The Rise of the Intellectual Pornstar

Gomez, Camilo

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  27/09/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23015

Once only found in society's margins, the pornography industry has developed into a multi-billion dollar business that is branching into the mainstream. The article explains that the industry, while still controversial, increasingly comments on the social problems of today and pushes for reforms in areas that other large industries are scared to.



In the Trump era, porn's political connotations are particularly important - and ironic. Despite the 2016 GOP resolution dubbing porn a "public health crisis," Republican president Donald Trump is accused of having had an affair with pornstar Stormy Daniels. Many conservatives have spoken critically of Daniels - former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has mocked her job and her looks. Despite the attacks, Stormy has been able to capitalize on her moment in the sun, running a strip club tour and releasing a book about the affair. Unlike many Trump critics, she hasn't been silenced by the president or his loyalists. Indeed, she has persisted with her version of the story, disallowing anyone from shaming her and transforming herself into a feminist hero of sorts.
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