PVV – “It’s (not) A Man’s World” at AEE, 2012

Many of you have been asking about my AEE seminar, and I know by now you all are burningly curious… so, without further ado, I give you:

*SEMINAR PROGRAM*

It’s (not) A Man’s World – women leaders in the adult production and novelty industry

Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE), 2012

1/18/12 at 11 AM in Las Vegas, NV

Organized and moderated by Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, Ph.D.

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 who work 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.”

Panelists:

Stormy Daniels: Now in her 10th year at Wicked Pictures, Stormy Daniels is a force to be reckoned with. She has performed in over 130 adult titles and has won numerous fan and critical awards for her work in front of the camera. Behind the scenes, Daniels is an award winning writer and director. She has directed over thirty titles for Wicked Pictures, including the wildly successful big budget comedy Operation: Desert Stormy (2007), and has written scripts for even more. Daniels has enjoyed mainstream crossover success with appearances in movies such as The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) and Knocked Up (2007). She is also very politically minded – she has lobbied for industry rights and child protection at the state and federal levels and has even flirted with the idea of running for US Senate.

Anne Hodder: Anne Hodder is an editor and publicist whose work focuses on sex and the adult industry. She owns and operates Hodder Media, a PR, marketing strategy, and brand consulting firm for companies operating within the sexual wellness and lifestyle industry. Hodder also is Web Editor for LA Weekly’s sex blog, AfterDarkLA.com, where she blends her educational background in gender and human sexuality with professional journalism experience in adult entertainment to educate and open the minds of the masses, one raised eyebrow at a time.

Joy King: With over 26 years of experience in the adult entertainment industry, few individuals have had an impact comparable to Joy King. A Southern California native, King got her start in the adult industry in 1984. After ten successful years with video era giant Caballero Home Video, King made an uncertain move to a new company – Wicked Pictures. She instantly made headlines for Wicked Pictures and is credited with catapulting their former contract performer Jenna Jameson to mega stardom. Within Wicked, King has also held positions overseeing sales (including sales to mail order giant Adam & Eve), public relations, and Internet and DVD divisions. She currently consults for Wicked, handling the creative aspects of production and some sales and marketing.

In addition to her work with Wicked, King was been an active member of the industry trade association Free Speech Coalition (FSC) for over ten years. With King’s participation and support, the FSC’s lobbying efforts have successfully killed many bills potentially detrimental to the industry. A true industry leader, King has been a key factor in Wicked Pictures’ continued growth and success, as well as the overall mainstreaming and success of the entire adult entertainment business.

Allison Vivas: After completing her degree at the University of Arizona in 2001, Allison Vivas joined a startup adult website affiliate program called TopBucks at the age of 21. Vivas quickly rose to the position of Marketing Director, where she oversaw a wide range of the company’s activities. In 2004, the company launched Pink Visual to bring together its Internet, broadcast and DVD distribution efforts under a single brand. Vivas was named President of the company in 2006.

Under Vivas’ guidance, Pink Visual has established a strong reputation within the adult entertainment industry as an innovative, forward-thinking brand that focuses as much on developing excellent technology as it does on creating high quality adult entertainment. Vivas is a two-time winner of the XBIZ award as the adult industry Woman of the Year and has been selected to represent the industry in mainstream media appearances on many occasions.

Lucy Vonne: Lucy Vonne is a writer, sex educator, and sales aficionado. She graduated Emerson College with a BA in TV/Video production in 2006, and she currently works in sales for Zero Tolerance Entertainment and Evolved Novelties. Vonne travels nation-wide, teaching brick-and-mortar store employees about sex toy sales and has also taught sex-educational seminars for women. Her writing has been featured extensively in adult magazines and on adult websites, and she is continually named one of Pleasurists.com’s Top 100 Bloggers. Her popular website, Sexy Blogtime!, epitomizes Vonne’s commitment to sex education and fun.

Moderated by Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, Ph.D.

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 is a Visiting Scholar in USC’s Department of Sociology and blogs regularly about industry issues at www.PVVOnline.com.

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Fun, right?? You should come!!

I will post my notes up soon re how the whole thing went, but right now gotta go moderate (read: work to reshape mis/conceptions about a vibrant and significant, influential dimension of our culture and society) – it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it!!

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