Abuse at kink.com

Avatari says she was never offered workers’ comp for injuries sustained during the virginity shoot. “It took me months to heal after I lost my virginity,” she claims. “I had to have vaginal reconstructive surgery. There was no compensation for that. Honestly, I was lucky I had insurance at the time.”

Avatari says the shoot was plagued with problems — she could not be fully penetrated at first, she claims, and the male model performing with her switched directly from anal to vaginal contact without taking proper measures to cleanse himself in between. She eventually stopped the shoot because “I was in a lot of pain,” but took a break to collect herself and then completed the scene. Afterwards, she explains, “They had a doctor inspect me right after to make sure I didn’t need stitches, but after that there was no more aftercare.”

After she healed, Avatari claims she tried to work with Kink again, but says they wouldn’t hire her. “My porn career has been shattered completely,” she explains.

Alexander was able to return to Kink after her injury [from an “electric zapper”]. Her goal, she says, was to be cast on The Upper Floor, another of Kink’s websites, and thereby escape the toxic cam department. She claims to have often performed for free on The Upper Floor, and that when she was asked to represent Kink at the Folsom Street Fair last fall she thought her chance at a casting had finally arrived.

On stage at the fair, she estimates that she was caned and whipped for 35 minutes. “I’ve never received a beating like that before in my life,” Alexander says. “I have permanent scars up and down the backs of my thighs. It was all things that I had consented to, but I didn’t know quite the brutality of what was about to happen to me until I was in it.”

Of this incident, Acworth says, “There was never any mention of work on The Upper Floor on this occasion,” adding that “following the scene, Eden gave no feedback to the effect that she was upset by the markings.”

But according to his own shooting rules, she shouldn’t have to say anything. The rules read, “Models must be informed about the possibility of being marked prior to the shoot, and they must explicitly agree to being marked in a way that lasts more than a few hours. … Heavier marking beneath the skin, including blue/purple bruising, should not be substantial, even if the model consents.” If these rules had been followed, Alexander should never have sustained permanent scars on her body. Acworth says the shooting rules were not in effect at the fair, even though Alexander was filmed and footage was posted BehindKink.com, a Kink site devoted to promoting the company. “Since Folsom Street Fair is very much a BDSM practitioners event, and because no shoot was shot at the fair for the purposes of publication on our paid sites, the shooting rules were not in effect for it.”

The full article is here (TRIGGER WARNING for the images used in the article), and is mostly pro-porn, but it is still useful to read to find out what even a ‘ethical’ porn company is like, with women pushed to do more and more extreme acts in order to keep making money, and under pressure to keep quiet about it if they are suffering.

5 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Sifting Through The Pulp and commented:
    One cannot consent to torture.

  2. Excuses, excuses and yet more excuses from pornstitution industry. ‘Ethical porn company?’ It doesn’t exist because pornography industry exists due to male demand for limitless filmed sadistic male sexual violence against women.

    Now I wonder why slavery has been globally condemned given all that was really needed was for ‘ethical slavery to happen’ in order that enslaved women and men would be accorded access to food and shelter. Everything else is apparently irrelevant because it neatly erases what ‘slavery means.’ Just as pornography is irrelevant because only issue is to maintain fiction ‘ethical porn is possible if only those “pesky” male pornographers would ensure female participants are made aware of what they are choosing to accept.’

    Once a female has accepted what she is expected to experience in filmed male sexual violence against women this neatly erases the fact she is routinely subjected to sadistic male sexual violence. It is irrelevant that females in porn are routinely subjected to severe physical pain because all that matters is that male pornographers continue to earn huge profits.

    Women being subjected to filmed sadistic male sexual violence? No it is all ‘fantasy’ and anyway the women in porn soon heal don’t they and does it matter if female has a few ‘scars’ – who cares as long as men are able to access pornography because men need this to reinforce their male hatred/male contempt for women. Remember no human was harmed in production of porn because women aren’t human!

  3. Hello! I am a flaming angry Feminist myself who congradulates you women for putting this information out there. I love your blog. Now I have a question: I am always on the woman’s side when it comes to injustice. Why do women CHOOSE a “career” in the porn industry?! Porn today is more violent than ever-I am sure these women have seen porn before and they must know what they are getting into. No one puts a gun to their heads and forces them to be in porn. (Well-I know it DOES .happen), but let’s say the women go into this shitty biz of free will..After a horrible first experience on a set, why do they go back for more? The money? Drug addiction? I’m sure you have heard of Max Hardcore. I hate this scumbag and wish I could castrate him, by the way..I’m sure women have heard about his horrendous treatment of women!! Why “work” with this fucker? That’s an example. If women didn’t work in porn, there would be NO PORN.

  4. Hello Amanda,

    I think it is a mixture of naivety and poverty that gets women into pornography, and that drug/alcohol addiction also plays a large part in it.

    Women may think it is glamorous, that they will make a lot of money, that it will help them get a career in the mainstream.

    Women will mostly start off doing milder stuff, then be manipulated by their manager/pimps and on the set into doing more extreme acts.

    Most women don’t last long in the industry, even porn-loving dudes estimate that women only last for three films. For the women who do last, I think there is a kind of institutionalisation occurring, the longer a woman is there, the harder it is to leave (not many transferable skills in the sex industry), and to keep on making money, they have to do more extreme acts.

    In the LA porn industry, for the women who do last in porn, it is more like an advertisement for those women’s prostitution (which is where they make most of their money).

    Also, some porn is made in developing countries, where there is more economic desperation, and fewer safeguards/protections.

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that if women didn’t work in porn, there would be no porn, as that comes close to victim blaming. Any filmed rape is porn, and images taken within a private relationship, then distributed without the woman’s permission is porn.

  5. […] This epitomises the difference between liberal ‘feminism’ and radical feminism; to be radical means to go to the root of the problem, liberal ‘feminists’ only want to mess around at the edges, which is why they were so keen to uncritically embrace Deen in the first place, even thought he has always been sketchy, and worked for BDSM company kink.com, which has a long history of abusive behaviour. […]

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