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Can There Be Good Porn?

CREDIT: Johanna Goodman

Op-Ed Contributor

I NEVER WANTED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SHAPING YOUNG MINDS. NOW IT’S KEEPING ME UP AT NIGHT.

In 2006, when I first considered performing in a hard-core pornographic video, I also thought about what sort of career doors would close once I’d had sex in front of a camera. Being a schoolteacher came to mind, but that was fine, since I didn’t want the responsibility of shaping young minds.

And yet thanks to this country’s nonfunctional sex education system and the ubiquitous access to porn by anyone with an internet connection, I have that responsibility anyway. Sometimes it keeps

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