However before you get to that, I must thank my friend EC for facilitating this stage in PVV’s growth – you’re a super badass, brother. Profound thanks.
FYI: this exact same text is also posted under a new little tab (with the same name) above. Enjoy!!
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When I began PVV in June of 2010 (on blogspot!!), I really struggled with the name.
As a sociologist, feminist, social justice advocate, and human being, I firmly believe that the US adult production industry is worth serious scholarly consideration. Itâ€™s culturally significant and extremely influential. One does not have to like porn or support the industry, but it is limiting (and foolish) to attempt to ignore or dismiss it.
As a consequence, I didnâ€™t want some esoteric flowery name that pretended to be something it wasnâ€™t.Â Historically, the vast majority of legal adult content production in the US has occurred in and around Southern Californiaâ€™s San Fernando Valley, or â€œPorn Valleyâ€ as itâ€™s sometimes colloquially referred… and one objective of my work is to engage and evaluate adult industry-related happenings from a critical, interdisciplinary, and “real world” vantage point â€“ thus, Porn Valley Vantage!!
It seemed simple enough to me, but man-oh-man was it anything but.
You see, in my mission to refrain from mincing around the issue of adult industry marginalization, I figured having â€œpornâ€ in the name was a good thing.Â Fight the power!!Â Engage problematic issues head on!!Â Blah, blah, blah…
But just like the â€œfightingâ€ in UFC and the â€œfriedâ€ in Colonel Sanders (KFC), I didnâ€™t fully realize how quickly â€œpornâ€ would cause some people to shut down and/or turn off.Â It really didnâ€™t matter how much sense I was making or how much new information I was presenting if people refused to even engage the content.
For example, I had an epically disappointing experience with a supposedly progressive womenâ€™s blog network because of â€œpornâ€ (read that story here); and on February 1, 2011, a major social networking site disabled my blogâ€™s page for supposedly violating its terms of service (read about that here). Ick, ack!!
And even people who wanted to read my work were occasionally impeded because of â€œporn.â€Â lbq, who works for a large Southern California-area HMO, found that PornValleyVantage.com was blocked in her workplace; and RB, who often sent amazing thoughtful private comments, couldnâ€™t follow the site publicly because of possible implications in his personal life.
These instances clearly pointed to a need for the work I was doing, but if people couldnâ€™t even access or engage the information… then what?
By this point, people (myself included) had begun referring to the site as â€œPVV,â€ so I figured â€œWhat the heck?â€ We live in a world of the acronym, and if it meant that people at Location XXX could read my scholarly, rigorous, funny, sassy, informative, boundary-pushing, complex, and totally safe for work blog on their lunch breaksâ€¦ well, so be it.
The â€œPVVâ€ in PVVOnline could stand for Princess Veraâ€™s Vestibules, Paulineâ€™s Variable Varietal, or Panda Verbose Vamp (no idea), but it actually stands for Porn Valley Vantage â€“ critical commentary on adult production.
(pictured: somewhere outside of LA courtesy of me)
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