Five female porn performers have died in the last three months.
Mental health issues have always been a big problem in the porn world, but the recent spate of deaths of such young porn performers raises serious questions for how women are treated in the industry.
Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told UNILAD:
Nearly 90 per cent of women in the sex industry said they wanted to escape, but had no other means for survival and also experienced post traumatic stress disorder at rates of nearly 70 per cent equivalent to veterans of combat war.
We spoke with Dr. Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, and Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, about why this is happening, and how we can stop it.
Gail goes on to reveal a harrowing fact, gathered from her interviews with porn performers, that one of the first things directors do when a new woman come to the set is contravene one of the rules put in place on her contract, as a way of breaking her.
Dr Gail Dine, Founder and President of Culture Reframed, told UNILAD:
What I do know, because I’ve been doing this work for many years and worked with many women who are in the porn industry and have exited it, is that given the violence that happens to their bodies, given the diseases they get, they come away with PTSD because they’re raped regularly on the porn set.
Just because they’ve signed a contract doesn’t mean they’re consenting to what goes on at the porn set. A lot of them are not prepared for what’s going to happen to them. A lot of them are young, they think they’re going to be a ‘pornstar’ like Jenna Jameson was. They’re not prepared for the violence.
Evidence is mounting about the inextricable link between men watching violent porn and men being violent towards women. News outlets report increasingly on women being murdered in brutal attacks, by men obsessed with violent pornography. This disturbing and dangerous trend reinforces the long-held conviction that pornography is a cultural driver of violence against women.
The Daily Telegraph recently exposed a growing list of men who were addicted to violent pornography and committed vicious crimes against women.
Nathan Matthews, the 28-year-old stepbrother of UK schoolgirl Becky Watts, was jailed for her murder in 2015. Becky, 16, was violently killed during this sexually-motivated crime.
Becky had indicated to a child psychologist and friends that she had been terrorised by Matthews for years; him boasting how he’d dismember her. Joan Smith, Chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel, reported that Matthews “watched a film entitled ‘virgin teen gets raped in own house’ just prior to attacking her.”Read more