Nadia Ali Banned In Pakistan

Expression of sexuality for women in the Middle East has always been a difficult and controversial topic. Because of the inherent power imbalances for many middle eastern countries, women are often not afforded the same rights they may have in the west. According to Aurora Snow of The Daily Beast, Nadia Ali may be challenging these notions, and as a result, according to Snow, she’s “banned” from Pakistani society.

They may look suppressed, but given an opportunity to express themselves freely, their wild, untamable natural sexuality is released. This may just be what was in bin Laden’s porn collection, experience it for yourself.

Women of the Middle East c/o The Daily Beast

Nadia Ali: Banned and Still Fighting Back

According to Snow, Ali is a fully practicing Muslim, but finds no conflict between her religion, culture, and chosen profession. According to Pakistan, however, pornography itself should be banned. As one can imagine, the issue of being a female Muslim practicing hardcore pornography comes with it plenty of vocal opposition,

I’ve been told, ‘you’re not a Muslim, you’re a disgrace to Pakistan, Pakistan won’t accept you,’ but I do come from a Middle Eastern background and I am Muslim, not the way my parents are, but by practice.

Nadia Ali c/o The Daily Beast

Despite the opposition, Nadia Ali has no plans to stop. She may be new to the industry, and with that comes some shocking introductions to the way things appear to play out, but she’s committed to her work. Since her debut, she’s become increasingly popular.

As mentioned in her interview above, despite the overwhelming appreciation for her contribution to the industry, racism from the Middle East continues to permeate the conversation. Although the split was apparently 50/50, for an entire nation to condemn a single person for their

Doing porn was a breakthrough in how women should be able to masturbate; women should be able to do these things. I want to be a voice for women in the world. I am all about the women’s movement and want to help other women take a stand.

Nadia Ali c/o The Daily Beast

Even though Nadia Ali has plenty of difficulties ahead of her, her perseverance is a symbol of her attitude toward challenging the lack of rights and freedom of women in the Middle East. Expression of one’s sexuality is important, and Nadia Ali is willing to go to great lengths to ensure that she remains a voice for Islamic women worldwide.

As Always,

C.K.

Susan Sarandon Wants To Direct

Susan Sarandon has recently expressed a strong motivation toward directing what she calls female-friendly pornography. Under the assumption that most pornography does not look pleasurable for women, Sarandon hopes to make the transition as director after her retirement from acting.

Susan Sarandon Hopeful, Misguided

Gersh Kuntzman recently expounded on Susan Sarandon’s motivations by interviewing and discussing her comments with a plethora of directors and participants in pornography. In a conversation with Joanna Angel, Kuntzman found an insulted director,

But why did she have to come from the ‘Everything is awful and I’m going to make it cool’ position. It’s arrogant and uneducated. It’s like me going to a doctor’s office and saying, ‘I could run this better.’

Joanna Angel c/o NYDailyNews.com

Joanna Angel isn’t the only one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s significant backlash against Sarandon. In fact, it’s simply a case of education. Bree Mills, from the all-female studio Girlsway, and the head of production at Gamma Films, tweeted to the interest of collaboration,

https://twitter.com/TheBreeMills/status/733329656317935616

As Kuntzman put it, Sarandon’s just looking at the wrong kind of porn. She may have a misguided outlook on how to go about completing her goal, but the goal is appreciable.  There’s no argument that sexual media is designed to appeal to men overwhelmingly over women, but that doesn’t mean that porn doesn’t exist that appeals to women. The problem here isn’t a lack of concept, no, it’s a lack of interest partnered with stereotypes.

I’m a guy, so 30 minutes of two women talking about thinking about discussing what they’d like to do to each other at some point isn’t going to hold my, er, interest. That said, I wouldn’t condemn an entire industry like Sarandon did.

Gersh Kuntzman c/o NYDailyNews.com

In his own article, Kuntzman shows misunderstanding. This isn’t a gender issue. Simply because he’s male doesn’t mean the pornography itself is uninteresting. He, personally, is just not the correct demographic.

At the core of pornography is a trade of goods, which makes it a capitalistic endeavor. Finding the correct parties to market to, and the correct product to market, is the underlying system. If Sarandon wishes to enter the market, she needs to produce something that will appeal to her chosen demographic. The product already exists, and if Sarandon becomes educated to it, she certainly could make a positive difference.

As Always,

C.K.


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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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James Deen: Alleged Rapist

James Deen has been accused of rape. This week, the world of porn was shaken by the accusations that James Deen, the self-described feminist, and one of the most influential and known male performers in Porn Valley, has been engaging in sexual assault. Not just one instance, but multiple reported acts.  Unfortunately, it seems that the Golden Boy of porn, isn’t immune to the Bill Cosby effect.

Stoya to the world: James Deen, my rapist

The news broke when Stoya, a world famous and highly influential porn star tweeted her allegations for the world to see. Stoya is well known for her strong feminist background. In fact, our first story captured Stoya’s views on feminism in regard to porn. It seems she’s had enough of the claims that Deen is a pioneer of the movement:

Following her lead, two additional adult performers joined in, relating their alleged assaults by Deen. According to Hilary Hanson, News Editor of The Huffington Post, both actresses encountered sexual assault, although not penetrative rape. Nevertheless, it appears that given these accounts, Deen is less interested in the boundaries of women, and far more interested in his own immediate desires.

Sexual assault is no joke, especially when it comes to the adult industry. Let’s be clear, in a world where sex is the topic, members of this industry need to be diligent when it comes to the difference between what’s okay, and what has crossed the line. We’ve likely all seen films where the girls resist—that’s sometimes what’s most attractive about the scene, but that’s what safewords are for. If Deen, or any individual, can’t respect something so important, they have no business doing work in the industry.

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James Deen has made it clear that he’s being set up. According to his Instagram, the three claims made so far are entirely fabricated, and in his own words, defamatory. However, with so much outpouring support for Stoya (often in the form of a Twitter hashtag: #solidaritywithstoya,) and with other allegations quick to become public, it isn’t looking good for Deen.

Some might even argue with James Deen, especially given that none of these women have yet gone to the police. According to Hanson, however, rape allegations are often dismissed by law enforcement, and it’s even harder for members in the industry:

“The reason for that is because people—including the police—tend to believe that sex workers have placed themselves in harm’s way, and therefore can’t be assaulted,” she wrote. “Of course, this claim couldn’t be further from the truth, as being involved in sex work does not equate to being harmed.”

Tory Lux c/o The Huffington Post

Sexual assault has always been a difficult beast to tame. We all want to believe that the pursuit of truth is put forth before our own biases. Shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit deal with this all the time, and yet, our biases often take precedence over protecting people, no matter the claim being made. Because the adult industry is already ripe with bias, we should be far more diligent in making sure any type of allegation as serious as this is taken just as seriously.

Ultimately, until the legal system is able to discern whether or not these allegations are true, James Deen is just another alleged rapist. It’s simply not fair to condemn him until all the facts are out.

Sexual Assault: It’s Not Okay

However, if these allegations are true, his crimes are beyond abhorrent. Not only is he a member of humanity, but he’s a so-called feminist, and one of the most influential male performers in the adult industry. He has a responsibility, like everyone else, to take care of the people he is intimate with. Further to that, under no circumstance should he be violating their sexual boundaries. As a feminist, he should be fully aware that even allegations of something like this can cause serious damage to his agenda. Finally, as such an important role model and member of the porn industry, his actions reflect the entire industry; in or outside of the studio. His diligence in remaining vigilant to be professional has been called into question, and it seems unlikely that he will recover.

As Always,

C.K.

Bree Olson Tweets Pornography and Sexism

Bree Olson tweeted a little while ago on the merits of being a porn star, and why young women shouldn’t pursue the career, according to an article by Emma Cueto of Bustle. For those unaware, Bree Olson is the famous ex-pornographic performer who is widely known for her pornographic prowess. She’s also made modern media headlines, as having been involved romantically with Charlie Sheen. Olson later retired from the industry after her separation. Since then, following in the foot steps of other performers like Sasha Grey, Bree Olson has attempted other avenues of media with varying success, such as feature length films, and web series devoted to comedy.

Bree Olson Warns Young Women Away

There is no doubt that her powerful career has given her an inside look into the industry, how it’s perceived, and the experienced for performers before, during, and after their association. As someone who is continually vocal about her experiences, her opinions hold significant merit, as very few prominent performers who leave the industry discuss their experiences so publicly afterward.

One thing that Bree Olson makes apparent in her tweet, is that there is a common thread to why women should avoid a career in pornography: perception. Perception and social stigmatization is one of the more prominent bane’s of pornography’s existence. As of late, pornography has become more widespread and socially acceptable, and yet, there is still such heavy impact on the social lives of those who wish to work in the trade of sex.

Cueto opens her article on Olson’s tweet with a poignant discussion on sexism that is often overlooked when discussing the merits of being a performer in the industry. She concedes that some pornography is inherently sexist, as is the industry that it surrounds. However, she makes a note that every other industry suffers from the same issues. So why is pornography different? Cueto, through Olson’s tweet, makes it apparent. Cueto states that sexism in pornography shouldn’t be the whole argument, that in fact, it’s the “unfair stigma” associated with women that should be unraveled. Pornography is different because society deems it different, not because it is inherently more flawed than any other industry. Unfortunately, it’s women, in the United States, who suffer the most.

Cueto points out that men do not receive the same social stigmatization that women do in pornography. However, as Facial News has pointed out previously, this is reliant on society and region. For instance, in the article on Shimiken, the stigma associated to men is mirrored to the perceived stigma that both Cueto and Olson discuss. Ultimately, what this means, is that society has the power to defeat the stigma and make it more acceptable to work in pornography, as a performer, or anyone else associated with it.

If we really want to get serious about protecting women in the porn industry from abuse and exploitation, changing attitudes about sex work in society is an important place to start.

Emma Cueto c/o Bustle

Porn isn’t for everyone, and that’s something that I believe Bree Olson has made very apparent. But to say that women should avoid it, especially if they truly wish to, only works to undermine the industry, and push for the associated stigmas to stay. That’s kind of the opposite of what needs to happen, right? The only way to effectively combat those stigmas, especially in a manner that is feminist in nature, is to disprove misinformation, and to support members of the industry who work to provide a safe environment. Like our fine sponsors, who have worked with Bree Olson previously.

As Always,

C.K.


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