The Issue of Ageism in the Porn Industry and Nightclub Exploitation

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The Issue of Porn Industry and NightClub Exploitation

Singer Lovari recently decided to relaunch Latino Fan Club along with Brian Brennan. I thought that was interesting as Lovari is well known in the gay scene. I decided to interview him for my blog. LeNair Xavier, who bills himself as an anti porn activist, was critical of Lovari’s decision. LeNair accuses porn of being exploitative to gays and says it does considerable psychological damage. That was a distance Lovari disagreed with. So I decided to interview LeNair as well. While I certainly disagree with LeNair on my share of issues, the responses of some Lovari fans on my blog made LeNair’s point.

LeNair has spoken of ageism in the gay community. Immediately, when he criticized Lovari’s decision to become a porn producer, a number of people left comments online accusing him of being upset because he’s old and washed up. He was basically called being a hater because he’s too old to do porn or work as an escort anymore. But in bashing LeNair, those fans prove his point. LeNair’s point of view is to be ignored since they see him as being too old to be a hot escort or a hot stud in porn. So if that’s the attitude of consumers of gay culture, there’s bound to be a certain amount of psychological damage to some porn stars and sex workers.

Some comments on Facebook accused porn and the nightclub of exploiting poor young gays. For this I somewhat disagreed. No one is forced to work in porn or a nightclub. Nor are all the young men in porn or in the nightclub poor. I’ve known college students to work in porn or as strippers for some extra cash. I’ve known actors or other people in between jobs to use the erotic scene to make money before they successfully go back to their careers. But there’s a subset of gay men who don’t plan ahead for the future. They want to use sex appeal indefinitely to make money. Youth doesn’t last forever, and in their 50s these men face poverty as they are too old to be escorts, bartenders, go go boys, or porn stars. But that isn’t the fault of the nightclub owners or the porn industry. That’s the fault of the men themselves.

How are the men responsible? Is the gay nightclub scene or porn scene ageist? Of course. But then again, so are straight bars and straight porn? What straight man is going to go into a bar and spend money where an 80 year old woman is dancing on the bar singing, “Don’t You Wish Your Girlfriend was Freak Like ME”? What straight woman at a bachelorette party is going to find a 80 old man popping viagra pills hot? Sexualized entertainment is a business which by its nature of course is going to be ageist. The men who feel thrown away in older age knew what the industry deal was in terms of youth the moment they stepped in it. They had years to prepare for other lines of work.

That’s not to say I condone ageism or I am ageist. I’m not. The problem with those complaining about how terrible ageism is that they want to have it both ways. They want to party as they did when they were young. But as I noted, nightclubs whether gay or straight are geared towards young people. Most straight people grow out of the nightclubs scene and have social and professional lives away from the nightclub scene. Gay men are perfectly capable of doing the same. The nightclub scene cannot victimize gay men because no one is forced to go a gay bar.

Many of those on facebook or on my blog who spoke of all the terrible ills are avoiding their responsibilities. If you don’t like something, you don’t have to do it. There’s also quite a bit of projection coming from these men. Just because the nightclub scene is your life does not make it the center of all or most men life. So overall though I would say there are certainly issues with porn and the nightclub scene, its a free country. If you find nightclub and porn too ageist, no one is forcing you to go these places, to buy the porn, to work in the nightclub, or to act in the porn. If you can’t stand the things going on in the nightclub scene, make a life for yourself outside of it.

By Justin Samuels

The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions
of Fierth.com

Justin Samuels graduated from Cornell University with a BA in History. He worked in financial services for three years. After then he decided to pursue more creative endeavors. He has written articles for Yahoo! and the WGAe blog. He also writes screenplays. Justin can be contacted at screenwriter97@gmail.com

3 Comments

  1. OutNProud

    February 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Lovari needs to stick with singing and acting. When he does these controversial moves, it is obvious thar he is doing it for shock value. The problem is, nobody is shocked because you can tell that’s what he is trying to do.

    • Jon B.

      February 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      I disagree. Lovari is smart because music sales in this day and age are next to nothing. Everybody plays music for free on YouTube and Soundcloud. Investing in adult films will definitely bring him in much more money.

      • Terry Jones

        March 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        The title sold out in preorders on the adult video websites, so I guess that Lovari won this round.

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