Checklists, Safe Words, and Interrupted Orgasms: How Directors Are Navigating Consent During 'Rough' Porn Shoots

Several years ago, Angie Rowntree was on a porn set—a stark, unadorned dungeon—watching as an actor fingered his female co-star. The woman, kneeling on a bench with her wrists secured in front of her, suddenly shifted her body and inhaled sharply. Rowntree, who was taking still photographs as the director filmed the…

Noise Innovator and Former Porn Performer Cosey Fanni Tutti on Her New Memoir, Art Sex Music

Lives like Cosey Fanni Tutti’s are practically crying out to be written down. Born Christine Newby in 1951 in Yorkshire, England, she’d eventually be dubbed “Cosmosis” (“Cosey,” for short) by the infamous Genesis P-Orridge, the boyfriend with whom she’d go on to found the art collective COUM Transmission in the late…

Following James Deen Allegations, Stoya’s Interest in the Porn Industry Remains Unclear

In November, adult actress Stoya ignited a firestorm in two tweets, when she accused ex-boyfriend James Deen of rape. Deen professed himself “baffled” by allegations from both Stoya and multiple other exes and porn performers, and after a brief hiatus, has seemingly returned to his regular filming and deep tweeting …

Porn Industry Makeup Artist Skewered For 'Before' Photos of Clients

As a makeup artist in the adult film industry, Melissa Murphy’s paramount task is to transform flesh into fantasy. “Before and after” photos, often transfixing in any context, offered her a means of showcasing that metamorphosis — and, crucially, her talent in cosmetology. But when her Instagram account—replete with…

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