Regarding the below videos about porn star Sasha Grey, many people have commented at YouTube that Sasha Grey's porn is "just sex" and that it is not degrading or abusive. Sasha Grey herself regularly states this. Well for the record the porn industry itself disagrees and in fact consistently promotes Sasha's pornography specifically as abusive and degrading. In fact they regularly use those exact words to describe her pornography.
For instance, here is the box description from Sasha's video "F**k Slaves," for which she won an Adult Video News award: (Because the more abusive your pornography is in the pornography industry, the more you get rewarded.)
"Director Jake Malone makes his Evil Angel debut with this rough-sex masterpiece that lands like an open-hand slap to the face! Hitting, choking, verbal degradation and perverse violations are Malone's stock in trade. Semen-snorter Annette Schwartz and sweet victims Sasha Grey and weepy Adrianna Nicole all enjoy their share of physical and mental abuse."
Interestingly, a number of Sasha Grey's "fans" agree with the above evaluation. Some of them have even told Sasha Grey directly, including many of her male fans, that her pornography is so rough, violent and abusive that they find it upsetting and disturbing, and they have requested of her that she make different pornography that they would not be so uncomfortable watching.
"Grey added that she’s been approached by thousands of women and men who say they love her work and love her pro-sex feminist ideals but cannot watch many of her films because they’re too graphic." (Las Vegas Weekly article here)
So needless to say, since they are already a fan of Sasha Grey, if the pornography was "just sex," and if what Sasha actually did in porn actually matched with what she was promoting, they would be enjoying that pornography instead of asking her to make different pornography that they could actually watch without extreme discomfort.
So it is not a judgment only on the part of AntiPornography.org that Sasha Grey's pornography is extremely violent, degrading and abusive, many of her "fans" and the pornography industry itself agree with this. So whether you consider violent, degrading and abusive pornography problematic or not, and hopefully you do, there is no denying that that is the nature of much of Sasha Grey's pornography that she is defending and promoting as "sexual empowerment for women," and that it is in no way "just sex." If the pornography of Sasha Grey that her fans were referring to did consist of "just sex," the thousands of her "fans" who ask her to make different pornography that they can feel more comfortable with would not be doing so.
So please keep in mind the above reality of the sort of pornography that Sasha Grey makes, and how the pornography industry promotes and rewards it, when watching the below videos. Also please bear in mind, as Sasha Grey's manager says in the videos, that what Sasha does is pretty much the standard in the pornography industry these days. (Although Sasha specifically and intentionally pushes the boundaries as much as possible and vigorously promotes and defends that sort of pornography, whereas many other young women in pornography are just doing the minimum amount of abusive pornography that is required to stay employed.) In any case, Sasha's manager is correct, and it is only getting worse as time goes on. (The pornography industry admits this themselves.)
For the sake of the future of our society this cannot be allowed to continue, and that is why AntiPornography.org is here and speaking out against pornography.
These are videos critiquing porn star Sasha Grey by channels other than AntiPornographyBlog. They address the abuses that Sasha Grey subjects herself to, and how she is being exploited by the porn industry. They also address all of Sasha Grey's points that she brings up in the Tyra Banks interview to defend and support her behavior, and counters each one of them. These videos make it clear how Sasha Grey's porn activities are NOT empowering for women or for her, and how they are harmful to both her and society.
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