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THE HIV CRISIS IN THE PORN INDUSTRY – by PORNLAND author Gail Dines, co-founder of Stop Porn Culture

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NEW! Informative Gail Dines article on the recent porn industry HIV outbreak and the issue of mandatory condoms! Check it out! Gail shares with us some interesting politics of the porn industry players and how they are turning on one of their own ( a woman who is a self-described “feminist” pornographer) who has come out in favor of condom use being mandatory to protect performers.

[Counterpunch] — The porn industry, using its sophisticated, well-resourced public relations machine, sells itself as an avant garde, progressive, counter-cultural force out to empower us all with exciting images of an edgy, fun, creative sexuality. In reality, it is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year business that functions like all global industries, especially when it feels under siege. The recent HIV outbreak among porn actors and the subsequent negative publicity about how the business treats its performers has revealed how this industry goes into attack-dog mode by discrediting, defaming, and slandering those who blow the whistle on what goes on behind the scenes.

For years, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been fighting for mandatory condom use on porn sets. The porn industry has mounted a wholesale attack on the foundation, accusing it of fear-mongering, exaggeration, and stigmatizing porn performers. Ironically, one of the AHF’s main critics, porn producer Tristan Taormino—who accused the organization of propagating “negative stereotypes about sex workers” and using “inaccurate information to scare the public” —is now herself a target of a porn industry smear campaign for announcing on CNN that she will no longer shoot condom-free scenes.

What a difference a year makes! In a Huffington Post article in October 2013, Tristan Taormino urged people to vote against Measure B, which made condoms mandatory, because it “will not make workers safer nor will it help stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).”

Accusing the AHF of trying to destroy the porn industry, Taormino argued that she was against Measure B because she wanted to “empower performers to make decisions about how they will protect themselves.” On September 20, 2013, just 11 months later, Taormino stated on her blog that she still wants to “empower performers to make decisions about all aspects of the work they do.” This time, though, empowering them means refusing to work with those who won’t use condoms. While all of this may seem very confusing to the average person not acquainted with the inner workings of the porn industry, it actually makes perfect sense given the events of the last month or so.

Last month porn performer Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV, and since then three other performers have come forward, making a total of four who have been diagnosed with acute HIV infection. At first the porn industry expressed sympathy, but now they are circling the wagons and sharpening their knives, going after the infected performers who took part in an AHF press conference on September 19. At that conference, Cameron Bay described how, in her last shoot before testing positive for HIV, her partner’s penis was bleeding, and even though he wasn’t wearing a condom, the filming continued. She described another shoot in which one of the actors she was working with was cut. Rather than stop shooting, the director went on to film an explicit scene.

In the press conference, Cameron’s partner, also a porn performer and one of the four who tested positive, blasted the industry for continuing to shoot scenes without condoms just one week after a performer tested positive. Hitting the nail on the head, he told the reporters that “Ultimately, it’s a business, and their main concern is money and not their performers.” Indeed. Rather than closing down all production and investing in the healthcare of their performers (AHF is paying for all the healthcare needs of the four performers because none of them has health insurance), the industry is busy pouring money into a PR crisis-management campaign.

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/27/the-hiv-crisis-in-the-porn-industry/

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NEW FILM ADDRESSING PORN HARMS – “Don Jon” (Opening TODAY) – The Real Don Jons: How Online Porn has Affected a Generation | EW.com

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NEW! Don Jon (@DonJonMovie) is opening today, a comedy on how pornography objectifies women and misleads users! Although the movie may use comedy to examine this important issue, apparently it still really makes some very serious points — especially about how porn harms relationships — so we hope you’ll all go see it and let us know what you think! (Unless you’re a recovering porn addict or someone especially sensitive to pornographic imagery, as the film is R-rated and does show the harsh truth of what a lot of porn is actually really like.) Thanks! 🙂 ~ Check out the details below!

[Entertainment Weekly] — In the R-rated comedy Don Jon, opening Sept. 27, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a twentysomething New Jersey gym rat and self-styled ladies’ man whose ability to maintain normal relationships with women is hampered by his obsession with online porn. While his girlfriend, played by Scarlett Johansson, swoons for the fantasies on display in Hollywood romantic comedies, Jon (Gordon-Levitt) wonders how the flesh-and-blood women he meets can ever measure up to the virtual vixens on his computer screen. If this sounds like pretty racy subject matter for a mainstream movie—well, it is. But Gordon-Levitt, who wrote and directed Don Jon, says he was interested in exploring how the media shapes our perceptions and expectations. “Pornography is a huge, huge part of our media culture,” he tells EW in this week’s cover story. “The message Don Jon is trying to bring to light—and make fun of—is reducing people, especially women, to nothing but sex objects.”

Unless you happened to take a strict vow of celibacy around 1991, you know that the Internet is, to a large extent, one massive porn delivery system. By one recent measure, 30 percent of all data transferred across the web is some form of pornography, and porn sites attract more unique visitors each month than Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix combined. What no one is quite sure about, though, is what effect this is having on us—and, in particular, on the generation of people reared in the Internet age. What kind of influence has growing up in an era of instantly accessible online porn had on men—and, for that matter, women—who are now in their 20s? Just how many real-life Don Jons out there are wrestling with the impacts of their porn use?

Gen-Xers and older Millennials can hazily recall those pre-Internet days when porn was still a titillating taboo, secreted away in the backs of magazine racks and curtained-off areas of video stores. “When I was a kid, the only way to see a naked woman was in Playboy or on HBO after midnight, or you’d watch Weekend at Bernie’s 2 and freeze-frame the shot when they pulled the bikini off,” says one 29-year-old who works in the film business. “Now while I’m driving I could pull up a hardcore pornographic video of three guys having sex with one girl and watch it immediately. That level of access is unbelievable.”

And, for most men, that instant gratification and the promise of never-ending novelty is nearly impossible to resist, especially if it’s all they’ve ever known. “For men, porn is kind of like video games — it’s an escape,” says “Jake,” a 25-year-old man from upstate New York. “There’s a scene in the trailer for Don Jon where Scarlett Johansson catches [Gordon-Levitt’s character] watching porn and I think, ‘You’ve got Scarlett Johansson in your bed, and you’re looking at porn?’ But guys do that. Porn is a way to retreat into a world where you are in control. It creates the impression that you are more in control of your sexuality than you actually are. So when you’re faced with a real woman, with real sex, with a real relationship, it can be very jarring.”

For those twentysomethings whose sex education was shaped primarily by Internet porn, it can come as a rude shock to find that the images of sexuality imprinted on their young minds are often at odds with what actual sex is like. “When I first started having sex, I tried to have sex like the guys in porn, because that was all I knew,” Jake admits. “I had a girl stop me and say, ‘You’re hurting me. I don’t like this. We’re going to stop.’ That was crushing. I thought I had to dominate her. I thought that’s what sex was.”

Actor Justin Long explored some of these ideas when he co-wrote the upcoming romantic comedy A Case of You, which features a character who chooses online porn over his girlfriend. “I’m probably of a different generation,” says Long, 35. “My introduction to anything like that was when I found a stack of Playboys from the ’60s and ’70s. But it’s so rampant now. Even on a less sexual level, I think the advent of all this technology has brought up a difficulty in interpersonal communication. It’s only going to get worse with people developing problems.”

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:http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/09/26/real-don-jons-porn/

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TAKE ACTION: Call on the United Nations to listen to survivors and not jeopardize efforts to prevent sex trafficking!

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URGENT EMAIL REQUEST FROM Equality Now: Take Action!

“Society’s understanding of human trafficking and prostitution needs to change… Women are human beings, not commodities to be bought and sold.” – Alma, Philippines, survivor and activist

Equality Now and 97 anti-trafficking organizations worldwide, many of which are survivor-led, are deeply concerned with two United Nations (UN) backed reports that were released last year. These reports tell countries that in order to support efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS and to promote the human rights of people in prostitution, all aspects of the commercial sex industry should be decriminalized, including the exploitative and often violent practices of pimping, brothel-keeping and the purchase of sex. They also recommend a narrowing of the UN definition of trafficking. This would prevent many victims of trafficking from being recognized as such, and in turn, would jeopardize their ability to access support and justice, and reduce accountability for their traffickers. Survivor-led groups were not consulted in the drafting of the reports.

These recommendations contradict anti-trafficking efforts and policies that have been widely supported, largely ignore the experiences and views of survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking and jeopardize gender equality. While protecting people in prostitution from HIV/AIDS is imperative, undermining efforts to prevent sex trafficking and promote gender equality cannot be side effects.

Please join survivors, Equality Now and the coalition of 97 anti-trafficking organizations worldwide in urging UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNDP to clarify their position on the decriminalization of pimps, brothel owners and buyers, and to involve a more diverse range of groups working on the issue of prostitution and sex trafficking in the development of future policies and programs.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

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Please click on the following link for further information:

http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/sex_trafficking_action511

We hope that you will support this and our other Action campaigns.

EQUALITY NOW works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.

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Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

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A new study from Cambridge University UK says that porn addiction shows up in MRI scans of pornography users. Read the details below. And if you’re in the UK, check out the documentary “Porn on the Brain” that features this study on Channel 4 on Sept. 30th!

[The Independent] — People who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug addicts, a study has revealed.

MRI scans of test subjects who admitted to compulsive pornography use showed that the reward centres of the brain reacted to seeing explicit material in the same way as an alcoholic’s might on seeing a drinks advert.

The research by Cambridge University assessed the brain activity of 19 addictive pornography users against a control group of people who said they were not compulsive users.

Lead scientist Dr Valerie Voon, an honorary consultant neuropsychiatrist, told the Sunday Times: “We found greater activity in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, which is a reward centre, involved in processing reward, motivation and pleasure.

“When an alcoholic sees an ad for a drink, their brain will light up in a certain way and they will be stimulated in a certain way. We are seeing this same kind of activity in users of pornography.”

The study is yet to be published, but will feature in a Channel 4 documentary called Porn on the Brain, which airs at 10pm on Monday 30 September.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/pornography-addiction-leads-to-same-brain-activity-as-alcoholism-or-drug-abuse-study-shows-8832708.html

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Children blackmailed by paedophiles over online sex acts (And forced to make more pornography. Sometimes they commit suicide!)

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Some sick online pedophiles BLACKMAIL children to get them to continue to make porn for them. So tragic! 😦

[Channel 4] — Hundreds of British children are being blackmailed into performing sex acts or harming themselves via webcam, by paedophiles who threaten to send images of the victim to their family.

Teenagers and children as young as eight have been targeted and some driven to suicide by their abusers, said the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) centre.

Paedophiles gain their trust by pretending to be the same age as the children they are targeting, and then lure them into carrying out sex acts online or sending sexual images.

They use the footage or images to blackmail their victims, and force them to perform more sex acts – treating them as their “slaves”, Ceop said – by threatening to pass on images shared to the victims’ family and friends.

Seven young people have committed suicide as a result of being targeted, including 17-year-old Daniel Perry from Dunfermline in Fife. He died on 15 July after being tricked into thinking he was talking to an American girl online. Another seven young people seriously self-harmed, of whom six were from the UK.

In the past two years across 12 investigations, 424 children worldwide have been blackmailed in this way, of whom 184 were from the UK, Ceop said. Experts believe thousands of British children could have been targeted by abusers intending to trap victims.

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http://www.channel4.com/news/blackmail-abuse-paedophile-children-online

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Life in Britain’s immigrant brothels revealed in Channel 4 documentary (Premiering MON SEPT 23, 2013, 10 pm)

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NEW DOCUMENTARY: An undercover investigation into the mistreatment of immigrants prostituted in the UK’s brothels. Airing on Channel 4 Mon 10 pm. (Likely repeating later and/or being posted online.) Check out the details of this heartbreaking story below, and if you’re in the UK please watch it and share your feedback. Thanks!

[Daily Mail] — A foul-mouthed, tyrannous madam. Work that begins early and doesn’t end until 2am. Clients that that make revolting sexual demands.

This is the reality of life inside one of Britain’s many illegal brothels, laid bare in a groundbreaking new Channel 4 documentary directed by award-winning film maker Nick Broomfield.

In London alone, there are 2,000 brothels, all of which employ immigrant labour – as much as 80 per cent in some cases – and much of it illegal.

As a result, the women who work in them have no rights, live in terror of gangs and are exploited by brothel owners – many of whom not only insist on long hours, but on dangerous sexual behaviour such as going without condoms as well.

Working with Taiwan-born journalist, Hsiao-Hung Pai, Broomfield shines a light into the seedy world of prostitution, introducing us to Chinese brothel owner Mary and her Iranian boyfriend Mustafa.

Together, the pair run an establishment in Finchley, located, ironically enough, above a solicitors and employ an ever-changing cast of women to pander to the requirements of clients.

Like Mary herself, all of the employees, most of whom hail from China, are illegal immigrants.

Many are also hugely in debt to the trafficking gangs who brought them to Britain, including Aisleen, from China, who Hsiao-Hung Pai first meets at another brothel, this time in Stratford.

Aisleen has a 17-year-old son at home and borrowed £20,000 to pay to come to the UK. She originally worked as a DVD seller and in a restaurant but said that it was impossible to continue after the police cracked down.

‘When I started, I didn’t know anything,’ she says. ‘I thought it would be like making love with your husband but it was a sacrifice. Clients tried to have unprotected sex and sometimes I didn’t know they were.

‘Every woman in the trade has the same experience. But after the first week, you learn things. For kissing, never give them the tongue, just the lips.’

It’s an experience that Mita, another prostitute, can identify with. ‘At the beginning, I thought it was normal that everyone does it without a condom,’ she tells Hsiao.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2426871/Channel-4-documentary-Sex-My-British-Job-reveals-life-Britains-immigrant-brothels-really-like.html

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“The Failed Prostitution Experiment” – by Equality Now

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PLEASE READ this GREAT article by Lauren Hersh of Equality Now (@EqualityNow) on why prostitution legalization is a FAILED experiment! It responds to all the people who claim that all problems with prostitution would be easily solved by legalizing it. This is completely false! Read on for details as to why…

[Huffington Post] — My friend Rachel Moran describes in her book, Paid For, how she was taken into state custody at 14 and within a year, was homeless, hungry and vulnerable. Her lack of choice fed her into the belly of prostitution. For the next seven years, she lived through repeated rapes from buyers and relentless violence. But physical harm and exploitation were not all she endured.

For Rachel and countless survivors worldwide, societal stigma is a concept that they have faced all too often. It arises because society dehumanizes people in prostitution, treating them as second class citizens at best. Stigma prevents prostituted people from accessing adequate health care and places them at higher risk of violence by abusers who often act with impunity.

To some, the solution is simple — legalize the commercial sex industry and stigma will vanish.

But experts, government reports and academic publications are increasingly confirming what survivors have been saying for a long time — that the legalization or decriminalization of the commercial sex industry does not reduce stigma, does not eliminate violence and fails to make things safer for people in prostitution.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-hersh/failed-prostitution-experiment_b_3941883.html

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