As per usual this time of year, I am contributing to the Mindbrowse.com discussion event happening at XBIZ. This year’s topic is about consent — before, during, and after performers’ time on set.

Here’s some press details about the event:

January, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) — Mindbrowse.com and Sssh.com are hosting the discussion “Porn Production & Consent” at the 2019 XBIZ show.

The event will be held on Tuesday January 15 at noon in the Andaz Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. It will also be broadcast live via Periscope on Twitter at @ssshforwomen.  

Consent is both multifaceted and complex, while also being super basic — a mandatory imperative that’s constantly re/adjusting and evolving throughout every social interaction.

Consent is something that’s long been embedded in the adult content production process; however, during this past year alone, several instances have highlighted moments wherein co-working parties’ understanding of what’s consensual have broken down. These high-profile instances are certainly only a sampling of other obscured infractions. How do we, as a community, work to do better?

“Porn Production & Consent: Before, During, and After a Shoot” will dig deep into consent as it pertains to adult content production processes and practices. The discussion will also explore ways in which producers, performers, and other invested parties can work together more effectively.

Mindbrowse events are produced by Sssh.com’s award-winning director Angie Rowntree and organized and moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals.

“Consent is immensely important especially in the context of creating adult entertainment,” Rowntree said. “It’s critical that every sex act and encounter we depict is done with the clear and explicit consent of everyone involved. It’s also crucial for adult content creators to understand that consent is something that can be withdrawn by the performers at any point in filming, should they change their minds or become uncomfortable with doing something they’d previously agreed to do.”

“Most importantly, at the center of consent is communication,” Rowntree added, “between partners, between performers and directors so that everyone understands each other’s boundaries, limits, and needs.”

Event participants include Casey Calvert, Missy Martinez, Janice Griffith, Mercedes Carrera, Casey Kisses, Violet Monroe, Small Hands, and Natasha Nice.

In an attempt to create a more egalitarian space, this Mindbrowse event will deviate from the conventional panel format and will instead utilize a round table discussion format. The group of “official” event participants will weigh in, but all attendees are encouraged to participate in the group discussion.

“Consent is a tricky concept. It’s definitive — yes or no — while also constantly evolving throughout the course of any social interaction. As humans in today’s world, we are encouraged to not talk about sex, as well as be uncomfortable with the idea that feelings can change in real time — a recipe for disaster when talking about consent in the context of sex,” Dr. Tibbals said. “Intimate labor such as porn performance seems to augment these complexities, as well as introduced a whole series of additional, unique issues.”

“Our goal with this event is to unpack these issues as they occur before, during, and after a shoot and — perhaps most significantly — start identifying strategies to help work better together,” Dr. Tibbals added.

What do you think?

Also of fun note, I am moderating a clips panel called “Custom Clips: Satisfying Consumer Demand” on January 16 at 3 pm — super duper!

Find the entire show schedule here.

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One thought on “‘Porn Production & Consent’ at XBIZ 2019

  • January 14, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    I think it’s long overdue for our industry to be having this conversation and I’m looking forward to the panel!

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