Huffington Post- “Why Your Daughter Wants to Be a Porn Star”


In reference to- HuffPo- Why Your Daughter Wants To Be a Porn Star

Maybe “Because she wanted to be one” was supposed to be #11 and was cut for space?

Probably not, what with the bit of slutshaming and prude shaming directed at these parents.

Lack of elaboration. Serious lack of citations on most points. These things are presented as if they are self evident truths. They are not. Strange things happen sometimes when you look into the actual data.

And what the hell is with the part where it was all “porn doesn’t cause abuse, but abuse seems to cause prostitution, so it’s still connected” bit? Seriously? I expect better of Young Earth Creationists. At least there were citations to back up this “argument”. And citations to work by actual researchers. The argument she tried to make with them, though, is total crap.

Ok, yes, there are women who get into porn because their life was shit and they didn’t see any other way out. And others with decent lives get into porn and run into the rough edges of the industry and their life then goes to shit. It happens. Denying this is idiocy. But suggesting, implicitly or explicitly, that it only happens when the woman is damaged or that further damage is inevitable… is rather insulting and slutshamy and really shouldn’t be done. Making a generalized point along these lines really calls for citing more research and using more logically rigorous arguments.

Some of these points might be reasonable as general parenting advice, but the specific application to women entering pornography really needs much more support than Ketcham offered.

Sadly, this is par for the course from Huffington Post these days. *Some* of their political coverage is still ok, but even that has been slipping pretty badly.

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