Working in porn and socializing in the pornographic milieu is always kind of weird. Especially with social media, you get to know the people who represent themselves or companies pretty well. Sometimes, that’s harder to reconcile when you don’t 100% agree with everything they do. There are all sorts of lines drawn based on respect and taste but, even as someone who considers herself to be pretty solidly “on one side”, things get blurry!
I got a little blast in my e-mail from XBIZ that Brazzers has ceased operation of a site called Pornstar Punishment… I must admit, I was relieved for several reasons. First because it’s an example of the kind of porn I just don’t get. It’s violent and has a lot of really scary overtones, which isn’t necessarily the worst part. There are lots of people who are able to take violence and even extreme fantasy and make it very clear that it’s just that – fantasy. Somehow, this site didn’t seem to achieve that, and a notable male performer (James Deen) even expressed his discomfort at how the shoots unfolded, and that’s saying a lot considering he performs for companies like Kink regularly. It has less to do with subject and more to do with tone, I suppose.
Another reason I felt relieved was because, as I mentioned before, it’s hard but not impossible to differentiate people from certain aspects of what they align themselves with. For instance, I’ve appeared on ZZInsider and I talk with a lot of Brazzers people on Twitter regularly, as do a lot of the “beautiful porn mafia” people… That’s because they’re lovely people, genuinely smart and caring. Because things are not inherently bad, just not structured correctly, because people associated with these things might not specifically believe in them… It’s hard to ever malign anything outright, so having the things we wish to malign swept away feels like quite a load off the shoulders.
Finally, and probably most interestingly, one of the main reasons that Manwin (the company owning the site) has decided to pull the plug on the site is because they’re turning their attention more to glamour porn… Softer, more artfully shot and more respectful representations. Although it may still have a mainstream sheen, the fact that this is the way that the mainstream is going says so much. I feel like I’ve always felt this coming, but it feels good to see it actually coming to fruition.