Do you ever worry or wonder about the mental health of people in porn?

Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
The question popped into my head because someone started a thread about Penny Flame, who I haven't been able to view comfortably since her stint on Celebrity Rehab, and especially now that I've read some of her blog entries and know about her book.

Now there is the disturbing passing of Natali DeMore (popular Fetish/BDSM actress, director and producer).

Do you ever worry or wonder about the mental health of people in porn?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
No, I don't care, I'm here to see some action.
7  (16%)
No, I don't want to know.
7  (16%)
Yes, the thought sometimes comes into my mind.
26  (59%)
Yes, but I don't care, I'm here to see some action.
Other
4  (9%)
Total votes: 44
Poll is closed
08/09/2012
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Claire-Bear Claire-Bear
Seeing as they are fellow human beings, yes. I do. It's part of why I won't watch it 99% of the time.
08/09/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
There are going to be sob stories in every profession. People have a nasty tendency to choose the absolute wrong thing to do with their lives...it's a human talent I suppose.
Personally, I wish we could get past our silliness about sex and make sex work legal. Then we could offer health benefits including psychiatric. That would ease my mind significantly.
08/09/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
There are going to be sob stories in every profession. People have a nasty tendency to choose the absolute wrong thing to do with their lives...it's a human talent I suppose.
Personally, I wish we could get past our silliness about sex and ... More
"I wish we could get past our silliness about sex and make sex work legal. Then we could offer health benefits including psychiatric. That would ease my mind significantly."

Agreed!
08/09/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't worry so much about their mental health. I do often question their sobriety. Many a porn I've seen has some female half passed out or eyes dilated to the max. I don't personally care if people do drugs, but my husband and I will often turn to each other and say "yeah, she's gone" and then guess what drug she's "gone" on.

As for mental health, mental illness affects so many people that it's highly likely you'll find at least a few crazies in any industry. Porn is no different. I spend enough time in my own crazy head. I don't have the energy left to worry about random people's crazy.
08/09/2012
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I have empathy for all people, but some can disconnect sex from emotions really well and more power to them. I don't pity porn stars.
08/09/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
"I wish we could get past our silliness about sex and make sex work legal. Then we could offer health benefits including psychiatric. That would ease my mind significantly."

Agreed!
More agreeing here.
08/09/2012
Vaginas Vaginas
sometimes but I mostly wonder how they go ass to mouth without getting sick
08/10/2012
lineswecast lineswecast
I avoid most professional porn because of this concept (among other various reasons). Amateur ftw!
08/10/2012
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I'd like to answer no, but the second part of the poll answers don't exactly fit. I'm not worried about their mental health because I don't think that people who work in porn are necessarily more unstable. Yes, there are people who turn to the 'seedier' walks of life, because of mental issues and the like, but I think the porn industry is at a point where it's more open to 'normal' people, and so I won't worry about their mental health, until signs point to instability.
08/10/2012
SkylarrStarr SkylarrStarr
Yes, I care because I have empathy, but
I also feel that porn has gotten to the point that one knows what they are getting into. Also, if one has an addictive or self-harmful personality, it will resonate in whatever they choose to do with their life.
08/12/2012
GONE! GONE!
I think it's why I just can't be turned on by porn. It hardly ever looks joyful and consensual to me.
08/12/2012
edeneve edeneve
Quote:
Originally posted by GONE!
I think it's why I just can't be turned on by porn. It hardly ever looks joyful and consensual to me.
I agree. I'm on a journey to find porn soft/hard for women. I hope it's better than all the stuff I've seen for guys.
08/12/2012
sweetpea12 sweetpea12
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
The question popped into my head because someone started a thread about Penny Flame, who I haven't been able to view comfortably since her stint on Celebrity Rehab, and especially now that I've read some of her blog entries and know about her ... More
Yeah sometimes it crosses my mind, but then I know porn stars like Katie Morgan who is a perfectly healthy human being that is really funny and has a great life. She's an actress and does tours at colleges for psych classes. She's a very acclimated porn star, who leads a normal and healthy life
10/04/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
It's crossed my mind on occasion. I don't watch porn too often, though.
10/07/2012
Leather & Lace Leather & Lace
I don't watch it enough to worry.
10/07/2012
thesquaredeific thesquaredeific
Only really occurs to me when I see something blatant.
10/08/2012
SoloJoe SoloJoe
sorry i dont
10/13/2012
Alyxx Alyxx
I do occasionally think about it, but mostly because I'm studying to be a psychologist. I think about people's mental health a lot. I don't really think working in porn would be detrimental to someone's mental health, but I can see how it could draw in people with certain personality disorders. I'm guessing there is a higher than average percentage of narcissistic and histrionic personality disorders in people who do porn.
10/25/2012
Gdom Gdom
Yes, I definitely care. While I certainly don't just assume that sex workers have psychological issues (that gets into a lot of nasty stereotypes and a stigma surrounding sex work in general), it's clear that tragedies do happen and I try to avoid financially supporting studios that don't take proper care of their workers.
10/25/2012
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Unique posters: 19