This is a slightly older video (well, two months old) that I’ve had on the backburner for a while, and I figured I’d discuss it today because I’m just in that kind of mood… It’s a video that Sasha Grey did for Equal Pay day, which is, on the surface, a very good idea. It’s based on the idea that women often make significantly less than men doing the same work. People have different rationalizations for why this is the case, but the fact of the matter is that this continues to be an issue, both in North America and throughout the world. In a way, it’s a very good thing that Sasha lent her voice to this issue, but watch the full video and I think you’ll get quite a different picture by the end. No, go ahead. I can wait. ;)
Done? What did you think about the message at the end? It seemed to pretty much devalue everything that Sasha has done with her porn career, doesn’t it? ”Porn is about the only way to make more than a man. Find a better alternative on equalpayday.be.” Wow. Now, I realize that there’s more than one way to read this statement, and they may in fact have been referring to the fact that there is a better general alternative to the current pay scale issues, but come on. They are clearly thriving on this ambiguous statement, especially considering the stark tone of the film and her voice, and her own decision to leave the porn industry.
Say what you will about Sasha’s career, but she seems to have done everything in her own way with her own interests in mind. She even indicates this in the video… So why the need to create some sort of pornographic martyr character in the name of sparking discussion? Well, I guess because it sparks discussion… In the name of discussion, what do you think about this issue in general, and what do you think about the fact that it’s framed around the (perceived negative) porn industry?