I just posted my most recent Ethical Pornographer interview. This time the interviewee was Shine Louise Houston.
Go check it out … and be nice because it’s my first attempt at making a video.
After a month off, I had the pleasure of interviewing Coyote Days, producer for Good Releasing, for my Ethical Pornographer column. I also got to meet the lovely lady in person at a couple of Good Vibrations‘ events which I wrote about for MySexProfessor: Lesbo Retro and IXFF (amazing videos included).
Here’s a snippet of the interview:
GJ: How is Good Releasing different from other porn production companies out there, both mainstream and indie?
CD: Our films are incredibly authentic. This is the sex people are having and in many films they are having it not only how but with who they want. Our films vary – from Queer DIY to high art visionary erotic explorations – and there is an range of directors, models and visions. The one commonality is that the directors and stars of each are showing their authentic sexual selves. There’s exploration of vision and some incredibly authentic chemistry-filled sex. We work with incredible directors and models – some who this is their first/only time on camera and some who shoot every week or more. All this combined creates a body of work expressing authentic sexuality and eroticism that speak to a variety of communities in a very real way.
I think there is a great synergy between what good releasing is doing and what some other production companies are doing. Combined we are offering new genres and new categories of porn which is super exciting to me both as a pornographer, as a queer and as a feminist.
I just posted the latest edition to my Ethical Pornographer column. This month I interviewed Athena Hollow of Geek Girls Online. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Athena for many years now and have been working with her a little more closely lately on some projects. She’s a smart, cool lady and a mom. And no, I will never get tired of using this image of her masturbating in a Harry Potter costume while I watch in a coffee shop.
Here’s a snippet:
GJ: How does raising a daughter influence your work in pornography and how do you plan on teaching her about what you do?
AH: It actually hasn’t changed my job, other than not being able to shoot content during the day while she is awake. I absolutely plan on teaching her what I do. I don’t hide it from anyone. I don’t necessarily throw it out during an introductory meeting, but if someone asks, I tell them. She’s only 4 and she has an idea of what mommy does for a living. She wakes up randomly when I am camming, and asks if I’m on cam when I walk by her room in my work clothes. She doesn’t exactly know what that entails, per say, but she does have a basic idea at least.
I could probably write an entire blog post just about why this song reminds me of Dylan, but I don’t want to do that because I don’t actually know her as a person. But basically, in my mind she’s a strong woman who deserves a lot of respect and what I gathered from Fluid: Women Redefining Sexuality is that she likes to reclaim words. She has reclaimed ho and I could totally see her reclaiming “sexy bitch” and giving it an awesome positive attitude.
Anyhoo, here’s a snippet from the interview:
Here’s a snippet:
GJ: How do you define ethical pornography?
SC: Ethical pornography is when everyone involved (usually the actors, but also the crew) gets their input involved, where everyone is comfortable with what is happening, and where everyone is adequately compensated for their work. This means that the actors should at least partially get to dictate who they are shooting with (at least gender/orientation), what type of sex is happening (oral, anal, vaginal, toys, kink, etc) to whom, and are given the options to discuss having barriers. It seems pretty simple, yes? Unfortunately, many companies don’t tell people who they are shooting with until the day of, or hire someone for a girl/girl scene, and then when they show up, tell them they have to do an anal scene, or they’re fired. Barriers are almost never brought up in much mainstream porn.
That said, I don’t feel ethical pornography has to have a queer or feminist bent (although much of current ethical porn happens to). Ethical means treating everyone in a fair and respectful manner. It means listening to talent, and respecting limits/needs/etc. It means not lying, half-truth-ing or purposely deceiving people. Ethical porn is hot because you know the people in it are really enjoying the sex they are having, and not solely putting on a show of pleasure.
Speaking of ethics, I just posted my newest installment in my column Ethical Pornographer. In this one I interview Scott Owens of EroticBPM. The truth is we’re buddies. We’ve known each other a long time, but he’s also someone I look up to a lot. He’s also the person that I’m currently exploring starting an ethical certification for adult products and services with. He’s pretty rad and you should read about him!
Here’s a snippet:
GJ: You’ve boasted before that feminists like your website. How, as a man, do you feel that helps or hurts your business model and why do you think they say they like your website?
SO: Early on, this was a really interesting thing for me. It felt really good to come into an industry that many at the time viewed as purely exploitive of women and then really get a sort of stamp of approval from not just women but feminists.
I think the way that I worked with women and gave them the freedom to express themselves how they want without pressure or incentive, it connected with a lot of people.
Unfortunately, it became a sort of marketing gimmick for a lot of sites to appear feminist by appearing to or actually being run by women. I didn’t jump on with that and it probably hurt me a bit. For a while I got quite a bit of email from people who said they could not support me or work with me because I was a man. Some people believe that a man in porn can not be feminist and will always inherently be exploitative of women. I disagree, but with so many different schools of thought on feminism it’s not something I care to debate with people.
Today it is less of an issue, I don’t give much thought to it or hear much about it because I don’t define or promote my business that way. Though, nothing has changed, I still have the same ethics that brought me the attention in the first place.
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