Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The coercion,exploitation,psychological and sexual abuse of women in pornography (Part two)

Michelle Sinclair "Now I'm gonna cry"

Shelley Lubben

Shelley Lubben (born May 18, 1968) is an American author, singer, motivational speaker, and former pornographic actress. As a performer in the adult film industry, she was known professionally as Roxy. After she left the sex industry, Lubben became a born-again Christian and anti-pornography activist. As of 2012, she is the Executive Director of the Pink Cross Foundation, which reaches out to women and men in pornography and speaks in public forums, sharing about the hazardous working conditions that she experienced in the porn industry.
 In the autobiography she wrote for her website (, Shelley, born in 1968, notes that she attended “a good church” with her family and that, “as a little girl, I knew and loved Jesus very much.” Unfortunately, her stable if unaffectionate family moved to another location and stopped going to church. Television became the basis of their family life.
Then, at age nine, a classmate and the girl’s teenage brother sexually molested Shelley. With no one to turn to or redress her abuse, Shelley defused her anxiety via auto-eroticism and furtive sexual forays with both girls and boys. “It felt good to be wanted by someone and to receive attention, but at the same time I felt dirty. I didn’t recognize until much later that my entire childhood had been sexually hijacked.”
She carried shame and self-blame into her teen years. “It must be something evil in me,” she thought. She “started having sex at age 16” and became a “rebellious resentful teenager who acted out to get attention.” Hoping to keep peace in the home, her parents let Shelley dress up as a Playboy bunny and date strange boys, who led her into drug and alcohol abuse. The family tried counselling to no avail. Unable to understand what to do, her parents “told me to leave home at age 18.”
She landed in the San Fernando valley with no food and no money. “A ‘nice’ man saw I was upset and told me how sorry he was.” Still shocked and angry about being kicked out the house, so “that I didn’t care any more . . . I sold myself for $35.”
Thus Shelley entered a life of prostitution, but the money, jewellery, and gifts soon included bizarre sex with strangers who stalked her, slashed her tires, and threatened to kill her if she demurred from performing certain sex acts. One man tried to kill her with his truck, and she often had to lie her way out of frightening situations. During her eight years as a prostitute and exotic dancer, she had two miscarriages and one birth. Little Tiffany grew up living “with a lewd wild woman.”

Most of her prostitution money went for drugs and alcohol to blot out the trauma of her life. To avoid the rapes and arrests for prostitution, she turned to pornography because “it seemed safer and more legal.” However, even prostitution did not involve the brutal kinds of rape and degradation that she endured while “starring” in pornography. Soon she was required to do very hardcore scenes.
  During her time in the sex industry, she contracted herpes and HPV, which led to cervical cancer, and resulted in the removal of half her cervix. During and after her life in the sex industry, she battled alcohol and drug addictions. During her pornographic career, which lasted from 1993–1994, Lubben appeared in about 15 hardcore movies. Lubben has stated that the sex acts that women perform on film sets are physically harmful (including anal and uterine haemorrhaging), and psychologically traumatizing
Only more drugs and alcohol could get me through them. . . . I sold what was left of my heart, mind and femininity to the porn industry and the woman and person in me died completely on the porn set.” After becoming infected with herpes, I quietly left the porn industry but went back to prostitution to survive.
 The sexual violence and degradation of modern pornography was so bad that she left her economically rewarding “star” roles to return to a safer life doing “straight” prostitution. The “glamour” of porn is only a mask:

 “You have to do what they want on the sets,” she says. “There’s too much competition. They can always find other girls. Girls bring in their friends and get kickbacks. They feel like stars. They get attention. It’s all about the spotlight. It’s all about me. They have notoriety. They don’t realize the degradation. Besides, this is a whole generation raised on porn. They’re jaded and don’t even ask if it is wrong. They fall into it. They get into drugs to numb themselves. They get their asses ripped. Their uterus haemorrhages. They get HPV and herpes, and they turn themselves off emotionally and die. They check out mentally. They get PTSD like Vietnam vets. They don’t know who they are. They live a life of shopping and drugs. They don’t buy real estate. They party, and in the end they have nothing to show for it except, like me, genital herpes and fake boobs.”

In 2005, Lubben initiated an aggressive online marketing campaign, utilizing social networking web sites in order to reach out to the sex industry. In 2008, Lubben established a faith based organization called the Pink Cross Foundation. The group concentrates on outreach to and evangelism of those in the porn industry, especially performers, and offers support to those wishing to leave the industry.  A secondary focus of Pink Cross is outreach to individuals seeking recovery from pornography addiction. Pink Cross attends pornography conventions to educate fans about how porn is not glamorous and also reaching out to porn stars and reminding them that they have options.
The Pink Cross Foundation also lobbies against pornography and the adult entertainment industry. Lubben supported California legislator Charles Calderon in his effort to tax the pornographic industry by speaking to lawmakers about her experiences. Lubben indicated that the scenes on the set of a hardcore porn film often involve a woman and several men who are doing degrading acts to the woman. Lubben describes the scene of a hardcore porn film as devoid of intimacy, and describes it as "all mechanical and beastly". She further writes that "women are vomiting off the set, and most of the actors are doing drugs and alcohol." In June 2010, she spoke to U.S. House and Senate members and their staffs in Washington DC about the damage that was done to her body from her time in the porn industry. She continues to be outspoken regarding the illegal and hazardous working conditions in the industry, with sexually transmitted diseases being a workplace safety issue and public health concern.
As of 2012, she presents her personal experiences in the adult film industry in public forums and speaks out about her recovery process and the emotional, mental, and physical effects of pornography on performers. In February 2011, she spoke at a Cambridge University, where she presented the harmful effects of pornography and debated the issue with advocates speaking on behalf of the pornography industry.
In January 2013, Swiss recording artist and model Patrick Nuo publicly claimed that Lubben helped him deal with his pornography addiction.
In January 2016, The Pink Cross Foundation closed.
But her personal website is still online.

Sharon Mitchell

Sharon Mitchell is an American sexologist and former pornographic film actor. In 1998, she founded the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM), which tested over 1,000 adult film performers per month before a 2011 information leak led to a lawsuit and the clinic's closure.
 During her 20-year career in adult films, she appeared in over 600 movies and directed 29 movies. During her years in the industry, Mitchell admits to being a heroin addict for sixteen of them. Mitchell also contracted herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis, and trichomoniasis.
An adopted only child raised as a Roman Catholic in the farm country of Monmouth County, N.J., Dr. Mitchell was an Off Broadway actress and dancer -- she toured with the Martha Graham company -- before starring in hard-core movies in the mid-1970's. It was, she acknowledged, a radical, liberating rupture from her upbringing.

She combined the look of a runaway bad kid with the girl next door.
She started out in New York as a dancer and actress, and a regular on the New York punk music scene, before becoming a staple in the growing adult film industry as a borderline underage performer.
She was frenetic and busy, starring in films and in strip clubs, taking acting and dancing classes, working as a dominatrix, and singing in bands.

"I've worked in that industry since I was 17," she said. "They (adult filmmakers) think they can do anything. They think this is the Wild West."
 Drugs were a different matter. Dr. Mitchell delved into heroin, she said, an addiction that lasted nearly two decades. ''People I worked with knew I was an addict,'' she said. ''I never felt it necessary to hide it.''

Tired from her shift at a strip club and in need of a heroin fix, Sharon Mitchell was about to turn the key in her front door on a March night in 1996 when a man sprang from the darkness and grabbed her by the throat. In 1996, Mitchell was working the nightshift, stripping in a smoky Los Angeles bar. She noticed a man sitting directly in front of the stage. He was hooting like any other fan, drunk and belligerent, but seemed more threatening than most, scattering the pejorative “devil” among the more commonly heard “filthy bitch” and “whore”. After work, Mitchell drove quickly across the San Fernando Valley, anxious to get home for a heroin fix, a habit she had supported for 17 years by working as an adult film star and stripper. As she entered her apartment, the man from the club burst in, knocked her to the floor, and raped her. During the attack, he broke her nose, knocked out three of her teeth, crushed her larynx, and bit chunks of flesh from her body. Mitchell finally managed to grab a dumb-bell and hit the man in the temple. He collapsed on her. As she faded into unconsciousness, she swore to herself “I've never had an education, never a legitimate job, I've never even been a mother. So help me God, if I manage to live through this, I will change my life.”

 "I did one of my first scenes with Jamie Gillis, and another young man (Russ Carlson) in Vanessa del Rio’s film That Lady from Rio. The director was trying to talk me into a double penetration or something and I had never even fucking heard of it you know. Jamie was like, “This girl just walked on the set. She has no idea.” I remember him arguing with the guy about that and he just kept saying, “You know what? Just listen to me. I’ll take care of you for a couple of months.” He could see that someone could have taken advantage of me. From that day forward, I worked with him in tons of films. He always watched out for me, and he was always a sweetheart and never judged me. We lived together from time to time and with other folks, and we shared apartments. I loved Jamie. Jamie was like the perverted father I always wanted to have.
  "There was a ton of money around in porn and I made up my mind that I was just going to stay working regardless of the type of work there was. There were two things I knew I didn’t want to do: one of them was prostitution, and the other one was being a waitress. I wanted to fucking avoid those two things. I was getting a lot of work as well. There wasn’t enough money to become a fulltime mainstream actress. I would have done it sure, but back then, porn was kind of a rotten thing to do. You had to walk into a theatre to watch porn because it wasn’t on TV back then; it wasn’t even on videotape. It was really a shocking thing to do porn which was part of the appeal for me. I was an anarchist, so it was a way to cause trouble and mayhem.
 "You know people always ask me, “Was it heroin that drew you into porn?” It really wasn’t about one or the other. It’s just that I was experimenting with drugs ever since I could probably walk. I had been working every night literally, so when cocaine came along it kind of helped me stay awake. Heroin was the perfect drug for me and the good thing about it I was very careful, thank god. I never shared a needle and I was so secretive, I didn’t want anyone to know. There was nothing like heroin. There’s nothing that can compare to it before and very little since. It was something that took away any kind of anxiety or pain that was emotional or physical, or any type of chaos going in inside of my head ─ any type of feeling that I didn’t fit in. When I found that to go with the cocaine, I eventually dropped the cocaine."

It took Mitchell 2 years from the time she got out of hospital to become a licensed addiction counsellor. Meanwhile, she worked as a video engineer's assistant, caterer on low-budget horror and mainstream films, florist, dog walker, and maid. “I was willing to do anything”, she says. “I just didn't want to do porn.” After earning California certification as an addiction counsellor, she obtained an MA, and then a PhD from the Institute for the Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California.

The Free Speech Coalition said Tuesday that AIM Medical Associates has closed as a result of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's steady campaign against the clinic that served nearly all of the business' performers.
In order to avoid a significant gap in health services for performers, FSC said it has drawn up preliminary strategies to offer options for performer testing protocols.

 Nadia Styles

Nadia Styles (real name Patrice Roldan, born June 25, 1982) is an American pornographic actress.
Growing up, Styles had a difficult childhood and a physically abusive mother who threw her out of her home at age 17. Styles entered the adult industry as an Internet model by answering an advertisement in LA Weekly. She shot her first film for New Sensations at the age of 19. During her career of over 250 films, she would contract gonorrhoea several times, along with other sexually transmitted diseases, and she also became pregnant and had an abortion. In her second year as an adult actress, she was making an income of $100,000. She had started to take drugs and pain-killers, such as Vicodin, and/or abusing alcohol, according to her, to free herself from the pain she experienced at that time.

Roldan, like many of the women who drift into the porn and prostitution industry, had a difficult and troubled childhood, including a physically abusive mother. Her mother threw her out of her home when she was 17, and she spent time in homeless shelters. She answered an ad in LA Weekly that offered women $1,000 as models. This is a common doorway into the porn industry. She started appearing in Internet porn. She had a boyfriend when she began filming and tells me she “felt guilty” about hiding her porn sessions from him, but the money was good. Her boyfriend eventually found out, and their relationship descended into one increasingly characterized by verbal and physical abuse. She drifted from the Internet into films. She was 19 when she made her first film.
 She had been promised $1,000 for her first film. She was handed $600 when the scene was done. She also contracted gonorrhoea. Porn stars are tested for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases once a month, but “people do so many scenes between tests that a month is a long time.” She began, once she had treated her gonorrhoea, to do films three or four times a month. She would have several more bouts with gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted diseases during her career. She got pregnant and had an abortion. The demands on her began to escalate. She was filmed with multiple partners. Her scenes became “extremely rough. They would pull my hair, slap me around like a rag doll.
 She became a staple in “gonzo” porn films. Gonzo movies are usually filmed in a house or hotel room. They are porn verite. The performers often acknowledge the camera and speak to it. Gonzo films push the boundaries of porn and often include a lot of violence, physical abuse and a huge number of partners in succession.
 Roldan would endure numerous penetrations by various men in a shoot, most of them “super-rough.” As she talks of her career in porn, her eyes take on a dead, faraway look. Her breathing becomes more rapid. She slips into a flat, numbing monotone. The symptoms are ones I know well from interviewing victims of atrocities in war who battle posttraumatic stress disorder.

The cruelty takes a toll on the bodies, as well as the emotions, of porn actresses. Many suffer severe repeated vaginal and anal tears that require surgery.
The male stars are encouraged to be rough and hostile. Some, she says, “hated women. They would spit in my face. I was devastated the first time that happened, but I thought it was good they were rough because of my abusive relationships. I thought roughness in porn was OK. I would say, ‘Treat me like a little slut,’ or ‘I’m your bitch,’ or ‘Fuck me like a whore.’ I would say the most degrading things I could say about myself because I thought this was what it meant to be sexy and what people wanted to hear, or at least the people who buy the films. You are just a slut to those who watch. You are nothing. They want to see that we know that.”

She would shoot scenes with men who disgusted her, whose sweat and smell “made me cringe.” And when the lights went off and the cameras stopped, she would stumble off the set in pain, her face often covered with semen. “Sometimes they would hand you a paper towel to wipe your face off,” she says, “and sometimes they would say, ‘Don’t touch us. You’re gross.’ I remember the first time I had come all over my face. I was so pissed off, but I took it. I pretended to like everything they did. I took pride in being a good gonzo girl. My fame came from this.”
By the second year of shooting, with an income of $100,000, she had turned to drugs, including painkillers and muscle relaxants.
“The lifestyle of a porn star is to spend your money as soon as you make it on weed, alcohol, coke, ecstasy and Vicodin,” Roldan says. “I wanted to be the good gonzo girl they wanted me to be. I took this so I would not feel anything. By the next year, instead of only Vicodin I began to drink vodka, a whole bottle. Every girl I knew used alcohol. We were drinking so we did not feel the pain.”
 Four years into the industry I finally took a step out of my porn life box and looked at all the abuse that was going on around me with myself and others. I practically took a whole year off. I went back making movies again the next year. I needed money and I didn't know anything else for myself to make money. Porn was all I knew. I still had a bad alcohol problem and I would take pills to do my scenes again because I simply didn't feel comfortable.

She left the adult industry in December 2008 and became an opponent of the pornography industry with Shelley Lubben's Pink Cross Foundation. In 2014, she stated that she had shot new adult scenes and was returning as an adult star. She cut ties with the Pink Cross Foundation, stating that

"Their agenda did not fit accordingly to what I wanted for myself",and that her departure from
porn was more about her own struggles than the industry itself: "I was not fighting against porn. I was fighting against me."
Recently, Roldan has had a baby and appears to be doing cam-sex work.


Belladonna (born Michelle Anne Sinclair; May 21, 1981) is an American former pornographic actress, pornographic film director, actress and producer.
Michelle was the second of seven children and raised in the church. She had a distinct personality,her mother Dianna Paden says: extroverted and attention-seeking.
After Paden’s husband retired from the military, the family moved from a Delaware farm community to Salt Lake City. Her own history, Paden thought, was repeating itself.
She became increasingly desperate with her children. “I wanted sports, music, art in their lives,” she says. “But most of them ended up doing what I did 'drugs and sexual experimentation.”
When it came to seeking attention, however, Sinclair was in a league apart from her siblings. She attempted suicide at 11 and wound up having her stomach pumped of prescription drugs. At 12, she began stealing her father’s car. She’d wait till her parents were in bed, put it in neutral and let it roll down the drive, and turn the key.

When Sinclair got her first tattoo at 13, Paden, incredulous, tried to rub it off. Then Sinclair again tried another drug overdose, this time with two friends.when Michelle was 14 she was molested by an older boy. Afterwards, she had a breakdown, attempting suicide. She was put on 24-hour watch in a hospital, then discharged.
Sinclair dropped out of high school at 15 and moved in with a boyfriend. When she was 17, she accompanied a friend who worked as a stripper and another woman to a bachelor party to see what it involved. Sinclair says the two of them danced before a room of cops. One cop offered Sinclair $50 to take her shirt off.
 Michelle had gotten her start in the business at 18, when she came to Los Angeles from her home in Utah to look for work as a nude photograph model. When she failed to get modeling work, her agent encouraged her to try porn. She refused at first. "I always hated porn. I thought it was the most disgusting thing in the world," she told Primetime, which followed her career for more than two years.
 One muggy morning in Los Angeles in 1999, Sinclair got out of her agent’s car in the porn-capital suburb of Chatsworth and went into a house. The home-owner, also the director of what would be Sinclair’s porn debut, introduced her to the make-up artist.
“I was so nervous about am I going to do a good job,” she recalls. “I kept asking him, ‘Tell me what you want me to do.’” The male talent arrived.
Are you sure you won’t do anal today?” the director asked.

“Does it hurt?” she said.
He offered her another $600 beyond the $1,000 she’d been promised. She recalls worrying, “If I don’t do this, am I going to be hired again?

 Another director had told Michelle that Nacho Vidal liked her work, and when the pair saw each other on a Prague porn set, they immediately fell into each other's arms, kissing from one side of the house to the other.
"There's nothing bad about you," she told him admiringly as they prepared for the shoot. "You don't know me very well" he replied with a grin.
But when the director finally got the pair to settle down to the business at hand — filming a sex scene — the tone changed. Without any prompting, Vidal got rough during the sex, slapping Michelle's face violently from side to side, and choking her.
Afterward, she looked shaken, her face reddened and her eyes watery. But she insisted she was OK. "I look torn up — can you tell?," she asked an ABCNEWS producer who was following her progress for Primetime. Laughing and wiping her eye, she turned away and said without conviction, "I took a beating today, and it was great." 
 By December 2001, Michelle and Vidal were engaged. As she proudly showed off her diamond ring, saying how pretty it was, Vidal joked in his Spanish accent, "I need to f—k so many girls for that ring."
When Sinclair flew out to Los Angeles several months earlier, she hadn’t intended to do film. She’d sent her photos to a West Coast agent who told her he’d pick her up in a limo at the airport. Instead, he turned up in what she calls “a ghetto car with its windows broken.”
Her plan was to do girl-on-girl magazine photo shoots, but the agent said the work was in boy-girl porn.
Straight sex on camera with a stranger was one thing, a request for anal sex quite another. She didn’t want to do it, but finally agreed. “This is what people want from me,” she resolved. “I’m going to give it to them.”
Word spread quickly in the tight-knit porn community she would do what many others would not.

After the session, she was shattered. "I wasn't ready for anal sex … It was painful. But I can hide it really well." She had just turned 18, the legal age for participation in sexually explicit films.
Soon after, an agent and a director talked her into doing a 12-man rape scene in a prison cell while she was menstruating for $3,500. she would have sex with male actors in prison outfits — 12 of them. Once again, she tried to back out, telling the director it was "sick," but once again she was talked into it. She had sex — all kinds — with the 12 men. "It was really hard because I really felt like a piece of meat … in a lion's cage, 12 lions … I had to do a lot of things I can't imagine anyone wanting to do.I didn’t handle the pressure well; I gave in,” she says. “The guy who owned the company said, ‘I really want you to do this. I’ll give you the box cover.’ ‘Fine, I’ll do it.’ I was sick of being asked.”

Afterwards, she says, she couldn't stop crying. She packed her bags and went home to her family in Utah. But within a year, she was back, even agreeing to promote the prison movie that had so upset her. 

 Michelle couldn't get a high-end studio contract, and ended up taking a job with a company known for "gonzo" porn — sex-only, amateur-looking productions shot on video. The company, Elegant Angel, was making a film in Prague and offered her a starring role, which she hoped would show the big studios that she could carry a film. Michelle has already contracted chlamydia, a venereal disease which can make you sterile. She says "The fans don't like to see condoms. If I were to say I want to use condoms every time, I really wouldn't get any work. Condoms should be legal because you're talking about your life, you know".
Michelle with husband Aiden Kelly

If loyalty was all she asked of her boyfriends, she was sadly disappointed. A Spanish porn star, her lover for three years, acted as if her feelings didn’t exist. There were times, she says, she felt all she was to him was a whore.
She was in a cold, dark, depressing place, she says. “I used to smoke a lot of marijuana. That was how I woke up in the morning, that was how I went to bed at night. I was just numb, nothing ever affected me. I did scenes like the gang bang, then smoked it away. I was making everyone else happy, but a lot of the times I didn’t do what my heart wanted.”
 Shortly after, Sinclair began dating Aiden Kelly. An ex-Bostonian, Kelly built the Evil Angel distributing company’s Website. “I didn’t mind looking at porn all day long,” he says. Indeed, Kelly was a fan of Belladonna’s work. “She was the only porn star I fantasized about.”
Their relationship skirts porn norms, if only because it’s an industry truism that female stars’ husbands or partners have trouble watching their partners having sex on camera. Not for Kelly, he directs and produces most of Sinclair's hard-core movies.
“I’m a voyeur,” he says. “It’s also a fantasy of mine to see my wife have sex with another man.” But not off camera, Sinclair adds On camera or not, dollar signs seem to complicate Kelly’s erotic impulses. His single-minded goal is building a Belladonna-movie-catalog that will provide financial security for his family. If, he hypothesizes, he were to find himself spying on his wife with another man, he’d be too angry at not having a camera on hand to film it to get much pleasure from what he was watching. Ask Sinclair what arouses her on film, and she sighs. “I would get off to something in a regular movie. Two people kissing. I love kissing, almost touching but not, kind of like a tease.”

Kelly, however, thinks French kissing is for 13-year-old girls. 
  Kelly says. “There are times she’s said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re on top of the industry.’”
Two months ago, she signed up for massage-therapy college. “I give killer two-hour massages,” Sinclair says. She didn’t finish high school, so she had to study for a high school equivalency test. Kelly was unhappy about it.
“I don’t even need to be in the movies,” she says. “But he likes me to be involved.”
After a week of Kelly’s pouting, Sinclair returned to working with her husband. “It’s tough being married,” she sighs.

 Sinclair’s 2-year-old daughter was born into porn. Whether she’ll be able to avoid being touched by her mother’s profession as she grows up seems unlikely. She’s already had a brush with porn notoriety. When born, Kelly put her picture on the Belladonna’s Website the same day. Sinclair told him to take it down. Fans still send clothes for their child. Sinclair doesn’t know how to respond.

On a  segment on ABC’s Primetime, hosted by Diane Sawyer. Sinclair broke down on camera, admitting how unhappy she was in porn. Sinclair’s mother Dianna Paden told Sawyer her daughter was abused by a stranger at age 14. Porn opponents say many sex performers suffer sexual abuse when young.
Ask Sinclair about that abuse incident now, and she recalls accompanying a friend to a man’s house in Salt Lake City. When her friend disappeared, Sinclair went in another man’s room and closed the door. He flirted with her, touched her.
“In my head, I was saying, ‘I don’t want to do this, no, no, no,’” she recalls. “But I never said anything. … I never knew how to say ‘no,’ I wasn’t confident enough. People took advantage of me. In my head, I was raped.”
“Guess you were,” Kelly says.

If Sinclair is at war, it’s not so much with the compromises of married life as the success her Belladonna alter-ego has built around her. Now that she wants to focus on raising her daughter, on doing other things with her body than sex for public consumption, stripping Bella out of her life isn’t all that easy.
But, if her instincts as a mother are telling her to exit porn, they are also forcing her to confront her family’s history and the victimization she says overshadows her past for three generations. It’s a pattern, she says, “that blows me away.” Now, for the sake of her daughter, Sinclair is determined that pattern will end with her own generation.
Her little girl’s future, she insists, will be different from her own past. “I spent a good part of my life comfortable being a victim, wanting people to be sorry for me,” she says. “I won’t let that happen to my daughter.”

Monday, 6 February 2017

The coercion,exploitation,psychological and sexual abuse of women in pornography (Part one)

Ref to girls- “We are not happy until you are not happy" Max Hardcore

"They choose to do it!"

"They are consenting adults!"

"It's free speech!"

"They are sluts and deserve what they get!"

"They get paid!"

"It's empowering for women!"

"Some women like rough sex!"

These words are some of the typical responses from the porn producers, pro-sex lobby and the consumers of pornography; that appear on many social media sites. These are the words that justify, minimise and deny the blatant and most prevalent abuse and sexual violence against girls and women who perform in commercial, mainstream pornography.

 Aggression and violence towards women in pornography

Some of the common sexual acts that women are expected to perform in contemporary mainstream pornography

Gagging - Otherwise known as deep-throating,throat fucking and facial abuse. Hard, violent penetration of a woman's throat that induces gagging and vomiting.
Choking - The strangulation of a woman, sometimes up to the point of unconsciousness.
Anal - pornography features anal penetration with a penis, dildo, other objects, or some combination of them.
Double penetration - (a.k.a. DP) pornography depicts simultaneous anal and vaginal penetration of one woman. Double Stuffed (a.k.a. DS), Double Vaginal (a.k.a. DV), or Double Anal (a.k.a. DAP) pornography involves the penetration of one orifice by two penises or other objects.
Facial  - pornography involving male ejaculation onto a performer’s face.
Cum-shot -  pornography features a collection of male ejaculation scenes.
Gang bang - depicts numerous men having sex with one woman. Otherwise known as gang rape.
ATM  - (ass to mouth) pornography shows the transfer of a performer's penis (or other object) from a second performer's anus to that same second performer's (or another performer's) mouth in a single shot. A variant of A2M is ATOM (ass to other mouth) where a performer inserts his penis directly from one recipient's anus into a second recipient's mouth.
Gaping - (aka rosebudding) refers to scenes of anal sex with a focus on the recipient's anus remaining open for a period of time after the erect penis or dildo is removed. A sub-set of gaping is the "'tunnel cumshot", wherein the male ejaculates directly into the gaping anus.
Rimming - pornography centering around analingus.
Fisting - pornography features the insertion of an entire hand into a performer's vagina or anus. A sub-set of vaginal fisting attempts to photograph the female cervix immediately after the fist (or large dildo or speculum) is removed from the now-gaping vagina.
Insertion - features performers inserting various odd objects into their anus or vaginas
Amateur - professionally made porn that features amateur actors/actresses, often appearing for the first time in a pornographic film.
BDSM - bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism. Can include torturous acts such as beating,whipping which leave visual marks. Water-boarding and electrocution.
Rough sex - similar to pornography featuring sadomasochism, and typically features a Top who humiliates and/or degrades a Bottom while being physically violent towards them. Typically featured are hitting, choking, name-calling and hair-pulling. Many of these activities might be based on rape.

Other types of sexual acts found on the internet

Menstrual - or "red rhapsody" pornography features sexual activities involving women who are menstruating, with a focus on the menstrual blood.
Scat - or "brown" pornography features defecation, manipulation of faeces, or consumption of faeces, in reality or fantasy.
Milking - pornography features lactating women being milked or milking themselves (not to be confused with milk enemas).
Water sports - pornography features sexual activities involving urine, often the male performer urinates into the woman's mouth.
Emetophilia - pornography involving vomiting and gagging. Often the woman is made to
lick up the vomit off the penis or off the floor.
Preggo - pornography features pregnant performers being penetrated and may include erotic lactation as a fetish.
Saliva - pornography involves salivation and saliva, where the women is spat on or male
performer spits into the woman's mouth.
Crying  pornography that features women crying.
Swirling  - featuring male performers penetrating women,held upside-down with their heads
inside a toilet bowl.
Bukkake pornography involves a performer, usually female, onto whom several men ejaculate, usually on the face. ie- Bakers dozen.
Felching - involves drinking (via suction / soda straw) recently ejaculated semen from the vagina or anus.
Gokkun  - is a Japanese term for sexual activity in which a woman consumes the semen of one or more men, usually from some kind of container. Pornographic films with gokkun scenes have had up to 200 men participating.
Bestiality - Sexual contact or sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.

The young women who enter the porn industry 

The sex industry, be it pornography, stripping or prostitution; Abuses and destroys young women to such an extent, that they no longer feel like human beings.
They are merely fleshed robots, sexual fodder, whores, sluts, meat holes and sexual receptacle's, who arrived at these meat markets via multiple reasons; Typically, the inevitable consequences of life's tragedies and trauma's.

Just like prostitution, the porn industry (Pornography is filmed prostitution) is full of predatory older males who procure many young women in different ways, such as coercion by pimp boyfriends, who are drug dependant or just desire money. Some of these pimps also become  pornographers themselves. Sometimes these young women are trafficked or are just extremely vulnerable. Many of them are runaways, escaping dysfunctional homes that have experienced child sexual abuse and/or rape. They are usually drug or alcohol dependant. These victims have 'Complex' PTSD which is a pattern of behaviours in which the victim continues to abuse themselves in order to ward off the PTSD symptoms, that are far more painful and traumatic than the actual abuse,where the victim shuts down all emotions and feelings. Therefore, this safety mechanism often manifests into high-risk sexual behaviours, which often becomes the prerequisite to promiscuity,prostitution and performance in pornography. In which there is a continuation of abuse, self loathing, self harm, self sexual denigration, dissociation and a re-inaction of the abuse itself.

Child sexual abuse, links to later sexual exploitation and high-risk sexual behaviours

Is There a Relationship Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Sexual Masochism in Women?

There are also very young women who have escaped highly oppressive and religious homes, who seek a path of what they perceive as 'Empowerment' and complete 'Freedom' and as a 'fuck you' to their families. (eg- Porn performer 'Belladonna')
 Or they are escaping poverty, trying to pay their way through college or single mothers in great debt etc. Young, wealthy, well educated young women do not ordinarily choose pornography or prostitution as a career path.

 Also, our porn culture glamorises and normalises pornography through different media such as films, advertisements and music videos. Or celebrities such as Kim Kardashian who promotes pornography by her sex tape and naked selfies; to teenage girls who are extremely naive and gullible. Young people are easily influenced by certain media such as the movie 'Saving private Ryan' which incited many young men into joining the forces, who could not comprehend the realistic hell until they were in a real war zone.
Most of these 'Teens' (I say teens because most enter at the age of eighteen and nineteen) do one porn shoot and they are done. Their first shoot is usually with an older male or males, who humiliate, degrade and are sexually aggressive towards her. Pornographers love  the real fear and pain of 'Young, fresh meat'. 

The porn industry is and never will be regulated or indeed ethical.The same goes for independents. (This will be another blog post shortly)
Firstly, Most of the commercial porn produced is in the San Fernando valley, California and has emerged from organised crime. We are talking billions of dollars. And so many companies have vested interests in porn production, such as hotel chains, telephone companies, the sex toy industry and websites like pornhub. These male dominated industries are making massive profits from exploiting these young,vulnerable women in pornography.

 How many extremely wealthy female porn performers do you know?

 Apart from very few women like Jenna Jameson, who did make a lot of money from porn, but lost her mind and two of her children in the process. She is still to this day, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Jameson came from poverty, was neglected and was also raped by a friends uncle and gang raped at sixteen. While in high school, she began taking drugs. At the age of seventeen, she was coerced into stripping by her boyfriend.

 Most of this pornography is shot by older males and male talent, behind closed doors in private houses and locations. Often the young woman is alone, so there is already a power imbalance and a sense of intimidation. 

The porn directors inform the performers that they can use a 'safe word' when they wish for a particular act to stop. (Which is stated in a contract) But there are many anecdotal accounts by performers who say that they couldn't use a safe word, because they were gagged and restrained or that they were ignored until the scene ended. There are also many women who say that they were sexually assaulted and raped by either the directors or male performers,either on the porn shoot or off it.
Ex porn actors say they were often not told the details of what they will be asked to do, until right before they are expected to do it. Where they learn they will be obligated to perform an act they may not be willing to. Aggression, lack of pay or threat of no work is often used to make them conform.
Testimonies have shown that although a performer may at one time say they they are happy with what they are doing, they often come out later to say that in fact they were not. And for whatever reason they were compelled or coerced to lie.
Porn performers also suffer from many STD's which include chlamydia, that has no symptoms and can cause infertility.
 Last year the porn industry and California voters rejected a law to make condoms compulsory in porn, even though they suffer more STD's than the population (So much for the performers health) 
 1 in 4 Porn Stars Has Had Gonorrhea or Chlamydia
 Also, porn performers often find it difficult to leave pornography, because the sex industry is highly stigmatised and adding pornography to their cv's is clearly not beneficial and detrimental in finding other jobs/careers.

 Pornstar statistics 

The average life expectancy for a porn star is thirty seven. Many die from drug overdoses,alcohol complications,suicide and AID's.
More than a dozen porn performers under the age of 55 died over the course of 2013.
Last weekend, the industry was faced with another death as Amber Rayne was found dead in her Los Angeles home. She was only 31 years old.
Dead porn stars
Dead playboy playmates

Pornography emerged from organised crime and was once illegal to possess, make or distribute in many countries. It was an underground market and was mainly produced and distributed out of countries like Denmark, who became the first country in the world to legalize pornography in 1969. (The ban on pornography in Denmark was lifted in 1967) Child sexual abuse imagery was also legal until 1980. Denmark was also a centre for the production of animal pornography (Bestiality).

The women in the 'Golden age' of Pornography

Bodil Joensen

Bodil Joensen
Born in rural Denmark in 1944, Bodil Joensen was raised on a farm where she had an horrific and brutal childhood at the hands of her religious, abusive mother. Regularly beaten and denied any emotional comfort, Bodil found solace with animals. The suffering of her childhood became worse when at the age of twelve, she was raped by a man while waiting for a train home from school. Her mother blamed her daughter for the rape and punished her for her sins. This brutality only pushed Bodil to identify more closely with animals than with humans, leading to her first teenage sex act with the family dog.
At fifteen, Bodil ran away from home and began work on a neighboring farm. She took great interest in the insemination of pigs, which eventually led to Bodil starting her own successful porcine insemination business.
Denmarks change in the law led Bodil to approach pornographer Ole Ege, offering to make a film, originally a “documentary.” This led Ege to co-produce Bodil’s first film 'A Summer’s Day' a documentary on her sex life with animals, directed by Shinkichi Tajiri.
A Summer’s Day was the first bestiality film ever made and (surprisingly) it won Grand Prix at the pornographic film festival Wet Dreams in Amsterdam 1970. The award made Bodil an underground porn star, and she went on to make 40 bestiality movies.
These films had a limited market and it was not until the arrival of home videos in 1980’s that the porn industry made a fortune out of distributing and selling back catalogues of hardcore films.
With strict pornography laws in the UK, these films were smuggled into the country and distributed via sex shops and by mail order. In 1981, four of Bodil’s films were edited together along with a similar film called Animal Lover to create Animal Farm (also known as Barnyard Fun.) Being caught in possession of this movie in Britain was punishable by a prison sentence.
As the film made money for its producers and distributors, Bodil herself was in a painful and tragic decline. By now a severe alcoholic, Bodil was addicted to painkillers, and was supporting her daughter and maintaining the upkeep of her farm by working as a prostitute and performing in live sex shows with animals.

 In 1985, after being traumatized and exploited for most of her life, Bodil Joensen aged just forty, died of cirrhosis of the liver.

Documentary: The real Animal farm- (No explicit content, but extremely disturbing)

Linda Susan Boreman (aka Linda Lovelace)

Linda Boreman
Was an American pornographic actress famous for her performance in the 1972 hardcore porn film Deep Throat. Although the film was an enormous success at the time, it was later alleged by Boreman that her abusive husband, Chuck Traynor, had threatened and coerced her into the performance. Boreman described what went on behind the scenes in her autobiography Ordeal. She later became a Christian and a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.
Boreman became involved with Chuck Traynor. According to Boreman, Traynor was charming and attentive at first, then became violent and controlling. She said he forced her to move to New York, where he became her manager, pimp, and husband.
 Coerced by Traynor, Boreman was soon performing as Linda Lovelace in hardcore "loops," short 8-mm silent films made for peep shows. Boreman starred in a 1969 bestiality film titled Dogarama (also known as Dog Fucker) In the documentary 'The real Linda Lovelace' her publisher states "If Linda sees a dog, she can't even say the word 'Dog' She can only spell it out 'D.O.G."

Charges against Chuck Traynor

In her suit to divorce Traynor, she said that he forced her into pornography at gunpoint, and that in Deep Throat bruises from his beatings can be seen on her legs. She said that her husband "would force her to do these things by pointing an M16 rifle at her head." Boreman said in her autobiography that her marriage had been plagued by violence, rape, forced prostitution, and private pornography.
 She wrote in Ordeal: When in response to his suggestions I let him know I would not become involved in prostitution in any way and told him I intended to leave, [Traynor] beat me up physically and the constant mental abuse began. I literally became a prisoner, I was not allowed out of his sight, not even to use the bathroom, where he watched me through a hole in the door. He slept on top of me at night, he listened to my telephone calls with a .45 automatic eight shot pointed at me. I was beaten physically and suffered mental abuse each and every day thereafter. He undermined my ties with other people and forced me to marry him on advice from his lawyer.
My initiation into prostitution was a gang rape by five men, arranged by Mr. Traynor. It was the turning point in my life. He threatened to shoot me with the pistol if I didn't go through with it. I had never experienced anal sex before and it ripped me apart. They treated me like an inflatable plastic doll, picking me up and moving me here and there. They spread my legs this way and that, shoving their things at me and into me, they were playing musical chairs with parts of my body. I have never been so frightened and disgraced and humiliated in my life. I felt like garbage. I engaged in sex acts for pornography against my will to avoid being killed... The lives of my family were threatened.

 The Peraino family financed and produced the most profitable pornographic film of all time — Deep Throat.
Anthony Peraino

 Tony Peraino was a "made man" member of the Profaci crime family most likely sometime before the books were closed for membership in the late 1950s, and like his father he climbed the ranks of the New York Mafia to become one of Colombo crime family's biggest earners. Peraino helped develop pornography into one of organized crime's biggest moneymakers after narcotics and labour racketeering. He was aided by his brother Joe "The Whale" Peraino, his sons Louis "Butchie" Peraino and Joseph C. Peraino, and his nephew, Joseph Peraino.

The Peraino family financed and produced the most profitable pornographic film of all time — Deep Throat, starring the first porn star ever, Linda Lovelace. Louis produced the movie and his father Anthony loaned him the initial $22,500 in production costs. The Perainos used a unique procedure by leasing the theatres and employees for all proceeds. To ensure compliance, they sent their own employees or associates known as "checkers" to run the movie houses.
 Anthony and Louis used profits from Deep Throat to build a vast financial empire in the 1970s that included, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), "ownership of garment companies in New York and Miami and investment companies".
The Perainos controlled various adult and porn industry interests based in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, from adult bookstores, to peep shows and adult movie theaters. Joseph Peraino later became involved in the distribution of another very successful pornographic film, the Devil in Miss Jones, and from his base of operations in California's San Fernando Valley, Peraino would maintain a tight grip on the Colombo crime family's interests in the porn industry well into the 1990s.

Documentary : The real Linda Lovelace.

Bambi Woods

Bambi woods
Was the stage name of a 'now-retired' pornographic actress and exotic dancer best known for her appearance as the title character in the 1978 film Debbie Does Dallas. Her meteoric success in the Golden Age of Porn, and disappearance intrigued adult industry writers and caused interest in her whereabouts, and a myth about her having met a sordid fate several years after her heyday began to be accepted as fact. 'According to the director' of Debbie Does Dallas there was no sensational truth or mystery, as he had 'Woods' traced decades later, and found she simply did not wish to disrupt her life with publicity.
The film was highly successful, selling 50,000 copies when it made it to videotape, making it the most successful video release of a porn film in its time. It is regarded as one of the most important releases during the so-called "Golden Age of Porn" and remains one of the best-known pornographic films. The producer/director, Jim Clark, said he created the stage name 'Bambi Woods' in an allusion to the Disney character: "I named her Bambi Woods. There wasn't any real reason behind it. Bambi ... a deer. In the woods. Do you want to get deeper?". One reviewer in a TV documentary about the film expressed the opinion that Woods's demeanour during sex scenes was in keeping with her pseudonym, being reminiscent of a deer caught in car headlights.
 Woods’s pornographic film career occurred towards the end of the Golden Age of Porn, when the filmmakers operated in a legal grey area, making them vulnerable to extortion by organised criminals who controlled distribution. Unlike current pornography in the US, there was no mandatory verification and record keeping of participants’ true identities, and the real names of even the most prolific remained unknown outside their profession until decades later when the identities of almost all famous performers were circulated on the internet. Despite the huge profits being made, female performers’ fees rarely exceeded the low hundreds of dollars. Although Woods ostensibly performed in Debbie Does Dallas as a one-off to clear a debt, she spent all her earnings, so the still-owed friend arranged for her to become an exotic dancer. She was also reputed to have only earned $400 a day for shooting
Debbie does Dallas, whilst the movie continues to make millions of dollars for the producers.

"I moved to New York and was working for a small grocery store on Broadway when I ran into financial difficulties and a opportunity of a lifetime at the same moment. From a complete nobody to a feature flick. The time was right and I took the leap." "I had a friend whom had done a couple of gigs with and I owed her money. She told me that some producers had called her and were looking for some new faces and said I should go down and talk to them. She told me I was going to get paid something like a thousand dollars a day but when I talked with them, they were only offering three hundred and fifty a day." Bambi, nevertheless, accepted and was cast as Debbie in the now legendary movie 'Debbie Does Dallas' (1978).

 The director of the film was originally planning on making a film called 'Teenage Services'. Things changed when he met Bambi: "A young woman came into the studio that I was working in at the time, told me her story of woe coming back from Dallas trying out for the cheerleaders down there. So I called up my partner at the time and said I got an idea, why don't we scrap this and we'll do this! He said, "sounds like a good idea to me". And that"s how it was born? It was really born out of her personality. She was as bubbly as you could get. She seemed to be healthy in her attitude to sex. The only thing she had a problem with that I was not aware of at the time was she had a drug problem. I named her Bambi Woods."
Bambi had no intention of becoming a porn star. "The only reason I went in the first place was because I needed the money. I didn"t go looking for it but I needed the money." After 'Debbie Does Dallas' was released, she supported herself by working as a stripper at New York's Melody Burlesque Theater with other top names such as Seka, Kandi Barbour and Lysa Thatcher. Fred Lincoln, porn actor, director and producer later recalled: "I was the first person to ever put porno girls in theaters and nightclubs in New York. I did it by convincing this guy, Bernie, to hire Bambi Woods. He paid her three thousand dollars and told me, "If she don't make this money back, you gotta pay us." She packed the club." One visitor remembered having "Bambi Woods sprawled out totally nude across my lap, hands permitted anywhere - she just wanted a buck every 2-3 minutes or so."
 The fate of Bambi Woods in the mid-1980s became a mystery and later the subject of a documentary, 'Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered'. According to the Art Director of the original 'Debbie' movie, "She was a little bit shy and a little bit hesitant? She was a private girl from a tremendously different upbringing and she was all of a sudden in a whole different world." Clark claims, "I heard that in 1986 she died of an overdose, but I"m certain not sure." According to Eric Edwards, on the other hand, "From what I heard from other sources I think that her parents rescued her from this industry and took her away into seclusion and probably gave her counselling." Source

Documentary:  Debbie does Dallas uncovered (No-one knows the whereabouts of Bambi Woods and although many of the male actors appear in this film, apart from one; All the other female actors refused.)
Arcadia Lake who also appeared in the movie, died in 1990 of drug overdose

Jenna Jameson

In the introduction to her book:How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale.
Jenna says: “For two decades I looked men in the eye and denied everything. And then for years, in private, I wrestled with myself. The truth won".

Jenna Jameson
Born Jenna Marie Massoli; April 9, 1974
Is an American entrepreneur, webcam model and former pornographic film actress, who has been called the world's most famous adult entertainment performer and "The Queen of Porn"
 She started acting in erotic videos in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and glamour model. By 1996, she had won the "top newcomer" award from each of the three major adult-movie organizations. She has since won more than 35 adult-video awards, and has been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization and Adult Video News Halls of Fame.
 Jameson announced her retirement from pornography at the 2008 AVN Awards, stating that she would never return to the industry. Although she no longer performs in pornographic films, she has been working as a webcam model since 2013.
She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her father, Laurence Henry Massoli, was a police officer. Her mother, Judith Brooke Hunt, was a Las Vegas showgirl who danced in the Folies Bergère show at the Tropicana Resort & Casino. Her mother died of melanoma on February 20, 1976, two months prior to her daughter's second birthday. The cancer treatments bankrupted the family and they relocated in Nevada, Arizona, usually living in a trailer home or living with her paternal grandmother. She and her older brother, Tony were raised Catholic, though they were essentially left to parent each other.
Jameson was a frequent entrant in beauty pageants as a child, and enrolled in ballet classes throughout her childhood.
Jameson wrote in her autobiography that in October 1990, when she was 16 years old and while the family was living on a cattle ranch in Fromberg, Montana, she was beaten with rocks and gang raped by four boys after a football game at Fromberg High School. The incident began after she attempted to hitchhike home, and that she entered the car of the four boys while believing that she would be driven to her home.
 She reported being raped a second time while still 16, by "Preacher", her boyfriend Jack's biker uncle. Preacher has denied the rape ever occurred. Rather than tell her father, she left home and moved in with Jack in her first serious relationship.
 She tried to follow in her mother's career as a Las Vegas showgirl, but most shows rejected her for not having the then-typical height of 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
 Her boyfriend Jack encouraged her to apply for jobs as a dancer, and in 1991, though under-age, she began dancing in Las Vegas strip clubs using a fake identification. After she was rejected from the Crazy Horse Too strip club because of her orthodontia, she removed her braces with pliers and was accepted.
 While in high school, she began taking drugs – cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamine – accompanied by her brother (who was addicted to heroin) and at times her father. Her addiction worsened during her four years with her boyfriend. She eventually stopped eating properly and became too thin to model; Jack left her in 1994. She weighed 76 pounds (34 kg) when a friend put her in a wheelchair and sent her to her father, who was then living in California, in order to detox; her father did not recognize her when she got off the plane.

 In October 2006, it was reported that Jameson began dating mixed martial artist and former UFC champion Tito Ortiz
 Jameson announced in August 2008 that she and Ortiz were expecting twins in April 2009. On March 16, 2009, Jameson gave birth to twin boys, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette.Jameson and Ortiz split up in March 2013. Ortiz was granted full custody of the twins.
 On May 25, 2012, Jameson was arrested in California and charged with three misdemeanor counts for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, driving with a blood-alcohol level over the state legal limit, and driving on a suspended license
  In 2013, self-proclaimed socialite and writer Britney Markham became Jameson's personal assistant after having met on Twitter. In a 2014 interview with LA Weekly, Markham claimed that Jameson would make requests for drugs. Markham posited that the pills of choice were Xanax, Ambien and Suboxone along with alcohol. On August 5, 2016, Jameson announced that she and her Israeli boyfriend, Lior Bitton, were expecting their first child together.

 Jenna Jameson's 25 Good Reasons Why No One Would Ever Want To Become a Porn Star

 Traci Lords

Traci Lords
(Born Nora Louise Kuzma on May 7, 1968) is an American actress, singer, model, writer, producer, and director. She achieved notoriety in the mid-1980s after authorities discovered that she was under-age when she posed nude and appeared in numerous pornographic films. A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Lords initially landed a job as a nude model at the age of fifteen using a fake driver's license. After being featured in the September 1984 issue of Penthouse magazine, she appeared in dozens of illegal videos between 1984 and 1986, and became one of the most sought-after pornographic actresses of the era. During May 1986, when law enforcement discovered she had been under-age while making all but one of her hardcore films, distributors and video rental stores were ordered to remove all her videos to avoid the risk of prosecution for trafficking in child pornography. The withdrawal of her films cost the industry millions of dollars and her case became the biggest scandal to affect the adult film industry.

 Her father was an alcoholic who would abuse her mother on a regular basis. According to her, he would come home drunk and accuse her of having boyfriends in the house. During that time, Lords would often spend time with her grandmother who lived nearby. Her parents divorced when she was seven years old and Lords moved with her mother and sisters to her great-grandmother's house.
 According to Lords, she and her sister Lorraine both developed early; this fuelled their father's concerns about their sexuality. "I think my father hated women. He dealt with us until we were eleven, then he started to lay this guilt on us about sex." At the age of ten, Lords was allegedly raped by a sixteen-year-old boy whom she had befriended at her friend's birthday party. When she was twelve, Lords moved with her mother and sisters to Lawndale, California, along with her mother's new boyfriend. It was the last time she saw her father. In September 1982, she began attending the Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California. During her early school years, Lords developed a rebellious attitude. She was angry at her mother, blaming her for their poverty, and found a father figure in her mother's boyfriend. Roger Hayes, as she calls him in her autobiography, was a cocaine dealer and molested Lords in her sleep. After her mother broke up with him due to his drug use, she began dating his friend. Lords refused to follow them to a new place and was left with her older sister Lorraine. Her mother and two younger sisters eventually ended up in a women's shelter until her mother was able to find a new apartment.

 At the age of 14, Lords became pregnant by her high school boyfriend. Afraid of her mother's reaction, she went to Hayes for help. He arranged for her to have an abortion without her mother's knowledge. Looking for a job to get some money, she was introduced to his friend for whom she started working as a babysitter. She offered to solve Lords' job problems by helping her get a fake driver's license. She provided Lords with a new birth certificate on condition that she would say she had stolen it if she was ever caught. With a new driver's license with the name Kristie Elizabeth Nussman that stated she was 22 rather than 15-years-old, Lords lined up a few job interviews. In February 1984, she answered a newspaper advertisement for Jim South's World Modeling Talent Agency. Posing as her stepfather, Hayes drove her to the agency. After signing a contract, she began working as a nude model.
 During late May 1986 (around three weeks after Lords' 18th birthday), authorities discovered she had been underage when she appeared in about 75 pornographic movies. She had lied to law enforcement, photographers, producers, directors, co-workers, and the general public for two years. The owners of her movie agency and X-Citement Video, Inc. were arrested.
 On July 17, 1986, video rental shops and adult movie theaters in the USA were ordered to withdraw from their shelves all hardcore material featuring Lords. John Weston, attorney of the Adult Film Association of America, said distributors should withdraw any movie made before May 1986, featuring Lords "in sexual conduct, no matter how briefly". The withdrawal of Lords' movies from the market cost the industry millions of dollars. Government prosecutors declared Lords was a victim of a manipulative industry, maintaining that she was drugged and made to do non-consensual acts.
  "Traci, I Love You" was the last porn film that featured Traci Lords; it was ironic that Lords decided to quit the industry immediately after she became of legal age. Lords was offered enormous sums of money to continue in porn, but she declined the requests.
 After spending several months in therapy, Lords decided to concentrate on acting. She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she studied method acting for three months.

 Her autobiography, Traci Lords: Underneath It All, was published during July 2003 by Harper-Collins. In the book, Lords chronicled her childhood, career and mostly her past in the pornography movie industry. The book received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success making The New York Times Best Seller list. It was criticized by porno movie industry insiders. In the book, Lords revealed that she received only $35,000 as total compensation for all her porno movies, including the $5,000 for her under-age appearance in Penthouse.

 Sylvia Maria Kristel

Sylvia Kristel
Was a Dutch actress (28 September 1952 – 18 October 2012) who performed in over 50 films, including as the lead character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films. Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Pietje Hendrika Lamme. In her 2006 autobiography, Nue, she stated that she was sexually abused by an elderly hotel guest when she was nine years old, an experience she otherwise refused to discuss. Her parents divorced when she was 14 years old after her father abandoned the family for another woman. "It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me", she said of the experience of her parents' separation.
 Kristel began modeling when she was 17. She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in 1973 and won. Multilingual, she spoke Dutch, English, French, German and Italian fluently, and several other languages to a lesser extent. Kristel gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle, which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced. After the success of Emmanuelle, she often played roles that capitalised on that sexually provocative image. One film titled 'Because of the cats' Aka 'The rape' in the UK (1973) Contained some of the most blatant exploitive and gratuitous rape scenes that had ever appeared in mainstream movies.

 Although Private Lessons was one of the highest-grossing independent films of 1981 (ranking #28 in US domestic gross), Kristel reportedly saw none of the profits and continued to appear in movies and last played Emmanuelle in the early 1990s.
 In September 2006, Kristel's autobiography Nue (Nude) was published in France. It was translated into English as Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir, by Fourth Estate, 2 July 2007  in which she told of a turbulent personal life blighted by addictions to drugs, alcohol, and her quest for a father figure, which resulted in some destructive relationships with older men. The book received some positive reviews. On 12 June 2012, she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in critical condition. Four months later, she died in her sleep at age 60 from esophageal and lung cancer.


 Emmanuelle is the lead character in a series of French soft porn erotic movies based on a character created by Emmanuelle Arsan in the novel Emmanuelle (1959)
Emmanuelle appeared as the nom de plume of Marayat Rollet-Andriane, a French-Thai actress born in the 1930s in Bangkok. Her 1957 book The Joys of a Woman detailed the sexual exploits of Emmanuelle, the "bored housewife" of a French diplomat. Rollet-Andriane's book caused a sensation in France and was banned.
The producer of another Arsan/Rollet-Andriane film Laure, Ovidio Assonitis, claimed that all books published under the nom-de-plume Emmanuelle Arsan were written by her husband Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane rather than by Marayat .

 The first Emmanuelle film was the 1974 French theatrical feature Emmanuelle starring Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel  in the title role. She came to be the actress best identified with the role. This film pushed the boundaries of what was then acceptable on screen, with sex scenes, skinny-dipping, masturbation, the "Mile High Club", rape, and a scene in which a dancer lights a cigarette and puffs it with her vagina. This film was created and directed by French director Just Jaeckin.Unlike many films that tried to avoid an X-rating, the first Emmanuelle film embraced it, and became a success with a viewing audience estimated at 300 million. It remains one of France's most successful films, and played in the Arc de Triomphe theatre for over eleven years. In France and the US the film was uncut, but British censors balked at masturbation and explicit sex. Heavy cuts were made to the film including the complete removal of the opium den rape and the infamous 'cigarette' sequence in the club.
The film-makers promoted Emmanuelle as an erotic 'Feminist film' Convincing many women, that it was about 'Empowerment' and 'Sexual freedom' And that a woman wrote it! When in reality, it was a man that wrote it and merely a soft lensed porn movie.

Because Emmanuelle was shot in Thailand and there was no script, the rape scene shocked Sylvia Kristel, because firstly she didn't know it was going to happen and also the director (Just Jaeckin.) asked two local Thai men (Who were not even actors) to shoot the scene. She was also given
marijuana on set to calm her down.

 One of the most controversial and disturbing scenes in Emmanuelle, was footage of what looks to be a young girl between 12-16 years old. Who gyrates completely naked on a stage, inserts a cigarette into her vagina and then blows out the smoke. Although it was removed from cinema screens, it remains uncut in the videos.
Several sequels starring Kristel followed, beginning with Emmanuelle 2 known as Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman in its U.S. release, and also Emmanuelle l’antivierge in some European press materials, including the soundtrack LP and CD. Kristel sold her interest for $150,000, missing on a share of the film's $26m domestic gross. She was paid $6,000 for her role but negotiated a $100,000 contract for the sequel, Emmanuelle 2. The film played to packed houses in Paris, running for years. Emmanuelle was also an international hit and has played to 300 million. French distribution company Studio Canal has acquired home video rights for a number of Emmanuelle movies and has released remastered DVDs of the films. Taking video and DVD into account revenue is estimated close to 650 million.
Whilst the producers of Emmanuelle continued to make many more Emmanuelles, related movies, tv shows and substantial profits. Sylvia Kristel was subsequently taken back to live in Amsterdam by her manager who firmly believed that she was dying from heavy cocaine and alcohol use, her body weight dropped considerably and she was constantly in a stupor.
Her final years were spent on a meagre living, up until her death in 2012.
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Marilyn Chambers

Marilyn Chambers
Marilyn Chambers (April 22, 1952 – April 12, 2009) was an American pornographic film actress, exotic dancer, model, actress, and vice-presidential candidate. She was best known for her 1972 hardcore film début Behind the Green Door and her 1980 pornographic film Insatiable. She ranked at No. 6 on the list of Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time by AVN, and ranked as one of Playboy's Top 100 Sex Stars of the Century in 1999.

 Her father tried to discourage her from pursuing a modelling career, citing brutal competition. "Ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to be an actress," "When I was about 16 I learned how to write my mother’s name on notes to get out of school", she said. "And then I'd take the train into the city to go to auditions". While in high school she landed some modelling assignments and a small role in the film The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), which starred Barbara Streisand and in which Chambers was credited as Evelyn Lang. During her early career as a model, her most prominent job was as the "Ivory Soap girl" on the Ivory Snow soap flake box, posing as a mother holding a baby under the tag line "99 & 44/100% pure"

 Upon the release of The Owl and the Pussycat, Chambers was sent to Los Angeles and San Francisco on a promotional tour along with co-star Roz Kelly. After that she did not receive any roles except for a low-budget film, writer-director-producer Sean S. Cunningham's Together (1971), in which she appeared nude. In 1970, she moved from Westport to San Francisco, where she held several jobs that included topless model and bottomless dancer. "I moved to San Francisco thinking it was the entertainment capital of the world, which it is indeed not," she said.
Chambers sought work in theatre and dance groups in San Francisco to no avail. In 1972, at the age of nineteen she saw an advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle for a casting call for what was billed as a "major motion picture". She rushed to the audition only to find it was for a pornographic film, which was to be called Behind the Green Door. She was about to leave when producers Artie and Jim Mitchell noticed her resemblance to Cybill Shepherd. They invited her upstairs to their offices and told her the film's plot. Chambers was highly dubious about accepting a role in a pornographic film, fearing it might ruin her chances at breaking into the mainstream. Although she wasn't happy about doing a film with sex in it, she thought about how movies like 'Last tango in Paris' had sex scenes and it had become extremely popular. She was an ambitious young women and the older,savvy and charming Mitchell brothers were persuasive.
 "Each sequence was a surprise to me", she said in 1987. "They never told me what was happening next. I just did it as it happened"
 After filming concluded, she informed the Mitchell Brothers that she was "the Ivory Snow Girl"; the Mitchells capitalized on this by billing her as the "99 and 44/100% pure" girl.
 Chambers was relatively unknown prior to Behind the Green Door; however, the film made her a star. Green Door, along with Deep Throat, released the same year, and The Devil in Miss Jones, ushered in what is commonly known as the porno chic era. Critics have since debated whether she was really having orgasms in her scenes or just acting. She stated in one early interview that they were real, but denied it in an interview many years later.

Following Behind the Green Door, the Mitchell Brothers and Chambers teamed up for Resurrection of Eve, released in September 1973.  Following Eve, Chambers was anxious to transition her fame into other areas of entertainment. At the time the Mitchell Brothers were still her managers. "They were always talking about some half-assed idea I knew wouldn't come off", Chambers said in 1992. "'Flakes' is a terrible word but they were, in a cute sort of way". Chambers had always considered the brothers as her own brothers but when she abruptly announced that she was leaving them to take up with Chuck Traynor, they were appalled and had a falling out with Chambers.
In retaliation, the brothers created a documentary in 1976 called Inside Marilyn Chambers, which was composed of alternate shots and out-takes from Green Door and Eve, as well as interviews with some of her co-stars. This was done without Chambers' knowledge but when she learned of it just prior to its release, she negotiated a deal that would offer her 10% of the gross as long as she would contribute interviews to the film and promote it nationally. "I hated the film and I still do", she said later. "It's supposed to be the story of my life, and it's not true. Jim and Art ripped me off. They felt I'd betrayed them ... I felt they'd betrayed me, and for many years, we didn't speak. Only when money was to be made did we start talking again." Chambers reunited with the Mitchell Brothers in 1979 for two 30-minute features called Beyond de Sade and Never a Tender Moment, which explored BDSM. The films, which were shot at the Mitchell Brothers Theatre. In 1974, she starred in the dinner theatre production of The Mind With the Dirty Man in Las Vegas.  In 1976, she starred in a short-lived musical revue off-Broadway called Le Bellybutton. The one-woman show Sex Surrogate, in 1979, caused controversy in Vegas as it featured full-frontal nudity, which was banned from all casinos. In 1983, the play was spun off into a 26-part syndicated soap opera called Love Ya Florence Nightingale. It was broadcast on cable television channels such as the Playboy Channel.
 Although she had tried for several years to shed her image as a porn star, Chambers returned to the adult film industry with 1980's Insatiable. In the film she played actress, model, and heiress Sandra Chase, whose appetite for sex is, as the title suggests, insatiable.
  Despite her return to the adult film world, Chambers dreamed of launching a successful mainstream acting career, but was unable to do so.
 In a 2004 interview, Chambers said "My advice to somebody who wants to go into adult films is: Absolutely not! It's heart-breaking. It leaves you kind of empty. So have a day job and don't quit it"

 Two years ago, Ms. Chambers told the Providence Journal that the adult-film business "chews women up and spits them out. It's a business I'd never want my daughter to be in."

Chambers was married three times. First was to Doug Chapin, whom she met while he was playing bagpipes for money on the streets of San Francisco. They married in 1971. She divorced Chapin in 1974 and married Chuck Traynor, who was recently divorced from Linda Lovelace, shortly thereafter. He also became her manager and they were together for 10 years.
In the mid-1980s Chambers was "on her way to an early grave, consuming massive amounts of alcohol and cocaine daily, when she met her husband-to-be", William Taylor, Jr. a truck driver, on a blind date. After their first date he called her to say that he couldn't see her because he was a recovering heroin addict. Chambers got so angry she kicked a wall and broke her leg. Taylor came to visit Chambers in the hospital, and upon her release they began a romance and Chambers entered Narcotics Anonymous.

Many people in the porn industry, including Chambers, disputed Lovelace’s account of her time with Traynor. “Marilyn didn’t believe any of it,” says McGinn. “She read Linda’s book and said 75 percent was absolute B.S. He was not a very nice guy, and maybe Linda was very meek … Nobody would touch Marilyn. She would kick your ass.”
Chambers did acknowledge that Traynor, who died of a heart attack in 2002, did hit her once—but says she hit him right back, according to McGinn. “She hit him back really hard. She said, ‘I broke two fingernails, because my arms were like propellers.’”
 Marilyn Chambers and Chuck Traynor divorced in 1985 after 11 years of marriage—reportedly after she agreed to give Traynor, who allegedly owned half the royalties from her films, her half as well. "He was a really bad guy," said Chambers’s brother Bill Briggs in a 2009 story in Connecticut magazine. "Basically he said, 'You can leave, but you're not getting anything.' So she left everything behind. She had made all of them—the Mitchells [producers of Behind the Green Door] included—rich, and she never had a lot of money after that."

Green Door raked in a reported $50 million on a shoestring budget. The “golden age of porn” had begun, and Chambers had done as much as anyone to usher it in.
Forty years later, Lovelace, who died in a car accident in 2002, is still a household name, an icon of the sexual revolution. Yet Marilyn Chambers—who came to fame in the same year, who struggled with the same goal of finding mainstream success, who even married the same man—died in relative anonymity in a trailer park, surviving on porn residuals, Comic-Con appearances, and a job at a car dealership.

She died at the age of 56 in 2009 of a cerebral hemorrhage and aneurysm related to heart disease. Toxicology results found small traces of the painkiller hydrocodone and the antidepressant Citalopram in her system, but not enough to have played a role in her death.
McGinn says she discovered a tattered copy of Chamber’s 1975 autobiography My Story near her pillow. “I don’t think she was proud of the book,” says McGinn matter-of-factly. “You can tell Chuck [Traynor] is writing every word. Part of it says, ‘Chuck is the greatest man I ever knew and the love of my life.’ I said, ‘You wrote a book?’ And she said, ‘Sort of.’ ‘Sort of’ tells me everything.”
Valerie Gobos, who is currently working on a documentary and movie about Chambers, shares the sentiment. “I don’t think she regretted becoming Marilyn Chambers. She did what she felt she needed to do to become a star. She wanted to be famous and she accomplished that.”
But her friend Steve Miner disagrees. He sees her life as a cautionary tale about the pornography industry. Except in this case, he believes, Marilyn Chambers is not second to Linda Lovelace. “Hers is not a story about a victim but a protagonist that makes bad choices,” Miner says. “It paid off in very short terms. It clearly didn’t pay off in the long term. It just seems like the whole porn industry is a road to ruin. Marilyn is the ultimate example for me.”