Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths - A Live Interactive Discussion

CYBERSPACE – Sssh.com, the web’s premier porn-for-women site, announced today an event called "Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths," an interactive panel discussion that pits prominent women working in the adult entertainment industry against some of porn’s harshest critics to debate the nature of the industry and women’s changing role in it. Scheduled for July 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern time, the live video broadcast event will be available to viewers free of charge on MindBrowse.com.


“When critics of porn take aim at the adult industry, one of their main arguments is that the industry is inherently misogynistic, and that the women who work and perform in the industry are basically broken people, poor souls who have been manipulated into working in porn,” said Angie Rowntree, founder of Sssh.com and organizer of "Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths." “To women like me, who work in this industry absolutely by choice and are passionate about what we do for a living, that’s an extremely insulting and demeaning claim. This event gives some of the industry’s strongest women a chance to look their critics straight in the eye and prove to them that they’re wrong in making that assertion.”

The panelists, whom Rowntree said will be identified in subsequent announcements, come from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. They include a top adult content producer, an experienced performer, the operator of a true user-generated content site, and a staunch anti-pornography activist.

“This is going to be a truly open discussion, one in which we face the criticisms directed at our industry head-on,” Rowntree said. “We may disagree with our critics, but we respect their opinions, and we see value in answering them point by point in a setting like this, rather than just dismissing them as prudes or moral crusaders.”

"Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths" promises to be both in-depth and dynamic. Panelists will be prepared to discuss a predetermined set of topics, plus the event will also be live tweeted and monitored at @ssshforwomen under the hashtag #WomenInPorn. Viewers may interact during the event and pose their own questions and points, which may then be discussed by the panelists.  To participate, ask your question and then add #womeninporn to your tweet.

“Porn has reached a point where it’s just part of the broader cultural landscape now, so this isn’t just a discussion to be had by the industry and its critics,” Rowntree said. “We’re giving porn’s fans and detractors a voice in the discussion too, via Twitter.”



Sociologist Chauntelle Tibbals to Moderate “Women in Porn” Debate
  
Sssh.com, sponsor of the upcoming “Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths” online debate, announced [July 17th] that the discussion will be moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, an embedded public sociologist whose fields of specialty include gender, sexuality, work and organizations, new media, and popular culture.

Sssh.com founder Angie Rowntree said that Dr. Tibbals has been instrumental in organizing "Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths," and is “deeply informed on all the issues we want to cover.”

“Chauntelle has been researching the adult industry for over 10 years, and is one of the few academics who has taken the time to consider the industry’s nuances and approached it with an open mind,” Rowntree said. “She’s is the perfect person to moderate this discussion, and has been an amazing resource for us during the planning of the debate.”

Dr. Tibbals said that helping to organize the event “has been extremely rewarding.”

“As a sociologist and social justice advocate, it’s been wonderful to contribute to an event that’s working to broaden public understanding by encouraging multiple perspectives,” Tibbals said. “Not everyone has to agree, but everyone’s voice is worth consideration. I am excited to help break down the ‘talking about’ and encourage the ‘talking to.’”

Dr. Tibbals’ research has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Sexualities, Gender Work & Organization, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Stanford Law and Policy Review. She has been quoted and cited extensively by cultural and news media outlets including CNN, Business Insider, Slate, and NPR.

"Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths" is an interactive panel discussion pitting prominent women working in the adult entertainment industry against some of the industry’s harshest critics to debate the nature of the industry and women’s changing role in it. Previously announced panelists include Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland, adult performer/director Ashley Fires, and MakeLoveNotPorn.com co-founder Cindy Gallop.


For more information on Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, visit www.ChauntelleTibbals.com and follow her on Twitter @drchauntelle

Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland Announced as Panelist for Upcoming “Women in Porn” Debate




Sssh.com announced [on July 2nd] that Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland will be among the panelists for the event, bringing with her impeccable professional credentials and a long history of achievement both inside and outside the adult entertainment industry.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Kelly accepted our invitation to contribute her perspective to this important discussion,” said Angie Rowntree, owner and founder of Sssh.com. “I think some of the adult industry’s harshest critics simply don’t believe that women like Kelly – meaning strong, independent, smart and accomplished women – actually exist within our industry, and Kelly is a wonderful living example of just how wrong they are.”

Holland got her start in the adult entertainment business back in the mid-90s, while working on a documentary about the industry for European television, when she was asked to direct an adult movie. That directorial debut launched a career that has garnered Kelly high praise as both a director and an executive, leading to her promotion to the position of Managing Director of Penthouse.

Holland’s list of accomplishments at Penthouse is long and impressive, and includes substantially growing Penthouse’s broadcast division globally. Today, Penthouse Entertainment boasts 10 distinct channels reaching over 100 countries and over 400 million households.

“I’m looking forward to a lively and challenging discussion,” Holland said of the upcoming debate. “While adult entertainment is in many ways more accepted by the public than ever, there’s still a host of misconceptions, stereotypes and stigmas attached to our industry that we need to address head-on. The Women in Porn event provides a great opportunity to answer our critics in our own words, without the media filter that often emphasizes only the most sensational and salacious elements of this ongoing cultural debate.”

In addition to her work with Penthouse, Holland also serves as the President of The Animal Rescue Alliance (TARA), which is currently preparing for its 5th annual “Vice is Nice” fundraiser, which will take place on July 26 at Rancho Providencia in Chatsworth, California.

MakeLoveNotPorn.tv Co-founder Cindy Gallop Announced as Panelist for “Women in Porn” Debate

Marketing guru and MakeLoveNotPorn co-founder Cindy Gallop was announced [July 8th] as a panelist for the upcoming “Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths” online debate.

“As someone who is both a distributor of sexually-explicit videos and at times, somewhat critical of the porn industry, Cindy brings a very interesting perspective to the discussion,” said Angie Rowntree, owner of the porn-for-women site Sssh.com, who is organizing and sponsoring the event. “As one of the world’s leading thinkers in advertising and marketing, Cindy also has very impressive credentials outside of the adult entertainment industry.”



A graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is brand-building, marketing and advertising, Gallop opened US office of advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and named Advertising Woman of the Year in 2003. In addition to her MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP) enterprise, Gallop is the founder and CEO of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, described as “co-action software” that launched in beta at TED 2010, and was later taught as a case study at Harvard Business School.

Gallop founded MakeLoveNotPorn.com in 2009, and in 2013, together with co-founders Corey Innis (CTO) and Oonie Chase (UX Lead) beta-launched MakeLovePorn.tv, a platform that enables people to share their homemade sex videos online and share in the revenue generated through rental of the videos by site users. Gallop maintains that while the videos distributed by MLNP are sexually-explicit, they are not “porn,” not “amateur,” but “#realworldsex.” The MakeLovePorn.tv site proclaims that it is “of the people, by the people, and for the people who believe that the sex we have in our everyday lives is the hottest sex there is.”

“MakeLoveNotPorn’s mission is to make it easier to talk about sex, by making #realworldsex socially acceptable and socially shareable, because other social media networks and platforms won’t," Gallop says of the inspiration behind MLNP. “When we don’t talk about sex, porn becomes default sex education, in not the best way. Porn isn’t the issue; not talking about sex is. That’s why our tagline is ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference.’"

Ashley Fires Announced as Panelist for Upcoming “Women in Porn” Debate

Sssh.com has announced adult performer/producer Ashley Fires as another member of the discussion panel for the July 22 event.

Fires, who serves as the official Spokesmodel for Clips4Sale.com, also produces and directs content for her own site AshleyFires.com (www.ashleyfires.com) and the award-nominated sci-fi “fembot” site, SciFiDreamGirls.com (www.scifidreamgirls.com).



“In addition to being an outstanding performer, Ashley is a independent thinker, and brilliant business women” said Angie Rowntree. “Ashley can speak firsthand about life in the industry on both sides of the camera, and from the perspective of an entrepreneur, as well. It’s a broad and diverse point of view, and it makes her an ideal participant for this event.”

Fires, who has been interviewed at length by publications and websites like the LA Times, LA Weekly, Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast, said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to address some of the criticisms directed at the adult industry – and at women like herself.

"I am very honored and much obliged to be part of this discussion with these amazing women" Fires said. "I hope this debate will help to clarify the stereo types and shatter the myths about women in the adult industry."

Fires has appeared in over 100 adult features, working with top-shelf studios like Adam and Eve, Hustler, Digital Playground, Wicked, Elegant Angel and Penthouse. She garnered the 2013 award for Sexiest Adult Star at the 2013 edition of The Sex Awards, and has been nominated for multiple awards, including the XBIZ Awards for Best Web Starlet and Best Performer every year from 2008 to 2013.


To see Ashley Fires’ work, go to www.AshleyFires.com, www.scifidreamgirls.com, and www.Clips4Sale.com.

Erin's note: Press release. I made minor edits.

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