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Oct 14

Finally Some Honesty! (pornvalleymedia.com)


Porn Girls Getting Paid $125 an Hour? “You Have to Get a Real Job,” Says Sara Jay; Watch the Clip

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Sara Jay

Sara Jay

Gene Ross writes: Want to hear the truth of what’s going on in the adult business? You don’t ask a girl who’s going to have LATATA, Diane Duke or Mark Spiegler coming down all over her ass for comments she made out of school on a porn blog.

That’s why I found Sara Jay’s interview with VLAD TV refreshing and worth passing along. Now in the Ginger Lynn muumuu phase of her career, Sara Jay is distanced enough from the business where she doesn’t have to suck up to trolls for work. And so you’ll find her comments reveal a slightly different picture from the standard smiley face press releases we read day in and day out.

During the exchange, it’s noted that contract girls, where Vivid was once in the forefront, have become passe. No surprise there.

“I’ve been it for a long time so I’ve seen all kinds of stuff,” Jay relates.

“But most recently I see these companies absorbing other companies. There’s getting to be fewer and fewer production companies. It’s going to end up being a few really  large companies again, and, like, all these amateur companies.

“All the middle companies are going to be, like, gone,” Jay believes. “it’s going to be big companies and little tiny ones.”

 

The interviewer states that he’s heard porn girls were down to $500 a scene.

“I’ve heard even less, even,” Jay responds.

“The lowest, somebody told me that they hire girls for is $125 an hour which means that if you shoot 3 hours, 4 hours… I’d say that would be a long gonzo shoot, 3 or 4 hours, do the math. It’s bad.”

If that’s the prevailing trend, Jay adds, “There aren’t going to be a lot of people that won’t end up staying in the industry.

“The longevity of performers isn’t really there,” according to Jay.

“It’s not worth it financially for them to stay in the business. There’s other things that are more lucrative. When you have a situation like that you end up having a lot of disposable talent. It’s good for producers because they can hire people cheaply. Luckily, I’m not in the same fish pond. I’m very happy to not be in that same pool of people. If I was a new girl I’d be very disappointed. I think a lot of them get pulled into the industry with delusions of grandeur, that you’re going to be rich and famous. It could happen, but it’s not quite that easy. You start from the bottom.”

“When you say ‘other things’ what does that mean?” Jay is asked.

“As far as new girls that are in the industry?” says Jay. “Quitting. You have to get a real job. You can’t make money if you’re only doing 10 shoots a month. You’re making $200-$300 a scene. Right? You have to have another job. So I don’t know what these young girls are doing. You can assume pretty much anything. I assume most of them are stripping and hooking.”

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Oct 14

APAC Isn’t For the Performers, it’s Run By The FSC! Wake Up!


How stupid do you have to be to believe for one second that APAC is for performers?  Haven’t y’all been paying attention at all, Diane Duke is the mastermind behind APAC and James Deen is her puppet.

APAC is a way for the FSC to keep tabs on us and yet another way to make us conform to their agenda. It’s no coincidence that everything discussed at APAC meetings or with APAC panel members is heard by Diane Duke and she in turn uses that information to protect her own ass and the production companies’ asses!  If y’all haven’t figured it out yet, performers are on the bottom of totem pole but we carry all the weight and take all the risks.

Please tell me that y’all don’t believe James Deen when his lips are moving and he is regurgitating Diane Duke’s words verbatim.  It isn’t a coincidence that he sounds like the spokesperson for the FSC because he is in bed with them!  The Chanel Preston interview I just read and posted made me laugh; you think she really believes the bullshit lies she is saying?

Here’s a hint y’all, if performers have a union it would have to be started by performers and not run by the FSC who’s looking out for production companies’ best interest and treats performers like any other product they are trying to sell.  APAC is a joke and the performers that buy into it are the punchline! Lift your heads and open your eyes; don’t just be sheep blindly following without question!

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Oct 14

What a Bunch of Bullshit! (pornvalleymedia.com)


APAC’s Chanel Preston Interviewed by Playboy.com

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Chanel Preston

Chanel Preston

from playboy.com – Millions watch porn, but who is watching out for porn’s performers? Throughout adult entertainment’s long history, there has been an undeniable lack of organized support for the actors known so intimately by so many fans. The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) is here to make sure that porn’s many talents are treated like the legitimate performers the are.

Formed just over a year ago by industry heavyweights, like Stoya, Asa Akira, and James Deen, [the Los Angeles-based organization] has created a space where actors can share their professional successes and air their grievances. The goal is to foster a sense of solidarity amongst porn actors who are dealing with similar problems, like health, safety, and cultural sigmas. As a labor group, it makes total sense. Porn actors know their job better than anyone and can make decisions about their work that will reflect their best interests.

We spoke to porn actors Chanel Preston and Conner Habib, APAC’s president and vice president, about how they work to protect people like themselves—people who have sex for a living.

PLAYBOY: What are APAC’s goals?

 

PRESTON: APAC’s goal is to improve the quality of life for performers. This includes performer health and safety, obviously, but we’re also looking to improve performer wages, happiness, and interactions with each other. Sometimes we work with performers directly to improve their experiences within the industry. Other times, we look outward and try to improve the culture we’re living in—especially how it legislates around and views porn performers.

PLAYBOY: Did the creation of APAC fill a void in the industry, or were there similar advocacy groups APAC drew its model from?

HABIB: APAC is totally unprecedented. Something I like to say is that we have no idea how any legal, cultural, or personal struggle will play out at this point, because there is something truly new on the scene: A stable and organized group of performers supporting each other.

PRESTON: This organization definitely filled a void in the industry. In the past there have been attempts to create similar types of support groups, but none have become what APAC is today.

PLAYBOY: How do you think APAC will affect the future of porn?

PRESTON: APAC can help shape how performers value themselves and the work they do. We can also help eliminate the stigma associated with sex workers, which currently has a substantially negative effect on all sex-related industries. Sex workers don’t want to continue to be the pariahs of society, and through supportive groups we can change this and become a more respected community.

PLAYBOY: What made you interested in joining the group?

PRESTON: I have had such a great experience in this industry, and I feel strongly about other performers having that same opportunity.

HABIB: I feel indebted to the porn industry for giving me so much in my life—including my first positive representations of gay sexuality. I wanted to do more to give back to my community and the people that were putting their reputations and futures on the line to show sex and sexuality in a free and open way.

The current state of sex-and-porn-positivity in this country is truly abysmal. We like to think it’s getting better, but I’m not so sure. We have religious fanatics doing what they always do, sure; but then we also have quasi-religious neuroscientists coming up with pseudoscientific nonsense about porn affecting the brain. We have sex-shaming “no fap” groups for hipsters, and anti-sex feminist groups demonizing women’s sexuality. Anti-porn sentiment will show up again and again until sex-positive people can drive a stake through its heart and burn the remains.

PLAYBOY: How does somebody become a member of APAC? What are your meetings like?

PRESTON: You just have to be a performer, and we have certain criteria surrounding who is a performer and who isn’t. Of, course there’s some grey area there. Like, what about people who were in a bunch of movies in the 1980s but haven’t performed since? What about someone who’s done a few XTube scenes here and there? In these cases, the board decides.

HABIB: The discussion is always happening online via the members’ forum, and we meet formally as a group once a month.

PLAYBOY: What’s APAC’s relationship with adult production companies and talent agencies like?

PRESTON: APAC makes it a point to work with agents and production companies, many of which are big supporters of APAC. We are directly involved in industry protocols and advocate for change when necessary, but we also encourage performers to support each other. We’re not only interested in uniting performers; we’re interested in uniting the entire industry.

PLAYBOY: APAC released its video “Porn 101,” a thorough introduction to the ins and outs of the industry, earlier this year. (When viewed in mid-October, the YouTube video had more than 195,000 views.) Will there be more APAC-sponsored video productions?

PRESTON: “Porn 101” was the first big project that APAC worked on, and we had support from the entire industry. The video is an educational resource for current performers, but also educates those interested in joining the adult industry. If people have a better idea of what they’re getting into, they’ll make better choices for themselves. Better choices mean a healthier, happier, and safer industry.

HABIB: We’ve got plans to create more educational videos; most of which will be focused on one topic, from “What to Bring to Set” to “Understanding Your Sexual Health.” Like the 101 video, they’ll be available to the general public as well, with hopes of dispelling myths about porn and humanizing performers and making the industry more open.

PLAYBOY: What have you learned from being an APAC board member?

PRESTON: Being a part of APAC has definitely forced me to be more patient. The adult film industry is such an instant-gratification industry, and running an organization is not. It’s hard to have all these grandiose ideas, but then reign yourself in and start small. Being an adult performer myself, I see changes that need to be made, and I want to take care of and address everything right away, but this is not possible if I want to see APAC continue to be successful.

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Oct 14

Can Ebola Be Transmitted In Semen or Saliva? (pornvalleymedia)


PVM Healthy Minute: Can Ebola Be Transmitted in Semen?

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HealthMinutefrom nytimes.com – Q. Can Ebola be transmitted through semen? Could a man infect a woman through sex before he overtly falls ill? In particular, could Dr. Craig Spencer, who spent several days with his fiancée after his return from Africa and before his infection was detected on Oct. 23, have infected her through sexual contact?

A. “We’re not supposed to say ‘never’ in public health, but I’d say it’s extremely, extremely, extremely, extremely unlikely,” said Dr. Daniel G. Bausch of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, who has studied levels of virus in Ebola victims and survivors.

Ebola virus has been found in the semen of male survivors for up to 101 days after the onset of symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So health authorities — being cautious — usually recommend that men who recover use condoms or abstain from sex, including oral sex, for three months. However, there have been 20 outbreaks of Ebola since the disease was first discovered in 1976, and sex has never emerged as a major risk factor.

 

“Though multiple studies have shown that Ebola virus can persist in semen for longer than in blood or other body fluids, sexual transmission of Ebola has not been definitively established,” the agency concludes on its web page detailing the studies.

The highest levels of virus are consistently found in blood, vomit and feces, and the virus is usually detectable in them from the moment the patient tests positive. Virus levels in blood, vomit and feces are low when symptoms first appear, then rise rapidly to a peak at Day 5 or so, then start to go down and are low again by Day 15 (if the patient survives that long).

The virus starts to rise later in other fluids, including saliva and tears, but never to such intense concentrations as it does in blood, vomit and feces. It’s unclear whether there’s ever whole virus in sweat.

The number of men whose semen levels have been measured in studies is small. When the virus was found in semen in studies, it was usually at levels so low that it was not detected by standard viral culture tests, but only by polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., testing.

Also, Dr. Bausch explained, the testicles are one of several parts of the body, along with the eyes and the brain, that are “immunologically protected.” It is harder for pathogens to enter them, and harder for the immune system to clear those pathogens if they do get in. For that reason, he said, it is extremely unlikely that Dr. Spencer, or any man, has infectious levels of Ebola virus in his semen before the peak of his infection.

The salivary glands, in contrast, Dr. Bausch said, are not protected. So if there was any danger in intimate contact with Dr. Spencer, kissing was probably the greater risk, Dr. Bausch said. But because viral loads begin to rise in saliva days later than they do in blood, the risk was probably near zero, he added.