Friday, December 4, 2015

4 December 2015 // Discussions about Porn and Rape // James Deen Allegations

This is an entry about the allegations about porn actor James Deen raping several porn actresses (such as who I consider a big name actress like Stoya). 

This entry talks about rape and porn. While everything written in this entry is my own opinion because there has not been an investigation, I will be citing my sources. 

I also have not SEEN anything with Deen and/or Stoya, but I know who they are. Any personal life information will be from Deen's Wikipedia pages and his personal website (Jamesdeen.com).


I will openly admit, I follow several professional porn actresses (Stoya, Asa Akira and Belle Knox) on social media (Twitter and Tumblr, mainly). I also follow amateurs (web models such as KenzieAva, and Ashe Maree). To me, porn is a great way to make money. You can make a LOT of money. The porn industry is vast with the types of porn that there are online. Webcamming (girls, guys, transgenders and couples performing online for tips), BDSM (Bondage/Discipline; Domination/Submission; Sadism/Masochism), Fetishes (feet, trampling, hentai, hair, muscles, body fluids and other things that are considered not the norm (BDSM is a fetish)), and 'normal' pornography that everyone is familar with (Playboy, Hustler, etc). 



But, there is such a stigma to the porn industry that when women like Stoya, Kora Peters, Nicki Blue Amber Rayne and Ashley Fires accuse actor James Deen of rape, there is an outcry of "They're in PORN they should EXPECT this to happen!"

Let me put it into perspective, while I have never been in porn (at least 'professional porn'), my understanding it is very much like an actual movie. There is a script and there are actors and actresses that partake in the scene. Consent is a thing. How much or how little the crew knows is unknown in the case of Peters, who claims Deen assaulted her during a scene. Rayne claims she, too, was assaulted during a scene but the two actors (her and Deen) are friends today. 

What gets to me is that Stoya was abused during her relationship with Deen. Another actress, Joanna Angel, also claims that during their 2005-2011 relationship that she was abused by Deen. Major labels such as Kink.com (a BDSM website) has since dropped Deen as has AV (adult video) production company Evil Angel. And while he has been dropped from these and a column by The Frisky has scrapped an article featuring Deen, TRENCHCOATX (an AV site run by accuser Stoya and another actor) is keeping the content featuring Stoya and Deen. This is most likely due to the fact that Stoya benefits from the videos as well as Deen. TRENCHCOAT has stated they would not be working with Deen further.

And while it may seem odd that Stoya would keep the content up, she does profit from it. Stoya and Deen are big names in the porn industry. It would be like porn icon Ron Jeremy taking down videos on sites that he profits from because someone who abused him was in them. Profit is profit.

All these accusations being brought to light brings up the subject: does being in porn stigmatize rape? I say possibly.

Lots of people I have seen/known will argue the age old "they're in porn, they should expect their limits to be ignored." But that is like saying "they were drunk at a party, they were pretty much asking for it." 

From what I have seen in the past, porn does not mean consent to being raped. Rape is something that should be investigated - if the accused is found guilty... they should face punishment. The fact that Deen has been dropped by Kink and Evil Angel means that they respect their actors limits and consent. 

I should bring up that IN Stoya's tweet where she came forward, she said "James Deen held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore." She used a safeword (a word serving as a prearranged and unambiguous signal to end an activity, such as between a dominant and submissive sexual couple) and Deen did not stop. 

And since there are so many porn videos that include rape fantasies (a type of fetish), googling 'the porn industry and rape' will bring up results including Stoya and the Deen accusations. 

It could be argued that because of the past two years there has been several accusations (Bill Cosby, the UVA/Rolling Stone fiasco, Julian Assange and others) that have not been proven and people coming forward are commonly told "you just want money or to defame so and so." But in the case of porn, the accusers are often told "weeeelll  you are in porn and you do participate in BDSM scene... what do you expect to happen?"

Well, that could be the same as telling a lumber mill worker "Well, you work in a lumber yard, what did you expect to happen! Of course you are going to get your finger sliced off!" 

Because something happens is not a reason to blame a profession on something happened. I work in retail, I understand that I will be yelled and degraded. But it doesn't give a client the right to punch me because they don't like the return policy. 

Deen is often seen as a "feminist" because of how he has claimed to think about women's rights. But when it comes to what is going on right now, there should be an investigation into his conduct on set and in relationships. If he is abusing women in the industry, he needs to have repercussions

And if these women are claiming this to slander him, they, too, need to have reprocussions. However, like in the Bill Cosby situation, several women coming forward with similar stories is a little telling. 

In the end, the industry itself needs to be educated and needs to take precautions for the safety of their actors (male and female).

Not to mention that the people who degrade the porn industry need to take a hard look at their views. Just because someone is in sex work, does not mean that they want to be forcibly fucked. Rape is rape. Consent is a must and should be taken seriously. A person's limit is there for a reason.


Citations:

The Guardian Article
MSNBC Article
Death and Taxes Mag with links to Daily Mail
MTV Article
Kink.com (NSFW)
Evil Angel (NSFW)
TRENCHCOATX (NSFW)
Stoya's Twitter
James Deen's Twitter
BDSM wikipedia page
Sexual Fetishism wikipedia page


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