Opinion: Stop Slut-Shaming Adult Film Stars for Their Profession

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Gay men need to halt the amount of slut-shaming they do, particularly with men in the adult film industry.

On Wednesday, May 1, news broke about the passing of 29-year old performer Casey Jacks.  A mixture of comments were left on our Facebook post about the loss of life. Some left their condolences, while others took the judgmental route and wrote horrific things like:

“Drug related?”

Another responded “Or HIV?”

“Their lives are enviable, and they commit suicide? I don’t understand.”

Another responded saying that people who enter the adult film industry have low self-esteem issues and that they are “all alone at the end of the day” after spending time on set with another partner.

The ignorance that this community has bred over the past couple of decades is upsetting. These types of comments are nothing new, as they’ve been popping up all over the place whenever something positive or negative is written about men who perform in adult films. The comments mentioned above alone caused me to shake my head to the point where it falls off. 

Here’s a fact: death happens no matter what profession you are in. Singling out issues of depression, diseases, or drugs for why an adult film industry worker died only makes one look incredibly ignorant.  Do you know all the facts or who they were as a person? No.

Instead, slut-shaming results, and people criticize a dead person from the comfort of their home computer, probably while watching porn. Has the adult industry lost several of its stars over the past 40 plus years? Yes. Has every other type of business experienced the same results? Of course. It’s about more than just what someone does for a living.

Many of the men I know in the adult film industry are intelligent beyond their years and are successful at what they do, both on and off the camera. They are brave and bold enough to put themselves out there to make people’s fantasies and desires come true, yet they are criticized heavily and shamed for what they do.

The days of “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all” are truly gone in our society, which makes me very sad. I know I’m no Pollyanna and can be shady just like the rest, but to degrade people who are alive or dead just because they are in the adult film industry, just ends up degrading yourself for being so judgmental.


This is the opinion of one contributing writer and not that of Instinct Magazine or other Contributing Writers.

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