By now we’ve all heard that Stoya, Tori Lux, and Ashley Fires have all come forward and accused James Deen of having sexually assaulted them (according to Stoya, he forced himself on her while they were dating, ignoring her safe word), and kink.com, a BDSM-themed porn site for which Deen works as an actor/producer, has terminated its contract with him, has severred all ties with him. He’s not been convicted of anything, and he is, of course, denying any and all allegations against him. Some people think we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, that we shouldn’t rush to make James Deen the next Bill Cosby, that we should remember innocent until proven guilty. And yeah, innocent until proven guilty is still a real thing.
But kink.com is a real business. It’s a porn business, it’s the business of “Yeah, we need to reshoot that last scene, and this time I need you to slap her ass harder and pull her hair more forcefully”, but it’s still a business. And like any other business, it takes sexual harassment in the workplace seriously. These women who have accused James Deen of having raped them, they have to work with him…now, I want all the women to think about that, no matter what your job is, I want you to answer whether or not you could go to work every day with your rapist and look at him day in and day out, knowing he could do it again? Kink.com says they’re about providing performers a safe work enviornment, and “safe work enviornment” means safe from sexual harassment, safe from sexual assault. You hear people talk about “sleazy” pornographers who “exploit” women, but kink.com isn’t that, it’s something better, it’s a porn site run by people who realize that sex, BDSM or Vanilla, is about trust and respect, and anything else is wrong, and will not be toleratetd.