My first blog entry. We rented "Sex: The Annabelle Chong Story" the other day. She was a USC student in gender studies who starred in an X-rated film where she had sex with 250 men. She did it ostensibly to show that a woman can be just as much a "stud" as a man, though many in the adult film industry saw it as upping the ante in terms of health risks and overall exploitation of the performers. It was interesting to watch her intellectualize the whole thing as a feminist act. She seemed to be working on an entirely different plane than the rest of the adult industry. It begs the question: do actions speak louder than words or is it the other way around?
I just saw the second issue of American Dommes magazine. Very slick -- the editor says they were influenced by the look of Adult Video News. The mainstreaming of BDSM/fetish? Perhaps. Speaking of which, "Fashionistas" is a rather nice example. The only thing that made me cringe was the line, "You look so rad in that latex." No doubt, the popularity of this video has been enhanced by its prominent featuring in Diane Sawyer's ultra-judgmental Dateline expose of women's treatment in that industry. Ah well, things are never so simple as black and white. . . thank the gods for that!