A new conversation about 'ethical porn'

Posted at 17:26 on 12 May 2017 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: decriminalisation, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, feminist porn, politics, porn, sex worker rights, working conditions

I'm really pleased to be featured on a newly-launched site, ethical.porn, a fantastic timely addition to the conversation about the politics of porn production - click here to read my contribution. This is a really important issue to me: as a producer and director my production ethos is always performer-centric, and prioritises transparency, explicit performer consent, and equal pay for equal work. My work as a performer has informed my politics about porn working conditions and I hope that even when I'm directing, I still see things from a performer's perspective.

I look forward to following the conversation - there are some fantastic contributions on the site, including by feminist porn pioneers such as Shine Louise Houston and Ms Naughty. I hope this will have some influence on the often overly simplistic mainstream and feminist discourse about porn, and complicate the standard takes on the issue with some much needed nuance and critical thinking.

The mission statement of the site is as follows:

'At Ethical.Porn, we seek to provide a platform for complex, critical, ongoing discussion of “ethical” as it pertains to adult content production. The very concept of “ethical porn” is multifaceted and fluid. It is not easily defined. As such, we have gathered insights and statements from people throughout the adult industry. It is our hope that this diverse array of standpoints highlighting various issues relevant to the discussion of ethical porn will start a conversation about erotica today — one that transcends notions of “correct” sexual expression or genre and emphasizes multifaceted standpoints, as well as consent.'

I appreciate that the site focuses on ethical porn consumerism and the importance of paying for your porn, as well the crucial issues of working conditions and respectful presentation. There's loads of good stuff, and I'm proud to have been asked to participate. ethical.porn

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