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Pornstar Stoya’s interview Touches on Serious Topics

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.

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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?”

 

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4 Responses to “Pornstar Stoya’s interview Touches on Serious Topics”

  1. autosoma

    In the main I would agree, my trouble with perceptions of porn is that it encompasses so much and people don’t like to refer to the sub genres. The women who consider porn to be liberating aren’t talking about the more abusive sub-genres rather a more female friendly variety.

    The fact that most people don’t twig that porn is acted sex, that is it is just like regular movies where you have to suspend your visualisation of the real and realise you are watching actors performing on a stage.

    Sometimes when I watch porn (and I watch a lot of it) I think, that girl looks trafficked, that girl looks like she’s only doing it for the money. That girl isn’t enjoying it, that girls is.

    It’s now to big a media and industry to be encompassed with small sound bites.

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  2. augustmacgregor

    This question reminds me of the question about violent video games leading to violence in the people who play them. I think there are people who are more susceptible to being influenced by these things. And there are others who are not as susceptible. Kind of like going to a casino, where some people simply have a good time, but some people become addicted to gambling.

    Autosoma raised a good point, too. There are different kinds of porn. In some porn scenes, the woman is clearly getting pleasure out of it. There’s a projection of mutual respect. Sure, these are actors playing a scene. But the scene projects respect for both (or more) people. However, there are other porn scenes where the woman looks to just be there for the man’s pleasure. More of an object and less of an actual person with wants of her own. It’s watching that kind of porn that could lead a viewer to think of women in the same way. It comes back to Stoya’s response, that point about telling the difference in the pretend of the movie versus real life, where women are most certainly not objects simply for the pleasure of men.

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  3. Cava Supernova

    I think certain types of porn help to ‘normalise’ certain mysoginistic attitudes, but I also think those attitudes would exist regardless.
    Every time I get messages asking me if I want a ‘good pounding’ or (like one I received this very morning) assuming I’d love to participate in a gang bang, I blame crap mainstream porn and the lazy assumptions made by some of the idiots who watch it.
    If they actually bothered reading my profile, they’d realise it’d be ME giving them a pounding (with a strap on) rather than the other way round!

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  4. autosoma

    Another point I’d like to make is that there is little differentiation made between mainstream studios and the criminalised porn. It would be naive to believe that some porn does not use trafficked women and girl and some porn is used for money laundering.

    Stoya is right that too many think that porn acting is a representation of reality. Add to that the foolishness that men mostly have that if its on a screen and “amateurs” are doing this therefore they should be getting it causes an attitude of entitlement. I would love to have two happy women enjoying giving me a shared blowjob, just like I see in porn, the only way I could get it is to pay for a service provder. Now the thing is the actresses are receiving a payment (so is the actor), that’s what a lot of guys don’t get that it is a job. They are being paid to entertain, again something that a lot of people forget about pornography, it’s entertainment. Until all sex work is legitimised (and porn is sex work), then there will always be the misunderstanding of it and the criminalisation of it.

    Finally, the world needs to accept that porn exists, but in many different forms, is I know why the caged bird sings the same as Gravity, they are both movies. Would they be discussed the same way without defining their genre.

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