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Porn Stars have a Better Quality of Life Then Most

from http://www.ynot.com/content/118434-naked-truth-female-porn-stars-healthy-happy.html

By Erika Icon

YNOT – A new study confirms something female adult performers have known all along: Psychologically, porn stars are as healthy as or healthier than other women. Despite what outsiders believe about rampant abuse and exploitation of women in the adult entertainment industry, the study indicated starlets possess higher self-esteem, a better quality of life and a better opinion of their body image. In addition, on the whole they’re more positive, more sexually satisfied and — get this — more spiritual.

Not surprisingly, they also have had more sexual partners than their civilian counterparts.

Published in the Journal of Sex Research, the study was conducted by researchers at Shippensburg University, Texas Woman’s University and the now-defunct Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. Researchers found no evidence to support common myths: that female performers are damaged goods, come from desperate backgrounds or are less mentally balanced than typical women.

“Some descriptions of actresses in pornography have included attributes such as drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, desperation and being victims of sexual abuse,” the journal article noted. “Some [outside the adult entertainment industry] have made extreme assertions, such as claiming that all women in pornography were sexually abused as children. Stereotypes of those involved in adult entertainment have been used to support or condemn the industry and to justify political views on pornography, although the actual characteristics of actresses are unknown because no study on this group of women has been conducted.”

Psychologists conducting the study interviewed 177 adult-entertainment actresses who had performed in at least one X-rated movie and were between the ages of 18 and 50. The average subject’s career spanned 3.5 years. More than one-third of the women were married or in a serious relationship, while 44 percent were single.

Another curious result emerged from the survey: Female performers slept better and had more energy than their non-professional peers. Almost 70 percent of performers enjoyed their sex life, while only 30 percent of other women reported satisfaction in that area. The age at which porn stars had sex for the first time was about 15, or two years earlier than other women.

Of course, not all the results of the survey were positive. Sex industry workers were more likely to use drugs and alcohol, which the study linked to “sensation-seeking personalities” of the women studied.

“This study really challenges views about women who engage in sex work and the porn industry,” said Cynthia Graham, a senior lecturer in health psychology at Southampton University. “Although the study had limitations, it is one of very few that has included matched controls.”

Feminist commentator Dawn Foster criticized the study.

“It is dangerous to generalize about a huge industry,” she said. “Women who are successful and in control of their careers in one pocket don’t speak for women in the less-scrutinized parts. The study’s main objective seems to be to prove that not all women in porn are exploited. No one has argued that. But glossing over the exploitative aspects helps no one.”

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39 Responses to “Porn Stars have a Better Quality of Life Then Most”

  1. Sheldon Says:

    Foster says,”The study’s main objective seems to be to prove that not all women in porn are exploited. No one has argued that.”

    Bullshit. Catharine MacKinnon and the anti-porn feminists have always argued that.

  2. jeremysteele11 Says:

    This study is a joke and should be deemed about as reliable as an science fiction writer/”spiritual leader” L. Ron. Hubbard’s e-meter.

    Many porn stars might have a better quality of life. Many more, especially these days, may not.

    And already the title of this thread (that “Porn Stars have a Better Quality of Life Then Most”) doesn’t match what was said right underneath it: that “porn stars are as healthy as or healthier than other women”.

    Doesn’t the average life span of 3.5 years as stated not mesh with the life span of the average performer (say 6 months… I guess those aren’t “stars” anyway, because they shot up and disappeared too, fast, right?)

    There are damaged goods in porn but the question can include, how many, in what way/to what degree, were they that way before, during, after porn or all of the above? I mean come on, L.A. can attract some lulus, so can porn… and so can I, so I know porn has some damaged goods.

    If 33% say they’re married or in a “serious” relationship and 44% are single, what of the remaining 23%? Would they be in the “other” or the “none of your business” category? And if it’s the latter, wouldn’t that even further suggest that these survey questions, such as “Do you consider yourself ‘spiritual”, “Do you have high self-esteem”, etc, seem questionable, as if some may feel as uncomfortable stating something uncomfortable as they would publically stating their personal dating status?

    I can see a lot of performers looking better that the average, especially if they’ve been performing on average of 3 1/2 years. Most Americans are overweight and a lot of women would feel less esteem than the average porn star, even ones who’ve worked with Max a few too many times.

    Perhaps this endeavor had good intentions but it seems to being close to both meaningless and worthless

    How many performers do tricks? Do these questions address that side? I heard that one performer also has the same ratio of enjoying clients (70-30% enjoy vs not enjoy) that is stated as the ratio performers enjoy their sex life (did the question pertain to both personally and professionally, or just one and not the other?)

    This survey could sent more eager newbies (who say to themselves “Y Not?) into a business that is a battered hooker, thanks to AHF, free porn, over-saturation and a shitty economy.

    I think good things can be presented about the business. Suck-sess stories and such… but again, this survey to me seems silly.

    – bye again.

  3. xxxvalleyporndirector Says:

    Bullshit! Look it Jeremy Steele, He isn’t happy.
    He has to work at 50 dollar EXTRA shoots and depend on somebody to drive him to those locations and has to wait in line after the REAL actors and the CREW eats. Just so Pathetic!

  4. Third Axis Says:

    Yeah, and look at Riktard Madrid, he’s still an imbecile. He has to stand around jacking off in a crowd of sweaty, fat, hairy men in stocking feet, desperately trying to get a hard-on for that one pathetic second of dribble on some aging, toothless tweeker’s face. Then he gets to go over to the folding table, where he stuffs his tortilla hole with stale Cheetos and store-brand soda. Livin’ the dream!

    XXXvalleyporndirector?… What a fucking joke you are.

  5. jeremysteele11 Says:

    Holy Shit, Rick Madrid. Again and again you come on and prove you’re an idiot and get outed everytime. I don’t know where you get your information from, since you have no friends or employers in porn, but I’ve been a member of SAG since 1992 and have my own car. But even if I was working for $50 a day I don’t know why it’s to be made fun of. A lot of people are in tough times because of our satanic, greedy economic system and what people are paid has nothing to do with their worth as human beings. If I was one of these big production companies I’d personally be ashamed to be paying a non-livable wage to workers within a multi-million dollar budget which pays superfluous incomes to the Nick Cages of the world who blow it all while people on the bottom are in poverty status. You and Roy Garcia love to attack people for their alleged wealth while ignoring the facts which show you’re a mental case and/or piece of low life shit. You must laugh your ass off at the fact that half of the world goes to sleep starving. All you take with you after you leave this dimension is what you are, not what you have. And all this shit coming from a retard who has to make up that he makes $10,000 per scene x 10 and all this pathetic nonsense. How many aliases is it now, dummy?

  6. xxxvalleyporndirector Says:

    NL- DELETE

  7. jeremysteele11 Says:

    no need to be so angry and tossing out the same old insults and spanish words, rick, just because you keep getting outed all the time…you cant even spell my last name or the word amateur…. i could forward lib a copy of my old sag card and the car a have registered but no one cares what you think… your one and only chance at a non bukkake boy girl scene was a limp dick disaster which caused you to make death threats to mr. fields… why porn attracts such mental defectives like yourself, nick east, sophia mounds, monica foster and others is worthy of a documentary….

  8. Third Axis Says:

    The story of Reektard’s ridiculous life: “DELETE”

    We may now continue this thread.

  9. Karmafan Says:

    Donny Long has been back for a while now with a new website. Guess it really is hard to kill a cockroach after all.

  10. jeremysteele11 Says:

    does the donkey feel betrayed by all the gay close friends he had, like joe blow, whos confessed to being the gay paedophile satanist aleister crowley in his past life? fools are who mistake the person to be the personality.

    rick madrid’s comment deleted, just like his porn career

  11. Karmafan Says:

    Many people have short memories and attention spans. Would not surpise me to find many porn folks have forgotten what he did with PWL.

  12. jeremysteele11 Says:

    I wonder what quality of life the Donkey is now living.

  13. red Says:

    I’ll be real with you, that alot of the girls are more NOT more healthy? Just from a few I know, get up in the morning drink some jack, smoke meth, do coke, alot of them don’t have dad’s growing up, alot of them have had some abuse(i’ve talked to alot of them) no names given… I mean when an 18 year old girl tells you she’s a stock broker, and she’s sucking a penis for $250 dollars, that’s really something right…. The thing is i’m not sure about the healthy thing, the fact that alot of us in this industry are also na/aa members, have addiction related illness, some of us go to meetings, others just continue to use, you know there’s some interesting psychology going on I for one don’t think that this report is truly relevant. Now as far as Aids health care foundation is considered, there’s alot of false propaganda going out. see I remain neutral do to the fact I will explain the relevant facts on both sides…. I don’t know just my opinion.

  14. Karmafan Says:

    Young people seem to have a mentality that they are invincible and immune to diseases and illnesses. They make little to no attempt to get health or life insurance. Kinda like a “Life insurance? I won’t bother getting that until I’m old and need it” state of mind.

  15. jeremysteele11 Says:

    Well, like any study, you can find what you’re looking for… if you deduct the drugged out meth heads, the desperate hookers aging faster than Mel Gibson at a Bar Mitvah, the fast-laners and ones who come and go so fast that they missed the survey, then, yeah, Porn Stars have a better quality of life… whatever that means. Just don’t tell Mom about your quality of life, your friends, family or co-workers if you have any other kind of means of income. Don’t talk about the stalkers following you around the supermarket and such. Meanwhile, I hear that mainstream celebs are involved in a documentary that explores their victimization from the likes of tmz, etc.

  16. Mariah Milano Says:

    I find this one funny. What classify’s as a “Better Life”? a closet full of clothes in your shitty valley apartment? Because that’s about 90% of the actual investment these girls make. There are those few who have a house and lead a decent life. But for most of them that requires escorting and feature dancing every weekend and a little shooting here n there on the side to keep their names relevant to get higher per hour rates and appearance fees.

    Every weekend in strip clubs, fucking strangers in hotel rooms 3 or 4 nights a week doesn’t sound too “quality of life” to me.

    I am going to say that 90% of the porn girls that I KNOW who have a big name and are valid stars are not very happy people and do NOT live a greta quality of life. Having money for shopping and bills is better than someone who picks strawberries for $2 an hour for sure, but MOST people? I doubt it.

  17. commonsense Says:

    Mariah:
    you are right on target. Just looking at eros today and see most top performers advertising for escorting
    That is the way they can buy a house, and make investments if smart enough. Not many are, and they pay a deep psychological price when they get holder. the memory of all the strange men that they have sex with comes back to haunt them, and they can never have a healthy intimate relationship.

  18. Karmafan Says:

    Saw this on another web site. It was a list of the 21 richest porn stars and how much money they have:

    1.Jenna Jameson $30.000 000
    2.Tera Patrick $15.000 000
    3.Peter North $10.000 000
    4.Jesse Jane $8.000 000
    5.Traci Lords $7.000 000
    6.Maria Takagi $6.000 000
    7.Ron Jeremy $5.500 000
    8.Bree Olson $5.000 000
    9.Katie Morgan $4.500 000
    10.Lex Steele $4.000 000
    11.Jenna Haze $3.500 000
    12.Even Seinfeld $3.000 000
    13.Sasha Grey $2.500 000
    14.Gianna Michaels $2.000 000
    15.Evan Stone $2.000 000
    16.Belladonna $1.800 000
    17.Jayden Jaymes $1.700 000
    18.Audrey Bitoni $1.600 000
    19.Sunny Leone $1.500 000
    20.Tori Black $1.000 000
    21.Shyla Stylez $1.000 000

    Of course I suspect many of these amounts are either overblown or underreported. Also no mention of Lisa Ann, Vicky Vett, Mariah Milano or a few others I would think that should be on this list.

  19. jeremysteele11 Says:

    I’m traumatized right now. My mom just told me she found about my porn past, as well as some of my obscene songs on youtube…. which I’ve just privatized. She was never into the internet, but retirement gives too much free time…

  20. Walter Says:

    Your mother should be happy that you got laid a lot and were paid for it.

  21. jeremysteele11 Says:

    thats not the way she sees it… and guess where I am on thats richest porn hooker list

  22. jeremysteele11 Says:

    and why when I type that on my phone it says thats?

  23. Walter Says:

    Is your mom more upset about the songs or that you did porn?

  24. jeremysteele11 Says:

    id say its about 50/50

  25. Jerkuliscious Says:

    For your sake, I hope she never finds this place.

    If all else fails, tell her to watch some Coco on YouTube, and your mom will be asleep inside of 45seconds.

  26. jeremysteele11 Says:

    Well, it sure feels like 2012 now… the end… like porky pig says, that’s all folks… the oncoming nightmare before Christmas… and it’s permanently raining… but that’s because I just bought from bed, bath and beyond that rain- making machine, because my gf needs some kind of noise to sleep (and it’s too cold for the fucking fan to be blowing anymore)… but the synchronicity seems to be more than just “coincidental”… and having had a hit and a shot it makes me ponder… and conclude that what it all comes down to in life is simply the fact that very few have ever sat down and had an actual conversation… like if more people actually did that then relationships wouldn’t fail like they do, people wouldn’t be estranged like they are and such and such, or am I speaking too much??

    Personally, I’d prefer to switch the rain switch to rainforest, btw…

  27. Mariah Milano Says:

    well that list is horseshit aside from maybe Jenna Tera and Ron.
    How would anyone know the net worth of any of those other names??

    I call horseshit and the reason I’m not on that list is for one, I’m not rich lol for 2 I would NEVER offer my financial information to anyone. I don’t have a million dollars…yet! :)

  28. origen Says:

    I agree Mariah but Sunny Leone is definitely very wealthy now. So is Sasha Grey, Jenna Haze, and Lex Steele.

  29. Jerkuliscious Says:

    Wasn’t Skeletor’s payout from ClubJenna heavy on the Playboy stock, and not cash? $30mill seems outlandish. Maybe they ad in Tito’s money.

    And Evan Sienfeld too. They adding in Biohazard and OZ money there? If you gonna do that, where are Paris Herpes and Kim FatTrashian on the list?

  30. Larry Horse Says:

    What money from BioHazard and OZ? Only HBO made money on OZ. You would have to see Evan at the XXX shows to see that he was not in million dollar territory. So I would say Tera’s listing is week. Ron’s is low I bet. Peter North $10 mil? I bet if he is he has only like 50K liquid.

  31. jeremysteele11 Says:

    Whew, my gf is not pregnant after all, is menstruating… was spotty she said a couple of month and late before that… the pregnancy test months back was “positive” but anyways this is a relief! No more of that bogus spermicide birth control like she insisted back when. She wants to celebrate by having a 3sum with another girl.

    You know, it’s a much different situation when a guy says to a girl that his girl wants to have a 3sum with her, then a girl who says to a guy that her guy wants to have a 3sum with him.

    Happy Holidaze ho ho ho!

  32. origen Says:

    Whew Jeremy! God has really shown mercy on you. I gotta be honest but you should get the hell out of this relationship. This chick is not for you.

    Ordinarily, a child would be a blessing but you are not ready yet…not that you couldn’t be a father. I know you will be a great one…with the RIGHT woman.

    You talk about being a crazy magnet. Lucky Starr wasn’t crazy…

  33. jeremysteele11 Says:

    I’m not sure what you think you know about my current gf, O-man, but all women are crazy. Porn women doubly so. Its just a question of degree of craziness. The personality does not equal the person. Repeat this sentence 95,000 times, people and maybe it’ll sink in. I’d say a woman who says what she does is fine but what I do is wrong, even though it’s the same fucking thing, because, according to her, it’s supposedly done for different reasons, is completely batshit crazy. I’d say a person who screams “You don’t care about me. You didn’t call”, etc, when we were speaking almost every fucking night before she disappeared for a while is crazy. I’d say not recognizing or appreciating how lovingly I took care of someone’s cat while she was banging guys left and right, personally and professionally, enjoying it personally 100% of the time and professionally 70% of the time, or more, and still being supportive of her, is mucho koo koo. Because someone went crazy on me and repeatedly refused to listen to reason I am no longer even granted pussy visitation rights. And I do miss her white persian cat.. and I’m sure the feeling’s mutual.

  34. Mariah Milano Says:

    Well first of all NONE of them are “Really wealthy” not even Jenna. Really wealthy people can afford a financial disaster and still be wealthy. Pro athletes have proven that having $50 million isnt set for life, because one bad investment could take every cent. Really wealthy people have hundreds of millions of dollars.

    And that list is BS because Jules Jordan isn’t on it. If Lex is “wealthy” as you say, then Jules would be also since he is the one who essentially owns Lex’s brand. Same goes for Jenna Haze.

    Evan Stone? And being in a few mainstream movies doesn’t make you wealthy by any means. Sasha probably made a million buck total in all her Entourage and GF experience money before 10% went to her agent, 40% went to taxes, 10% went to a manager and so on.

    Some of those names are just flat out bullshit. I won’t say who but they are near the bottom of the list. Please tell me where Katie Morgan got four and a half million dollars???? from her HBO late night show? HBO pays shit for everything unless you’re on one of their Sunday night shows. I have recently been in discussions with HBO for a project and their offer was literally a joke. put it this way, to use her name and have her sitting naked in a chair saying stupid things between clips probably got her $5,ooo if she’s lucky. So where did all the rest come from???

    That list is bullshit and I want to know where it was posted and by whom was it vetted?

    No Jules Jordan proves that list was bullshit.

    Jeremy, I thought you had a baby already??? Did I miss it? lol

    I’m in New Orleans for my first time and loving it. Shooting some restaurant stuff tonight and tomorrow and then it’s weekend party time!

  35. jeremysteele11 Says:

    no baby, mariah, false alarm… as origen says, god was merciful

  36. jeremysteele11 Says:

    Another delusion the public has about porn stars.. I clicked on the link and all the annoying 2 clicks per performer to read each bio and dollar figure, and it said of Jenna Haze:

    “This 30-year-old has been credited in a lot of films. Sure, that figure includes “compilations” (which are basically the mix CD of the porn world), but that amounts to a lot of paychecks.”

    Paychecks for compilations? Really? Hey Vivid, Metro, etc, where’s my paycheck? I’m hungry.

    And Mariah’s right about HBO. I worked for them a few times.

  37. Mariah Milano Says:

    anyone even notice the incorrect use of grammar in this title? “Pornstars Have a Better Quality of Life Then Most”

    shouldn’t it be “Than Most” ? our society has become fucking illiterate with the use of the English language.

    I see it on Twitter every day. it’s embarrassing I HATE when I see the word “are” confused with “our” how do you get through the 4th grade now knowing the difference?

  38. jeremysteele11 Says:

    pornstars is also smarter than the average

    btw, ricktard madrid left retarded insults on my youtubes as “thirdaxis11″… hes the only person other than sophia mounds to repeatedly use the word “looser”, meaning loser…. a true loser is the fool who cant spell loser

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