Gary Herbert, Porn Is Not The Public Health Crisis You’re Seeking

According to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s resolution, pornography is a public health crisis. Yeah, right. According to Corky Siemaszko of NBC News, Herbert’s resolution calls for a fight against pornography, through:

Education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level

Gary Herbert c/o NBC News

Except Herbert’s so-called policy change isn’t binding, doesn’t stop pornographic websites, and is simply fluff. It just looks like Utah’s incapability to create a separation between the government and religion may be clouding the judgement of its politicians.

Gary Herbert and Todd Weiler for Suppression

According to the masterminds behind this resolution, “pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment” and that pornography consumption is akin to addictive substance abuse. That’s kind of stretching it—but even if that were the case, aren’t there already safeguards available to parents who wish to prevent their children from utilizing porn? That being said, Siemaszko reports that Senator Todd Weiler would like to:

See default settings on the internet changed to make access to pornography more difficult.

Todd Weiler c/o NBC News

Censorship Begins With ██████████

Wait a minute, you want to make access to pornography more difficult for everyone, including competent, mature, free citizens of these great United States? What happened to a free and liberal society? Once censorship begins, it’s likely hard as hell to contain. Is this really in the best interest of all peoples, or is this just another case of arrogant, affluent, politicians imposing their own moral values on others?

Think about it.

Stay Flamin,

Harley


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IEAU: Unionizing Adult Entertainment

Until very recently adult entertainment wasn’t considered a unionized industry. In fact, before the IEAU, otherwise known as the International Entertainment Adult Union, the next best thing was APAC, which has been under continued scrutiny and stress. While the concept of protecting performers is a noble one, it appears the IEAU has gone about it in the wrong way.

Enter IEAU; Possible Performer Protection

According to Aurora Snow, from The Daily Beast, there has been some push back toward the union’s creation, but not because of what it stands for, but how it’s been brought to fruition,

No one seems to have an issue with a performers’ union but many are concerned with its organizational aspects. One way to interest performers is to gain their respect. Offer transparency. Be honest, even when you make a mistake.

Aurora Snow c/o The Daily Beast

According to Snow, the initial formation of the union resulted in individuals being nominated and approved before accepting their nomination. Further, apparently only roughly sixty ballots were cast in all. Even those in attendance found issue with its origination,

No offense to the people running this union, but most of them have been out of the industry for so long. We’ve had such an influx of new performers in the last five years that they aren’t going to know who these people are.

TarantinoXXX c/o The Daily Beast

The concept of a union is promising, however, as it could lead to better education and protection for performers. Safety in the adult entertainment industry has been a long and controversial topic, but things have been shifting toward a safer environment. According to Snow, a union could lead to even better long-term security for performers,

dult entertainers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about 401(k) plans, social security, or life after porn—not until they actually leave the business. This long-term financial thinking and planning is where a credible union could make a huge difference

Aurora Snow c/o The Daily Beast

The people behind the IEAU clearly agree, and have put forth numerous goals, including financial education, health insurance, and even OSHA compliance. If successful, this could mean a safer, more comfortable environment for those who wish to transform their jobs in adult entertainment into full-fledged careers.

Unfortunately, the way the IEAU has gone about their introduction into Porn Valley, have put plenty on edge. As written on Mike South’s website, the potential for petitioning the IEAU for re-elections is certainly viable. As Snow said, admitting mistakes could go a long way to breaching the divide in regard to opposition toward a union.

Others seem to be in favor of the union, even as it stands. If the IEAU makes good on their goals and promises, this could be a significant chapter in the world of adult entertainment. With transparency, this would provide performers and production companies alike the opportunity to standardize the industry and produce reliable and forward-thinking content.

As Always,

C.K.

Blizzard Unhappy About Overwatch Porn

For those of you outside of the video game world, Blizzard, a game company who has released such notable titles as StarCraft, Diablo, and Warcraft, recently released Overwatch, a game that has repeatedly been compared to the incredibly popular Team Fortress 2. In addition to playing the game, the Internet has since had other things in mind, that is, creating pornography out of the game’s intellectual property. Since its release, nearly every character that has been part of Overwatch has been used in third-party, unsolicited, and unlicensed pornography.

Overwatch Pornography: Expression of Artistry?

According to the BBC, Blizzard has taken to sending out DCMA take down requests for copyright infringement. The BBC reports further, that a news site dedicated to gaming, Kotaku, found that over 600,000 searches have been made for Overwatch pornography on Pornhub, a notable streaming video site. In fact, the world seems to be more aware of this apparent darker side of Overwatch ever since Blizzard took to battling it:

Is this the intended effect? It’s probably safe to say that Blizzard had no intention of popularizing the misuse of their intellectual property. However, the game has been in the news far more often and is more popular as a result. This isn’t the first time that trying to fight off the Internet has forced the entire situation to become a much louder affair. Beyoncé found that out in 2013.

The Streisand Effect

So far, it seems, that the Streisand Effect is in full force:

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

The Streisand Effect c/o Wikipedia

It’s interesting to see that with the advent of the Internet, artistic expression has found a place in pornography. Certainly, it’s entirely unethical to use someone else’s property. Overwatch porn is an unintended misuse of Blizzard’s work, but the work itself is artistic inspiration. Despite its sexual nature, it’s fanart. As PlagarismToday puts it, the world of fanart is messy, even if you don’t intended to commercialize the work. At the end of the day, Blizzard is right to fight back. Is there also a case, however, of inhibiting imagination? Food for thought.

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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.

The Depths of Revenge Porn

We’ve all heard of revenge porn. Maybe you’ve seen the seemingly endless list of posts entitled pictures you promised not to share, or rate pictures of my ex-girlfriend. Curiosity got the better of you, and you clicked. You enjoyed the wares. Maybe you felt a pang of guilt afterward. Maybe not. It’s not like it’s real, right? Except that it is. Revenge porn is nothing new, after all. For some it’s a kink, or a fetish. For others it’s a nightmare. There are even sites dedicated to it. But in the world of pornography, is legitimate revenge porn truly ethical? Or more to the point, does our enjoyment of it result in the harm of others?

There has been significant legislation in the past decade or so in a variety of countries over the legality of revenge porn. It’s even part of mainstream news. Some argue that it’s a question of freedom, whether the transfer of pornographic images from one person constitutes a willingness to let the other person redistribute that image at will. Others, however, argue it’s a question of privacy and consent. When you send a provocative selfie to your significant other, are you implicitly giving them consent to redistribute it wherever they see fit?

Revenge Porn: A Tough Question? Maybe Not.

I would have to say, no. Not really. If I’m taking a picture of my junk, and I send it to my girlfriend, I’m not letting her know it’s okay to post it on tumblr. I sent it to her, for her eyes. I’m giving her a right to view it, but I’m not attaching any additional rights to her. Now, if I tell her she can post it wherever, then I’m screwed if she does and I don’t like it. Consent works both ways.

tea consent” from Blue Seat Studios on Vimeo.

Okay, it’s not always as simple as tea. But, what about these questions?

  • Would you want to have your naked pictures leaked without consent?
  • What about if some douchebag was indexing them on his site and making money?
  • Would you be okay with your significant other leaking your photos after a breakup?
  • What if your child took a photo of themselves, sent it to their significant other, and they leaked it?
  • Is it okay to view someone else’s leaked photos without their consent?
  • What if someone was masturbating to you without your consent?

Do We Think of Others Before Ourselves?

Revenge Porn SextsSimply because I took a provocative photo of myself does not mean I’m giving others the right to view it. If I didn’t take care of the security attached to those pictures, I may not be surprised that they were leaked. But if I trusted someone and they betrayed me, I’m not an idiot for taking pictures, I’m an idiot for trusting others. Are we really going to live in a world without trust? I’m betting we wouldn’t have this huge debate if people weren’t having their pics redistributed without consent.

All of that being said, I’m all for the freedom of sexual expression (and I wouldn’t be writing here if I weren’t.) Maybe it’s the taboo of looking at people who didn’t consent that drives us to create and view revenge porn. But doesn’t that sound a little bit like something else that involves sex without consent? That’s a tough question to swallow, so I understand the hesitation and need to immediately defend revenge porn when it’s put like that. But let’s take a second, and really think about consent and sex. Is it okay for us to infringe on other people’s lack of consent, but expect consent for ourselves?

We’re Not All Terrible, Some Just Horny

Opinion pieces are designed to be controversial, and this one is certainly that. I’m hoping, at the very least, it gets people thinking about consent in pornography, and revenge porn. As long as there’s consent, everything is fine. Hell, if you’re horny and this gets you going, that’s okay—as long as you’re safe about it. That means the best solution is to support the sites that simulate revenge porn, rather than capitalize on others misfortune. Or maybe just enjoy other niche sites. That way people are safe, while fetishes and kinks are preserved.

As Always,

C.K.


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