Danny Wylde is presenting The Politics of Producing Pleasure: Feminist Porn in Industry and Academe. Check out Danny’s bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I am a pornographic performer. Several years ago, I started to document my experiences in order to:
First, define what pornography is from a sex worker’s point of view.
Second, explore the ethics of porn production.
Third, open an honest dialog with consumers about how pornography effects those who watch it, and vice versa.
I believe this process – helped along by online dissemination – has some impact on the cultural perception of both sex workers and pornography itself.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
The catalyst for my change in thought process regarding sex work and pornography was the privilege of my on-camera participation and the ability to meet a great many of those who now make up my community.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
I think there is a problem with classification/simplification that tends to misrepresent an entire culture. Such as when people make claims that pornography is about something specific – especially with negative connotation. Sexuality (including representations of sexuality) is never uniform. To say so is to negate our multi-faceted, human experience. This has far-reaching consequences, particularly in terms of censorship and discrimination.
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
I believe the traction of the Feminist Porn Movement both within the academic and public sphere has been a great step forward. It allows us to move past adversarial conversations regarding porn, and into discussions on how representations of sexuality can make up positive experiences in our lives.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, The Politics of Producing Pleasure: Feminist Porn in Industry and Academe, to CatalystCon West?
I feel it’s important to bring Feminist Porn to CatalystCon West because the future of my industry may rely on a public perception of pornography as a valuable contribution to society.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I am addicted to Boba.