Interesting News (8/3/12)

Interesting news potpourri!!

Today we have Fleshlight’s Searchlight contest, yet another (good-seeming!!) adult conference, and adult performers (some former, some otherwise) Sunny Leone, Jenna Jameson, and James Deen all over the mainstream news/crossover spectrum – enjoy!!

Fleshlight’s Searchlight contest – help pick the next Fleshlight Girl!!

Sometimes people find this odd, but being a Fleshlight Girl is a big deal.

Not only are Fleshlights the #1 selling dude sex toy ever, they’re actually really snazzy… like, as a whole. Being a Fleshlight Girl brings built-in recognition, branding, marketing, and exclusivity – not everyone, not even every porn star (porn star, not just porn performer), gets to be a Fleshlight Girl.

Fleshlight Girls are connected to culturally significant projects and groups (ie Pirates or the VNArmy girls) and/or capture a particular dimension of what folks consider sexually desirable… at least according to what I assume is a significant amount of research done by the Fleshlight team. Like it or not, problematic or not, each Fleshlight Girl says something about human sexuality; and to be identified as epitomizing something so significant has to be actualizing in a huge way.

So, though an “average person” might be befuddled over the whole “you’re excited about your parts being molded so that dudes can use them to jack it” thing, it’s definitely more than that.

You can read more about Fleshlight and Fleshlights here.

Recently, Fleshlight announced it’s Searchlight contest wherein folks can vote for one of three ladies slated to be the next vagina in a can. The ladies are: Alexis Texas, Kayden Kross, and Asphyxia Noir. Fleshlight is releasing a series of webisodes (hosted by already-a-Fleshlight Girl, Jenna Haze) over the next few weeks in order to help voters support their favorite lady. You can see everything Searchlight —> here.

I have so many thoughts on this already… but I’m going to keep them to myself for now. Suffice it to say that, given the choices available, I’ve already picked my corner after just one video (and my choice actually changed from who I would’ve selected initially after I watched the clip – how could that be? who could it be???).

I’m going to be keeping an eye on this Searchlight, and so should you!!

 

The FSC teams with XBiz for the first ever FSC Summit Conference and Awards

From XBiz (8/1/12, here):

“The Free Speech Coalition and XBIZ on Wednesday announced plans to join forces for the first-ever FSC Summit Conference and Awards Show on [Thursday], Nov. 8 [or Friday November 9], at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.

The FSC Summit will be a one-day conference for industry executives, lobbyists, business and legal experts who will provide information and insights on topics and issues most pertinent to the initiatives of the industry trade association…

The FSC Summit will feature six different educational seminars covering a diverse range of big-picture topics that will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a pre-awards show Happy Hour from 5 to 7:30 at The Sofitel. Then the awards program will be staged inside the Sofitel’s stylish Stone Rose Lounge.

The preliminary seminar schedule includes panel discussions on World Markets, Sex and Politics, Diversification, General Top-Level Domains (gTLD’s), Legal Issues, and Changing With the Times.

The FSC Award program will include special achievement honors in the following categories: Legacy Award, Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Positive Image Male Performer, Positive Image Female Performer, Internet Company of the Year, Novelty Company of the Year and Production Company of the Year.” (text originally here)

I love this.

Although some would say that the adult industry already has too many shows and conferences and things (and on some level I would agree), this one seems different. I will definitely be there to check it out.

 

Finally, AVN is running a series of interesting oddly-related headlines today…

Jism 2 Starring Sunny Leone Opens Today in India” (here) – adult performer Sunny Leone is starring in her first mainstream film, Jism 2. (seems an odd title for a mainstream film… and part two, no less!!) There’s a lot more to this story, but this bit seems especially significant:

“No matter what problems the movie experiences, however, tomorrow’s opening of a major release starring an adult performer of Leone’s stature is a turning point for India and a significant achievement for Leone, who has won over the Indian public not only because of her beauty but also because of the sheer force of her personality and her unwavering determination to dispel any preconceived ideas about how a porn star is supposed to behave.”

Sunny expressed sincere happiness about her new opportunities. It’s all very sweet… and clearly the product of very hard work and determination.

(pictured: Sunny in a recent PETA ad)

Then we have…

“Jenna Jameson Comes Out in Favor of Romney” (here) – former adult performer Jenna Jameson is endorsing 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Accordingly: “During an appearance at the 8th anniversary celebration for gentlemen’s lounge Gold Club, Jameson commented to a CBS SF staffer, ‘I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office. When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.’

Interesting remark from a woman who, according to TMZ, has failed to make payments on her leased Maserati since January. And again, who became rich (so she would have us believe) by working in an industry her choice for president has vowed to ‘vigorously prosecute.’

Suppose this shouldn’t come as a shock from the same gal who uttered those words of infamy at the 2008 AVN Awards about never spreading her legs in this industry again.”

I remember that… I also remember a sassy retort from Stormy Daniels, who took the stage soon after Jenna.

(pictured: Jenna… I don’t mean to be an ass by selecting this photo… it’s because I know it’s recent)

And finally…

“Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Go Gaga For James Deen” (here) – adult performer James Deen is all over the mainstream place lately.

Accordingly: “The mainstream media’s fascination with ‘it’ boy James Deen continues as the adult star was featured in articles on both HollywoodReporter.com and RollingStone.com yesterday [8/2/12].”

In the Rolling Stone bit, James talks about his disinterest in becoming a mainstream Hollywood star, even “admitting” (admitting? perhaps “claiming”? who knows) to turning down other mainstream opportunities.

“‘There’s this whole misnomer that everybody in adult has this secret desire to start doing mainstream or to crossover,’ Deen said. ‘There’s some people that do but the majority of people I know they would laugh in the face of mainstream. They chose to do adult and want to do adult. I am one of these people…’

‘[The Canyons] became this amazing thing that I was attached to which really baffles my mind on a daily basis that I’m even part of it,’ he said. ‘I feel very honored and I feel very privileged.’

‘At the same time this isn’t what I want to do with my life. This [porn] is what I want to do with my life. I’m doing what I want to do with my life. I have no desire to be mainstream.’”

(pictured: “‘it’ boy”)

Fascinating!!

James, Jenna, and Sunny… These stories are interesting in of themselves, but the collective variety of life courses, paths, and evolutions adult performers go through – which are no different in terms of twists and turns and trajectories than those everyone goes though – are extra special interesting (at least to me).

 

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