You may have heard of Linda Roberts…?
Linda has appeared in over 80 adult and “B” horror titles since entering the entertainment industry in 1998 (Linda on IAFD and IMDB). She was nominated for a “Best Actress – Video” AVN Award in 2007 for her work in Frank Castle’s The New Neighbors. She and her husband are, as she puts it, “real-life swingers;” and in 2011, Linda founded Start My Porn Company, an entity that provides business consultation and management services to those interested in starting adult production companies.
Clearly, Linda’s private and professional lives are deeply interconnected with and by sex, sex professions, and sexual exploration – I’d be willing to guess that she knows a thing or two about the doing of such things… maybe even some secrets?
Apparently, that arbiter of truth and secret-seeking – Glamour magazine – thinks so, too!! I recently received this:
“Linda Roberts Dishes Sex Secrets in ‘Glamour’
Roberts featured in ‘The Secret to Great Sex (in 50 Words or Less)’ Glamour article
Chatsworth, California – Start My Porn Company’s Linda Roberts joins a dozen authors, actors, and medical and sociological experts sharing tips for better sex in ‘Glamour’ magazine’s June, 2012 edition.
‘The Secret to Great Sex (in 50 Words or Less)’ feature gathers the insights of such notable figures as Dr. Mehmet Oz, ‘Sex Made Easy’ author Debby Herbenick Ph.D., Dr. Laura Berman Ph. D., Michael J. Fox [Michael J. Fox?!!], and Roberts, providing ‘Glamour’ readers a plethora of tips to improve their sexual adventures.
While Dr. Oz suggests the holistic approach to a happy sex life, advocating purported aphrodisiacs, and author Herbenick promotes ‘coital alignment,’ Roberts’ advice comes from her years of experience in both real life and her years in reel life on adult video stages.
Roberts shares, ‘For a lot of us, the stresses of our lives make even trying to get in the mood for sex with our partners difficult, so anything you can do to make that easier for the both of you is a good thing. One thing mentioned in my interview is that a porn set is probably the least sexy place you will ever be. Because of the long days spent on a porn shoot, you have to find ways to generate chemistry with your fellow performers before you get down to business. The better the other person feels, the better they are going to make you feel. The sex tip I gave ‘Glamour’ focuses on the simplest and most overlooked physical act that anyone can employ to make their partner feel cared for, in any situation.’
‘Glamour’ writer, Anna Dimond, did intense interviews with a wide variety of sex experts and adult industry insiders before choosing which would make it to the final story.
‘I hated to have to boil one of Linda’s points down to 50 words. She gave me a lot of great and interesting answers to the question of professional secrets to great sex. I actually think there could be an interesting book or longer ‘lessons from the industry’ article here! I’d love to draw on her experience to offer tips that might help the less-experienced woman have great sex, or ready herself and her partner for intimacy, or a greater connection.’
Roberts’ secret to making all sex better is included in ‘Glamour’s The Secret to Great Sex (in 50 Words or Less)’ is available on news stands now.”
Now, I don’t know much about very many things, but I do know this… lots of people read Glamour magazine… even me, every time I go to the dentist!!
I don’t know how much I “approve” of the publication, nor do I put much stock into anything they suggest; but the fact remains that this text, and others like it, are extremely socially significant. And in a piece such as this, where experts in various arenas are weighing in, the likelihood of readers paying close attention to the information they’re given is pretty high.
For a magazine like Glamour to reach out to a member of the adult community and put her thoughts and tips in a forum that reaches so many people is a big deal…
…and way nicer than, for example, Cosmopolitan’s mean-spirited move:
BIZARRO WORLD, U.S.A.—In its never-ending mission to fill women’s heads with nonsense, Cosmopolitan magazine cautions them in its current issue not to emulate the follicular stylings of 2012 AVN Best New Starlet contender Skin Diamond, suggesting instead that they shoot for those of the famous-for-being-famous Nicole Richie.
Funny pointer, given the droves of gals who’ve adopted Diamond’s signature shaved-on-one-side look (including, to much positive response, 2010 AVN Best New Starlet Kagney Linn Karter). And what’s more, it would seem from the snarky comment accompanying Diamond’s photo that the magazine was more interested in trying to be ‘edgy’ (by commenting on an adult star’s fashion choices) than doling out any real beauty advice: ‘Leave it to a porn star to try a landing strip on her head.’
Ouch. In the words of Jon Lovitz, ‘Jeaaaalous?’
But there’s a bigger issue at hand here than an insult to the modishness of our lovely Ms. Diamond; namely, since when does Cosmo look to porn stars as style harbingers of any sort, good or bad? Is there an assumption at play that its readers know who Skin Diamond is? Let alone well enough to be thinking of copping her ‘do? Moreover, is this some sort of subtle indicator of the extent to which porn has permeated not only the mainstream consciousness in general, but specifically that of the female populace?
Whatever the answers to these questions may be, Diamond herself is anything but peeved about the unexpected exposure. ‘I always knew if I was ever in one of those types of magazines, it would be as a ‘don’t,” she told AVN with a laugh. ‘I don’t care, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.’
Photo courtesy of Skin Diamond’s Mobypicture account.”
The author of this bit, AVN’s Peter Warren, did a nice job of responding to this Cosmo nonsense and he posed some great “bigger” questions about the worlds of adult and mainstream. Unfortunately, this type of incident (Skin in Cosmo) just goes to strengthen my point about Linda in Glamour. Regardless of shifts that may or may not be going on in the wider culture, mainstream media still more often than not seems to see adult performers, be they experienced sex professionals and/or edgy creative dressers, as circus acts.
Linda in Glamour is a refreshing step in a more productive direction.
(pictured: Skin Diamond – definitely not a circus act; image from her tumblr here)
Really interesting interview with Linda on LukeIsBack.com here.
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