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Hey hunny, your sister is a porn star..

March 25, 2006

That’s what I heard when I answered my phone a few nights ago. Definitely not something anyone expects to hear from their Mom. Now she isn’t my sister, she is my step-sister. I guess she really isn’t even that anymore since our parents got divorced but it still feels like she is. Maybe a lot of people wouldn’t be sharing this story with 400 strangers but I think that real-life connections to our lectures help us to understand the topic better. In a previous post earlier this semester, I made a comment on something Dr.Halavis brought up in lecture. He talked about the idea that people don’t have a choice when they enter the porn industry. I adamantly disagreed with him and said so in my post. Many other members of the class did as well. My views may have changed after finding out about my sister entering into the porn industry. Her situation is perhaps a typical one among porn actors. She never finished high school, had a baby out of marriage and eventually got bored with it and gave it up, and has moved state to state for some time. She was a child of divorce and may have psychological disorders. Where she differs, though, from the situations discussed in lecture was that she was from an affluent family, not a poor one. Without any education, what else could she do to make money? I still think she would be smarter to get her GED and find a respectable job but that isn’t who she is. Finding out about this made me rethink a lot of my views about the pornographic industry. It will most likely be reflected by a different tone in my future posts. Maybe we all need to try a little harder to understand where the opposite viewpoint is coming from. This goes both ways between those of you against or for the porn industry.

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