Consider This: The Porn Industry Exploits Men Too

He might have cleared $100 for this day of work.

Are women who work in porn being exploited? That question has come up more than most since I've been writing about people who work in the adult industry. While it is a valid question, it is also grossly incomplete. Women are not the only gender that works in this industry. Men do, and transgender folks do as well. We never talk about men as being exploited. We don't even ask the question of whether it's possible for men to be exploited in adult videos.

It's the greatest job on earth right? Have you ever see Boogie Nights? While fiction, it was loosely based on real life. I attended a panel while I was at the AVN Awards earlier this month. The discussion moved around to male models and how hard a job they have. First of all, your dick has to be a certain size. Unless you're well endowed, there's a good chance your cock will not be seen on the screen.

Men have been called “dildos with a pulse” in this industry. Most male actors only exist in pornography to make the girl look good. Let's add to that! They need to get hard at the drop of a hat, and they need to cum on cue. Men are well aware of how disposable they are in this job. Unless you have a huge following and know how to market yourself, your career will not last long. The pay is not that great either. At times a man will be paid as little as $100 for a shoot.

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