Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Porn and philanthropy

I saw a really interesting half hour documentary last night on a guy named Phil Harvey. Mr. Harvey is the owner of a business called Adam & Eve, which is one of the biggest porn businesses in the US. They make movies, and sell them along with all sorts of sex toys, etc on the internet.

What makes Mr. Harvey different – and particularly interesting in my opinion – is that he is heavily involved in bringing contraception and contraception clinics to the third world where they have little or no access to this stuff. He even funds mobile clinics to get to far off areas. Half his company’s profits (millions) go to this work.

The man is a major philanthropist – and not many people know it (and I don’t think a 20 minute segment in a Quebec TV show will propel him to philanthropy stardom). Apparently, he has many detractors however, because of the way he chooses to make the money he spends on philanthropy. Funny enough, the doctors working with him in India have no problem at all with where the money comes from, so long as people are being helped.

Interesting that he is a big part of what many people find to be a morally offensive business, but he does more good in a year than lots of rich, upstanding, morally inoffensive citizens in their lifetime.

2 comments:

Pat said...

I found this to be very interesting I never knew Adam & Eve made porn, I knw they had sex toys and such, and he is helping others out in area's that need this awareness

Hageltoast said...

Good point, well made. To be honest if people removed the concept of porn as dirty and immoral then a lot fo the bad things about the porn industry would be alleviated. Women would be able to openly seek help if they needed it without worrying about the stigma of the work they do.
Just my 2cents