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CHELSEA FLEETHAM-DELISO, ESQ.
Chelsea is a Michigan-based lawyer and writer, and long-time student of women's advocacy issues. She completed her BA in English at Wayne State University, and went on to earn her JD at Wayne Law, graduating near the top third of her class. Chelsea devoted her legal education to learning about women in the law; studying criminal law, procedure, and advocacy, family law, and family violence. She is a few credits away from earning her Master's in Criminal Justice, where she has also focused extensively on women in the criminal justice system. Chelsea is a domestic violence survivor, and is currently working on a memoir that she hopes will help other young women who have been trapped in abusive relationships, or who are still trapped in them. (You can read a short version of Chelsea's story on our Harm Stories page here.)
Chelsea is passionate about devoting her life and legal career to advancing the interests of women and girls, and to fighting against the corrosive, destructive influence of patriarchy, pornography and the sex trade.
If you're interested in interviewing Chelsea, having her speak at your event, appear on your show or in your documentary, or in having her write for your publication, please contact us via our Contact Page. Thanks!
Greg is an independent filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan. He attended the New York Film Academy’s one-year directing program, and while still in film school, Greg began an internship that would eventually lead to the beginnings of his professional freelance and artistic career.
Like most millennials, Greg was introduced to pornography along with the first family computer, back in 1999. When he was a teenager, his parents taught him that pornography is harmful to women, and unethical for males to use. But nonetheless, like so many other young men who have grown up in the age of the Internet, Greg slipped into becoming a regular porn user. (Read his full story of how this happened on our Harm Stories page here.) Eventually, though, Greg became so increasingly aware of how detrimental and exploitative pornography is to everyone involved, that he decided he had to stop using it.
Now Greg has chosen to step up and do what he can to help educate others about the harms of pornography, especially young men. His goal is to help users quit, and to influence everyone to no longer support such a misogynist industry that abuses and exploits so many women in the making of pornography, and that harms so many women and girls in society -- by fueling objectification, sexual harassment, inequality, rape, sex trafficking, etc. Greg is planning on writing a book covering his personal experiences with pornography, as well as pornography's harms to women.
In the past, Greg has created several music videos, a comedy web series, and a documentary about Canadian author, R.D. Lawrence (Canada’s Best Kept Secret, 2011). Greg’s first movie is being released this year.
Greg is available to speak or write about his personal experiences with pornography, porn use or porn addiction in general, or about how porn and the sex trade harm women and girls. If you're interested in booking Greg, please contact us via our Contact Page. Thanks!
Kelsey is a recent college graduate who is committed to raising awareness about the harms of pornography, particularly as it relates to relationships, inequality, and violence against women. Since graduating college, she has dedicated her time to the women’s rights movement. Kelsey currently works as a social worker in Washington, DC, and in the past, she has worked directly with survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking.
Kelsey’s writing about the harms of pornography has been featured at xoJane.com, and she runs a feminist, sex-positive and anti-porn personal blog at Tumblr, titled 'Come Back From Your Fantasy.' She has also written and spoken on the subject of rape and sexual assault. Kelsey hopes to do more public speaking and consciousness-raising in the future, specifically related to the harms of pornography.
If you're interested in having Kelsey speak at your event, appear on your television show or in your documentary, or be interviewed for or write for your publication, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Page. Thanks!
ARTICLE: Porn is Not Empowering
"I am not sex-positive in spite of my opposition to porn. I am sex-positive because of it."
CONFERENCE PAPER: Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Individual Experience and Collective Silence Among Survivors
"Many male perpetrators groom their victims to be silent, yet in the current media-saturated and pornified social context the same grooming process can play out on a cultural level. Women living in a rape culture are raised to believe that their value is directly connected to their body and what they choose to do with it, and sexually objectified images of the female body saturate our cultural landscape."
Vanessa Belmond is a sex industry survivor who entered the industry at eighteen and spent seven years working as a porn performer, stripper, webcam performer and "escort." Vanessa is now 25, and in addition to working a regular job at a department store, she is a anti-porn activist and volunteer for AntiPornography.org. Vanessa is available to speak, debate, write or be interviewed on a wide variety of subjects concerning the harms of pornography, prostitution, or related issues.
Learn more about Vanessa and read her many informative articles on her page here at our website at the link below. Then if you're interested in having her speak at your event, engage in a debate, write for your publication, or be interviewed by you, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Page. Thanks!
NOTE: We reserve the right to decline offers for Vanessa to speak, write, or be interviewed, due to her being too busy with other obligations, or for any other reason as relevant. Thanks for understanding!
Check out our video below with ex porn performers Vanessa Belmond and Jessica Mendes (formerly known as "Jessie Rogers") speaking out! Please don't forget to like, comment and share at YouTube. Thanks! :-)
2 Ex Porn Stars' Message to Women Considering Doing Porn:
Craig and Michelle are experts in and passionate about the following issues: Internet pornography, infidelity, intimacy, sex and porn addiction and the impact on relationships. They are excited to share how they survived and thrived from Craig’s infidelity with pornography and people to create a beautiful relationship filled with respect, trust, love, and emotional safety. After years of couples therapy where they rehashed the past over and over again – often making things worse, instead they obsessively focused on the present and future and built a powerful relationship. They now use their action oriented approach in their work with couples all over the world. After coaching at one of the top treatment centers in the world, they’ve branched out on their own and share their story to the world via a popular internet podcast called Sex Addictions & Porn Afflictions. Below is a clip of their latest appearance on Katie Couric. To view more information and appearances, and to contact Craig and Michelle, please visit the Media and Press page of The Mindful Habit website here.
Darren James is a U.S. Navy veteran who spent eight years in the porn industry as a performer and director, from 1998 to 2006. He experienced racial discrimination and many other challenges as a black male performer in porn. Darren also contracted various STDs, including HIV in 2004, which was spread to several female performers and caused a temporary shutdown of the porn industry. (See this documentary "The Dark Side of Porn: Porn Shutdown," which covers this time and which features Darren.)
Darren was ostracized by the industry, and not being educated about HIV and the possibilities for treatment, he became suicidal and went to Mexico and overdosed on prescription pills. He was thankfully rescued but his suicide attempt caused him severe kidney damage and other major health issues.
After several years Darren fully educated himself about his HIV status and committed himself to helping others. He is now an HIV counselor and educator, as well as a public speaker. Darren has also advocated with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation for the mandatory use of condoms in the porn industry.
Darren is available to speak, write, debate, or be interviewed about anything to do with the harms of working in the porn industry. To contact Darren, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Darren's time in the porn industry and his contracting HIV, including many articles, documentaries and videos, please visit our full page about Darren on this website:
Ben Barker is an American writer, activist, and farmer who has written articles about the harms of pornography, the sex industry, sexism, and violence against women. He has been an anti-porn activist for several years, and has spoken out publicly against pornography and sadomasochism in AntiPornography.org video interviews. (Scroll down.) He has also been a speaker at a Stop Porn Culture event. (To view a list of all of Ben's recorded public appearances, click here.)
Additionally Ben is the author of many other articles, on topics such as the struggles of youth, undoing masculinity, and political strategy for the Left, which have been featured in such publications as VoiceMale Magazine, Dissident Voice, and Truthout. He is currently writing a book about toxic qualities of radical subcultures and the need to build a vibrant culture of resistance. (To view a list of all of Ben's articles, click here.)
Ben grows food and fights for a better world in West Bend, Wisconsin. He can be contacted for writing, interviewing and speaking opportunities at email@example.com. (Ben is especially interested in outreach to men.) For more information, please visit Ben's website below.
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Saavi Accountability -- The only online accountability program that works with all online addictions. It is also the only program that sends notifications instantly via text message to an accountability partner so that they can be supportive when an individual needs it the most at the point of weakness, while they are accessing the online content. The software was created by a young man (26) who overcame his addiction and is trying to help others.
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"Pornography is a marketing device for sex trafficking: It normalizes degradation and violence as acceptable and even inevitable parts of sex, and uses the bodies of real women and children as objects. The difference between pornography and erotica is clear in the roots of the words themselves -- porne means females slaves, eros means love -- so pornography, like rape, is about violence and domination, not sex. Millions of lives depend on our ability to separate pornography from erotica, and to disentangle violence from sexuality."
Gloria Steinem, 2006
For information about Gloria Steinem's important work of fighting against the harms of pornography, sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, including videos and an audio interview, please see our page on Gloria Steinem. Click here.
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