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The Porn Industry and Exploitation

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 30, 2008

Renee blogs:

Normally I am in agreement with most things that Noam Chomsky has theorized but in this case I must respectfully disagree.  The idea that the decision to work in the porn industry is simply a result of womens exploitation ignores the degree to which womens agency can make this an active choice.  While all paid labour in a capitalist economy is defiantly exploitation, working in the porn industry is not more exploitative because what is being produced is sex, or rather the imitation of  reciprocal sex.

Why is sex work necessarily more degrading than working at McDonalds, or a  Dunkin Donuts for that matter? Both involve the sale of ones body, and labour power to a certain degree. Both involve not being adequately compensated vis a vis profits versus wage, yet pornography is deemed horribly degrading. I submit that this because women’s sexuality is only culturally acceptable when it is virginal in nature.

One Response to “The Porn Industry and Exploitation”

  1. Scott said

    “While all paid labour in a capitalist economy is defiantly exploitation”

    Care to back that up? You go on to list two minimum wage jobs as somehow models of earning a living by working for an employer. There are a LOT of people that make a fair wage for the work that they do. The market dictates what a job is worth, barring artificial constructs such as minimum wages and organized labor agreements. If you do not feel you’re getting paid what you’re worth, you are free to go elsewhere. Nowhere in a capitalistic system is this more true than minimum wage jobs, but it holds for higher wages as well.

    I am a freight broker. I do not currently make a percentage of the margin I am responsible, but that is due to change next year. Regardless, for the amount of work I do, and do well, I feel what I’m being paid is about what it should be based on my experience, the city I live in, and the type of freight we broker.

    Please, please, tell me how I’m being exploited and, more importantly, tell me what the alternatives are. Give me a solution to your broad brushstroke of a statement. I’m sure myself and the other 150 million middle-class earners in the US would love to hear it.

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