Yes, Porn Stars Can Be Raped Too

By Kelsey D’Auben

In late November, porn-actress Stoya accused her ex-boyfriend and fellow porn-actor James Deen, of rape via her twitter account.

She tweeted “That thing where you log in to the internet for a second and see people idolizing the guy who raped you as a feminist. That thing sucks” followed a few minutes later by a second tweet saying “James Deen held me down a fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safe word. I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.”

Since then, nine other women have come forward saying Deen had sexually assaulted them; one of whom is Farrah Abraham, former Teen Mom who co-starred with Deen in a pornographic video in 2013.

“Stoya knew that if she were to name one man who did, in fact, violate consent, then the entire industry would be assumed to be complicit.”

Once deemed “porn’s feminist sweetheart” Deen is now being called the “Bill Cosby of porn” and has recently been dropped by several major porn distributors.

Deen strongly denies the allegations and said in an interview with the Daily Beast that he was “completely baffled” by what the women were accusing him of.

In the time since her tweets were published, many women have rallied together in support of Stoya using the hashtag #soldarityforstoya.

Fellow porn-actress and co-founder of the pornsite TRENCHCOATx, Kayden Kross, had a personal essay published with Nylon Magazine titled “I am Stoya’s partner, and I stand with her.” In the essay she expressed her ultimate support of Stoya as a fellow porn-actress and woman.

She also shed light on the issues facing sex workers who are victims of sexual assault and abuse.

“Already our industry battles the constant din of claims that the women, simply by showing up to work, are victims,” Kross wrote in the Nylon Magazine piece. “Already we battle the claims that porn is rape, that consent is questionable, that no woman given a fair choice would engage in it. Stoya knew that if she were to name one man who did, in fact, violate consent, then the entire industry would be assumed to be complicit.”

These incidents have sparked a lot of conversation on the Internet asking many forms of the same question- “can a sex worker be raped?” The answer is quite obvious- yes.

Any person can be raped. Non-consensual sex of any kind is rape. We as a society have a hard enough of a time grasping this seemingly concept on it’s own. But when sexual workers fall victim to sexual violence, especially when their work is involved.

Take for instance a case in Philadelphia in 2007, which was also referenced in Kross’ essay.

A 20-year-old woman agreed to have sex with a man she met through Craigslist for $150.

When she went to meet the man, she was gang-raped at gunpoint by him and three other men. A judge later charged the men with “theft of services” because, according to the judge, “she consented (to only the first man) but didn’t get paid.”

Women working in sex need protection from instances such as these. Sex workers face many dangers on a day-to-day basis. Not only because of the dangerously unregulated line of work, but also because of the negative public perceptions of prostitution and pornography.

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Is Just An Online Brothel Or A Legit Dating Service?

This story was originally published on on July 20, 2015.

 By Nicholas Olivera is in a business that is in many ways, centuries old.

The Miami-based online dating service connects wealthy men with younger, attractive women who may or may not be under difficult financial circumstances. The obvious implication of a service such as Sugardaddie is that it is essentially a form of high-class prostitution although its founder and CEO, Steve Pasternack thinks otherwise.

“The relationships that develop on my site are completely different than that,” Pasternack, who has been bombarded with the questions of prostitution since the site’s inception in the early 2000s said. “If a woman only engages in sexual activity with a man in exchange for something then it is a business transaction.”

He continued that if users do get physical and it is part of an ongoing relationship in which the man takes care of the woman, perhaps giving her gifts or taking her out on trips, then it is no different from a regular relationship.

Some argue these ongoing relationships still began with a somewhat business relationship.

“We have our exchange relationships, which we have with anyone who will give goods or service in exchange for something, such as a housekeeper,” Asia Eaton, assistant professor in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Florida International University said. “And then we have our communal relationships which we share with people we genuinely care, such as our family or friends. No matter what these relationships that develop began as an exchange relationship.”

Eaton asserts that the ladies who enter these relationships out of economic necessity may use this reason in order to justify their actions. Perhaps this justification will even convince them that this relationship must continue for longer than initially desired.

Pasternack does not think it is economic necessity that drives women to his service. He claims that it is a desire to be with a man who has power, who can set high-level goals and achieve them, and on top of that is capable of caring for the woman in his life.

“It’s not the money, it’s the personality,” Pasternack said in an interview.

The Economist magazine recently featured Pasternack and his business in an article about how many college graduates with high levels of debt are turning to sugar daddy relationships as a financial fix. The Economist reported that receives 5,000 new profile uploads across the world every day. A quick search on shows that the site is the 20,873 most popular in the United States with people spending an average of 23 minutes on the site every day.

Scott Cunningham, an associate professor of economics at Baylor University, states that there are three factors that often bring women to services like Sugardaddie.

The first is economic shock. It could be sudden employment or the illness of a family member. The second is level of repugnancy. There are women who find selling their companionship to be less repugnant than other women do. The third is knowledge.

“It’s usually informed women who know what they are getting themselves into that tend to use these services,” Cunningham said.

Regardless of a woman’s reasons for entering a sugardaddie-sugarbabe relationship, Pasternack believes that whatever comes from it could be a good thing.

“A lot of people look down upon the sugardaddie-sugarbaby relationship, but it’s no different than any average relationship.”

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Plastic Please: Trojan Ranks The Sexual Health Of 140 American Colleges

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card. The study examines over 140 universities and colleges across America and reports on student accessibility to sexual health resources.

Oh course why would you care about this list? You are too busy “studying” right?

The study is sponsored by Trojan and conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces.

Here’s the list of the top 10 universities:

  1. Oregon State University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Georgia
  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  5. Brown University
  6. University of Oregon
  7. University of Iowa
  8. Columbia University in the City of New York
  9. The University of Texas At Austin
  10. University of Arizona


Here’s the list of the bottom 10 universities:

  1. Baylor University
  2. Louisiana Tech. University
  3. University of New Orleans
  4. Texas Tech. University
  5. St. John’s University
  6. University of Notre Dame
  7. University of Louisiana at Monroe
  8. Providence College
  9. Troy State University
  10. Brigham Young University

Where did your school make it in this list? Tell us in the comments below.

Stay Classy Millennials.

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