Recently, due to perceived necessity and through a series of energetic compulsions, I organized a panel for the Adult Entertainment Expo’s (AEE) 2012 Seminar Series. They just announced the schedule, so I can finally “announce” it too – eeeyah!!
(pictured: guess which one’s mine ;)
World, I give you It’s (Not) a Man’s World – women leaders in the adult production and novelty industry!! Here’s some text AEE organizers pulled from the proposal I wrote…
“For decades, misconceptions have shaped popular understandings of the adult industry. A significant series of misconceptions centers on women working in porn. Women in adult are commonly mischaracterized as passive individuals working in front of the camera only. This couldn’t be further from the truth. During this panel, an occupationally diverse collection of women will share their experiences working in adult, highlighting the challenges, advantages, adventures, and quirks of an industry commonly construed as being ‘run by men.'”
…and here’s what I wrote in full:
“For decades, misconceptions have shaped popular understandings of the adult industry. A significant series of misconceptions centers on women working in porn. Women in adult are commonly mischaracterized as passive individuals working in front of the camera only. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The adult entertainment industry is a diverse enterprise wherein women are integral at every level. During this panel, an occupationally diverse collection of women will share their experiences working in adult, highlighting the challenges, advantages, adventures, and quirks of an industry commonly construed as being ‘run by men.’
The broad goals of this panel will be twofold:
1. Provide individuals the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of women with a diverse collection of occupations who are at the forefront of industry success… as women. All to often, gender is left out of conversations regarding industry issues; however, gender is a significant factor that has impacted and shaped careers. This discussion will be very helpful to women who are coming up in the business and/or may need a gauge for their own experiences.
2. Give any ‘visitors’ (non-porn folks) the opportunity to see that there are real, diverse women in the business who are integral to its daily operations, both in content production and novelty.
What’s more, even if people can’t necessarily attend the panel itself, the presence of this session on marketing materials, etc. will help to diversify both the character of the show itself and the concept of the what goes on in the industry overall.”
When I was setting this up, I had several goals. The first and foremost was to highlight that fact that women are integral to the adult industry at every level – this is often overlooked and/or purposely misconstrued… or it’s never addressed at all, but no more!! Current industry insiders, folks looking to get more involved in the business, and those that are merely curious will have the opportunity to learn from (and/or simply learn of) five strong women currently working in the business.
I also wanted to get together women that could speak to as many different aspects of the industry as possible… because women work at myriad jobs and occupations in the business. I think I did an excellent (though certainly not perfect – there is no way to create a “perfect” panel) job of getting some amazing women on board, but AEE hasn’t announced the panelists yet… so I guess I can’t either – gah!!
There’s all this wonderful panelist bio info burning a hole in my keyboard right now (because I can’t share it!!), but what I can say is that this panel will have production, performers, web tech and tech in general, PR, sales (B2B and retail), novelty, education, and so much more covered. And I can certainly share MY bio info, right? Haha here it is:
“Panel Moderated by Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, PhD.
Dr. Tibbals is a sociologist specializing in gender and labor issues. She has spent almost ten years researching the adult industry, working to complicate popular understanding of the adult business, its enterprise, and its socio-cultural significance. Her research has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Sexualities, Gender Work & Organization, and Stanford Law and Policy Review. She blogs regularly about industry issues at www.PVVOnline.com, and her opinion/review essays have been featured on YNOT.com and in SexIs.”
This seminar gonna rule!! You should totally come :)
It’s (Not) a Man’s World – women leaders in the adult production and novelty industry
Organized and to be moderated by Dr. Chauntelle and featuring Awesome Women 1-5.
Wednesday January 18, 2012 from 11:30am-12:30pm; AEE, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV
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Questions? Comments? Email Dr. Chauntelle!!
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