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5 Myths About Porn

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July 18, 2012 by mattfradd


April Garris is a good friend of mine who, while working as a “porn star,” made around  20 movies. She left the industry in 2001. Below she exposes 5 common myths people believe about the pornography.

Myth # 1 – The first, and most commonly held, myth is that the girls in porn enjoy making the videos.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. What people who hold to this myth fail to realize, is that these girls are acting, plain and simple. None of it is real. In all of my experience, I have yet to meet a single girl who actually enjoyed making pornography.

Having been in the industry, I can tell you that it is not a pleasurable experience. The sex itself is painful, and the girls are exposed to all kinds of abuses, both by the pornographers and the people on set. It is beyond degrading, and for many of us, the only way we could endure the shoots was by numbing ourselves with drugs or alcohol, telling ourselves that it will all be over in a couple of hours, and completely zoning out, sort of disconnecting ourselves from the whole experience.

Most of the girls who get into the porn industry do one or two videos, then get out. If the girls enjoy making porn so much, then why is there such a high turnover rate? Luke Ford said, in an interview with 60 Minutes: Most girls who enter this industry do one video and quit. The experience is so painful, horrifying, embarrassing, humiliating for them that they never do it again.

Myth #2 — The girls who do porn must love sex.

Well, there are several reasons why girls get into the porn industry, but a hardcore sex drive isn’t one of them. I know, because that’s what I used to tell people in interviews. I would tell my fans about my voracious sexual appetite, and how I couldn’t get enough. I would say it was all I ever thought about.

The sad truth, though, was that I actually hated sex. Sex meant nothing to me, as it means nothing to anyone else involved in porn. It’s just something that you endure to get paid. I’m not saying that it is like that with every single girl in porn, but I am saying that this is the norm and not the exception. In the case of every single girl I’ve talked to and have known, it’s the same thing.

Myth #3 — The girls are there voluntarily. 

This is not entirely true. A lot of times, the girls are threatened or manipulated by the pornographers. This happened to me, and I’ve seen it happen to other girls also. They are told they will be doing one thing, but when they arrive onset, they are told that they will be doing something else, and if they refuse, they forfeit their pay.

A lot of the girls are young and inexperienced, and they feel like they are obligated to go through with the scene….a scene that they did not agree to, and do not want to do. They may be scared of the pornographers, or they may be scared that they won’t be able to work anymore. They feel trapped.

Even if they are not manipulated, the truth is, no girl actually wants to be there. Just because they might have agreed to do it doesn’t mean that they enjoy it, and any girl who tells you otherwise is either outright lying, or isn’t telling the whole story.

Myth #4 – If they are getting paid for it, what’s the harm? 

While it’s true that the actors get paid a lot – typically hundreds of dollars per scene – the twisted irony is that once the porn stars end up leaving, they come out broke and with nothing to show for it. There are several reasons for this. One is the drugs. Drugs are all over in the porn industry. It’s rare to find a set that doesn’t have drugs or alcohol, and many of the people are addicts.

Drugs are something you use to endure the humiliation and hardcore sex, and for many it’s what you use to numb yourself. The money that you make in porn you spend trying to numb yourself from the lifestyle.

Another reason is that a lot of the money they make goes right back into porn, with makeup and clothes and just the general cost of upkeep. They spend what they need to keep themselves looking good. So, even with the hundreds of dollars they make per shoot, in the end, they are left with nothing…..emotionally, spiritually, and financially bankrupt.

Myth # 5 – There are no, or at least minimal, health risks in the porn. 

This is absolutely wrong. People are tested for HIV, but not for all sexually transmitted diseases. The majority of porn performers have one or more STDs, and many girls have reported contracting cervical cancer and HPV from their time in the porn industry.

The girls who come into porn are not made aware of these risks by the pornographers. Just this year, the L.A. County Health Department shut down production of the mainstream porn due to several reported cases of HIV. The porn industry knew about the HIV, but never reported it, because they didn’t want to shut down production.

Most of the girls in porn are prostituted women, which means that they can contract HIV or some other disease from one of their johns, and give it to one of their co-stars whom they work with. The pornographers will say that the performers always use condoms, but that is a lie. It is very easy to catch a sexually transmitted disease in the porn industry, although the pornographers and performers will tell you that it is completely safe.

To listen to an interview I did with April Garris click here.

To hear an in depth discussion with a ex-porn star and ex-playboy producer click here.

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15 thoughts on “5 Myths About Porn

  1. AP Carrozza says:

    Is the situation similar for the men involved in porn?

  2. […] of men and one out of ten women viewed pornography more than once a month. Okay, well, so what? What’s the big deal about pornography? Men and women are being treated not as an end – but as a means for the satisfaction of […]

  3. CJRP says:

    This conversation proves the old adage that generals always fight the last war. The war we are *presently* facing is that of FEMALE PORN. Porn for men is so pre-June 29, 2012 (the date of the release of Magic Mike). The war now is to fight pornography directed at women, which degrades them as well as men. To know your enemy is the first prerequisite of success. Porn directed to women is doubly dangerous. It threatens them with addiction to it, and it also is a major new cause of the extensive use of porn by men: for when (especially young) men see women agressively objectify other men, they retaliate with hyper-aggresive counter-objectification of women, which drives them deeper into the rat-hole of porn usage. The key to winning the battle against porn is for WOMEN to speak out against the lewd objectification of men by women,which is the seeemingly unending trend we see today with the waves of female porn. Women, this is the call!

  4. A vitally important post. I hope many read this.

  5. Danny says:

    Its risky as hell the way i look the porn industry.Its the same like someone have a lake full of alligators And he put a millon dollars in the briefcase And ask you to swim accross the lake And that million dollars is yours.Thats the prospective of that industry They dont care these actors health as long as They make the money.They say if They use condoms it will hurt their sale.These actors should be smarter than that.Why somebody find this as a problem if They use condom in the movie.Because this is the best way the government can educate people about std in general.Specially the youth a lot of them start wathing porno as soon sa They are 18 years old And They know They have an Id card that can prove it at the video store.

  6. Lori8069 says:

    The Porn Effect website is being over-run by a troll who is leaving multiple nonsense messages–does that site have no moderator? Plenty of people still visit The Porn Effect website–can someone please do something–

  7. Rose Salas says:

    So what u r saying is that when u made lesbian porn u were forced to enjoy it?

    • No one can be forced to enjoy anything. Perhaps she did in fact enjoy it. I’m sure not all porn stars abhor it. But she certainly would need to pretend she was enjoying it. Whether or not she enjoyed it makes no difference as to the harm of pornography. Sadly, a great number of men enjoy watching lesbian porn. And how about gay porn? If the men are really enjoying it, does that make it ok? Pornography destroys people’s lives whether the actors approve of it or not.

  8. Shivan says:

    I think it is time to ban pornography first on the internet and then all together, considering how it is destroying lives of those who participate in its creation as well as of those who get addicted. In this respect at least the West could follow the Arab states who effectively keep porn out of homes.

  9. […] Five Myths About Porn by former porn performer April Garris […]

  10. Helena says:

    i work in porn and my first movie was about the grossest experience I ever had . a guy literally spat his snot down my throat and when I pulled away he said ” whats the matter baby? [removed this sentence becaus of it’s graphic nature – MF] I would not be working in this if I didnt have no other choice . I have a child and a BF who is out of work and we needed the money ,

  11. Jason Smith says:

    None of those are actual myths anyone believes. Of course they dont want to be making those videos, they’re broke. just like everyone working a horrible job they dont want to be doing. I grant you, porn is probably one of the grossest, but lets not act like anyone’s being forced. Of course if you “refuse to do the scene you forfeit your pay” thats you know, how work works. Walk away!

  12. scott d spence says:

    All the above comments are good and informative, but they somewhat fall short of the mark. In my experience to understand porn and the effects of it are to understand more deeply our own human disfigurement. This disfigurement is different for everyone, but the same. This disfigurement that we mask with many different things is masked with porn for some. This “masking” is the illness that we suffer from. All the many self-help books speak of the solutions to all the many illnesses we suffer from. It’s not as if any of those “books” are bad in and of themselves, they just treat the outward manifestation of a deep desire to be loved by the only one who can truly deliver on that promise, Jesus. This desire to drink endlessly from a fountain of endless love is how we were made. So, to treat a manifestation of this desire is good, but it doesn’t address the core area. So, my suggestion to everyone is to better understand yourself through prayer and study to attempt to get at the roots of your disfigurement. This cleansing/tearing up the roots of our disfigurement is the way to receive Jesus, so as to eternally drink from the fountain of eternal love.

    • Zee says:

      Not sure how others accepted your comment; but I needed to hear it. I’m a female love fantasy addict who struggles with porn and more recently with an obssession of a relationship. I long amd live for this relationship the way I should for only God/ Jesus. Thank you for your message 🙂

  13. […] Five Myths About Porn by former porn performer April Garris […]

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