PVV – two great articles on AlterNet

Recently, I spoke with David Rosen – a writer and contributor to CounterPunch, Huffington Post, and AlterNet (among others).

He and I chatted A LOT about various aspects of the adult industry, which resulted in me being quoted in two pretty sweet articles – “New Pornographers Claim Their Work Is Ethical, Feminist and ‘Sex-Positive,’ But Will It Sell” and “Is Success Killing the Porn Industry?”

Enjoy!!

 

New Pornographers Claim Their Work Is Ethical, Feminist and ‘Sex-Positive,’ But Will It Sell?” (July 4, 2013)

[Tibbals] points to deeper cultural trends that are contributing to the emergence of a new sexual climate… “Our culture is maturing,” she says, “getting sexually richer. People are increasingly willing to acknowledge that just because I like one thing doesn’t mean someone else has to.”

The porn industry is, as Tibbals says, “one mirror of our contemporary culture.”

“Porn is the result of a symbiotic relationship existing between performers, producers, consumers, and wider culture. The manifestation of this relationship is always shifting, and it’s never created in a vacuum.” (here)

I love that last bit – Porn is the result of a symbiotic relationship existing between performers, producers, consumers, and wider culture. The manifestation of this relationship is always shifting, and it’s never created in a vacuum.

This is something people rarely seem to acknowledge… Or, it’s something they refuse address. Either way, the idea of a symbiotic, ever-changing relationship is extremely significant!!

Read this entire piece right –> here.

 

Is Success Killing the Porn Industry?” (May 27, 2013)

“The current economic crisis besetting the porn industry began to emerge around 2005,” says Chauntelle Tibbals, a sociologist at the University of Southern California who has spent over 10 years studying the industry. “2005 was one of the last years that things looked good for the industry, at least from the outside,” she adds.“Things started to visibly change after that.”

She identifies piracy as the key factor fueling the crisis. She points out that the proliferation of “free” stolen content cut into cash flow, but the industry’s inability – or unwillingness – to effectively deal with the problem turned a serious cold into a cancer. Only a handful of companies took early action. “Digital Playground is an example of a company less impacted by piracy,” Tibbals reflects. “They engaged a variety of strategies early on to protect their content.”

The 2008-2009 recession, the sluggish recovery and the rise of the Internet compounded the problem of piracy. This was mirrored in the decline in DVD sales and the drop in DVD price points. Tibbals notes that in the good old days, a high end three-disc box set could go for upwards of $69.95, while more “ordinary” titles would sell for $29.95. “Today, only an elaborately produced title with great source material and huge star power will go for $30 or $40 – something like theAvengers XXX or The Dark Knight XXX,” she points out. “Price points drop off steadily after that. Today, you’re lucky to get $14.95.” (here)

These are all things I’ve been saying, over and over and OVER again, for years now. And it all still stands.

Read this entire piece right –> here.

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The “Is Success Killing the Porn Industry” piece was picked up by Salon.com on May 30, 2013 (here). That’s pretty awesome – I hope the “ethics” piece gets a(t least a) similar measure of attention!!

 

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