The James Deen Porn Scandal is So Much Worse Than What’s Being Reported

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2015-12-19 by Call Me Sunshine

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There’s something darker beneath the surface of the James Deen scandal. There is much more to the story here than a porn star who has allegedly sexually assaulted women. In fact, it has a lot to do with what we as a society are willing to consider “sexual assault” to begin with. The Judeo-Christian framework for sexual morality has been dismantled, and the secularists have erected a single, flimsy barrier between the predators and the prey: Consent.

Consent has become the all-important standard for what constitutes an acceptable sexual interaction. No longer is marriage, dignity, mutual respect, love, or even affection important (the most truly vomit-worthy development in the continually metastasizing cancer of the Sexual Revolution is the concept of “hate sex.”) If consent is given — which means, in the vast majority of cases, the girl saying yes to the guy — then no one has any right to pass judgement on what happens next, regardless of how degrading, humiliating, or brutal it is.

That’s why most debates about pornography go something like this:

Anti-porn guy: How is it okay to call women horrifying names, choke them out, hit them, and perpetrate extremely painful sex acts on them?

Person who watches porn: They gave consent. So it’s all fine.

Anti-porn guy: But I thought calling women misogynist names and literally using weapons and restraints on them was something all civilized people opposed?

Person who watches porn: Chill out, dude, it’s just fantasy.

Anti-porn guy: Okay, but first, it’s not just fantasy. It is literally happening to the girl in the porn movie. And don’t you think there’s something creepy about seeking your sexual jollies watching girls get mauled on-screen? Don’t you think that your choice in fantasy speaks to something deeply problematic about how you see women?

Person who watches porn: Whatever.

An example of this is what alleged rapist James Deen used as his defence against the accusations of sexual assault: he cited a scene in which he was viciously slapping a girl across the face during intercourse, but stopped when she burst into sobbing and said she didn’t want to do that, and pointed out that the porn industry is full of examples of male performers refusing to stop. Once the girl signs the contract for the shoot, many porn directors feel no need to shut down the proceedings if she gets hurt or scared.

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But stop and think for a moment. This should make you incredulous. That James Deen ceased to viciously slap a girl is his defence. Whether or not the girl consented to the violence, no one can possibly deny that the porn industry produces sexual violence as a matter of course.

Which brings me to a truly troubling article put out last week by Mic.com, a wildly popular site that targets young people. Titled “What this professional porn villain can teach us about sex and consent,” they admiringly profile Tim Woodman, one of porn’s top bad guys, on how he is very respectful and empathetic in spite of specializing in “abduction…molestation…and staged rape.”

Woodman gives a startlingly honest analysis of what he thinks people want. They want women to be rescued, he says, but first, they want all sorts of horrible things to happen to her while they enjoy watching it—“maybe even tortured, or worse.”

“That’s where I come in,” he says. “I’m everybody’s inner monster, doing the horrible things they secretly want to so they can enjoy their darkest desires guilt-free.”

Feeding the monsters. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

After all, anyone who follows the slow spread of venereal violence from the porn industry into the culture, from the fantasy-soaked minds of the young into terrifying situations in real life, knows that the violence is not being contained on porn sets – and it’s not just James Deen who finds his inner monsters becoming his external desires. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scenario plays out over and over for the teenage girls who find out that their sweet boyfriends having been using porn as a playbook – and that they’re expected to imitate porn stars.

For example. The Independent reported last week on a new study, highlighting some particularly disturbing findings:

A study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it…

The qualitative study found that anal heterosex appeared to be “painful, risky and coercive, particularly for women,” while males spoke of being expected to persuade or coerce reluctant partners…

There appeared to be competition between boys to have had anal sex with girls, while the main reason that young people also cited for engaging in the act is that boys “wanted to copy what they saw in pornography.”

Which is why, another British news outlet reported, doctors are horrified to find an influx of girls as young as thirteen showing up at their offices for a variety of treatments including stitches—because their bodies simply can’t handle the sex acts boys would like to re-enact from pornography.

As the evidence of what porn is doing to our minds, our relationships, and our culture continues to come out, slowly but surely, we’re going to have to do some soul-searching. We’re talking about an entire society that is hooked on pornography. People cling to the flimsy concept of “consent” to excuse the misogyny and savagery that pornography promotes and portrays. Because I’m sorry—if your idea of a fantasy is the fear in a girl’s eyes, or screams of pain, or some woman being slapped to the ground, then whether or not she consented to this assault is the least of your problems.

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Porn star James Deen has been accused of repeatedly assaulting and raping fellow performers.

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Actual rape within an industry that glorifies rape? Say it ain’t so.

Dec. 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The porn industry’s most recent scandal was so predictable that I can only assume that everyone is feigning shock because that’s just what they’re supposed to do. Sexual assault within an industry that specializes in glamorizing sexual assault? A rapist amongst the ranks of those who enact brutal rape scenes for the arousal and entertainment of pervert porn watchers? Shocking.

The story is hard to recount without getting too explicit, but the short version is that James Deen, a high-profile porn actor known as “porn’s boy next door,” if the boy next door was a sex-obsessed sadist with anger issues, has been facing a long string of victims who are going public with accusations that he sexually assaulted them in often brutal ways.

His ex-girlfriend alleges he held her down while she begged him to stop. Porn actress Amber Rayne claims Deen mauled her during a porn scene, raping her in various ways until the shoot had to be paused because of all the blood—she needed to get stitches immediately afterwards. The watching film crew high-fived Deen afterwards, pleased that he’d gotten her to do things her agent had specifically said she would not do—and at a lower price, too! When Rayne complained to her agent, her agent allegedly said, “I should feel honored that James wanted me so badly because he was one of the best male performers.”

In fact, a number of media outlets are expressing shock not just at how many instances of sexual assault Deen appears to have gotten away with – until now – but also the cavalier, lackadaisical attitude of the porn directors and film crews. Considering the types of porn these crews are often shooting – scenes that specialize in degrading, humiliating actions in which the girl is forced to service a male actor in a variety of bizarre and depraved ways – some may not even notice the difference between the rape unfolding in front of them and the “fake rape” they were supposed to catch on film. Former porn actress Aurora Snow says such things are frequent, stating that she’s seen “a porn director, actor, and crew going ahead with a scene after the starring woman passed out cold: They propped her up with her face in a pile of pillows and raped her.”

What’s chilling about many of the accusations coming out is that many of the instances of sexual assault being described by the various girls brutalized by Deen were filmed and released as good old run-of-the-mill pornography. Which means that many, many men have been getting aroused and getting off to the sight of girls being raped. In fact, my colleague Daniel Gilman tells a story about one of his friends who was date-raped on a porn set, and had someone come up to her years later to tell her how much he enjoyed that porn scene — not realizing that each and every time, he’d been watching her get raped.

Horrifying, isn’t it?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Those hunting for rape culture on university campuses are looking in the wrong place. The real rape culture is emanating from the screens of our iPads, laptops, and cell phones.

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Even those examining the industry have been forced to admit that Deen’s case may be indicative of deeper problems. From Slate:

“It’s likely that the nature of the business makes it more difficult for participants and outsiders to identify rape and call it out. Snow concludes that Deen’s years of acting out scenes of rape and rough sex have blurred the lines between his scripted professional life and his real-world interactions with women: ‘James Deen gets paid to have rough sex. And by his own admission he’s good at it, maybe even enjoys it. … [In porn,] on-set behaviors and attitudes that would be shocking to most and sometimes even criminal are normalized, and after years of performing, it can be hard to separate the work from reality. … When your job regularly consists of roughing a woman up, ignoring her pleas, and choking her out, do you start to bring some of that behavior home with you?’”

Well, yes. Finally people are asking the right questions. We do not have one brain for fantasy and one brain for reality, and so when we engage in this kind of behavior or consume it, the two will—surely this is precisely the right word—bleed into each other. It’s bizarre that the porn industry can release a deluge of material showing women being treated in a way that no woman should ever be treated, violated in ways that no one should ever experience, called names that no mouth should ever utter—and their excuse is that this “is just fantasy.” Isn’t that problematic all by itself? Why are we fantasizing about abusing and destroying the feminine? And why aren’t more people upset about this?

Does the idea of a guy coming home after a long day at work and kicking back with a cold beer and a video of a teenage girl getting violated by three men at the same time not disturb you at all? Is there nothing about that scenario that doesn’t make you recoil, even just a little?

It’s ridiculous, hearing the porn industry and its pervert apologists loudly claiming that their products do not impact that way men see women. We have a mountain of evidence to prove that this is not the case. Not to mention the fact that the entire marketing industry is based on the premise that imagery changes the way people behave—and pour billions into imagery that will do just that. Yet, somehow we let the porn industry get away with the claim that their imagery, which appeals to one of the most powerful instincts in the human person—sexuality—will have no impact at all and get nods of agreement from the culture.

Hopefully, James Deen will be prosecuted. Hopefully, he’ll go to jail. But that won’t be the end of the problem of sexual assault in the porn industry. The glamorization and commercialization of misogyny and sexual assault is built right into the industry—it’s what they do. Porn actresses have been contracting STDs, flaming out spectacularly, developing drug and alcohol addictions, complaining about sexual assault, and committing suicide in horrifying numbers for years, and no one has been listening. No one has been listening because no one wants to stop watching porn. And that’s why James Deen will not simply be an outed rapist—he will be a trend.

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