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No, The Adult Industry Doesn't Happily Accept Financial Discrimination

No, The Adult Industry Doesn't Happily Accept Financial Discrimination | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Credit card companies and banks regularly discriminate against adult businesses. We put up with it because we have no choice. A post pondering this.
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The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide

The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Whorephobia drives me insane, especially when it results in separation and even worse among sex workers. Perhaps nowhere is this as clear than the divide between porn stars and all the other sex wo...
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The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes

The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes: If you’ve been wondering what has gone wrong with the porn industry, there’s an interesting article in Slate that may help explain the current state of porn affairs. The article is called Vampir
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The Future of the Commercial Sex Industry in 2030

07.10/2011The future of the [Commercial Sex Industry]. Emily Empel ©
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How Big is the Pornography Industry in the United States?

How Big is the Pornography Industry in the United States? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Determining the size of the United States pornography industry is no simple task. A perfect picture of how large the pornography industry is would require accurate revenue reports from every entity which produces and distributes pornography. Unfortunately, this specific information is not readily available. Instead, we must rely on statistics and information gathered from a variety of sources over several years.

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Are Love Scenes Hot To Make?

Are Love Scenes Hot To Make? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Think that the actors & actresses have dream jobs where they get paid to have "all that fun"? You might want to read this first ~ before you quit that day job!
When people find out I’ve been an actor and a movie producer, the question I hear most often is, “So, how is it making those love scenes?” What I love is the grin on their face that follows the question. It starts small, more like smirk, and then just grows. They finally get to hear the real dirt. Gossip from the source and you just know it’s going to be good.
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What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars by Conner Habib

What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars by Conner Habib | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars - Why Do You Hate Porn Stars? What Is It About Us that You Don't Like? 


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It can't be factual. The reason you hate us, I mean. It's fine, not all emotions have to be based on facts. We're human beings, after all. I just wanted to make sure you knew it couldn't be factual.


You might think the thing that upsets you about us is that we're ruining society. And there are studies. You like to start sentences with the phrase, Studies show that...


But listen. The facts? You're going to have a hard time with them.

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Regulations Force Move: Kink.com has leased office space in Las Vegas

Regulations Force Move: Kink.com has leased office space in Las Vegas | Sex Work | Scoop.it
San Francisco based Kink.com announced today that it had leased production and office space in Las Vegas, and has already wrapped production on two movies.
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Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema

Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Yes, Erika Lust has won awards for her erotic films; but perhaps it's more important that she makes films that you want to watch. And now, she employs the same eye she uses behind the camera to fin...


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Will the Entire Porn Industry Be Forced to Move to Nevada?

Will the Entire Porn Industry Be Forced to Move to Nevada? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Another wave of porn regulation is here: On May 27, Assembly Bill 1576, a statewide expansion of Measure B, passed the California Assembly.


...AB1576 takes Measure B a step further and imposes an additional mandate on STI testing than the ones currently used by porn performers, and requires that all producers disclose those records with the Department of Industrial Relations, a clear violation of privacy.


Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) introduced the bill, and Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, sponsored it. The bill is scheduled to move to the California State Senate sometime after June 15.


We should be cheering, right? HIV = bad. Condoms = good. Condoms + people who fuck for a living = less HIV for all!


Except that many people in the sex industry feel that this issue is more about body autonomy than about public health.

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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:

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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg

What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Pornhub Insights blog is responsible for post after post of awesome porn data. So when we decided we wanted to know what people were getting off to in cities like Anchorage, Honolulu and Detroit, we knew exactly who to ask.
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Data here for sex workers, perhaps?

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The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations

The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This year’s nominees list once again showcases erotic entertainment that is smart, sexy, and appreciates viewers looking for hot feminist films. In addition to featuring just under 50 nominations, the 2014 nominee list includes 10 nominated websites.
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Good For Her is a Toronto Sex Shop

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PornHub Denied Super Bowl Ad Spot

PornHub Denied Super Bowl Ad Spot | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Try as they might to gain mainstream acceptance, many adult industry entities find themselves blocked at every turn, including, not surprisingly, the most-watched television event of the year: Supe...
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APAC - Adult Performer Advocacy Committee

APAC - Adult Performer Advocacy Committee | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving adult performers organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety, and community.

The mission of APAC is to provide representation for performers in the adult film industry and to protect performers' rights to a safer and more professional work environment. We do this through education of each other and the greater community, development of ethical best practices, and fostering of solidarity. We review existing health and safety protocols, and will initiate new ones as needed. We are committed to working cohesively with all aspects of the adult entertainment industry and the public, strengthening unity between all performers, and maintaining a work environment where workers are valued, respected, and educated.
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Porn 101 Video for People Who Want To Know How To Be A Porn Star

The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee has created a 15 minute video called Porn 101, giving all the basic info you need if you want to be a porn performer. It's great that there's now an advocacy group for performers, making ethical porn production more likely.

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XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’

XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
XBIZ will examine the factors affecting modern-day porn and what they mean to consumers and industry professionals alike in a special seminar at the XBIZ 360 Adult Film Conference next week.
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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Feminist Porn Hits The Mainstream Industry - And Makes People Uncomfortable

Feminist Porn Hits The Mainstream Industry - And Makes People Uncomfortable | Sex Work | Scoop.it
At AVN, a mainstream director said feminist porn made her uncomfortable. The industry is taking notice of feminism and they don't like being criticized...

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Misti Dawn: The pornstar who’s a girl gamer speaks on the realities of the adult industry

Misti Dawn: The pornstar who’s a girl gamer speaks on the realities of the adult industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The 'nerdiest girl in porn' tells it how it is - talks about how “standing up for yourself is a big no” in the porn industry, and how the real exploitation of women goes on behind the scenes
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An interview from 2011 with valid insights.

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FSC: 'What You Know About Moratorium Is Wrong'

FSC: 'What You Know About Moratorium Is Wrong' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On Friday, one of the testing facilities that serve the adult industry alerted us to a positive HIV test by an adult film performer. While we don't yet know if the performer acquired the virus in his or her personal life, or while working in adult film, we’ve called a moratorium and immediately halted all production.

 

Unfortunately, I've seen a lot of misinformation in the media, and some truly reprehensible behavior on social media over the past few days, and felt it was necessary to explain how a moratorium works, and call for compassion for the positive performer.

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The Other Hollywood:The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry

The Other Hollywood:The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Much like mainstream Hollywood, the porn industry has a history full of controversy, tragedy, and crime that leads the path up to the billion dollar empire it is today.

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Riley Gillison's curator insight, November 19, 2013 11:27 PM

Although this is a different part of hollywood doesnt mean it isnt a part of hollywood and didnt make an impact on the history of film making. These can become big productions and people can become famous off them. This brought a new age of film with pornos and a new style of filming.

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This One Time: My Amateur Porn Date With James Deen

This One Time: My Amateur Porn Date With James Deen | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I made a porn. Well I shot two scenes but porn by any other name is still somebody fucking on camera. Have I always wanted to film a porn? No. I use porn sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.
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Will California criminalize revenge porn?

Will California criminalize revenge porn? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A new bill seeks to do just that -- but activists say it introduces a whole lot of problems
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3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK - Business Insider

3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK - Business Insider | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK
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When the new porn filter goes into effect, U.K.

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Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography

Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"This article focuses on the labor marginalization of black female performers within the pornography industry. Their representations and experiences as sex workers are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities, and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyperaccessible and superdisposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. In light of feminist arguments against the victimization of women by pornography, I have attempted to show that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hypersexuality and illicit eroticism to achieve mobility, erotic autonomy, and self-care."

 


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Curator comment: This entire article is available online.


Author: Mireille Miller-Young

Source: Sexualities April 2010 vol. 13 no. 2 219-235

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