Ms. Naughty — Why Ethical Porn?

Article by · April 30, 2017 ·
By Ms. Naughty

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“Ethical porn encompasses three areas: How [the content] is created, how it is presented to the audience, and how it is consumed.” — Ms. Naughty

For me, the concept of ethical porn encompasses three areas: how it is created, how it is presented to the audience, and how it is consumed. Ethical porn emphasizes consent, respect for performers, sex positivity and good working conditions. It also encourages paying for porn.

Ethical work practices are incredibly important in the creation of good porn. This means paying performers properly, collaborating on scenes, establishing and respecting boundaries and being transparent about processes. Consent must be made explicit, both between the performers themselves and also in the final product. Performers should be paid fairly for their time and labour (and that means not withholding pay if they don’t perform certain sex acts). Safe sex practices are important, as is a comfortable, safe set. Performers should be able to call a halt at any time and it’s up to the director to be aware of problems and ensure that performers feel safe on set.

Essentially, it’s about ensuring that the work environment is respectful and safe and making sure that people are happy and don’t walk away regretting their decision to make porn.

I also think the final product needs to offer a positive depiction of sex and sexuality. For me, that means not portraying the performers in a degrading or dehumanizing way, either through filming or the descriptions used. It means finding ways to show consent on film, especially in fantasy scenes where it’s not easily apparent, like in BDSM scenarios. It means embracing a diversity of performers and sex acts without judgement or negative labels.

Ethical porn consumers acknowledge that creating ethical porn requires money — to pay performers and to create a quality product — and they are happy to pay for it if they can.

You can see more of Ms. Naughty‘s work, as well as her code of ethics, at Brightdesire.com.

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