Why the adult industry?

This Thursday at Pornucopia, we’re exploring a question that many have about those who choose to work in pornography: why?

Sadly, the all-too-common stereotype about those who choose sex work of any kind is that they’re doing so because they have no other choice. Those on the outside will imagine the destitute, drug-addled, or otherwise desperate as the only people who would ever choose to work in these fields—but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

As it turns out, there are a number of reasons why people choose to work in pornography or the adult industry more generally. Here’s a small list of reasons why that counter the stereotypes presented above:

  • desire for independence
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • possibility of fame or notoriety
  • the lifestyle it offers in general
  • enjoying sex, and having lots of it

Oh, and it turns out one can, in fact, make good money working in the industry as well, and, as should go without saying, one need not be destitute to have an interest in that.

In Accounting for it All, it was my goal to make sure I created characters who embodied as many of these different interests as possible.

Robin Whethers, our story’s hero, gets involved with pornography because she’s looking for a pathway to independence and a non-traditional route to self-actualization.

Then there’s Constance, Robin’s mentor. She gets her start in acting before becoming the founder of Pornucopia, the feminist porn studio at which Robin later goes on to work (and, yes, the same Pornucopia from which this blog gets its name).

And we can’t forget about Jocelyn, who abandons her stuffy film school to pursue a career in adult acting, with the goal of it leading her toward what she sees as her destiny of becoming a director herself.

Those are only three of the women (and men) whose journeys we follow in Accounting for it All, and though they may be fictional, you can bet there are plenty of people out there just like them who choose pornography or sex work in general as a means to an end: and that end isn’t just lifting themselves out of poverty or other desperation.


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