Learn from a Porn Star! xxx

22/04/11 0 COMMENTS

by Rachel Rabbit White
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Meet your newest porn-crush. Danny Wylde has a blog in which it’s all too easy to lose hours while engrossed in his writing. He writes honestly and articulately about what he does for a living: starring in porn. Danny’s been in mainstream adult films, was around for the heyday of alt porn and often stars in feminist films. Through it all, he has quite a following among female fans of porn.
Here Danny opens up for the Man Project to talk about male bisexual stigma in porn, explore what is missing about the male experience when we discuss porn and how women just might be changing the face of porn forever.

One of the reasons the Man Project started was because in sex positivity, women’s voices really seem to reign. Does this play out in porn too?

The first director I ever worked for was a woman. It was a BDSM scenario. And I don’t think it was marketed as “sex positive,” but it was a very positive experience for me. Since then, I’ve worked for directors such as Madison Young, Tristan Taormino, and Carol Queen — all of whom seem to make porn that can be categorized as feminist and/or sex positive.

In my opinion, most porn is not based on degradation. But historically speaking, it seems to be an industry dominated by men. So for the sake of equal representation, which I believe is a fundamental aspect of feminism (and therefore suggests “positivity”), I think it’s entirely necessary that this brand of porn exist.

What is missing from the discussion about male sexuality in porn?

There has been so much discussion over how women are treated, or how women feel when they perform in pornographic scenes. But heterosexual men seem to have been left out of this discussion. Maybe even gay men too.

“How do male performers feel about performing in sex scenes?” It’s not a question often asked. I think it’s just assumed we want to fuck anything that’s put in front of us. I assure you that’s not the case.

There are a lot of girl-on-girl scenes in the straight porn world, but not guy-on-guy. A lot of straight porn doesn’t even let the lens linger on the guy…why is this?
Obviously, female bisexuality is widely embraced in porn. Most female performers are willing to perform in “lesbian” scenes whether or not they’re actually attracted to women. I think because it’s a fantasy that’s acceptable to the average heterosexual male, it’s not threatening.

Homophobia (in regards to gay men) is still very prevalent in our society, and especially in the straight porn industry. Anyone who followed the aftermath of our last HIV “outbreak’ knows how many in the straight porn industry view men who engage in homosexual activity. It’s not in a positive light.

So where are the other hot guys in porn?

I actually think there are quite a few attractive guys in porn these days. The past few weeks, I’ve been on set with Kris Slater, Rocco Reed, Xander Corvus, Mick Blue, Wolf Hudson, James Deen, and Mickey Mod. And although I haven’t been on set with Chad Alva recently, we hang out on a semi-frequent basis. So, that’s at least eight guys off the top of my head that are working in the business right now. I think all of them are considered very attractive men.

So, if we aren’t watching “sex positive” porn I think there remains a fear that maybe this porn is “degrading” to performers.

It is my opinion, based on my experiences and the information I’ve gathered from others, that most porn is produced without coercion and/or inflicted harm on the performers. But there are always exceptions. And given the capacity for most any amateur videographer to shoot people having sex, there is much room for exploitation on the amateur level. There can be a steep learning curve when trying to differentiate a legitimate production from some guy with a camera in his apartment.

I am not, by any means, trying to say that all, or even most, amateur porn is bad or exploitative. But if you are buying from an established company, chances are the performers are being filtered through a system that requires them to have a very firm understanding of what is about to happen. Basically, there’s more paperwork, more waiting around on set, and more money at stake. If someone doesn’t want to be there, there are many opportunities to leave.

Can you be sex positive without liking “sex positive” porn?

I think one of my hottest scenes is in a Tristan Taormino film. But many of my favorite scenes have been in porn films that make no effort to come across as feminist or sex-positive. The director may just say, “Give me four positions and thirty minutes,” and allow us to go at it. To me, that’s often more fulfilling than being on a set with very well intentioned people who keep stopping the sex scene to implement very specific actions. I think when you start viewing pornography as something political, feminist, queer, etc… it’s easy to start thinking like, “This is the way performers have to have sex in this movie, because it needs to be different than mainstream porn.”

So yes, I think it can be both sex-positive and feminist to watch or perform in porn that does not necessarily carry those labels.

Are more women watching porn?

I actually have heard a lot from straight, female fans. One of the most fascinating things to me is how young some of them are. I think it’s actually pretty cool that younger women are able to feel so comfortable these days consuming porn.

I think some cultural barriers are just starting to fall. It’s a shame it’s taken this long, but porn is finally becoming “cool,” or at least acceptable, for women to watch — at least in some portion of the population. It probably has a lot to do with positive female sexual role models in porn. Women are sexual beings. They have just as much a right as men to express themselves. Porn should be an outlet in which to do that.

http://www.edenfantasys.com/sexis/erotica/the-man-project-danny-wylde-0411115/

Learn from a Porn Star

22/04/11 0 COMMENTS

by Rachel Rabbit White
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Meet your newest porn-crush. Danny Wylde has a blog in which it’s all too easy to lose hours while engrossed in his writing. He writes honestly and articulately about what he does for a living: starring in porn. Danny’s been in mainstream adult films, was around for the heyday of alt porn and often stars in feminist films. Through it all, he has quite a following among female fans of porn.
Here Danny opens up for the Man Project to talk about male bisexual stigma in porn, explore what is missing about the male experience when we discuss porn and how women just might be changing the face of porn forever.

One of the reasons the Man Project started was because in sex positivity, women’s voices really seem to reign. Does this play out in porn too?

The first director I ever worked for was a woman. It was a BDSM scenario. And I don’t think it was marketed as “sex positive,” but it was a very positive experience for me. Since then, I’ve worked for directors such as Madison Young, Tristan Taormino, and Carol Queen — all of whom seem to make porn that can be categorized as feminist and/or sex positive.

In my opinion, most porn is not based on degradation. But historically speaking, it seems to be an industry dominated by men. So for the sake of equal representation, which I believe is a fundamental aspect of feminism (and therefore suggests “positivity”), I think it’s entirely necessary that this brand of porn exist.

What is missing from the discussion about male sexuality in porn?

There has been so much discussion over how women are treated, or how women feel when they perform in pornographic scenes. But heterosexual men seem to have been left out of this discussion. Maybe even gay men too.

“How do male performers feel about performing in sex scenes?” It’s not a question often asked. I think it’s just assumed we want to fuck anything that’s put in front of us. I assure you that’s not the case.

There are a lot of girl-on-girl scenes in the straight porn world, but not guy-on-guy. A lot of straight porn doesn’t even let the lens linger on the guy…why is this?
Obviously, female bisexuality is widely embraced in porn. Most female performers are willing to perform in “lesbian” scenes whether or not they’re actually attracted to women. I think because it’s a fantasy that’s acceptable to the average heterosexual male, it’s not threatening.

Homophobia (in regards to gay men) is still very prevalent in our society, and especially in the straight porn industry. Anyone who followed the aftermath of our last HIV “outbreak’ knows how many in the straight porn industry view men who engage in homosexual activity. It’s not in a positive light.

So where are the other hot guys in porn?

I actually think there are quite a few attractive guys in porn these days. The past few weeks, I’ve been on set with Kris Slater, Rocco Reed, Xander Corvus, Mick Blue, Wolf Hudson, James Deen, and Mickey Mod. And although I haven’t been on set with Chad Alva recently, we hang out on a semi-frequent basis. So, that’s at least eight guys off the top of my head that are working in the business right now. I think all of them are considered very attractive men.

So, if we aren’t watching “sex positive” porn I think there remains a fear that maybe this porn is “degrading” to performers.

It is my opinion, based on my experiences and the information I’ve gathered from others, that most porn is produced without coercion and/or inflicted harm on the performers. But there are always exceptions. And given the capacity for most any amateur videographer to shoot people having sex, there is much room for exploitation on the amateur level. There can be a steep learning curve when trying to differentiate a legitimate production from some guy with a camera in his apartment.

I am not, by any means, trying to say that all, or even most, amateur porn is bad or exploitative. But if you are buying from an established company, chances are the performers are being filtered through a system that requires them to have a very firm understanding of what is about to happen. Basically, there’s more paperwork, more waiting around on set, and more money at stake. If someone doesn’t want to be there, there are many opportunities to leave.

Can you be sex positive without liking “sex positive” porn?

I think one of my hottest scenes is in a Tristan Taormino film. But many of my favorite scenes have been in porn films that make no effort to come across as feminist or sex-positive. The director may just say, “Give me four positions and thirty minutes,” and allow us to go at it. To me, that’s often more fulfilling than being on a set with very well intentioned people who keep stopping the sex scene to implement very specific actions. I think when you start viewing pornography as something political, feminist, queer, etc… it’s easy to start thinking like, “This is the way performers have to have sex in this movie, because it needs to be different than mainstream porn.”

So yes, I think it can be both sex-positive and feminist to watch or perform in porn that does not necessarily carry those labels.

Are more women watching porn?

I actually have heard a lot from straight, female fans. One of the most fascinating things to me is how young some of them are. I think it’s actually pretty cool that younger women are able to feel so comfortable these days consuming porn.

I think some cultural barriers are just starting to fall. It’s a shame it’s taken this long, but porn is finally becoming “cool,” or at least acceptable, for women to watch — at least in some portion of the population. It probably has a lot to do with positive female sexual role models in porn. Women are sexual beings. They have just as much a right as men to express themselves. Porn should be an outlet in which to do that.

http://www.edenfantasys.com/sexis/erotica/the-man-project-danny-wylde-0411115/

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The First Man to Be Cured of AIDS

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The First Man to Be Cured of AIDS

An Interview With Jeffrey Laurence, M.D.

By Bonnie Goldman
From The Body

[Editor’s Note: Since we conducted and posted this interview in 2009, there have been many developments in the story of Timothy Ray Brown, formerly known only as the “Berlin patient.” In addition to this article, we encourage you to read “Tentative HIV ‘Cure’ Presents a Guarded Sense of Hope” for an update on Brown’s condition as of late 2010, as well as the perspectives of two of our HIV-positive bloggers — Ibrahim (who is encouraged by Brown’s story) and Thomas DeLorenzo (who remains more skeptical).]
Up until now, we’ve never been able to say that a person infected with HIV/AIDS has been cured. As I said, up until now.

You see, in 2006, something incredible happened in a hospital in Berlin. It was there, thanks to a unique and risky stem cell transplant, that a man may have become the very first person ever to be fully cured of HIV/AIDS.

This man’s name has not been released; he’s only known as the Berlin patient. But we know he’s an HIV-positive American in his 40s who has been working in Berlin. In 2006, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. In an attempt to treat his leukemia AND his HIV, the man’s doctor — Dr. Gero Hütter — arranged for him to receive a stem cell transplant from a very special donor.

AdvertisementEver since that transplant, the Berlin patient has had an undetectable viral load even though he hasn’t been on HIV/AIDS treatment since before the transplant. The man has generously allowed scientists to take almost every possible biopsy and test, including the most ultrasensitive HIV tests available, but HIV has not been detected anywhere in his body. It’s now almost three years since this operation and HIV still seems not to have reemerged. His story inspires new hope that some sort of gene therapy may be the key to an HIV cure.

Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, the chief scientist at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has become the main contact in the U.S. regarding the Berlin patient, and he remains in close contact with Dr. Hütter, the Berlin patient’s doctor. In September of 2008, Dr. Laurence organized a fascinating think tank of top HIV scientists to discuss the patient’s case. They all agreed that the patient is “functionally cured.” In this interview, Dr. Laurence tells us a little about that meeting, and about the Berlin patient’s amazing story.

An HIV-Positive American Man in Berlin Needs a Stem Cell Transplant and His Doctor Tries a Daring Experiment
Welcome, Dr. Laurence.

Let’s start from the very beginning. Tell us about the patient who appears to have been cured of his HIV.

I’ve been following this individual, trying to replicate what happened to him in others, for a couple of years now in the interests of research.1

This is a 42-year-old gentleman who’s actually from Seattle, from the United States, but who is living in Germany.

He had HIV since about the age of 30, was successfully treated with a cocktail of drugs, and was doing very well with no detectable virus in his blood. His T-cell counts were over 400. He was basically a poster person for the way we can successfully treat HIV disease now. He was doing fine, with no complications.

Then unfortunately, in March of 2007, at the age of 40, he developed a kind of leukemia — we call it acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML — that typically requires a bone marrow transplant. He went to a hematologist, Dr. Gero Hütter, in Berlin and was treated with the standard drugs for this type of leukemia. Seven months later, this patient experienced a relapse of his leukemia. (And that’s not uncommon; that happens maybe 50 percent of the time.) This time, he was again given the standard treatment for patients with leukemia who are in relapse. But he was also given what we call a stem cell transplant. It’s like a bone marrow transplant, except instead of extracting cells quite painfully, and under anesthesia, from a donor’s bone marrow, we just take it from his or her blood.

What was unusual about the particular transplant done on this patient was the extra step taken when selecting the donor. Normally, when locating a potential donor for a person with or without HIV and leukemia, we would go through the worldwide registry of people who had agreed to donate stem cells or bone marrow.

There are about 13 million people who are on this computerized donor list now. The Berlin patient’s physician went through the 13 million people and found 232 people who were identical tissue-type matches for this patient. Any one of those 232, if they agreed to come in and donate their stem cells, presumably would have been an excellent match for this patient. But with the patient’s approval, the doctor went a step further.

It’s known that if you’re lucky enough to have this mutation, the delta32 CCR5, from both your parents — something we call homozygous, technically — you are resistant to getting infected by most forms of HIV.The doctor had a great idea. He said, “Why don’t we try to do something a little better than that? Why don’t we think about curing not only your leukemia with the stem cell transplant, but also your HIV?” The thought there was, let’s take all 232 potential donors and screen them for a genetic mutation that would make those cells resistant to getting infected with virtually all known types of HIV.

This is a relatively infrequent — I wouldn’t say rare — condition, since it’s found in somewhere between 1 and 2 percent of white Americans and Western Europeans; in about 4 percent of people from Scandinavian countries; and in no Africans, African Americans or Asians, which tells you something about the genetics of racial splits way back when.2

What is this genetic mutation due to?

The mutation is called delta32 CCR5, and it was discovered about 10 years ago.3 In fact, one of the groups that discovered it did so with funding from amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), an organization that I work with.

It’s known that if you’re lucky enough to have this mutation, the delta32 CCR5, from both your parents — something we call homozygous, technically — you are resistant to getting infected by most forms of HIV.

The transplant was done, and it was successful. About a year later, the patient had a relapse of his leukemia and required a second transplant. Now, in this time, the patient had no HIV viral load and had good T-cell levels despite the fact that his antiviral drugs were stopped.1 His virus didn’t come back and his T-cell levels remained high — that’s the miracle of this patient.

Could you explain what the purpose of a stem cell transplant is and exactly what happens during the procedure?

What we’re trying to do is kill off all of the leukemic cells in a person’s body. Leukemia comes from cancerous white blood cells, and the process of killing off those cells means treating the person with as many drugs that are toxic to blood-forming cells as the person will tolerate.

“And what if that virus were to pop out from hiding, from a latent state, from dormancy? It would presumably be prevented from taking over this person’s body again and growing as if he had been newly infected, because the cells that he was given from the donor are resistant to infection by HIV. That’s the key part of what we’ve done here.”In this instance, the person was 40 years old and could tolerate things very well. He was given radiation therapy to his whole body. He was given two immunosuppressive drugs. He was given a serum prepared in a rabbit immunized with human T cells — like kind of an antibody to kill off a person’s T cells. He was also given a multitude of drugs that cannot only kill leukemia cells, but can also kill immune cells.

So he was basically an empty vessel. All of his own stem cells and all of his own bone marrow blood-forming cells were utterly destroyed. If you just left him alone, he would die within a week or two. But this person obviously was rescued, as you need to be, with stem cells taken from the blood of the donor. (Stem cells can also be obtained from bone marrow.)

All of the blood-forming cells in this Berlin patient’s body were replaced with donor cells. There was nothing that was genetically identifiable in terms of blood-forming cells — in terms of T cells susceptible to HIV infection — that looked like the recipient. It was all from the donor.

As I mentioned, this was a very special donor who had been selected. A Wall Street Journal article was written about this case.4 The article subheading was, in part, “Many Thanks, Sample 61,” because of the 232 people that they could have used for this transplant, whose tissue types were perfectly reasonable to give to the Berlin patient — and they tested every single one of them — number 61 turned out to have the delta32 CCR5 mutation that would make the cells being put back into the body of the Berlin patient resistant to virtually any kind of HIV we know of.

To answer the question, “What if there’s a virus lurking in this person’s brain, hair follicle or fingernail?” Whatever you want to postulate? And what if that virus were to pop out from hiding, from a latent state, from dormancy? It would presumably be prevented from taking over this person’s body again and growing as if he had been newly infected, because the cells that he was given from the donor are resistant to infection by HIV. That’s the key part of what we’ve done here.

Read more here:

http://www.thebody.com/content/art53624.html?ap=825

Adult Performers’ Real Names, Addresses Posted on Wikileaks-Style Site

16/04/11 3 COMMENTS

eNews Commentary: Feeding on society’s shame-based responses to our sex, sexuality, gender and sexual expression, this particular site goes over the edge, exposing performers and their families to some very real dangers and life-altering harassment. The same folks who bring us the sex-offender registry, hysteria around sex-trafficking and the removal of our personal autonomy around medical decisions include the person who provided this information – making it very, very easy for predators to find these performers and put them in real physical danger.

The information is provided along with some hate speech and encouragement that individuals harass and shame these performers by calling them and their families. From the article: “But what about the hate speech and the posts advocating harassment against performers’ families? Could the site be held liable if an individual commits a crime based on the site’s posts providing them with information and encouraging them to so?” Apparently the answer is no.

These are the types of issues Woodhull follows and flags for you – engaging with our allies in work to raise awareness of the human rights framework and potential violations and opportunities. We invite you to become a supporter of this important work.

Performers’ Real Names, Addresses Posted on Wikileaks-Style Site

Posted Mar 31st, 2011 04:25 PM by Buzz Killington
LOS ANGELES—Mainstream media has picked up a story the adult industry has known about for months: namely, that former D-list male performer and failed producer Donny Long is connected to leaks containing the real names of thousands of former and current adult performers on a notorious website with which he is associated.

It is an open secret within the industry that the website, Pornwikileaks.com, has published the real names and addresses of over 12,000 performers, opening them up to potential harassment by predators or others seeking to embarrass them or their families.

Access to performers’ real names on the internet is nothing new, however. A quick Google search can reveal similar details, but the preponderance of information on the site and the propensity of those posting information to it to spew hateful vitriol, advocating harassment against adult performers and their families, is unprecedented.

While it is unclear who owns the site, which is hosted in the Netherlands, the widely distained Long has posted to it frequently, encouraging other members of the site to anonymously post personally identifiable information about porn performers.

Published mainstream media reports, based on a blog post from Mike South, have linked much of the leaked performer information to data available in the AIM Medical Associates database. However, much of the information posted on Pornwikileaks.com also includes pictures of performers’ drivers’ licenses and home addresses—data that is not accessible on the AIM database.

The full text of the AIM statement issued today is, as follows:

AIM Medical Associates, P.C. is investigating the possibility of a criminal breach of the medical record database. Substantial amounts of information posted on the site in question could not come from the AIM database because we do not possess that information. Specifically, home addresses and identification documents are not within the AIM database. Other testing businesses may or may not have such information on their databases.

AIM is utilizing every available resource to conduct a thorough forensic investigation to confirm if a breach of security occurred here. If such a breach occurred, we shall take all available steps to see that the felonious behavior is criminally prosecuted to the maximum extent under the law. Accessing a database for improper purposes, violating medical privacy and extortion are all crimes in California. There is preliminary information indicating that criminal behavior by persons or entities may have occurred.

In any case, the malicious nature of the site cannot be overstated. It is reprehensible that the site characterizes all adult actresses as ‘whores,’ and refers to some women as ‘baby killers.’ It is gratifying that the website has been largely unavailable at least over the past few days. We hope the hosting company removes this scurrilous site altogether.

Douglas also mentioned that he was looking into finding a politician to sponsor a bill that would make it a crime to publish a digital depiction of a personal identity document without permission.

“There is very little 1st Amendment value to replicating the ID of another,” he said. “I, we, the FSC, or any combination of those three, are going to try to find a sponsor for a bill in California that would make it a crime to publish an accurate digital depitction of a personal identifying document without permission. What is the public value in printing an ID? I don’t see it, but I do see a lot of harm that can come of it.”

Pornwikileaks.com currently is offline. We can only hope it stays that way for the safety of the performers.

http://business.avn.com/articles/video/Adult-Performers-Real-Names-Addresses-Published-on-Wikileaks-Style-Site-430879.html

Mistress Eva: This is absolutely nuts! I am so glad the site is down but the potential for harm is already done. Who knows how many psycho stalkers got the information they needed to terrorize their favorite porn star. Hopefully this is not a new trend.

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