Common themes represented here:
Normalize porn/prostitution. Standard — albeit oldschool at this juncture — porn trope, whereby various servicemen arrive at a woman’s home and are invited in for sex. Notice that there is no consent-negotiation and that the circumstances do not imply consent from the perspective of either the porn-viewer or the male-actors; where there is no communication of consent, and the circumstances do not reasonably imply it, we have rape. Full stop.
Under consent-rhetoric, where the woman’s sexuality or desire and the harms to women of PIV are not considered, the only thing stopping this kind of “surprise sex” or any pornographic or indeed any PIV-centric scenario from being a criminal act is what the woman is thinking in the privacy of her own mind — actual verbal consent is never uttered and need not be genuine, even if it is. So the pornography-viewer is going on nothing but faith that what he is watching is sex, and not rape; however, given the coercive circumstances of porn, that assumption is simply unreasonable. In fact, the porn viewer is demonstrating by his actions — the action of watching and consuming porn — that at best, he simply does not care whether it is rape or not. And it is entirely likely that it is in fact rape, considering the problems of economic coercion, human trafficking and rape-slavery, drug and alcohol abuse and other circumstances that are antithetical to legal or moral consent but which are rampant in the so-called sex industry.
And even if a verbal consent-negotiation takes place off-camera, the male porn “actors” cannot have a reasonable belief that the consent is genuine, and not coerced, considering the circumstances: there are many people in the room, including many men; the women are being paid and probably economically coerced; there is a likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse; the women are not known to them and could be underage or otherwise unable to legally or morally consent (remember Traci Lords?); and the women are actors and are acting a part, among other things. The men penetrate the women anyway, in what could easily be a rape. The male actors are demonstrating at best that they simply do not care whether it is or isn’t; either is equally acceptable to them. We are left to conclude the following: it is likely that any one pornographic encounter and the resulting image is both real-life rape and the documentary evidence of a real-life rape.
And this horrifying reality is normalized and invisiblized by commercials for banal consumer items, in this case, a chemical drain opener. From a woman’s perspective, having a plumber (or more than one) show up at your house and then being penetrated by him (or them) is actually our worst nightmare coming true: it is stranger rape and stranger gang-rape. Consensual sex under these circumstances is a kind of urban legend that does not exist; that it persists in both porn and commercial advertising is a rape-normative fantasy, and is intended to and in fact does normalize rape, because men like rape and benefit from it both individually and collectively, at women’s obvious expense. Because rape supports male power.