James Deen, porn’s ‘feminist’ sweetheart, accused of sexual assault

1 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adult film actresses speak out, accuse James Deen of sexual assault.

James Deen, the famous blue-eyed boy-next-door of the porn industry, has long been lauded as something of a feminist icon in his field — the kind of X-rated star who emphasizes the importance of consent, prioritizes his female co-stars and authors a sex-positive advice column for a progressive women’s lifestyle website. Adult film star James Deen has responded to accusations that he raped his former partner, the adult actress Stoya, calling the allegations “false and defamatory,” as a second actress has accused him of assault.Stoya has yet to file charges and has gone silent on Twitter, but her accusations have inspired two other women to come forward to accuse Deen, who GQ described as the “Well Hung Boy Next Door” in a 2012 feature by award-winning author Wells Tower. “The reason I put him on my ‘no list’ was because he almost raped me,” Ashley Fires told the Daily Beast.

“I was getting out of the shower of the communal bathroom at Kink, I reach for my towel to dry off, and he comes up from behind me and pushes himself and his erection into my butt,” she says. “He pushes me against the sink and starts grabbing on me and I was like, ‘No, no, no James, no,’ and he released me from his grasp, and says, ‘You know, later if you want to f*ck around I’m in room whatever-it-was. Stoya accused Deen of rape on Twitter on Saturday, writing in two separate messages: “That thing where you log in to the internet for a second and see people idolizing the guy who raped you as a feminist. Among those offering sympathy was another of Deen’s ex partners Joanna Angel, who tweeted I told my followers that my James Deen crush had come to a shuddering halt and that none of us should waste our time fancying him anymore.

Deen repeatedly asked Lux if he wanted to “sniff” his testicles, then assaulted her when she refused, grabbing her by the throat and shoving her on the floor, she says. “He proceeded to straddle my chest, pinning down my arms with his knees,” she writes. “Then, he raised his hand high above his head, swinging it down and hitting me in the face and head with an open palm. That thing sucks.” And then, just to be very clear who she was talking about, she added, “James Deen held me down and f__ked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can’t nod and smile when people bring him up anymore.” Following her allegations the hashtag #solidaritywithstoya began trending on Twitter, with people responding to her claims and retweeting them with messages of support.

He did this five or six times — hard — before finally getting off of me.” Ultimately, Lux says she was “afraid” to step forward and share her story earlier, partially because the police and the general public “believe that sex workers have placed themselves in harm’s way, and therefore can’t be assaulted.” But as I watched social media react to Stoya’s messages over the following hours (which stand in isolation as she is officially offline until mid December and not responding to requests for further comment) I found myself wondering if this was truly the best way to handle her accusations. We won’t be publishing WWJDD going forward, and I will be making a decision about how to handle the columns we’ve already published in the next day or two.” Both Deen and Stoya are hugely successful in their own rights, each using their notoriety to bring awareness to issues such as civil liberties and rights, feminism in the adult entertainment industry and safe environments for sex workers. For work.” Another one of Deen’s ex-girlfriends and porn colleagues, Joanna Angel, quickly stood by Stoya’s side, tweeting to her: “You have my support @Stoya.

Deen is considered the industry’s heart-throb and a role model to men, often speaking of his love of women during interviews and using lines such as “at the end of the day I want everyone to have the respect that they deserve”. Last year he told news.com.au’s Debra Killalea that men should “communicate and pay attention” to their lovers, adding: “You’re having sex with someone, not having sex to someone.” Yesterday, lifestyle website Nylon, which has a professional relationship with Stoya, posted an opinion piece about the allegations, which have been aired across dozens of online sites today, and appeared to be the source of Deen’s use of the word “egregious” in his tweet. “Stoya’s tweet describes how she expressed her desire to stop and how Deen allegedly ignored her safe word, which is designated for the purpose of stopping intercourse when one party feels uncomfortable,” reporter Jenny Lee wrote. “As a professional who deals with the nature of consent in his day-to-day work, ignoring these safe words feels even more egregious. That’s all I’ll say for now #solidaritywithstoya.” “I want to assure my friends, fans and colleagues that these allegations are both false and defamatory.

While details are slim and neither has said anything more, we are in the business of believing women. (This story also hits close to home as many of us in the office have personal relationships with Stoya.) Remember: Even if consent was initially given, if someone’s desires to stop are ignored and overridden, it still counts as rape. “These are important things to consider in the dialogue surrounding rape, and we offer our unconditional support for Stoya, who is a staunch defender of feminism, sexual agency, and sex workers’ rights.” And on Monday morning, porn star Ashley Fires added her voice to the chorus, telling The Daily Beast that Deen assaulted and “almost raped” her on-set, and later instructed her to “stop telling people” about what happened. That he has been accused of violating Stoya’s consent, that women I respect have since contacted me directly to say that they know of others to whom he has done the same thing? Even though – to our knowledge – no formal complaint has been filed, Deen (who was previously adored as a male feminist and friendly face for porn) has lost a multitude endorsements, film roles and columns. Amelia McDonnell-Parry, editor of The Frisky, which previously published Deen’s sex advice column, commented on why she was confident in axing him on the basis of Stoya’s claims. “From a professional standpoint, as the editor of a woman’s blog which has published the accused’s words, acting swiftly and decisively is the least that I can do.

The court of public opinion is not a court of law, and I don’t need Stoya or any woman to ‘prove’ that she has been raped for me to believe her. Within the adult film industry, Deen had also established his own boyish appeal as a somewhat unlikely porn star — an impish Jewish guy who valued women and just happened to enjoy a little kink. Both men were faced with accusations that might never be “proven” in a legal sense — as with so many rape and assault cases, the words of the victim are often the only evidence.

This is especially true of women who work in the sex industry, with people actually wondering aloud if porn stars can be raped.” Lux wrote: “… A few people with whom I’ve shared this story over the years have asked me why I didn’t call the police as soon as it happened, or publicly speak up about it shortly thereafter. But in the wake of Cosby’s spectacular fall, perhaps those words carry greater weight: it took little time for some of Deen’s former supporters to distance themselves and condemn his behavior. So while I have qualms about the use of social media as a default medium to make a statement like this, I understand why Stoya took matters in to her own hands. Well, I’m [expletive] heartsick over it.” Project Consent, a grassroots campaign to combat sexual assault and rape culture, tweeted Sunday that it had removed an April interview with Deen from its website. As buzz surrounding the accusations built over the weekend, some sex industry insiders voiced concern about the scandal’s potential impact on a profession that has struggled against stigma and criminalization.

Through trial and error, this is what we’ve decided works for our relationship.” In an HuffPo Live interview that June, though, she acknowledged Deen as her boyfriend. And in the same conversation, she answered a question about rape culture, saying, saying that it’s perpetuated not by porn but by “people who don’t understand the difference between right and wrong.” Stoya knows the difference. Being silenced is what keeps sex workers in danger, and the stigma is what keeps sex workers silent when they’re attacked.” That perspective was echoed by Margaret Corvid, a writer and sex worker who penned an open letter to James Deen for The Establishment, decrying the impact that Deen’s actions would have on the sex work industry. “Your behavior strengthens the voices of those who would criminalize every form of sex work, including porn,” she wrote, addressing Deen directly. “Given your fame and public pronouncements about consent, your behavior could unleash a conservative backlash that might place the safety and livelihoods of thousands of porn performers at risk.” But what she has done has been to issue a decisive message that a woman whose Pornhub bio calls her “a pure alternative sex freak who can’t get enough body slamming with chicks and dicks” is entitled to as much respect for her boundaries as anyone else.

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