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What I Learned About Humanity from Working at a Porn Shop

We need to rethink our assumptions about porn, sex work and sexuality.

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As humans, we are curious. It is our nature to explore and create. How else would we have built the pyramids, crossed seas, or discovered fire? Humans are as resourceful as we are inquisitive, and we like to learn about everything. Reality television has shown us that humans are natural voyeurs: we like to witness how other people live. Pornographers know this, and they show us how other people fuck.

In truth, I have not yet read Fifty Shades of Grey. I might get to it, I may not.

In adult entertainment, in the sex industry, there is no black and white. As in life, things are rarely so simplistic. Rather, we find a grey area, and the outcome depends on the individual. I haven’t quit using porn, although “using” wouldn’t be the correct nomenclature.  I utilize porn. For when I would like to relax, for when I would like inspiration, or for when I am feeling curious.

Porn, nudity, sex, masturbation, lap dances. If we as human beings are shaped by our experiences, than I cannot create a reality for any other woman or man. Is porn bad or good? I can’t tell, really. It’s a grey area, with many shades in between.

Fifty Shades of Grey, indeed.

 

The Men and Pornography series is the product of the joint call from elephant journal  Love and Relationships and The Good Life on The Good Men Project. This previously appeared in  elephant journal Love and Relationships

Read more at  http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/the-good-life-women-in-porn/#ybE6vSZu8quZ8MBU.99

 
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