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Friday, November 30, 2012

Meet Cherry Torn, Bondage Model


Cherry Torn hangs around with Matt and Isis Love at Hogtied.com. Note that she is feeling up Matt's package ... sneaky little thing! Image source: Hogtied.com.

It's not that unusual for bondage models to have blogs, but many of them are little more than marketing vehicles for the model's various projects. Not so Cherry Torn, her blog is a fairly up front and honest accounting of her life as a porn model and Kink.com staffer. (Of course, she does tell her readers about her various projects, but it's not all that much marketing babble.) Most of her blog consists of her honest responses to reader questions and the issues of the day.

I'd hold up her post entitled The Next Chapter as a pretty honest recounting of her experiences and feeling about working in fetish vs. vanilla porn.

I really admire Ms. Torn for being willing to bring her humanity to her porn work. I think in a way that porn stars and porn watchers have a sort of complicit agreement that porn stars will be an exotic "other" -- the girls you won't bring home to mother, but would dearly love to meet in a hotel room somewhere. It gives the porn stars a sense of glamor and also of separation from their job. It gives the porn fan the chance to think it is all right to mentally treat the porn star in ways they would not treat the real life women in their lives.

But I think this agreement is part of what makes it possible for sex workers to be marginalized ... they are the other, it's OK not to treat them as we treat others in society, it's OK to keep their totally consensual, non-destructive behavior illegal and deny them the same protections we afford other workers in our society because they're "other." They're those glamorous porn stars (and prostitutes) who are not like real women, the ones we hang out with all the time.

Oh, they may have mothers, sisters, brothers and lovers, but they're not like us, oh no. In primitive societies like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, women who are accused of being sexually promiscuous by their standards can be so thoroughly "othered" that their own relatives kill them out of fear of getting those "other" cooties on themselves. "Honor killings" they call them, in a fine bit of irony.

So when women like Nina Hartley and Cherry Torn and Susan Bright insist on being sexy, sexually active and still present themselves to us a normal human beings and not merely exotic "porn stars,' I think that's a definite positive development. We need all the humanity we can get in this sorry old excuse for a world. Plus, it's more interesting to read Torn's complaint about the extensive preparation she has to do prior to doing an anal scene.

And I found it revealing that tattoos tend to devalue porn performers. And strange, too, since so many of them have extensive tats. I personally think it's unprofessional for a model to have tattoos -- their body is a canvas, if a tattoo or tattoos are required for a certain shoot, they can get temporary tattoos and apply them. Part of the job, y'know?

Anyway, give the blog a read, totally worth it.

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