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How Ethical is “Ethical Porn?” (VIDEO)

Many people argue in favor of ethical porn that allegedly guarantees performers’ consent, fair pay, and enjoyment. But is ethical porn really exploitation-free? Let’s discuss.

Many people argue in favor of ethical porn that allegedly guarantees performers’ consent, fair pay, and enjoyment. But is ethical porn really exploitation-free? Let’s discuss.

Hear from Lisa Thompson, Vice President and Director of the NCOSE Research Institute.

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We’re not claiming that all porn contains abuse or nonconsensual content. However, some readily available pornographic content absolutely isn’t consensual—and it’s virtually impossible to guarantee what is and what isn’t, especially with the pervasiveness of abuse-themed porn. There have been many cases of nonconsensual content featured on the same pages of consensual content.

No porn site can be guaranteed to be perfectly exploitation-free, unfortunately, and even many non-mainstream porn platforms can still have underage or abusive content. Sites that feature self-created content are not absolved of ethical issues. It is virtually impossible to know whether any particular content is consensual, ethical, or even legal.

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