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CNBC Says "Mike South - South is the Nikki Finke of the porn industry. His blog, which is never short on opinion, is a must-read among industry insiders. His style is unique, but he is also a leading agent of change within the industry. There are few fence-sitters when it comes to opinions about South, but no one ignores him."

 

I Am Proud of You Guys

You might be thinking why?

It is because there are people here who are passionate about the future of the industry and about the well being of their fellow performers.

The sheer volume of comments on Sabrina’s post indicates that it was good, because it sparked a conversation and a debate and having been through the unionization process before porn a couple of times, and having an interest as well as an education in political science this is very clearly an enlightening process.

Before we consider porn and unionization think about the overall big picture, this is nothing less than a group of people who wish to overthrow the governing body because they think that they can do it better than people who don’t have their best interests in mind, that’s what every unionization is and it is what the forefathers of this country, and very likely the forefathers of whatever country you are from grappled with at some point.  Abraham Lincoln one of our most beloved Presidents said that you can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Historically people aren’t that interested in participating in the process of selecting their government, even leading up to The American Revolution only one third of the people who would become Americans were for it.  One third wanted to remain subject to British rule and one third were ambivalent.

Historically in our election process here in the United States we have 20 percent of people who vote Republican and 20 percent who vote Democratic  and 60 percent dont vote.  It looks like in this election that may change, more people are feeling disenfranchised and as a result more people are taking an interest in the ruling of the country.

Porn isn’t much different, It seems that some are for the union, some are against it and some are simply not interested either way.

In my experience performers in adult films are about the most exploited employees on earth, there is no real future in porn, only a present and to me the union is interested in making performing as an adult entertainer a real profession, with benefits and a future for those who want it as a profession.

I have no doubt that the people on both sides of this issue are passionate and believe that they are after what is best for performers, even to the point that many are donating a lot of time and effort into helping the collective group called performers.  I know from what I do here that it is a thankless job, it is one that is done from the heart.  My life would be so much simpler if I didn’t care and just let things go, but I have devoted so much time and money into mikesouth.com because every few days I get a heartfelt thank you from someone I helped, a please don’t stop doing what you do, we need you.  At the same time I am being slandered, libeled and attacked at every turn by people who see me as king of the hill and want to topple me so that they may install their own agendas.  I could sue Sean Tompkins,Sean is a loser with no assets other than a lien for child support (Sean) and I would win, but what would I win?  Nothing they have no ability to pay. I am kind of digressing here but the point is that I haven’t yet reached the point that I am ready to give up. I have not become apathetic, even though I no longer consider myself a part of the industry.

The fact that performers are coming together, even if they are hashing it out, is a good thing, they are asserting their right to self determination and they are taking an interest in their future, no matter which side they are on, they are on the same side in more ways than not.

Think about the people who have done this in the past they have the same fights, the same level of opposition and out of that have come the greatest civilizations on earth, we are where we are because of them.

While I have gone on record as saying I support the Union I also support the dissent in that because of that dissent whatever comes out of this will hopefully be better and will provide something of a future for performers and  other adult entertainers.

We all want to be treated as adults, we want our jobs to be treated as real jobs and we don’t want to be discriminated against because we were attractive enough and chose to use our sexuality to make money while we had youth and beauty.  We gained a LOT of wisdom in this occupation hopefully and that experience should be thought of as having value in other endeavors.

I don’t want to influence anyone to be against unionization or for it what I want to do is encourage everyone who makes a living in this business to educate yourself and become involved accordingly, same as you should in selecting your government.  Ignorance is no excuse you can all educate yourselves and decide what is right and apathy is even worse because then you allow others to have total control of your life without your having any say in the matter.  Don’t do that.

Finally remember that we are all adults and we are understandably passionate about our involvement, our objectives are not that different and working out our differences without resorting to “slinging mud” as politicians call it serves us way better.

God Bless you all, I know that in your hearts you are doing what is right and I deeply respect that because above all else you are NOT being apathetic.

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