Not too long ago, Stoya, an American pornstar, writer and actress did an interview with Huffington post, where she was asked a very touchy question.
But before I delve into that question, I’d just like to say that I’m so happy that she actually does interviews to talk about these various topics because as Stoya is a very educated and intelligent person, these interviews really break down the assumption that pornstars end up doing porn because they aren’t good at anything else, or that they aren’t very smart people. These assumptions are the reason why working in the porn industry is an uncomfortable thing to tell people you do and Stoya’s experiences show people that one can be both a sexworker and a very intelligent person.
Not to mention the fact that she’s written and spoken about a lot of topics we all wonder about: the fact that she’s not only a pornstar but does other things, people’s reactions to her job, how her relationships work while being in porn, and general topics like monogamy and heteronormativity.
She covered a lot of those topics in her interview with Huffington Post, but one of the touchiest topics she got was: “Do you think porn promotes rape culture?”
In case you don’t know what rape culture is: Rape culture is a society where violence against women is accepted and where sex and sexuality is synonymous with violence.
Her response was as follows: “Idiots promote rape culture. People who don’t teach their children the difference between real life and the things that you see in movies. And people who don’t understand the difference between right and wrong.”
As someone who is pro-porn, I find myself agreeing. However, there are so many differing opinions in feminism about porn. Some people say it’s a woman’s choice and that’s empowering, not to mention it embracing women as sexual beings as well, while some others say it makes people see women as objects and promotes violence against women.
What do you guys think of her answer and of the whole question “Do you think porn promotes rape culture?”