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I mean, do you speak Dutch? Because I don’t, so thank goodness Google translate does! I was recently interviewed in English for de Correspondent, a really edgy-seeming journalistic endeavor.

Here’s their mission:

De Correspondent is een dagelijks, advertentievrij medium met als belangrijkste doelstelling om de wereld van meer context te voorzien. Door het nieuws in een breder perspectief of in een ander licht te plaatsen, willen wij het begrip ‘actualiteit’ herdefiniëren: niet om je aandacht te trekken, maar om je inzicht te bieden in hoe de wereld werkt. (here)

The Correspondent is a daily, ad-free medium with the main goal to provide the world greater context by placing the news in a broader perspective or in a different light. We want the term ‘actuality’ redefined: not to draw your attention, but to offer you understanding on how the world works. (here)


The resulting piece, published sometime around September 15, 2014 and titled “Voor veel vrouwen is porno een gewone baan” (translated: “For many women, porn a normal job“), delivers a conclusion I’ve observed over and over again: porn, like everything else in life, is not perfect… but it’s also not wholly horrific and exploitative.

Here’s the lead in:

Porno: vrijwel iedereen kijkt het, maar bijna niemand wil weten waar het vandaan komt. Participerend onderzoeker Chauntelle Tibbals en pornoveteraan Nina Hartley doen een boekje open. Hun boodschap: ja, de sector zit niet zonder problemen. Maar pornoactrices zijn geen moderne slaven. (here)

Porn: almost everyone looks, but hardly anyone wants to know where it comes from. Participating researcher Chauntelle Tibbals and porn veteran Nina Hartley doing a book open. Their message:  yes, the industry is not without problems. But porn actresses are no modern slaves. (here)

I Google translated some of my quotes, and they seem a bit weird. I guess that’s just the reporter/translator attempting to make my nonsense make sense to a Dutch readership. Feel free to cut and paste and read for yourself (or just check out how pretty the site is!).

I was very happy to speak with the folks at de Correspondent, both for the global dimension of considering adult entertainment and because of their overall mission. You can check out the article in full right –> here.

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