Emily Prior — Why Ethical Porn?

Article by · February 11, 2017 ·

By Emily E. Prior, MA

Coming from a positive sexuality perspective, ethics are an inherent and necessary part of healthy sexual interaction. Ethics are usually considered a standard of care, wherein professionals or others take differing perspectives and needs under consideration.

From an ethical porn perspective, this has very little to do with the content itself (to each her own!) but with the standards around the production of the content. Are workers being treated with respect by their coworkers, producers, etc.? Are they being paid according to current standards? Is there discrimination based on gender, age, race/ethnicity, etc.? This is where ethics come in. People should be treated with respect, regardless of who they are, and what they do.

Emily E. Prior is the Executive Director for the Center for Positive Sexuality. Since 1996, she has been teaching formal and informal classes about a variety of sexuality-related topics including BDSM lifestyle, Polyamory lifestyle, Gender, Introductory and Advanced Human Sexuality Courses for Psychology and Sociology departments at universities, Teen Sexuality topics for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and others.

Emily has studied human sexuality and gender topics from a variety of perspectives, including Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and won the Vern Bullough Award for research. She is a member of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Los Angeles Sexologists Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. To contact Emily, please email emily@positivesexuality.org.

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