I have worked in the porn industry as a photographer of naughty nudes, by which I mean pretty girls with their tops and bottoms off, open poses, that sort of thing. That's called "softcore." Except for some solo shots and video of girls either enjoying themselves (if you catch my drift) or acting like they were enjoying themselves, I've largely steered clear of the "hardcore" (actual sex) area, other than the occasional pair of girls going at it. 

I have seen the industry from the inside where it's really hardly like the way the appalled general public thinks it is. 

For one thing, most of the girls I've worked with weren't anything like hookers. They weren't being "run" by anyone who might qualify as a pimp or even an oppressive male partner sending them out to make porn money so they could stay at home to drink beer and watch afternoon television. In fact, for the most part they were college girls or college age girls with regular jobs wanting or needing money to pay the rent or make their car payments or pay off their student loans.

Also, few of them were dummies or losers in any sense of the word. They were often working toward a degree, sometimes an advanced degree. A few were particularly impressive: one was working on her Masters in Economics, two were working toward a bachelors degree leading to work in the government, many were working on degrees in education. However, most of the college girls were in the arts. 

I wouldn't characterize even the ones not in college as stupid. Most of them were pretty bright. 

In fact, I think the thought process leading to work as a porn models frequently weeded out the idiots. Why? Because they tended to be more religious on the whole than the ones who decided to make some money in porn. 

A few of the models I worked with were also escorts. Whenever a TV special is about prostitution, it almost always centers on girls working the streetcorners and run by vicious pimps, giving the false impression that that's what prostitution is. Most of the better escorts are entrepreneurs, though, and while they may take business form an escort service, they do not work for such a service exclusively. A really good-looking and bright girl can make a very good living with just a very few clients. Some become exclusive to one very well-heeled client and often have to "work" only a few hours a month, living on a nice stipend in a luxury apartment they don't have to pay for.

At any rate, your thoughts on porn. I expect this to be a very lively discussion.

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