Thinking about porn

In the last several weeks I was working incredibly hard, doing extensive research around porn industry. Purely professional interest. (Yes, it sounds ironic, but I actually enjoy my job J ).

There are, in fact, several segments – physical objects, digital content, live streaming and “dating”. Unless I missed something (please, do tell me!). And there are websites pretending to be porn, but actually spreading malware. And there is revenge porn (when your ex-boyfriend threatens to post online your sex video, after you dumped him). And there is Japan, where apparently child-erotica is acceptable.

Just thinking out loud. I personally find many Charlie Hebdo cartoons quite distasteful – but it’s very important that they exist. I have never been into Playboy – but their celebrity cover photos are… interesting and way classier than Charlie Hebdo (if you ask me). Porn was a forbidden fruit in the USSR, then was suddenly sold on every other street corner during my late teens, placed on the shelves somewhere between cigarettes and milk… anyway, I completely lost interest in it around the age of 20. I still share the view that porn movies would be much more interesting and satisfactory, if they had a beautiful wedding at the end.

[Side story: while talking to risk department of one of the adult entertainment (this is the right legal term, just so you know) websites I learned that in 99% of the cases, when a credit card used on their website belongs to a woman, it’ fraud  and the card was probably stolen. I almost told them that it speaks about their value proposition for female audience, but I obviously didn’t and kept this thought to myself].

To which extent should we apply our internal moral compass or personal tastes to work-related decisions? I mean, in the majority of countries porn is legal, provided  it’s not offered to minors, not coerced, obscene or violent. Would you hire someone who previously worked in the porn industry, for example, as an accountant or a software engineer? Would you  refuse a legitimate customer, just because you don’t like what they do?

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2 Responses to Thinking about porn

  1. Lucy says:

    I used to work as a freelancer for a stream video porn website (it’s not a customary practice indeed), but anyway it was funny when I added links to usual videos instead of real porn to test the website (before launch of course), maybe it was banal sanctimony:). I guess when it comes to truly legal business and doesn’t interfere with real moral convictions, we can refer to professional behavior. Of course when it depends on the person involved. But I’m not sure if all the companies have the same in mind when assigning the work to the person.

    By the way, I guess you’ve also seen this review from Pornhub http://www.pornhub.com/insights/pornhub-2015-year-in-review which seems to have interesting facts.

  2. Balsara says:

    Some of my customers (and often friends) were connected to porn industry – as actors, strippers, producers, directors etc. I was lightning assistant couple of times since was curious. Several times customers wanted to me to shoot private hardcore erotica or porn. Worked as well in tech department of internet provider, channels were often tested via porn translation.
    No problem with dealing with it.

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