Why Do Women Become Porn Actresses?

 

 

This is one of those perennial questions that gets asked. I imagine someone will be along soon to merge it into all the others.

The simple answer is, not everyone is ashamed of sex. Lots and lots and lots of people do not view sex as something private or dirty or shameful, and they do not feel any taboo about being seen naked or having sex. That can be really hard to understand if you feel shame or a taboo about sex, but sexual shame is not something everyone feels.

Some of those people also enjoy sex and see no reason not to make money doing something they love.




Contrary to popular myth among people who don’t know any porn performers, it is not usually because they lack other job skills. I’ve met a performer who has a college background in graphic arts and is an amazing graphic artist. She could make a lot of money in graphic arts, but she makes more in porn, and enjoys it more.

I know a porn performer who is also a database programmer. I know a porn performer whose background is in embedded systems design. I know a porn performer who is also a writer and has a book coming out next spring.

Porn performers go into porn for a lot of reasons, just like bookkeepers or dentists do, but generally they like sex, don’t feel there’s anything shameful about sex, and feel like they can make money doing what they enjoy.




In a 2012 article published in International Journal of Sexual Health, James D. Griffith, Lea T. Adams, Christian L. Hart, and Sharon Mitchell asked 176 porn actresses to describe the reasons that drove them to their profession, as well as their likes and dislikes of their chosen career.

The response categories along with their percentages are shown below. The percentages add up to more than 100 because respondents could list multiple motives, likes, and dislikes.

Reasons for Getting Into Porn

Money 53

Sex 27

Attention 16

Fun 11

Related Industry 7

Acquaintance 7

Chance/Confusion 6

Creative Expression 5

Personal Growth 4

Disliked Prior Job 4

Coercion <1




List of Likes

Money 41

People 39

Sex 21

Freedom/Independence 18

Attention 13

Fun 8

Creative Expression 7

Personal Fulfillment 4

Rebellion 1




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