revolution is over and those few scarred veterans who survive
and refuse to surrender are marked forever with a digitalized
At least that
seems to be the message from the family values camp.
head of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, fired the
most recent anti-sex salve. Upon learning porn star Jenna Jameson
was to appear at the Grammy Awards with recording artist Kid Rock,
Greene banned the blonde actress from the show.
that a woman who earned her living by having sex on camera would
be bad for the show's image. Oddly enough, he didn't seem to mind
when Raylene, a lesser-known porn star, replace Jameson onstage.
of irony is that Jameson appeared as a guest star on the CBS series
"Nash Bridges" the same week. She's also appeared frequently on
E! and Howard Stern, but always as the jiggling blonde bimbo.
to her could not be more clear--Jameson is nothing but a sex object
and should stick to behaving as one in places where it's permissible
for men to ogle women of loose morals. The Grammy Awards are not
such a place.
So much for
an enlightened society where women are allowed to better themselves.
That was certainly
the case for Brandy Alexandre. After surviving a career of acting,
writing and directing porn films, Alexandre said goodbye to the
industry to pursue a life away from the cameras.
I'd like to
say she worked her way up to the top, but that's not the case.
Alexandre started at the top of her new profession. She became
the executive secretary to the head of Forest Lawn. For three
years, she was an exemplary employee with remarkable evaluations
and annual raises well above the company average. Alexandre was
a model employee during her seven years at Forest Lawn.
boss learned of her former career.
even Alexandre's fault her past life became known. She was content
to remain anonymous. Unfortunately, a cyberstalker informed her
supervisors that they had a former porn queen working within the
hallowed halls of Forest Lawn.
Alexandre was an embarrassment who had to be disposed of quickly
the problem seemed to be less that Alexandre had done porn, than
that people knew she'd done porn. Perhaps more importantly, when
confronted, she didn't fall apart and show the proper amount of
shame for her past.
and Alexandre are women who have never been ashamed of their sexuality
or quick to apologize for their lives. They have never claimed
the evil pornography industry abused, duped or used them.
Had they hit
the talk show circuit condemning the porn industry, they might
be media darlings. It worked for Linda Lovelace and Tracy Lords.
It seems the role of bad example is the only one open to former
porn stars once they leave the industry. It's certainly the only
way mainstream society seems willing to accept them.
may have evolved since the days of the public stocks and scarlet
letters, but the fate of women who chose to openly enjoy sex and--God
forbid ... profit from their libidos is still much the same. They
should leave porn, deny their sexuality and live a normal, moral
life, but they should do it somewhere else.
room for porn stars--even retired ones--at the Grammy Awards or
Forest Lawn, or your local bank.
have publicly embraced their sexuality should just go away, quietly
wearing their scarlet letters. Society may forget them, but it
will never forgive.
© 2000 Nick Adams All Rights Reserved
years working as a mainstream journalist, Nick Adams turned to
writing erotica and working within the sex industry. Pornographers,
he feels, are much more ethical than the corporations which own
newspapers these days.
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