Saturday, May 21, 2011

Racism in Porn

This past week Nica Noelle (my very favorite producer/director) tweeted that a long time Sweetheart Video performer (unnamed) had refused to do an interracial girl-girl scene.  For Nica, this meant that she wouldn't be using that performer again, because Nica is very firm in her stance against racism.   It is not likely that we will have all the details of Nica's conversation with whoever this was; therefore it is difficult to place this issue in its proper context.  The general topic, however, is worth considering in any event.

I've been thinking about this all week (well, not every minute, but it's been in the back of my mind) and I'm not entirely sure that Nica isn't cutting off her nose to spite her face.  What if a female performer came to her and said, "I won't do women who aren't physically fit," or "I won't do older women," or "I won't do guys with lots of body hair," or even "I won't do any bi-guys?"

Deciding who you will/won't have sex with is a lot different than deciding who you'll sit next to on the bus or at a coffee shop counter; who you might hire for a job; who you might want to have in your neighborhood; who you're going to allow to vote. 

Since Nica's considerable (and well deserved) reputation as a superior Producer/Director is built in no small measure on the positive chemistry between the performers in her video productions I would think that her bias would be toward making sure that the people she's putting together are well matched, sexually.   What if the woman in question (and we'll probably never know for sure who it was) hadn't said anything, but took the money and did the scene anyway.  What then?  Probably a mediocre (at best) scene and a waste of time, money, and talent.

Having sex is the most intimate thing two people can do.  If the chemistry isn't right, the sex is no good -- no good for the performers and no good for porn consumers like me.  I applaud Nica Noelle for her principled stand on racial issues, and I want to make it clear that I hold similar views.  In this case, however, I would have counselled a more pragmatic approach.
 
This isn't the first time I've encountered this type of discussion.  It's all over the forums at adultdvdtalk.com.  "When will so-and-so do IR?"  "Why is so-and-so dodging black guys?"  "So-and-so is a racist because she's never done IR." 
 
The bottom line, for me is this:  Sexual attraction is not a human right.  Sexual consent is.

1 comment:

  1. I came across you're blog by chance but I had to comment. I agree with you to a point, but I must say that if the performer specifically indicated that she wasn't willing to do the scene because her intended sex-partner was of another race then I fully agree with Nica's stance on the matter. Also since you stated that Nica is known for the putting performers with great chemistry together, don't you think she knew they would have been a good match? As an avid Sweetheart Video's viewer and having acquaintances in the field, I can say that not all performers doing a scene (especially lesbian) like each other but their chemistry is wonderful simply made possible because they were professional.

    Nice blog.

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