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MaddleyLove
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I've been thinking about this for a while now, and wondered if any of you had an opinion?

In the porn industry, what are the rules regarding safe sex and birth control? because, obviously, if a porn star or stripper got pregnant, surely there would be all sorts of issues surrounding them, from the risk of disease to who the father was and then raising a child would obviously be an issue too?

are the production companies strict on birth control? some of the porn I watch involves withdrawal, no condoms, and it makes me wonder how can these women do it with different people, mainly strangers, and not be afraid of getting pregnant?

There was a story here in the UK recently of a woman who caused outrage after getting a boob job on the NHS, and then wanted them reduced so she could become an escort. three months into the job she got pregnant, and the client who is the potential father said maybe the condom had split. surely any self respecting escort/porn actress would have the best birth control methods available to them?

[ 03-28-2014, 05:40 AM: Message edited by: MaddleyLove ]

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Heather
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I think there are a few problematic things you are assuming here, and a couple more you are just spacing out, around this issue.

Long story short, women doing sex work prevent pregnancy in all the same ways women who are not dojng sex work do, by using an array of different methods of birth control, particularly those which are highly effective.

Most are not likely losing sleep about potential pregnancy when using those methods just like most women who do other kinds of work, because they know how effective those methods are, and would not be choosing to take a level of risk they are not comfortable with.

Too, remember that around half of all unintended pregnancies do not result in births, because people can and do choose abortion. Same goes in the sex industry, where I think we can safely assume rates of termination are a bit higher given the circumstances, if and when pregnancy does happen.

But too, bear in mind that no matter what else someone is using, most of the time withdrawal as a backup is a given in hetero porn. The vast majority of the time, there is a strong consumer preference, which porn follows, to see ejaculation, so actors with penises are rarely, if ever, ejaculating inside any orifices.

There are not industry standards around birth control. In terms of safer sex, in most places there also are not standards, but in some, there are. Here in the states, for instance, with the larger production companies, constant STI testing is a standard.

Lastly, I would add that it is not sound to assume some porn actors are not afraid or pregnancy or disease, just like, say, some factory workers are not afraid of being injured on the job. But this is work we are talking about here, something most people do at least in part, and often entirely, because they need to work to survive. So, people in all fields will often have fears around some of what they do, as many fields present safety hazards or risks, but they simply do the job anyway.

I do want to just make a nudge around the word self-respecting you used here. People get to choose to take certain risks in life or not, including the risk of becoming pregnant. If and when someone chooses to take that risk, I think it is important we respect that is their right to do that, and should anyone choose to do so in circumstances someone else might not, that does not automatically mean that person does not respect themselves. Most often, what it will just mean is that those two people want or are comfortable with different things, or have different life circumstances.

A sex worker who may choose to take a certain risk is no less self-respecting by default than someone else who chooses to take the same risk but who is not a sex worker, you know?

[ 03-28-2014, 11:09 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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