Washington, D.C., People Polled About #EthicalPorn

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Educator and author Rich Moreland took to the streets of Washington, D.C., recently to poll people about #EthicalPorn.

“Overall, most people were genuinely puzzled by the term,” Moreland reported in his write up on Ethical.Porn. “Some respondents dismissed ‘#EthicalPorn’ as an oxymoron.”

Moreland interviewed 30 women and men, with ages ranging from 19 years to 74. Each respondent was asked for a definition of #EthicalPorn, as well as any subsequent thoughts or discussion. From dismissing #porn as an addiction to branding “#EthicalPorn” as a contradiction in terms, the results showcase a deep disconnect between the public’s understanding of adult content production and actual industry practice.

Per Ethical.Porn contributors at its most essential, adult content that is consensual and transparent, is created in an environment that emphasizes safety and respect, and does not contribute to wider social inequalities via troublesome post-production marketing is ethical. Elements like tenor and intensity, sex acts being depicted, or production value do not preclude content from being ethical. Respondents however associated “ethical #porn” with everything from a leftist political agenda to degradation of women.

Moreland’s findings suggest, “#EthicalPorn does not resonate broadly with the public.”

Read Moreland’s full write-up on Ethical.Porn here.