Yeah… that got your attention.

It’s the topic I want to talk about today. I’m aware that my blog is “TravelChild95”, but since I’m not travelling at the moment, I may as well put my blog to good use.

That is, I want to talk about important subjects. My last post on bullying was somewhat of a success and I’d like to grow my following on here. I think that writing about important topics, as well as the travel topics that you guys wanna hear about, can do that. 

Truth is I love writing. I don’t want to do this for them fame or anything like that. If I had the imagination I’d probably be a fiction writer. But alas the imagination part of my brain is severely lacking. 

So instead I write about my experiences and topics that I can research and explain, and it fulfils my need to write. 

I’ve got about 10 big notebooks in my room, none of which are filled, but I buy them because I love to write and I feel/ hope that one day I can fill them.
So. The Adult Entertainment Industry. An industry that is so scrutinised by people on a day to day basis. That is shameful and god forbid you should know someone who works in the industry or be someone who works in it yourself. That’s just not ok . 😒 

I’d like to run some statistics by you. Now first off I’d like you to know I’m all for doing whatever you want, if you want to work in the adult entertainment industry, good for you, I hope you do well. 

But when doing my research for this post, it shocked me.

Stats..

* Most of the industry is privately owned so it is hard to gauge just HOW big it is. “According to the Free Speech Coalition, ‘Various gross income totals for the industry have been estimated by a variety of mainstream news sources, but exact, reliable figures are simply not available.’ Tom Rhinelander, a Forrester research director, says their researchers have given up trying to put a price on the adult industry.”

* “In 2006, the sex related entertainment business estimated revenues were just under $13billion in the US, according to Paul Fishbein, president of the Adult Video News Media Network.” This includes video, internet, cable, phone sex, exotic dance clubs, magazines and novelty stores.

So, way back in 2006, 10 years ago, the scientists had sort of an estimate, but the industry has grown so much since then it’s impossible to put a size and price on it. 

* However, in 2007, global revenues were estimated to be $20billion, with half that in the US. There is a lot of free pornograph available online and the Free Speech Coalition estimated revenues have reduced by 50% between 2007-2011.

* A survey of data published in the Journal of Internet Law, in 2005 pornography accounted for 69% (that’s ironic) of total pay-per-view internet content. It actually outpaced news, sports and video games.

* Between 2001-2007 internet porn went from being a $1billion a year industry to a $3billion a year industry in the US. 

* Shockingly, in 2008, the company  Hitwise catalogued 40,634 websites that distributed pornography.

* Of the one million most trafficked sites in the world, 42,337 are sex related sites.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen porn? 🙋🏽

* The Media Research Center examined the most popular YouTube searches in 2009 for the word “porn” and yielded 330,000 results. A whopping 2/3 of these videos advertised themselves as actual porn. Many featured clips from porn movies, interviews with porn stars, adverts for porn sites, and phone sex lines.

* In 2008, Shelley Lubben, founder of the pink cross foundation said, 1) only 17% of performers use condoms in heterosexual films, 2) in 2004 only two out of 200 adult film companies required the use of condoms 3) Dr Sharon Mitchell confirms the STD prevalence “66% of porn performers have herpes, 12-18% have STD’s, 7% have HIV.” 4) Porn performer Erin admitted “we hingedon Ecstasy, Cocaine, Marijuana, Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Alcohol.”

* A survey of 177 porn actresses demonstrated that porn stars are more likely to have a) first had sex at an earlier age (average age 15), b) had more sexual partners (average of 74), c) were concerned about STD’s ( 8% were concerned), d) Have used Marijuana (79%) e) Have used Hallocinogens (39%), f) Have used Ecstasy (50%), g) Have used cocaine (44%), h) Have used Methanphetamine (27%), I) Have used Tranquilizers (26%), J) Have used Heroin (10%).

All stats above from  http://www.covenantyes.com – The Business Of Pornography.

Is it shocking then, that with so much porn around, that children as young as 11/12 are looking at magasines? Maybe they asked an older sibling to buy them one. Maybe they’ve already had the talk with mom or dad and they got them a “titties only mag”. Is it surprising that now, more than ever we are having to have the talk with our kids younger and younger about the birds and the bees, and even now having to elaborate about what is and isn’t realistic to expect within a relationship or sexual intercorse.

I recently, and by recently I mean this morning, was reading something on Facebook, and someone was absolutely slating the adult industry. I did hold back my need to comment. 

It got me to thinking though. When did we start making adult films? And to my surprise it was pretty much as soon as television was invented, or not long thereafter. What’s the first thing that comes to a humans mind after we created one of the most widely used forms of entertainment across the globe? “I know, lets film people having sex and charge the public to watch it”. 

Okay, so perhaps it didn’t happen quite like that, but, more or less, that was what happened. 

So, in this world of the internet and where almost every child in a first world country had their own iPad/ laptop/ desktop whatever; I urge you, talk to your kids. Dads do it for your boys and moms do it for your girls. And then swap. When I have kids, regardless of whether it’s a boy or a girl, I cannot be afraid to tell them, “it’s ok to watch porn, it’s a normal part of growing up” (obviously as long as they aren’t 12 years old and watching anal fisting or something y’know). I cannot be afraid to tell my 12 year old son  “it’s ok to masturbate, you are not the only one that does it and it is completely normal”. And if it’s at an appropriate age, I will happily go and buy him one magazine with maybe just topless women/ men whatever he likes. 

Of course, not everyone will see eye to eye with me. But I feel like it’s important now more than ever to protect our children but also to value them and to not tell them that something is wrong if it isn’t. Unless of course you’re like a devout Christian and masturbation is “wrong” or whatever. I don’t believe in that. 
Ok so I think I’ve said my piece! I’d love love love to hear your comments on the adult entertainment industry. Please tell me in the comments below or on my twitter! 

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