Is porn racist?

Is porn racist?
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Mainstream porn is a wacky realm. For every pair of breasts that exists in the real world, there’s a monster set to dwarf them in the porn world…. But while things tend to fall on the more cartoonish side of the spectrum, the pornography industry also mirrors some of the more sinister social ills out there. And issues involving race are right up there with the worst of them.

Porn is strange in a myriad ways, including how it interacts with minority communities. On the plus side, porn is one of the only industries where some marginalized groups start out a step ahead of the rest. Women, gay men and trans people all stand to earn more than their “traditional” counterparts. Unfortunately, that’s not a privilege that often extends to performers of color.

In late September, the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee issued an official statement urging members of the porn community to “end discriminatory practices based on race.”

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