December 15, 2011 3:37:40 PM PST
Well... we all know about how I feel about the pink cross. They are abolishinsts, and abolishing the adult film industry is unrealistic.
However, I have worked for one particular bad porn company where I was assaulted and had to fight to escape. I was dragged across the room and sat on, among other things, and it was awful. I had signed a consent form to partake in a hard core BDSM film and they were trying to hold me to our agreement, using forcible confinement. It was awful, and I will spare you the details. So I cannot pretend that violence doesn't occur in adult film because it does.
But from my experience, the other work places I was employed at were staffed or owned by women (or myself), and were clean, safe and fun experiences.
Don't get me wrong, as not all female owned companies used ethical strategies to fight for women's rights in this movement; and some tactics were definitely questionable. No abuse was occurring towards the men, but for example we would make the men feel like they were going to be this big huge porn star, when that actually rarely never even happens. And we would make them pay for a portfolio to be made of them naked with hot women. Eventually the Better Business Bureau shut this place down... But you can't help but understand why the women of that time fought back this way when you see the kinds of abuse women have suffered historically in the biz, as seen in the aforementioned video above. I personally can hardly blame them!
However, although none of the men were brutally assaulted, were victimized or had pain administered to them at this particular place; the men were at most paying the company to get fucked by attractive young women. So it wasn't a total lose-lose situation for the men, but they were definitely misinformed, and laughed at behind their back.
In my opinion, I am totally "pro-adult entertainment work" and if one can can have their boundaries respected and not get taken for granted, then go for it! It's actually really fun, and can make lots of money.
Now that I have worked in Domination I have men wanting pain administered by me, and they want to be treated like a dirty worms for example. And they pay me extra to get filmed in the process!
So the tables have definitely turned from my bad experiences, which happened to be some of my first unfortunately.
So the big issue at hand comes down to consent. Technically there are legal concerns with people consenting to assault. But in BDSM it people consent to being beaten and tortured all the time. But where does the consent start, and where does it end when on set or in a scene? What if those porn stars signed a contract saying they would fuck 8 men and let them do anal to mouth, and allow a bondage scene in there... And the actress all of a sudden is getting violated, abused, and no longer consents... but the paper work is signed. And she is forced to finish her contract... It's confusing!
But obviously in the movie clip from pink cross, those women working were being abused. And that is wrong and I take a strong anti-violence stance on the issue. Those abusive porn companies should get a visit from the Grim Reaper and they should pay their toll for being such evil trolls to hurt such beautiful, young, unsuspecting starlets.
But pink cross only focusses on the negative aspects of porn. And the truth is that one can create their own porn company, start a collective with like-minded friends, or find companies that are good to work for.
Back in the day when I did soft core porn.... prior to Cookies N Scream days, so like 8 years ago... I had to fight for condoms to be worn during oral sex; I had to find a company that would let me be the boss of each shoot and teach the male talent what to do, I had to find a place to work where I could plan out each scene and the positions I would fuck in. ex. 5 minutes each position for 5 minutes, plus the opening dialogue 45min clips for the movie...etc
It's a very complicated scenario. Would a union help? Perhaps? I love union jobs and have had many.... But there might not be the perfect answer that works for everyone.