Tuesday, December 8, 2015

End Scene

I have been quite virulent about my feelings regarding sexual assault.  It is a crime and it seems to be a pandemic problem.

There is rape by a celebrity, by athletes, by college students, by high school students, armies, militias and angry men anywhere. At this point I am awaiting a case of aging horny seniors hopped up on Viagra and some other drug raping women in the senior home. And yes sex workers can be victims as well. I want to point out that both men and women are victims and of course the problems that transgender individuals face and the issue of prison rape. Rape is really not a pandemic but epidemic.

The article below discusses the allegations against a male porn star. My knowledge about porn is non-existent. I am neither for it or against it. I frankly think the problem centers on the issues of the individual who watches it to the point of obsession/compulsion and believes that it represents a healthy natural form of sexual contact. In and of itself I find porn a fetish. But to those who chose to participate willingly and with full knowledge and consent I have no problem.

 I have long been an advocate of legalizing prostitution and stop the nonsense of sex trafficking and penalizing those who wish to have their sexual proclivities fulfilled. I truly believe that this may prevent some of the violence, sexual and otherwise, by decriminalizing it. We have a problem when a man who has more access to vadge than a pussy to milk makes one wonder what the hell is wrong with this guy.

 And to think Trump calls Mexicans rapists. Should be build a wall around this group too?

 James Deen accusers face backlash — but porn stars can be rape victims, too
 By Caitlin Gibson The Washington Post December 7 2015

 The alleged attacks took place in private homes, at a crowded party, in a bar, on the set of an adult film studio while the cameras were rolling. As of Monday, nine days after the first rape accusation was made against James Deen — the blue-eyed “boy next door” of porn — nine women have come forward to claim that Deen assaulted them.

 Going public has never been easy for sexual assault victims, who often find their private lives under scrutiny, their claims dismissed as bids for revenge, publicity or a payout. Deen’s accusers, though, have also faced a backlash that highlights the particular challenges facing women who work in porn and the sex trade. Two of his accusers say that he assaulted them during active film shoots, forcing them into sex acts that went beyond what they had agreed to. Deen has denied the accusations.

 Some online commenters have scoffed that it shouldn’t be possible for a porn star to consider herself having been raped — that these kinds of violations are, essentially, part of the job. “There is this notion that once you agree to engage in sexual activity, then you’re agreeing to all sexual activity, which is incorrect,” said Jen March, vice president of victim services at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Sex workers in particular are subjected to moral judgment: “It’s like, ‘Well, you put yourself in that situation, what did you expect?’ ” Pornography — especially the BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism) genre that was Deen’s specialty — might convey a sense of erotic danger, said Mistress Matisse, a Seattle-based professional dominatrix and writer who has appeared in porn. But in fact, she said, it’s standard to establish clear guidelines before intimacy begins. Participants express rules about what they will or won’t do, she said; they establish “safe words” and protocols to ensure each other’s safety. “Boundary violations,” she said, “are taken very, very seriously within the BDSM community.”

And in the allegations against Deen, she added, “it wasn’t like he did one thing wrong, and then he stopped. These were not rookie errors.” Deen’s charmed public image began to unravel Nov. 28, when porn star Stoya, Deen’s ex-girlfriend, declared on Twitter that Deen had raped her. Stoya, and the women who soon followed with their own accusations against Deen, drew public support from many quarters, the hashtag #SolidaritywithStoya quickly trending on social media.

Two major adult film production companies promptly severed ties with Deen, and the feminist online publication the Frisky immediately ended Deen’s regular advice column. Beyond the women who have accused him of sexual assault, more have stepped forward to say that he was known for other violent on-set behavior — choking them or slapping too hard — to the point where they refused to work with him.

 Deen, 29, who did not respond to a request for comment, called the accusations “false and defamatory” in a series of tweets Nov. 29. He has made no further public statements. The graphic allegations against Deen reverberated beyond the porn industry.

Over his 11-year career, he had cultivated a devoted female fan base with his boyishly handsome appeal and widely touted reputation as a feminist. Deen’s career also carried him into the mainstream: He starred alongside Lindsay Lohan in Paul Schrader’s 2013 film “The Canyons” and launched his advice column for the Frisky. He spoke frequently about his respect and care for his female co-stars and shared his thoughts on the importance of consent and diversity in porn.

But in the wake of the recent scandal, many have noted that Deen’s “feminist” label clashed with a history of tweeting rape jokes; he had also stated publicly that he doesn’t “associate with any ism” or consider himself a feminist. His swift downfall has created a PR headache for an industry that already had plenty of critics, who seized upon accounts of Deen’s behavior as further evidence that sex work and pornography is misogynistic and dangerous.

 The advocacy group Antipornography.org argued in a Facebook post that the problems with porn don’t just lie in its criminalization or the stigmas attached to it, but in “the inherent sexist, degrading and exploitative nature of women’s sexuality being sold to men for them to use, abuse, and then dispose of.”

Margaret Corvid, a writer and a professional dominatrix in the United Kingdom, said that criticism like this actually makes matters worse for women working in the industry. “There are a lot of people who essentialize the nature of sex work and say that it is inherently violative, inherently wrong, inherently bad,” she said. “The stigma they’re putting forward makes it harder for sex workers to report rape or assault, because they will have very good reason to believe . . . that the authorities and the service providers who are supposed to help them won’t believe them, or will marginalize or ‘otherize’ them.”

 Matisse hopes that the mainstream attention on Deen can help move the conversation away from whether sex work should be allowed — it’s not going anywhere, she said — and toward how to keep sex workers safe. “The sex work world and the porn world are just microcosms of the actual world,” she said. “Porn is not the problem. Assault is the problem. How society deals with assault is the problem.”

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