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9 Surprising Facts about the Porn Industry

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Recently, I watched the documentary Hot Girls Wanted at a friend’s suggestion. Although I had my issues with the film (because it felt as if judging their choices was encouraged by the filmmakers), it is able to illuminate why so many young women choose to become involved in amateur porn. It also made me think about the industry as a whole, how men and women interact with online pornography, and what these skewed ideas about sexuality can do the millennial generation. Many of us (men and women included) simply accept that pornography exists, and don’t actively think about current search trends and how these desires are informed by and also inform our sexual relationships outside of the screen. Here’s some of the most interesting information I found:

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What’s on your internet history?

1. Porn sites have more visitors than netflix, amazon, and twitter combined.

2. Searches for ‘teen porn’ have tripled since 2005.

In one of the opening scenes of Hot Girls Wanted, 23 year old Riley, a talent agent responsible for recruiting new girls to the amateur industry, excitedly tells the girls about an 18 year old he’s messaging with who looks like she’s 12 with double D breasts. Although she may be 18, the fact that viewers are seeking pornography with women who look like they’re 12 or 13 was extremely sickening to me.

3. In a study, 304 pornographic scenes were analyzed, 88.2% of which contained physical violence (spanking, gagging, and slapping) while 48.7% exhibited verbal aggression (primarily name calling). Perpetrators of verbal or physical violence were primarily male directed at female targets.

4. Every second, $3,075.64 is spent on pornography.

5. The pornography industry is a $97 billion business worldwide ($13 billion in the United States alone).

The porn industry makes more money than the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and Major League baseball combined.

6. American children begin watching hardcore pornography at an average age of 11.

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This is problematic for so many reasons. When I was 11 I used to beg my dad to let me play ‘Space Invaders’ on his 90s apple computer, and the most technologically advanced thing I owned was probably a tamagotchi. I recently saw a kid that hadn’t hit double digits with an iphone at the mall. I don’t remember the first time that I understood what sex was, or saw it in a movie. I can’t imagine how skewed your perception of intimacy might be from viewing hardcore porn at such an early age.

7. Kinsey researchers believe that more than 40% of shoots constitute ‘abuse porn’ where women are subjugated to treatment that makes them physically ill.

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Google Trend’s Chart of the search term ‘Abuse Porn’

A google search of ‘abuse porn’ returns 131,000,000 search hits. Although less (but somehow worse) a search of ‘rape porn’ returns 63,600,000 and one site claims to “show the real stories of rape caught on camera.”  The fact that these sites exist alone is problematic enough, but that they can insist to sell anything but a fantasy is beyond damaging to relationships beyond the internet.

8.  The most popular search term for women is ‘lesbian’ while for men it is ‘teen.’

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Infographic from Pornhub

9. Although a smaller part of the industry, feminist porn has taken off over the last several years, offering viewers are more friendly alternative to the misogynistic and abuse porn that is so commonplace. Feminist porn chooses to highlight female pleasure, features clear consent between performers, and does not necessarily have to be of a more “vanilla” variety.

There’s nothing wrong with desire or having a sexual appetite as long as the two parties are consenting adults. When it comes to internet pornography, that line is so frequently blurred or non-existent, that it’s important to be clear about what constitutes fantasy and reality. But if you’re watching porn that depicts violence and aggression towards women, or you’re actively searching for women that look underage, how does that inform your own intimate relationships? There will always be a market for pornography, that much is clear from Hot Girls Wanted, but viewers can choose which content to engage with. If we can create a higher demand for more ethical porn, women in the industry will undoubtedly receive less roles that require their subjugation, and our personal relationships will be positively impacted as well.

Has porn been a positive or negative force in your personal relationships? Let us know in the comment section below!

Resources

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Pornography Statistics

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9 Surprising Facts about the Porn Industry

Interested in learning more about the porn industry? Be sure to read Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry.

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