Adult Industry Ethics... Be Sexy about it
There’s a lot of conversation about "ethics," when it comes to the adult industry. Whether its IRL kinks with real-life consequences or even how porn is created, ethics dominates the space of professional sex and beyond. Today, we’re going to discuss some harmful misconceptions we see a lot in the world about the sex industry, and how you, keyholders, can help us break down some of those stereotypes!
It takes years of work to teach society to unlearn, and we hope that even in our little pocket of the internet, by debunking some myths, we’ll at least help a few of you to open up to the world of sex work.
Before we dive in, let’s define the Adult Industry. It's an industry that monetizes and/or encourages sex, intimacy, and sexual health. These ventures include adult stores, pornography, erotic films, erotic novels, sex workers, intimacy and life coaches, kink & fetish services, sex therapists/counsellors & sexual health centers. Yes, healthcare is huge a part of the "adult" industry!
Next, we need to debunk some harmful ideas about the adult industry:
It's not illegal; of course, having an active and engaging sex life is not against the law, and as we discussed above, a worker in the sex industry can include counsellors and life coaches!
- If you are socially conservative, have a religious bias, or are bigoted in any way, you deserve to have a healthy and fulfilling sex life. But leave your comments to yourself - we are encouraging you to live your life to the fullest, so don't try and diminish ours!
- Individuals working in the adult industry pay taxes. A lot of taxes.
Sex workers are SKILLED LABOURERS and paid in full, on time, without negotiations just as any other worker in a productive environment.
The "adult" industry does not support exploitation.Society's view of the value of adult industry workers creates an opportunity for predatory behaviour, thus making it exploitive. Please use your dollars, and use your voice to augment adult industry professionals who are doing great work to prevent violence, exploitation, and predatory behaviour. (If you are reading this, we love you, and Sensuale focusses on positive self-pleasure, removing exploitation from the industry and body-safe devices!)
When we think about Good Ethics in the adult industry, what are we saying?
You have the key and the power to change your sphere of influence, which directly impacts how adult industry professionals are treated. You deserve a positive, healthy, engaging, and riveting sex-life, and so does your social circle. Take some time to think about how YOU look at the adult industry and the workers within it, and what you love, and want to work on!
You are loved.
xo Team Sensuale