Successful Campaign outside of the Stop Porn Culture symposium

My husband Tim and I moved to Los Angeles as of this Monday and much as I am over the moon about emigrating (it took over 14 months and a decent amount of money to get a visa), I’m really sad to have missed the industry led campaign outside of the Stop Porn Culture conference as run by anti-porn feminists Gail Dines and Julie Bindell yesterday in London. Industry professionals Renee Richards and Jerry Barnett at Sex and Censorship led a strong team of over 50 industry (adult and sex work) folk to counter the message being argued by the conference that porn is necessarily pernicious and damaging to women. The message was clear, the only people women in the industries need saving from are the sex negative feminists. This was a message I had heard many times at the Sex Worker Open University.  Much as people envision sex workers, particularly, needing saving from dangerous customers, in fact the obverse is more true, no one is more dangerous to them (or pornstars) than those employees and supporters of the rescue industries.

So, to those in the industry, sorry I couldn’t be there (I’m also in the final two weeks of my PhD) but you have my full support and I am really pleased to see that different sex industries (in this case sex workers and porn industry folk) are beginning to join together to fight the common enemy. I have always argued at We Consent, that this is what we need to do to realise the similarities between the various anti sex industry moral panics, and to beat them.

About annaarrowsmith

I am Britain's first and most acclaimed female adult film director, with lots of scenes written, directed and produced by myself and several awards under my belt. After 2 decades of production and distribution experience, I recently completed a PhD in Gender Studies that focuses on men's experiences of women's power in dating relationships. I know an awful lot about film-making and about gender. You might have seen me in the British media...
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