The Continuing Tales of Alleged Rapist Jimbo

It appears that the news continues to spiral for James Deen, also known as Bryan Sevilla, or as we’re affectionately calling him here, alleged rapist Jimbo. While easing the tension of this tragic story with humor is a natural human phenomenon, there’s absolutely nothing funny about the allegations, or the affects this might have on the industry as a whole.

In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, James Deen has been accused of sexual assault by a growing number of female sex performers in the adult industry. As discussed in our earlier report, James Deen is undergoing a public relations nightmare given the accusations. Nearly every individual and organization who once championed the fallen god of male sex performers has turned away in disgust. If the allegations are true, rightly so.

Alleged Rapist Jimbo Baffled

In an article reported by The Daily Beast on the 8th of December, 2015, Aurora Snow coaxed a reluctant Deen to tell his side of the story. In essence, it was perturbing, and amounted to a complete denial of every allegation thus reported. Understandably, James Deen isn’t in the business of admitting to rape. He may yet still be innocent, but the condemnation against him is simply astounding. Snow started the interview where the allegations began, with Stoya’s initial tweet:

Deen’s response, however, is absolutely tragic:

The reason Stoya made this claim could be as simple as her finding out that my current girlfriend and I are moving in together. We have mutual friends, one of our friends notified Stoya of this information. It could be as calculated as Stoya trying to drive traffic to her website.

James Deen c/o The Daily Beast

This dog just doesn’t hunt. The argument put forth by James Deen, including his anecdotal support of Stoya’s apparent capitalistic greed, is simply a non-starter. Stoya is already a household name. She’s one of a very few adult performers who can be discussed in public company without embarrassment or fear. Much like Sasha Grey, or Shimiken, she’s a much greater asset of pop culture than the majority of porn stars. Why would she burn her career for the sake of jealousy? It certainly wouldn’t be a positive business move to advertise her own videos with James Deen, by alleging that he raped her. Now, if she were the only accuser this might be a viable argument, but she’s not.

The Numbers Keep Counting

According to Hilary Hanson of The Huffington Post, the continuing adventures of ARJ is filled with a long and arduous list of apparent sexual assault. In addition to Stoya, Tori Lux, Ashley Fires, an unidentified woman by the initials T.M., Amber Rayne, Kora Peters, Nicki Blue, LilyLaBeau, Joanna Angel, Bonnie Rotten, Bree Olson, and Farrah Abraham have all come forward to share their stories. There’s just too many women with the same tale to tell to ignore. Mike South, who generally tells it exactly like it is, agrees:

The first thing that concerns me is the floodgate of allegations that happened, and how similar they were.  add [sic] to that the fact that the companies he worked for the most abandoned him quickly and decisively left most people with the idea that they knew what was happening.

Mike South c/o MikeSouth.com

Even if the man turns out to be innocent, which seems altogether too unlikely, there’s hope that this ordeal will improve the industry. Frisky, Evil Angel, Kink, and even APAC have made fast work of distancing themselves from Deen, despite a lack of solid evidence. While it may be entirely a public relations move, this shows just how serious rape allegations are; and their impact on the industry as a whole.

A Better Tomorrow

For the sake of putting this tragic story to rest, reports should be filed, and the path to justice should take its full course. In the mean time however, the industry will change; in a very public way. Some have chosen to discuss feminism in porn, and how such a potential betrayal could cause so much damage. Others, like Ashley Fires, have called for safer work environments to prevent further sexual assault. But the real takeaway here is that organizations in this industry need to adapt, and protect their talent. It simply does not matter if the abuser is famous, because the aftermath of their abuse will not be worth the short-term gain.

This is the beginning of positive change, and if the industry wishes to weather this storm, organizations within it would do wise to embrace change and improve relations. So far, it seems to be working. Ultimately, if we protect the performers who put themselves through so much for our pleasure, then the whole industry will invariably come out ahead.

As Always,

C.K.


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Chrissy Chambers: The Fight Against Revenge Porn

Chrissy Chambers Petitions for United States Legislation Against Revenge Pornography

Before the relationship ended, and without my knowledge or consent, my ex filmed himself having sex with me, and when we broke up he posted them online and they were shared to over 30 pornography sites.

Chrissy Chambers c/o change.org

Chrissy Chambers, a popular YouTube celebrity who co-partners the BriaAndChrissy channel, came forward recently and revealed that she too has been a victim of revenge pornography. She is participating in ongoing revenge porn civil and criminal cases in the United Kingdom. Nearly one week ago, Chambers started a change.org petition calling for legislation in the United States to outlaw revenge porn, like similar legislation in other countries. So far, it has been met with a warm welcome.

In a video released by Chambers herself, she recounts the history of her relation to revenge porn. She focuses on her battles and difficulties since the end of her previous relationship. The alleged perpetrator has not been mentioned, and will remain alleged until a court can rule as to whether Chambers’ allegations are valid and hold weight. However, it’s very clear that Chrissy Chambers has suffered deep emotional and mental hardship due to revenge pornography. Substance abuse, PTSD, therapy, and immense emotional recovery are just a handful of difficulties that Chambers has been forced to endure since her consent was violated. Now she’s coming forward to save others the same trouble.

When I first saw them I felt like I’d been stripped of my dignity. Each one included my full name, and my ex had included text calling me a slut and a horrible role model. By the time I found them, they had been viewed tens of thousands of times.

Chrissy Chambers c/o change.org

The Revenge of Revenge Porn

In the past we’ve written about the depths of revenge porn, the ethics surrounding it, current and past legislation, and the legal status of revenge porn around the world. We’ve focused on consent, or lack-thereof, the education of revenge porn, as well as the frank discussion about what it actually represents. It’s fairly well known that sexual acts without consent are akin to rape, and if legislation is passed in the United States to reflect this, revenge porn could soon be seen as legal sexual assault. It’s already disapproved of ethically.

The reality is that what happened to me was a form of sexual assault, and it should be treated that way by the law. No one should be able to get away with posting explicit photos or videos of another person without their consent, or profiting off running a website that hosts that content.

Chrissy Chambers c/o change.org

Arguments for the legitimacy of revenge porn have a lot to do with convenience, freedom, and shaming victims. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to see how poorly these arguments hold water. In a modern society that values the safety and freedom of its people, how do we justify stripping the freedoms of one individual for another? How do we justify shaming victims for actions they did not intend to occur?

Advocates for revenge porn might argue that if the photo exists, they implicitly consent for it to be released to the public. Or, at the very least, the majority of the blame is theirs to hold for these actions taking place. This is abhorrent thinking. It is not the sole responsibility of one person to police and prevent their own victimization. It is the majority responsibility for others not to violate their rights, freedoms, and consent. It appears, however, we only value these freedoms when it is convenient to protect.

Advocates for revenge porn may also argue that it’s a photographers freedom to govern the use of a photograph they have taken, with or without their subjects consent. If the photo was of your adult child, or your significant other, or yourself, would you agree with such a claim? All for the sake of revenge, or at the very least pleasure?

No matter how you slice it, an individual is entitled to a life free of unwarranted shame and earned respect. They deserve to be championed if their rights or consent are violated, not for violators to be praised. Ethically, this is a well understood point. Until the law catches up and legislation is introduced, victims will go undefended. This is what Chrissy Chambers’ petition is designed for.

Support for Victims of Revenge Porn and Rape

Chrissy Chambers’ holds one strong voice among many who have met the same fate. Chambers was not spoken for, so now she speaks for others. There are hundreds, if not thousands of individuals who have had their consent trampled on by being featured on revenge porn websites. Many more who have been assaulted sexually and have yet to find justice. In delivering revenge porn content to the world, real people are being affected, and real people are being damaged. It doesn’t matter who speaks up for them, so long as people speak out against injustice and advocate for proactive and healthy reform.

Despite how quiet it may be, there is worldwide outrage. Chrissy Chambers has already met a great deal of support for her cause. Her petition is nearing 6,000 supporters, and her campaign against revenge porn is going viral. Those who have faced these hardships are standing up for those who cannot or will not speak. It would be nice if those who have an ethical or moral standing against injustice would follow suit as well.

Why Revenge Porn?

The reason why revenge porn is so popular is because it fills a niche that people want to explore. It’s taboo. It’s wrong. If enthusiasts of true revenge porn give into these urges, then they’re actively hurting others for their own selfish enjoyment. Is that right? It’s legally acceptable in the United States, but is it ethical? Do we really need to be victimized to understand it’s wrong to make individuals into victims?

As said before, if you really enjoy the concept of revenge porn, side with pornographers who distribute legitimate content that is safe and does not breach actual consent. Enjoy performers who actually want to perform. And if those performers can’t fill your niche, find a way to fulfill it without hurting others. If there was no demand for actually violating the consent of others, there would be little-to-no actual violations. Fantasies are good, but fantasies that actually hurt others are not. There must be a compromise that preserves the rights and freedoms of one, without damaging another’s. Hopefully Chrissy Chambers’ petition gets the United States one step closer to embracing the protection of all people.

As Always,

C.K.

Salma Hayek Speaks Out Against Hollywood Sexism

This is a follow-up to Stoya Declares Porn Valley “Pretty Feminist.”


At the Cannes Film Festival this year, Salma Hayek denounced the abundant sexism in Hollywood. This year, Variety hosted a UN Women panel at the Cannes Film Festival to discuss gender equality. During this event, Hayek, an actor, producer, and director, blasted the ongoing patriarchal aspects of the film industry,

The only kind of film where women make more money than men is porno. It’s not funny.

Source: Salma Hayek c/o The Telegraph

Salma Hayek on Gender Inequality in Film

Salma Hayek discussed sexism, specifying money, objectification, and ignorance as reasoning. According to Hayek, there’s abundant evidence to illustrate gender inequality. She spoke of her own experiences, as an observation on the industry as a whole. One such example Hayek made, was the mention that male actors had the potential to veto director choices. Unfortunately, women do not hold the same level of power, nor should either. An actor, regardless of gender, should perform their role, and leave directing and producing to the appropriate positions.

Underestimating Women

In terms of economical feasibility, Salma Hayek assesses that women aren’t seen as equally valuable. Specifically that Hollywood doesn’t see equal economic worth, and often attributes credit to the male lead. If this is true, and it seems likely based on Hayek’s experiences, that could spell disaster for proactive gender equality. Beyond news, film is one of the largest, if not the largest industries for media.

It’s understandable why Hayek would assess that ignorance was a common thread for these behaviors. Underestimating the selling power of females, especially in comparison to their male counterparts, could damage the film industry. Despite the rampant objectification in both film and pornography, Hollywood could take a lesson from Porn Valley when it comes to the economic feasibility of the female lead.

A Quick Trip Into Objectification

For those unaware of the concept of objectification, consider how modern society considers women as commodities, rather than people:

Hayek also spoke on the level of perceived female intelligence, and how cinema seems to be “dumbing down” female interactions. According to Hayek, if a female actor attempts to improve aspects of the film, it’s often unwanted. It’s understandable if any actor’s changes are unwarranted, after all, writers are hired for a reason. However, if the concepts being portrayed are offensive to women, then censoring opinions will cause a greater divide. Treating women as inferior objects will not lead to a better, more equal world.

HeForShe by DIA (Brand & Design Studio, NY)

Emma Watson, among many other prominent actors, became a prominent spokesperson for the UN Women movement, HeForShe, designed to improve global gender equality.

Stoya Copyright Daniel Sandoval
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Facial News recently wrote about Stoya‘s assessment that pornography was “pretty feminist.” This article briefly touched on the differences between Porn Valley and Hollywood. For those unfamiliar, the focal point was discussing why pornography was perceived to be feminist. The conclusion reached was that the primary demographic was heterosexual men, and so the woman had far more power than her male counterpart. The female lead had far more screen time, and her assets, both her body and her mind, contributed far more to the scene than the stunt cock (check out these LegitClips to see what we mean.) While Salma Hayek isn’t speaking to the status of feminism in pornography, the parallels are interesting.

Why Not Film Too?

Pornography is not yet designed for gender equality, but film may be farther behind. Unlike Hollywood, Porn Valley has taken advantage of the power of women, so why hasn’t film? Salma Hayek’s reasoning on ignorance seems to be the real focal point. Money may talk, but ignorance can blind even the most advantageous investor. If film wishes to reclaim its strength as a premier entertainment medium, reinforcing gender equality must be done. Until then, they will continue to lose out on the power of women.

As Always,

C.K.


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