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The Adult Film Minute: Why Does The Vocal Anti-Porn Lobby Refuse To Debate?


Once per month, Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals will be telling us a little bit about what’s going on in adult entertainment and why it should matter to you.

Porn is not just about people having sex and others watching it, even if that is the fun part. Porn is a business, as well as a community and culture with a wider sense of place and space. As such, porn also has events, and these events are not all *just* expos and trade shows. Sometimes there are debates, and sometimes those debates are about serious topics – things like women working in the adult industry. One such event is coming up on July 22nd.

Sssh.com, the self-described “premier porn-for-women site,”* recently announced an event called “Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths.” “Women in Porn” is slated as “an interactive [four-person] panel discussion that pits prominent women working in the adult entertainment industry against some of porn’s harshest critics to debate the nature of the industry and women’s changing role in it.” (quote here, site NSFW)

(*I’m not gonna get into debates related to the genre and moniker “porn for women” today, but trust me – they exist)

Cool! But also, who cares? It’s 2014 – aren’t we over all this women in porn stuff yet?

Well… Personally, I care about this event for two reasons. First, though it may seem so 1980s, anti-porn people still discuss adult entertainment as this giant monolith that only employs (read: exploits) women as performers. Not true – women work in every facet and at every level in the adult industry. Now, there are myriad complex issues related to the gendered distribution of labor in porn, but this is not unlike what occurs in every single other industry and workplace. A lot of my academic work has explored issues related to these phenomena, so I care about “Women in Porn” because of that.

But I also care about this event for a second reason – I helped organize it, and I’m also moderating it. (full disclosure here, people!)

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