The Problem With South African Porn

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Whether you like it or not, porn is the most lucrative and popular business on the Internet. It really is almost impossible to avoid seeing banners advertising milfs getting pounded or images of scantily clad womxn pretending to be enjoying themselves, and if you happen to find yourself on the dark web be warned, the videos there can only be described as horrific.

The problem I personally have with most anti-porn movements is that their campaigns center around the complete removal of porn from both the internet and everyday life, and that just isn’t a realistic goal. Porn is a multi-billion dollar industry that is not going away anytime soon, and to be honest, I don’t think it needs to. The concept of porn and the act of selling recorded sex is not the problem; the problem lies with the porn industry itself.

Read a more in depth article I wrote about the problems within the porn industry. 

Consider this: porn stars are often freelancers, which essentially means that they don’t have a set income to rely on. Most of the time they are employed for one shoot and paid a set fee once the shoot has been completed. They don’t receive royalties and more often than not they aren’t given a portion of the profits if a shoot goes viral. Although this can make being a porn star a stressful and financially difficult job, the most problematic aspect of the industry is the fact that adult film actors are not paid if they do not finish a shoot.

Porn stars are not paid if they cannot complete a scene.

Yes, certain reputable companies will pay their actors if they safeword out of a scene or are injured and can’t complete a shoot, and yes, there are agencies that hire people on contract and look out for their mental and physical wellbeing. But these companies are few and far between…

So where does South Africa fit into all of this? Last year we became the country that watches the most porn on the African continent while simultaneously joining countries like the US, the UK and Canada on Pornhub’s top 20 countries that view their content the most. According to the site’s 2016 Year in Review stats, the majority of South Africans viewed the ‘ebony’ category on the site and wanted to watch videos with South African actors, or at least actors that look South African.

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Source: https://memeburn.com/2017/01/pornhub-2016-stats-south-africa/

With that in mind, you might be wondering whether there is a local adult film industry catering to this growing demand for South African porn. Thankfully, there is not. In my opinion South Africa is not ready for another industry that is historically manipulative in nature. The country is still ravaged by poverty, with unemployment rates hovering around 26.5% this year alone. Unfortunately, with poverty comes desperation, and with desperation comes exploitation. It would be far too easy to walk into a township and offer someone who can barely afford to feed themself a measly sum of money in return for performing sexual acts onscreen. If you have nothing you are often willing to say yes to anything, regardless of whether or not you actually want to, and therein lies the problem.

Besides, even though we want to watch people having sex or performing sexual acts, we don’t want to pay for it. In 2011, when the LA film industry was almost shut down due to a top actor testing positive for HIV, the South African industry started to pick up. The first ever local production with an entirely black cast was released only to be pirated and sold for a fraction of the cost just a few hours later. So while there is a hole in the market for black South African pornos nobody wants to bankroll a film that will inevitably be pirated. Perhaps someone will fill that hole in the future, but I, for one, hope that the market is better regulated before South Africa enters into it.

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Source: https://memeburn.com/2017/01/pornhub-2016-stats-south-africa/

 

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