A Guest Post submitted via the tipline, the author’s name has been withheld by request:
I am a mother, wife and business manager. I won’t name myself here as I do not want my name matched to a google search on the topic of this post.
Last week Stuff repeated an glamified article on porn exploiter James Deen speaking at a University in the US under the headline: “Is this Porn Star Dangerous?”
Stuff (and any newspaper they published it in) are a disgrace for two reasons – they clearly did no research and YES he is dangerous. Why? Because, by his own admission, he is prepared to assault/torture damaged women for money.
A small amount of research will turn up a particular style of video this man does. It is actions not to different from what Michael Edward Farley has been arrested for in Canada. In one particular piece of “art” (his words – he compares himself to Warhol) he berates a 45kg woman for not paying him money she owes. To get his money’s worth out of her he systematically slaps her many times (about the head and various parts of her body), drags her around rooms by the hair, electrocutes her vagina, penetrates her many times despite her saying NO! (also many times), hits her frequently with an object, strangles her, causes her to vomit, etc and ad nauseum . In another he simulates a bondage rape – with a child like girl who must way all of 40kg. I stopped searching at that point (who would be a film censor?)
Not that I even think consent is relevant for something like this (in NZ a woman cannot consent to criminal assault – even in her home – we have worked hard at that) but people with mental issues are often considered not to have the legal capacity to consent and Deen admits these women are often “damaged” but if he can earn a buck – why not?
This is a person that a reporter and editor at Stuff described as “intelligent and charming”.
As an aside Deen was also a protester against porn actors being required to wear condoms. His reasoning – they are too small and don’t last a four hour session (would have thought an “intelligent” person would have thought to change after a time). As for the condoms being too small – maybe he has got an inflated personal perspective from working with tiny women that he can physically intimidate. He is not a big man a clearly has to choose carefully who he “works” with.
Deen is dangerous to the women he works with and as an example to society. The last thing I want as a woman (or for my daughter) is for any man to consider that assaulting/torturing a female for his own pleasure is even close to OKAY.
Stuff need to take down the article, apologise and review their processes (at least). Maybe they could send their staff along to this - http://www.areyouok.org.nz/