What Happens Off Set of Porn Movies?

capturedI’m currently re-reading Tim Chester’s excellent book, Captured By A Better Vision: Living Porn-Free. It’s a truly brilliant book tackling a difficult issue in a winsome, persuasive, and pastoral way. I was struck again reading the opening chapter of the stats surrounding porn usage – somewhere between 30-60% men and around 20-30% women regularly visiting pornographic websites. Christians and church leaders fare no better. But even more striking is Tim’s section on pp. 26-28 where he talks about what happens off-set and between shoots. Here’s one quote:

“The reality is that participants in porn movies are frequently on drugs to dull the pain. It is common for women to vomit between shoots. Alcohol, cocaine, heroin, crack and crystal meth blaze through porn workers’ bodies, burning through nearly every dollar they make . . . The purpose of high-powered drugs for most porn performers is to numb themselves, enabling them to blurrily fast-forward through the punishment they’re putting their bodies through so that their minds can’t catch up with the consequences until much later, assuming they live that long.

Tim goes on to cite many examples of performers who have committed suicide, died from drug overdose, or even been murdered in extreme scenes. Tim notes that we live in a culture with more women’s rights, and yet, paradoxically, many of these liberties become slavery to the foul wants of depraved men. Tim cites Martin Saunders who notes the irony of a Christian signing a ‘Stop the Traffik’ petition, but then returning to their PC to fuel more abuse.

It’s pretty nauseating stuff, and so it should be. Next time you feel tempted to look at this stuff just look beyond the frame of the picture. See the drugs, the violence, and the vomit. And then think about ways in which we can work to stop the abuse of those made in the image of God.

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