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    The New York Times Company | NICHOLAS KRISTOF | 12/4/20 | 20 min
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    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Grateful for the Illumination on All of this. Very nuanced. I am not anti-porn; however I would admit to being addicted for years. I have cut back this year and really only have One video I enjoy going back to for Tantric Male Exercise guidance. This article makes me want to do away with PH for good, presently.

      The Real Experience is 10 times better when aligned with an Incredible Lover/Lovers.

      I can also speak to the physiological effects of arousal issues and headaches and other shit. Since I have cut the porn down and increased Tantra Breathing and more...my physiological responses are returning stronger than before.

      We Need less porn and more Beautiful Companies sharing couples Truly Making Love...or We All Just Need to invest more in the Healthy Real Thing.

      The child/sexual abuse and trafficking Illuminated Here Needs to End. PH should be doing more.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streak
        1 month ago

        Thanks for sharing, I appreciate the honesty.

    • vunderkind
      Scout
      1 month ago

      People who interact with me long enough understand I have an academic interest in porn (in the production, consumption but especially in the distribution - which is where Pornhub comes in).

      There's something fundamentally curious about how something designed to be secretly consumed often applies some of the best techniques for its creation and its dispersal (if you're an engineer, you'll find articles about Pornhub's web optimization for video quite entertaining).

      Pornhub's Instagram live is often wholesome, with porn stars coming online to speak about their lives, effectively humanizing them and endearing them to you. Then there's the end-of-year statistics where they tell you how the world consumed porn that year. Combine that with Pornhub's giving efforts and you're mostly in love with the brand.

      This...this was very disturbing and horrifying. I am grateful it was published, and while it took me a few days to steel myself to read, I'm glad I read it. It has offered me a balanced and better view of this company, and of porn, and I am happy to see the light.

      Sigh.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streak
        1 month ago

        I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for sharing.

    • SEnkey
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Update: For those following this story the credit card companies cut Pornhub off causing them a lot of grief. They have now removed some 10 million videos and only allow videos from certified contributers.

      I don't really know if that 10 million is a big number or not but I think this is a great step - all prompted by good journalism.

      The challenge now is how to apply a similar standard to all the other porn sites out there that may not be as market driven as pornhub. (ie they don't use credit cards or care if they are cut off).

      • Pegeen
        Reading streak
        1 month ago

        Thanks so much for the update, really appreciate it. Great news!

    • SEnkey
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      1.) Allow only verified users to post videos. 2.) Prohibit downloads. 3.) Increase moderation.

      That seems like a great place to start.

    • bartadamley
      Reading streakScout
      1 month ago

      Definitely not a light Sunday read...

      However, incredibly important to start this chilling conversation as to the world that Pornhub is creating for everyone... and to question why the hell there isn't more legislation enacted against this company?

      The concluding quote really brought this piece together.

      With Pornhub, we have Jeffrey Epstein times 1,000.

    • Pegeen
      Reading streak
      1 month ago

      This may be the same article I posted a few years ago. I was told then that it was an exaggeration and untrue. Regardless, porn is a slippery slope and one I think that easily gets distorted the more one is exposed to it. Like any addiction, one needs to increase the dosage to get “high.” Then violence and force become exciting. This is way beyond disturbing.

    • Plum1 month ago

      I kept trying NOT to read this. It is so disturbing to know about but also so important. Porn distorts human sexuality and ruins lives. The victims never stop being victimized which is pure torture. I have a friend whose husband became addicted and it ruined their marriage. It is ironic that cell phone videos have helped us to resist police brutality and violence and support racial justice but in this instance have created a universe of human suffering.

    • Florian
      Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
      1 month ago

      This is such a tough read. I work in trust and safety and I’m exposed to a pretty harsh reality but this is next level. Especially as I think that this article only just scratches the surface. Great for AOTD though to get some attention for an issue many of us would rather just ignore

    • temi1 month ago

      porn is one of the many things that are being branded as “progressive,” but are, in reality, deeply harmful to the individuals involved and society as a whole

    • chrissetiana
      Top reader this weekTop reader of all time
      1 month ago

      This pretty much sums up my take on this:

      I don’t see how good-faith moderators could approve any of these videos.