off letting the men "get some" even if they have to pay for it than continually frustrate them which can turn to violence. Yet, the prostitute leads anything but a glamorous life.
“Any thread that is critical of pornography......”
Also gets insults for posting them. I know why I have studied everything Dr. Reisman et al puts out on porn. It’s called “addiction”. Yes people are addicted to porn. They think it’s harmless and worst of all helpful in a marriage/relationship. Porn is out to destroy the family/marriage not help it. It destroys men and is very harmful to women and children. It is out to destroy America and this is why I keep posting the negative affects of porn.
Hardcore was a good film.
The last time I was in LA, I picked up a UCLA publication. It was full of want ads trying to get women students to be porn actresses. I can’t figure out why porn acting is different from prostitution. It should be outlawed.
“Suppress the male desire for sexual gratification and my guess is that you’d see more violence against women, not less.”
No need to guess. Look to eras in which such suppression was the order of the day.