Porn Stars – Always Coming And Going

Jillian Godsil argues that the time of porn stars is not over, and James Deen is a perfect example of how the image of the porn star may just be changing.

 

A couple days ago, The Daily Beast‘s Richard Abowitz exclaimed that the time of Porn Stars time has come and gone. The article, Death of a Sex Industry Profession, conjures up images of an ebbing star in a far away galaxy, and uses the example of 58 year old Ron Jeremy receiving the Crossover Star of 2012 as a pointer to the demise of porn stars in general. Of course, and conversely, another view might be porn stars have finally come of age, literally, with the grandfather of porn receiving this impressive gong. A gong for a gong perhaps?

The article continues, quoting insiders saying that nowadays no one cares, there is surplus of actors, especially women choosing to enter this profession, and the money is just not there. It looks a bit bleak from that side of the fence.

And yet, porn itself has never been more important, relevant and accessible.

Porn is critically important as one of the single biggest drivers in new and emerging technology. Live streaming, high definition film and hot linking are some of the technologies that began life as part of a porn set. Fluffed by sex, the technical nerds discovered new and exciting ways of bringing different variants of sex to a PC near you. This is largely a good thing.

Porn is also hugely relevant in that it shapes how teenagers and even younger children begin to form their sexuality. This is not such a good thing. Cindy Gallop of Make Love Not Porn fame has some excellent things to say why we need to be alert to what our children are watching. Sexuality educated by porn leads to role play that may not be comfortable for young adults, or for that matter, mature but vulnerable people.

Porn is also hugely accessible, largely free and possibly available on every entertainment device known to man, from cinema screens to cell phones. This pervasive and ubiquitous invasion of porn into all levels of society has done more for the eradication of pubic hair in a decade than evolution has over hundreds of years. And as for the introduction of novel ideas such as vajazzling or anal bleaching, I have to say the influence of porn is positively Machiavellian.

Which brings us back to Porn Stars, are they important, relevant and accessible? Or are their days numbered, awash in a flood of willing nymphets so that no name stands out and only faceless themed sites remain? It is true that the internet, and especially the availability of free porn, has flattened the industry. The same issues face the music and publishing industry. Aside from piracy, the single biggest threat to Porn Stars is the ease with which anyone can make or star in an adult film, live cam or produce a porn portal. Anyone can be a Porn Star, apparently and therefore no one is.

However, I would argue, that this is not the case. The rules have changes and the borders have shifted, but now it’s very much in the hands of the stars to be stars. And as a result, some unlikely heroes have emerged. People like James Deen, who is a legend in his own lunchtime. Given a second career, he may well become a food critic as he divides his time between writing about women and food. His Twitter account stands at an impressive 40,000 followers and he tweets and blogs after he has sex or feeds, typically on a daily basis. His stamina is impressive. He has even attracted the interest of Bret Easton Ellis, whose own Twitter account is said to be writing a mainstream film role for Mr Deen.

Mr Deen’s blog, Where Panties Are Not Allowed, is surprisingly an homage to women and their orifices. He adores women. Every last hole of them and he is kind to his fellow hommes too. The fact that he likes food, is only 5’ 9’’ and looks just like the Jewish guy next door is equally compelling. And his engagement with social media has brought him closer to his fans. Women feel they could have rampant sex with him, and often request the same through Twitter, and that he would still respect them in the morning or at least share a burrito with him, which passes for true intimacy with this pornstar!

James Deen is one porn star that is not going away, but will be coming for a long time yet.

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About Jillian Godsil

Jillian Godsil is a writer located south of Dublin. She is a freelance journalist and is writing four books this year. She shares her literary agent with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. Jillian is somewhat famous for being caught in the property bubble in Ireland where plummeting house prices and divorce left her with a large mansion and no means to afford it. She became known as the ‘Irish Divorcee who sold her house on Youtube’. She lives with her two teenage girls, dog, cat and four horses in a tiny village. www.jilliangodsil.com

Comments

  1. So, first Micheal Fassbender and now James Deen. It seems you have a thing for “Well Endowed” men. I think fellow writer Emily Moss already “has dibs” on this one though. LOL!

  2. he will be coming for sure. let’s hope he doesn’t infect anyone.

  3. “Mr Deen’s blog, Where Panties Are Not Allowed, is surprisingly an homage to women and their orifices. He adores women. Every last hole of them and he is kind to his fellow hommes too. ”

    When women and “orifices” and “holes” are used in the same sentence, the last thing I think of is “respect”. Seriously, what is wrong with people today. Women burned their bras so that women today could get off on being referred to by just their “holes”. The world is going to crap.

    • Artemis says:

      “When women and “orifices” and “holes” are used in the same sentence, the last thing I think of is “respect”. ”

      I understand why you are upset here, but I have actually read his blog and he is very respectful. Mind you, he is having sex with these women, so he is going to become rather intimate with their “orifices” and “holes.” He generally talks about the porn shoots he does and with whom, and he talks about the women and the other work they have done. So I don’t really think it is so strange for him to comment on the tightness of a woman’s vagina if he is having sex with her.

      On an unrelated note, I like how he is doing porn shoots all the time, but in every post he is always SO EXCITED and flattered to get to have sex with whoever he is shooting with that day.

      • On an unrelated note, I like how he is doing porn shoots all the time, but in every post he is always SO EXCITED and flattered to get to have sex with whoever he is shooting with that day.

        I’m curious about this sentiment, and the extent to which it’s shared (or is it?) by many women. I honestly don’t know his work, and the only reason I’ve heard of him is he’s the subject of one of GMP’s all time most popular articles.

        I don’t have a problem with the comment, but what’s curious about it to me is that it seems at odds with what I perceive as the usual reaction to a promiscuous man. That is, if some “player” were to describe himself as being so excited and flattered every time he gets to have sex with “whoever”, I get this feeling the general reaction wouldn’t be respect, but more like disbelief, like “Oh sure, as if it’s possible to really respect women if you bone everything that moves.” In other words, it’s seems to me as though because he’s a porn star, he’s getting a pass that regular guys don’t get. Is that the case?

        It sounds like he’s genuine, btw, and I think a non-porn employed promiscuous man could feel the same way, so I’m just wondering whether his fame somehow mitigates what would otherwise trigger disgust in a lot of people. Why does a guy who’s getting paid to be promiscuous seem more capable of respect than one who’s promiscuous for free? (Or does he?)

        • Artemis says:

          Wow big questions, did not expect that.

          I think it’s cool that he is always so excited because he’s not just excited to have sex with a random woman, he is excited to have sex with this woman whose work he knows and thinks is cool. Which is significant partly because he is a porn star. I would expect the excitement to wear off eventually if he is having sex with a new porn star every day, but it doesn’t seem like it has.

          Also, I think part of it is how he approaches shooting scenes with the women, which I think would also be applicable to non-porn star guys. I don’t actually know any “promiscuous” guys, so I can’t speak for their attitudes or the respect I would have or not have for them. But in his blog, James Deen is excited to have sex with this particular woman because of this reason, not that he is excited to have sex.

          “In other words, it’s seems to me as though because he’s a porn star, he’s getting a pass that regular guys don’t get. Is that the case?”
          Well, the other guys don’t have a fanbase. :) I’m kidding. I think there is an idea that normal “promiscuous” guys don’t really care about who they are having sex with, they just want to have sex. Like they’re selfish and not really interested in the person they’re having sex with. I don’t know, maybe it’s a stereotype. But in contrast James Deen is not excited to have sex, having sex is every day for him, but he is excited to work with this particular person.

          I don’t know. I have a porncrush on Jame Deen so I am incredibly biased here. And I also have little experience with normal guys who have sex with many women, so I don’t have much to say on them. I would say that what sets him apart from the average “player” is his enthusiasm for the particular women, not for the sex.

          Also, he is really good at the sex. That probably helps things.

  4. Artemis says:

    I may have a little crush on James Deen. Also, his increasing fame means his face is actually visible during his porn shoots. Win-win!

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