Certainly not to the women and men in pornography. There is the constant possibility of STDs ranging from herpes (which lasts a lifetime) to things that can make a woman infertile all the way up to HIV. There are injuries ranging from sprains and muscle pulls up to rips and tears and including such horrifying things as rectal prolapse. There are the very porn specific diseases, such as e.coli of the throat (from pulling a penis out of a woman or man’s anus and inserting it into her or his mouth), chlamydia in the eye (from cum shots), and other various infections that can only occur from being treated as a human toilet. The average time a woman remains in porn is only three months not just from the physical toll but also from the emotional toll. Trigger warning below the break.
Women are sometimes forced to gag and vomit on a man’s penis. They are sometimes urinated or defecated on, tied up and pushed to tears, whipped, handcuffed, clamped, cut, slapped, made to sit in the middle of a group of men who ejaculate onto her face, they sometimes have their heads shoved into toilets, etc… Not to mention the extremely physically painful acts that are very “common” such as double or triple penetration, and even “just” anal sex, which the vast majority of women find extremely painful. Even Jenna Jameson reports on finding anal sex to be one of the most unpleasant things she’s ever done in porn and refuses to ever do it again. Many of these women are survivors of sexual trauma and many of these things undoubtedly remind them of their abuse. There is footage of women running off set to vomit, beginning to hyperventilate in panic, sobbing hysterically, and basically just footage of some of these women looking like they are in a state of complete terror.
I repeat, there is a reason the average length of time a woman is in porn is only three months.
So how could the argument that it’s “just fantasy” even begin to exist in someone’s mind? There is only one way that actual footage of these things happening to women could translate to “fantasy.” And that is through a process of extreme dehumanization and objectification. It is not as though they are “acting” the sex, those acts are really and truly happening to someone. The only way to think otherwise if the person watching does not see the person on screen as human. They are other, object, lesser. Anyone who uses the argument that porn is just fantasy is blatantly admitting that he does not view women in porn as human.