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Porn Production Halted

It’s a bit ironic to read the stories coming out California — CNN’s piece is here, LA Times here — that some porn production companies are suspending production of their films temporarily in light of news that one performer in the industry has tested positive for HIV.

It’s ironic because according to Shelley Lubben, a former performer in the industry who founded the Pink Cross Foundation, the industry is riddled with disease, and nothing is really every done about it.

The quote from the story that would be laughable, were it not tragic, comes from the press release issued by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The industry is behaving responsibly and cautiously, as it always has, by placing a moratorium on filming any person one or two generations removed from sexual contact with the current patient.

The industry is behaving “responsibly and cautiously, as it always has.” Indiscriminate, random sexual encounters with multiple partners, often while under the influence of alcohol and narcotics is “responsible” and “cautious?” Seriously, how do they say that with a straight face?

Lubben takes AIM Healthcare Foundation to task in her sweeping interview with Covenant Eyes Radio here.  Lubben’s interview runs more than an hour, and i had to stop a couple of times just to take a break from the brutal reality she painted of life in that industry.

i was also repeatedly heartbroken and deeply ashamed that i had ever been a consumer of porn given the description she provided of what she went through — and the things that continue in porn.

The overarching theme that hit me was one of deception, manipulation and severe brokenness. It’s a world which can only exist as a result of people lying to each other and men controlling young women — often in very abusive ways — for sexual pleasure.

One listen to Lubben’s interview will reveal that there is no way porn is glamorous.

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