Mindbrowse: Ethical Porn in Practice

Article by · January 27, 2018 ·

The most recent Mindbrowse event — “Ethical Porn in Practice” — was held on Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at the Andaz Hotel as part of the XBIZ 2018 event series. The program was also broadcast live via Periscope on Twitter at @SsshforWomen to 4.7k viewers.

Impact Statement for “Ethical Porn in Practice”

In today’s industry, ethical content production is imperative — but what constitutes ethical in practice, as well as within the context of our constantly evolving social landscape? This discussion, hosted by Mindbrowse.com and Ethical.porn, will dig deep into “ethical” as it pertains to adult content production — a concept that transcends notions of “correct” sexual expression or genre, and emphasizes multifaceted standpoints, as well as consent, revealing how producers and performers can work together more effectively.



Participants

Moderated and Co-organized by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals

Event participants included performer and custom video producer, Casey Calvert; Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director and owner of Ikigai Marketing, Kristel Penn; Lead Director of YanksVR.com and Yanks.com, Lily Campbell; owner of Venus Lux Entertainment Inc., Venus Lux; Vice President of Operations for Rodney Moore and Transational Fantasies, Fran Marquez; author, performer and activist, Siouxsie Q. James; performer Michael Vegas; and performer, writer and Spankchain.com associate, Janice Griffith.

Senior Producer: Angie Rowntree at Sssh.com

Post-Show Commentary From Moderator, Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals

From the perspective of the co-organizer and moderator, our “Ethical Porn in Practice” discussion event was as challenging as it was timely and innovative. Here is what Dr. Tibbals had to say:

The adult industry is vast and complex, and the issue of ethical practice in production is multi-faceted and charged. Assembling a group of speakers that even sort-of approximated the issue and industry diversity and were willing to engage a variety of standpoints was challenging — but I think we did a great job of getting as much representation as possible into our group of speakers. And the attendance — that was amazing! We had so many people there wanting and willing to weigh in from throughout the industry community. It certainly enhanced this aspect of the event overall.

The other challenge with this particular program was to develop a setup that eschewed the conventional hierarchy inherent to the conventional “panel of experts speaking to an audience” format. Though it was tricky (and slightly odd for me as moderator, at least at first) the circle/group format we went with definitely moved us towards a more egalitarian discussion, which was the goal.

My only regret with the event was that we were not able to even sort of touch on the second and third questions I had prepared. Regarding enhancing ethical spaces, these questions were: What are more finite and immediate efforts we can engage, and what are larger big picture changes we can tackle? This is often where events seeking to unpack significant social issues fall off. We are able to engage what’s wrong, but we often run out of time before even discussing potential solutions and courses of action. This is why we need to make a concerted effort to continue these discussions in succession — for instance, one day for the issues and an immediately following day for solutions.

“Ethical Porn in Practice” was challenging, in part, because it was so “right now.” My greatest hope coming from this discussion/event is that we do not let these issues fall by the wayside.

— Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, Sociologist, @drchauntelle