The Impact of COVID on the Porn Industry
COVID-19 Is Fundamentally Reshaping The Porn Industry — For The Better
While much of the business world is still suffering under COVID-19, sex-related businesses are proving countercyclical. Over the past two months, sex toy companies, cam sites and porn platforms have reported record traffic, and in some cases, record sales.
But the COVID-related shutdown of the porn industry has forced another upheaval, as thousands of performers, out-of-work but equipped with massive social media followings, have used new technology to seize the means of production.
Performers have filmed their own content before, but the paucity of new studio releases and the rise of new platforms have given adult performers increased power in the market, sidelining traditional gatekeepers. With porn sets closed for the time being, individuals and cohabitating performers are the only ones who can produce safely.
Since March, mainstream performers have flocked to premium social networks like FanCentro, IsMyGirl and OnlyFans as a way to generate income. FanCentro says new account sign-ups surged 83% in the first weeks of the quarantine. By April, OnlyFans had even made it into a Beyoncé lyric.
Many performers have taken advantage of premiums, but others are still facing lost work and wages from the extended shutdown. In an effort to support them, the Free Speech Coalition, a trade group for the porn industry, hosted a Zoom webinar to help performers adapt to the new market. The “Surviving During a Pandemic” live session featured Michaels with other experts in cams and premiums.
“It’s a similar shift we saw as more people stopped watching cable television and began watching YouTube,” says Michaels. “People are craving raw, unpolished, access to whoever they’re fans of. And that is also happening in porn right now. I think the shutdown will further accelerate that transition. I think studios are going to have to find a way to adapt or die going forward.”
Critics of the porn industry have sometimes portrayed it as a source of sexist stereotypes and exploitative working conditions. Setting aside the accuracy of those claims, premium social platforms are turning those arguments on their heads. In reacting to a public health crisis, the business of sex is poised to emerge healthier than ever.
COVID and Pornography
Notwithstanding the obvious communist elements such as stating that performers are “seizing the means of production” the article is still trash.
Certainly, the modern porn industry is horrible. It’s degrading to women, dangerous for men’s health, and overall a net societal loser. Yet, this article encourages replacing it with something as equally as horrible.
And then they call it “progress” and “reshaping for the better”.
Let’s recap. When we didn’t have COVID we had:
- A centralized industry that exploits women and men, that profits off of selling degeneracy, and encourages massive consumption of an obvious vice.
- A system notorious for abandoning women, steering young girls into unfulfilling life paths/expectations, and warping the minds of young men.
Quite a trash industry. Especially when they hide under labels like the “Free Speech Coalition” so they can keep pushing filth and profiting off of it.
But has anything changed with COVID? Now we have:
- A decentralized industry that exploits women and men, that profits off of selling degeneracy, and encourages massive consumption of a known vice. Along with easier access, more personalized tailoring to keep consumers hooked, and an ever growing market of hopeless young people and other lost souls.
- A system notorious for degrading any honorable image of women, steering young girls into unfulfilling life paths/expectations, and warping the minds of young men.
I fail to see how this is “better” for society. If anything, it seems like a decentralized rehash with more opportunities for degeneracy to permeate through our society even more than it already has. Resulting in more young men and women losing the path to any type of healthy, virtuous life in exchange for more capitalistic greed.
What a great industry change.
The fact remains: sex should never be considered as a business for any healthy nation. For if it is, you are selling the nation’s soul itself.
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