Why do people get into the porn business?  What happens to their lives because of that involvement?  How and why do they get out of the porn business?  And what happens to them when they do get out?  “After Porn Ends” interviews over a dozen porn stars to give us those answers.

For those who are porn fans, the names of the interviewees should be familiar.  Amber Lynn, John Leslie, Seka, Nina Hartley, Asia Carrera, Randy West…I remember them I’ve seen them all in their glory days.   Yup, you read that right, I’m a porn fan, and I’m proud of it!  If black people can be proud of being black, if gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender/tri-sexual/hermaphrodites are proud of who they are, if white people can be proud of being white and having white power, if politicians are proud of their job (stealing, lying, cheating, killing),  then God damn it, I can be proud of liking porn!

Surprisingly, it’s not all sad stories coming from the porn stars.  Some got into it knowing exactly what they were getting into, and some look back at their porn experiences with fondness.  Randy West is such an example.  Based on the interviews, he seems to be a well-adjusted man who took advantage of the better things about the porn business: sex, money, fame, and making new friends.   Others got into the porn business in order to survive; and quickly wound up being hooked on drugs, their lives quickly spiraling out of control until they finally got out of the business.

Before you look at the porn business as a cesspool, do not forget that other businesses/workplaces/industries are far worse.  Take Wall Street, for example.  Some of those traders wearing very expensive suits are major scumbags.  They are on drugs, they lie and cheat and steal on a regular basis, wiping out the hard-earned investments of tens of thousands of people  because of greed.  Financial Crisis, anyone?  How about the auto business?  Is that more respectable than the porn business?  Before you answer, think back to all the news reports of cars malfunctioning and hurting or killing people.  Pure accident, or is it due to negligence on the part of the auto industry in order to lower their manufacturing costs and increasing their profits at the cost of the lives of the drivers?

You say you don’t watch porn because you believe it exploits the women and men in the movies?  Oh, but you buy clothing and shoes made in China, or Vietnam, or Lesotho, where the workers are abused every day and possibly killed if they speak out for more workers’ rights?  Get off your high horse.

It’s important to remember the actors in the pornography business are just people.  They have hopes and dreams; some do well, some do badly; they work, they have children, and they have feelings.  One of my memorable, movie moment is the scene where Randy West talks about how some charities don’t like to get money from porn stars, but those same charities will happily take money from politicians or corporations that destroy the environment and abuse their workers.  My most memorable movie moment is the part where Mary Cary says something like if she’s older and she’s broke and needs money, then she’ll be willing to do a movie with a black guy!  Wow.  I think she lost the chocolate fan base there.

What really, really happens after porn ends?  You wash your hands; and possibly the sheets, too, if you’re the messy type.

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