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Can The Porn Business Afford To Ignore The Politics Used Against It?

When Gail Dines equated the porn industry with the slave trade it triggered a call for ptrotest to challenge the woman who helped get porn banned in Iceland

Published Sun 3rd Jun 2018
By itsAdult / Tales from the Porn Side

Can The Porn Business Afford To Ignore The Politics  Used Against It?


The day Gail Dines equated porn with 400 years of slavery made me realise  we, as a collective in the adult industry had a responsibility to educate the ignorant or else, left uncontested, we should expect people like Gail to use porn to shut us down"

If there is one thing I've found porn producers at UKAP meetings hate more than having to be subjected to the latest update on ATVOD (RIP) it's politics. The adult industry has reacted like the proverbial ostrich burying its head in the sand where activism and new legislation are concerned and for good reason.

Its not our job to be role models for societies morals. Politics gets in the way of producers making  porn. Worse still, burying your head in the sand with your arse exposed is more likely to get it kicked too and the adult business did

One only has to look at the porn protest outside parliament in 2015 making  specific sex acts illegal as an example of ATVOD slipping laws through unchallenged to strengthen its position in an attempt to outlaw websites  that remained outside the regulatory control of ATVOD which was an offshoot of Ofcom

All producers want to do is make movies and make money. That's not dismissing the kind of producer who is in this business just to get laid and simply doesn't care. These "producers" seldom ever attend meetings preferring to come to the parties instead.

Hard nosed producers have observed this over the years but still respect the support anyway but what is really going on here is that, left to those who try to ban porn in the interests of saving the victims they use in their propoganda machine unchallenged allows them to rack up wins in the most unlikeliest of places.

Take the banning of online porn in Iceland for instance. A professor and academic expert specialising in porn studies, Gail Dines scored a major win in helping to get porn banned when she launched her Stop Porn Culture campaign there. The fact is, no one really cared much for Iceland banning porn and further more no one wanted to stick their neck out to defend porn either. Miss Dines had a clear run to victory and the future looked rosey to bring a tries and tested campaign to the UK

The moment porn was  made illegal online in Iceland with her name associated with it  gathered more support which she used all kinds of negative tropes to discredit porn

She had credibility as an academic and used it to get leverage with more followers who jumped on the bandwagon so much their arguments are echoed straight from the book Porn Land: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality"

I must admit to a certain fascination of Gail's success and bought the book hoping to understand what fuelled this woman's anger about porn and all the ills that come from it.

I could understand the seething rage about content produced by Max Hardcore and similar enfant terribles of extreme porn but again, she misses the point of this kind of content. It is more staged and theatrical. I won't dispute there are producers who make violent Porn but more often than not, the women they get to make those types of productions know and agree to do them. 

I won't dispute there are those who have come in unaware and were genuinely upset but the truth is, there will be casualties to any cause, even on those who are supposed upstanding members of the community who seemingly do good but create scandal when arrested for having peadophilia on their computers.

They all blame it on porn of course but the day Gail Dines brought her Stop Porn Culture campaign to the UK must have caught her by surprise as she requested to step up her security in fear for her safety.

In fact, Gail need not have bothered with any security at all. We were all briefed by Jerry beforehand that this was a peaceful demonstration and even if they were to shout in our faces or pelt us with eggs we were not to respond with hostility. 

The point of the protest was to challenge Gail's opinions publicly and my main mission was to document this historic occasion because the UK adult industry had never participated in doing anything like this before and the results were interesting to say the least.

This event exposed me to the radical feminists who say they want to bring the $92 billion dollar porn machine down without so much as a thought to the millions of women (and men) who make a living from it. Most quite happily. It's not the sex work that is the problem, it's the people who want to save you from the misery as if you were desperate to do it. There are those who shouldn't be doing it but that's a whole other article.

Despite Ms Dines being challenged by adult/ model/ performer Ava DaLush, Gail Dines chose to patronise her for enjoying "all her orgasms" before equating the Porn industry with 400 years of slavery. and subsequently shut down Ms DaLush with a scathing comment that she was  "speaking for her paymasters" not realising that millions of women across the world make their own money shooting their own content

This was the same woman selling courses to similar porn haters to attend her lectures discussing "Disney movies grooming children for a career in porn"

Im not the biggest fan of Disney movies but thats stretching it some. 

Gail's theories were so wild I bought the book curious to fins out what she was all about. I need not have bothered. It was full of fabrications and unfounded data that the only positivity came out of it was "it's not like your daddy's porn such as Playboy back in the day" was such a back handed compliment that betrayed Gails real ignorance of the business she was supposedly an expert at.

An expert in what exactly? She has no experience of being on a porn shoot and every time I see some anti portn campaign about the ills of porn from some disgruntled ex performer, its usually Shelley Lubben who Ive come to beleive was not the best candidate to be in the business in the first place and traded porn for a new hustle with religion. Everyone loves a good redemption story and Shelleys stories were always impassioned flairs of emotions that led to the crocodile tears that followed how hard done she was in porn and to be fair, she may well have been but she was no angel before her porn career so forgive me if I lack empathy

Gail seemed to have missed the real point though. The demand for porn is insatiable. The Porn industry cannot produce enough to meet the worlds demands and perhaps its with that in mind we should be examining the reasons for that. demand What is the world lacking why it needs so much porn?

Meanwhile, there's so much Porn around who cares about defending it? That's the point. If left unchallenged we just allow people like Gail Dines to take over using it as an excuse for censorship and the moment we lose that we will lose other freedoms the same way

Jerry Barnett earned a Recognition Award for defending freedom of speech and sexual expression at The UKAP Awards 2014  and continues this work with Sex And Censorship and has written a book Porn Panic which details a lot of the problems we face with censorship today

Check out the video and join UKAP by emailing admin@ukadultproducers.org if you are a producer, performer or service within the industry stay informed of all changes affecting the adult business including Europe and the US

Article in The Independent Let those involved with porn speak for themselves

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