April 22, 2014
Gender Inequality in the Adult Industry
As the sex symbol Marilyn Monroe once said; “Sex is a part of nature. I just go along with nature.” The word sex itself is most definitely a catalyst; once you mention anything and everything involving sex, it tends to get people riled up about the issue. Sex is a very complex labyrinth according to certain religious standards; it is something that should be guarded until marriage and should only be done to procreate not so much for the pleasure. Those in the pornography industry face harsh comments of being judged because they do loveless sex for money. On top of that, they are faced with unequal treatment within the business all due to details that distinguish them from what makes him man and what makes her woman; their gender. In this research paper I plan on covering the following issues: learn which gender brings the adult industry more money, uncover whether gay men or straight men earn more money in the adult industry, and discuss the various forms of sexism in the adult industry. By exploring more in-depth aspects of the inequality of gender in the adult industry, I hope to unify everything in showing it all relates to gender.
The first issue I mentioned was unveiling which gender brings in the majority gross profit within the adult industry. It is very hard to say even today when the business itself consists of veterans who have been in this business for years, as well as newcomers who are fresh on the scene. It is unknown whether a newcomer fresh on the scene could possibly earn more than a veteran because he/she are new and have brought in more clientele as far as views and profits go. But that doesn’t stop sources from being shy and displaying how much the industry itself makes, for it definitely holds its own title for being the profitable business that it is. “According to the industry’s foremost trade publication, Adult Video News (AVN), the US adult entertainment industry generated $12.9 billion dollars worth of revenue in 2006 (AVN, 2007). In comparison, the Hollywood film industry generated $9.62 billion dollars worth of revenue in 2007 (Tibbals).” There are other outside factors that possibly explain why they don’t disclose which gender makes more in the adult industry. For example, according to research done by AVN when men and women are in the adult industry, they tend to be hired based off “talent.” This essentially means that they have the whole package as far as what the company is looking for to display and sell. The only catch is not everybody makes the cut for “talent” making them understudied amongst their peers. Another outside factor on why they don’t disclose who makes more is because the adult industry is dominantly run by men. In the article [A]nything That Forces Forces Itself Into My Vagina Is By Definition Raping Me, did a demographic study on 24 individuals in the adult industry. What the results have shown is...