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Stripping & Porn – Objectification or Financial Independence?

by Beth Divine 31 Aug 2018

Some people – protectionist feminists and men with certain mindsets alike – think that women in porn and stripping must be ‘saved’ from their exploited lives. These people, while well-intentioned trample roughshod over the desires and wishes of those they deem to be ‘victims’ and in need of rescue. While this may be true in certain places, for the most part people who work in porn or the adult entertainment industry do so for a variety of reasons.

High return on time investment: strippers, escorts, sex workers and porn stars (especially female porn stars) choose to do sex work as it tends to pay well for relatively short working hours. For example, several hundred dollars can be earned in an afternoon or evening, whereas that would require forty or more laborious hours in a factory or office environment to equal for most people. Adult entertainment can be a way of escaping menial drudge work and earning enough to save up for a truly life-changing investment – a house deposit, college or university education, or even enough savings to live comfortably later on in life.

Flexible working hours: many sex workers, porn stars and other adult entertainers can pick and choose the days and hours they want to work in a way that is unfeasible for office or factory work. While they must work in order to earn, many entertainers can choose to work non-stop for nine months, and then take a few months off to enjoy their time and money, or they can opt for the hours and days that suit them the best – if they are good at their job, they will find someone who will be happy to pay them for their efforts no matter what time of day it is.

It may be all they know: not everyone thrives in an academic environment, and not everyone is inhibited about sex and/ or nudity. For these people, they may be very happy to find work that they can do, and that they are able to support themselves doing so.

Now, this is not to say that some people might not be very happy to be offered a way out of the life, but often agencies and those offering help leave aside the fact that perhaps male porn stars and strippers might have stumbled into a life from which they need help extricating themselves, instead focusing purely on the women. It is a fallacy that ‘all men should be so lucky’ and that women ‘obviously wouldn’t do it if they had a choice.’ Some people may need help, but it should be offered to all, and forced upon none…