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Do you think a porn star of either gender could ever be looked at in a truly positive way in society?

Type: General

Submitted by GCode (101)
Yes 46% 23 Votes
No 24% 12 Votes
Depends 28% 14 Votes
Other 2% 1 Votes

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Jul 1, 2009

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Lionheart (47) Most likely if they were to be looked in a positive way it would be after they career. During their career I would real doubt the media would show them in a positive light. Anyone every see the Bill O'riley and Jenna Jameson interview awhile back?

I hate Bill O'riley

07-01-09  01:21am

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lk2fireone (196) We have a black president.
Gays/lesbians are accepted in open society, some states even recognize same-sex marriages.
Why can't porn stars be accepted as contributing members of society?

07-01-09  02:12am

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james4096 (126) They are considered a joke in mainstream society. So, not in America.
Didn't a pornstar get elected to parliament in Italy or somewhere?

07-01-09  02:46am

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Jay G (67) Of course yes, if all the "reality show" and celebrity whores can be seen as important, a person who actually works at a valuable job (and I think porn is valuable) should be seen as making a positive contribution to society. Porn is better than 90% of the so-called entertainment out there and is only going to get better with time.
07-01-09  05:44am

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Denner (235) Of course- YES - and why not?
Is a pornstar of lower class, lower intelligence, of lower "rank" in society. NO!
Over the years some pornstars has turned out to show a lot of integrity - It's a job. it's a way of earning money. And some of them are pretty smart - in the long run...

If anybody use their past against them - it's hypocricy.

07-01-09  07:30am

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pat362 (375) I picked no because I don't think that society will ever consider sex workers in a positive light.
It's a kind of double standard since many people use the services of prostitues/escorts and many more watch porn movies. Somehow I don't think we will ever consider people in those professions as good role models.

They aren't the only ones mind you. There are quite a few mainstream actors/actresses that are bad role models, but even they are somehow less so that a pornstar.

I'm open for someone to suggest one pornstar that has been a good role model or has done something positive for sociuety.

07-01-09  08:43am

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #1 - Lionheart :

Yeah, 'Papa Bear' Bill is unprofessional, and quite rude to many of his guests. I do not count myself as a fan of Jenna (just read the replies to our previous poll), but the fact that her answers were so far from what he wanted to hear was entertaining to watch. Maybe he was just pissed off at her for being a successful woman?
07-01-09  08:54am

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #6 - pat362 :

I can't think of any porn stars that have good role models or done something positive, but I guess it depends on how you define it. I would say that few others, at least those with any amount of fame or wealth, have really done anything positive, or even acted as good role models.

Of course I am pretty cynical, and I think we are all just a bunch of animals, so the idea that somebody is really that good or positive is just nonsense to me.

07-01-09  09:08am

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pat362 (375) REPLY TO #8 - turboshaft :

The only person that I can think of at the moment with fame and wealth that actually did something positive is Paul Newman. He created the Newman's Own foundation that has donated millions to different charities. Of course that is a far cry from a pornstar but that's the only that came to mind.

I don't think you are too cynical. It's a fact that we are animals.
That is why when one of us rises above his or her own basic interest and does something positive. We point that person out as a good role model. I just find that many people today just don't rise very high anymore.

07-01-09  09:19am

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GCode (101) I have to go with no at this point. Pornstars are seen as outcasts in the entertainment world and prostitutes as a whole in society. Prostitutes were looked at in a positive way in history but not in todays standards. I think this applies almost everywhere in the developed countries. While more countries in Europe and other parts are more lax about sex in general, I think porn and its stars is still frowned upon in the majority of these countries. Honestly, do I think they are doing something so harsh that they are less than a 'standard' human being? No. Most stars see this as a job and I think it's a lot more healthier for these people to get in to the adult entertainment industry if they want to make money by doing sexual acts. At least (for the most part) it's a lot safer and you know who the clientle is beforehand. However, I'm sure most stars still are not excited when they come home for the holidays and tell their family that they found a new job; AND IT'S A PORN STAR!!!!
07-01-09  09:22am

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Drooler (220) For one thing, I doubt that many people by occupation are looked upon in a "truly positive way." Take lawyers, whom people (in the US, at least) disparage until they need one.

There are those who think that Bill O'Reilly is admirable and there are those who see Jenna Jameson as a kind of role model.

My point is that society in general isn't what it used to be. It has become more fragmented and segmented.

07-01-09  11:53am

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Wittyguy (105) For a pornstar to have a truly positive social impact it would have to be for something else they do/did besides porn. Additionally they probably could only be on the fringes of the industry such as being a producer of noncontorversial porn (standard generic porn) although they could have been a porn star in the past. Also, they would have to have a great ability to convey their message for their cause and the cause would have to be something not directly tied to the porn industry. Not asking for a lot America, are we?

Jenna Jameson is famous mostly because she's hot and has built a large successful business. I don't think anyone views her as a success because of how many scenes she's shot. I don't think many people outside the porn biz look at her for inspiration though.

07-01-09  12:03pm

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GCode (101) REPLY TO #11 - Drooler :

True that lawyers are looked at as assholes mostly in the USA but they are seen as people who have accompolished something and contributed to society in general. Coming home to papa and saying you want to be the most successful lawyer will give cheers while saying you are going to be the most successful porn star; well you can pretty much guess the reaction.
07-01-09  12:23pm

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PinkPanther (46) I vote yes. Sasha Grey has commented that when she did that non-porn film, she was pretty much expecting that she'd be getting attitude from the cast and crew and was pleasantly surprised at the fact that she was treated as respectfully as everyone else was. She's gotten decent reviews for her performance and "porn star" is just part of the description of her.

Attitudes are definitely changing in an opening way - at least at this point. Given how things go, that doesn't mean that there won't be a backlash further down the road.

07-01-09  07:55pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #14 - PinkPanther :

That's a good point, though I would say that the set of a film does not count as society -- at least as I read it in the poll question -- plus, it would be hypocritical for them to look down on her simply because she does most of her fucking on camera. The entertainment industry is pretty open-minded; I mean, as long as you don't murder anybody, you can still enjoy success and a measure of respect.

Me personally, I don't care what anybody does, just so long as they do not think they are somehow really better than anyone else.

07-01-09  11:37pm

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Colm4 (10) Here in Holland, I would say yes. For example, Bobi Eden (who is Dutch) has a weekly column in a respected magazine. Another pornstar frequently shows up in talk shows and gameshows.
07-04-09  01:08am

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CM4286 (6) I think it really does depend. There's probably a much better potential for a porn star to be regarded in a positive light on a small scale - for example, in municipal or regional areas. When there's the opportunity to be well known in a small area, there's also a much greater opportunity to be known for everything you are and do, not just your most high-profile feature. Nationally or internationally, though, positive regard for porn stars is still probably a long way off.
07-18-09  06:34pm

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