A running idea is that female porn actors are “damaged goods,” meaning that they get into porn because of low self-esteem issues, abused as children, have psychological problems, use drugs more than typical women. A study shows that they were more likely to identify as bisexual, first had sex at an earlier age, had more sexual partners, were more concerned about contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and enjoyed sex more. There were no differences regarding child abuse than those women who did not enter porn. In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actresses had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality compared to the matched group. Last, female performers were more likely to have ever used 10 different types of drugs compared to the comparison group. These findings did not provide support for the damaged goods hypothesis.
More about the Rachel Dolezal debate. This article discusses why transgender makes sense but not transrace. However, philosopher Christine Overall argues that one can be transracial.
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