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Defined Art, Defend Porn – the importance of creative expression, even that which you do not like

by Beth Divine 29 Sep 2018

If you don’t like porn, you probably won’t have found your way to this page, but there are people who do use porn without appreciating just what it means on a global level. If you are one of those who dismiss porn as sleazy, low-brow titillation and those who work in the industry as scummy money-grubbers with no morals and expensive tastes, you might want to adjust your prejudices.

By watching porn, subscribing to porn channels and following your favourite stars and categories, you are supporting a billion-dollar business. This means you are helping to pay salaries, keeping people in employment and ensuring that the business endures, even in hard economic times. Porn may not be everyone’s idea of a good career, but some people are unable to work in traditional fields and still others prefer not to, enjoying the intimacy of porn as well as the high pay and relatively short hours. Any thriving business pays taxes into the national pot, provides employment on a wider level (think website hosts, merchandise vendors, even drivers and postmen delivering DVDs, photographs and even letters from and to favoured porn stars) and generally makes sure that the neighbourhood in which they are sited receives a boost in income.

Having a lively porn industry is usually a sign of democratic advantage. Places where the rule of law is more liberal, with strong political opposition keeping the system healthy, tend to have a porn and adult entertainment industry.  Meanwhile, dictatorships like to keep strict controls on what their people do at work and school, in public and, especially, at home. While dictators and authoritarian leaders who have been very vocal about condemning acts they see as being subversive and anti-authoritarian, you can (probably) be sure that those dictators and their inner circle all have access to as much decadence as they can cope with…

A final positive for supporting the porn industry is an important issue in general these days. Porn is art. It is a stylistic representation of a human act – therefore it is art. It might not be high-quality – like an oil painting by Vermeer, or destined for critical analysis and interpretation like Tracy Emin’s bed or Damian Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull, but like the plays of Shakespeare, it is earthy, delights in sexual pleasure, and it celebrates humanity at its most basic.

No matter what you think of porn, if you want to live in a world that is compassionate, that appreciates and rewards creativity and that allows its citizens to fully express their desires, longings and individualities, then porn must be allowed to continue to explore the range and depth of human sexuality and sexiness.