We've heard stories about how difficult life can be for women in the adult industry, but one former porn star says life after porn is so difficult that she's warning women against pursuing a XXX career.
Former porn star Bree Olson created a video for the project Real Women, Real Stories. According to its Facebook page, the video project is "curated by men with the goal of embracing women who are silent in their pain but want to speak out."
Olson says she started out in the adult industry when she was 19 years old, and quit to transition into mainstream films. She adds that people haven't been very accepting of her, and that it wasn't worth the money she made while working in porn:
The words are something I didn't expect to affect me in my everyday life. When I go out, I feel as if I'm wearing 'slut' across my forehead.
The names that people have called me. It's as if you could take out those names and print them and put them on a ribbon around my whole body—all those things people have written about me online—that's how I feel when I walk out on the street.
Olson says she goes days or even weeks at a time without leaving her house because she doesn't want to deal with other people's judgment.
"People treat me as if I am a pedophile, they don't treat me like an ex-sex worker, they treat me like I would somehow be damaging to children," she says.
Olson says that she can easily go back to earning $20,000 a week by doing porn, but doesn't think it's worth the long-term effects. She concludes by urging women to seriously consider her story before entering the lucrative industry.
Watch her whole video, below: