BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jul 21, 2014) - Sssh.com, the web's premier porn-for-women site, announced earlier this month an event called Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths, an interactive panel discussion that brings together prominent women working in the adult entertainment industry against porn's harshest critics to debate the nature of the industry and women's changing role in it.
Scheduled for July 22 at 3pm Eastern time, the live video broadcast event will be available to viewers free of charge on MindBrowse.com.
"When critics take aim at the adult industry, one of their main arguments is that the industry is inherently misogynistic, and that the women who work and perform in the industry are basically broken people," said Angie Rowntree, founder of Sssh.com and organizer of the event. Rowntree said that in addition to giving women in the adult industry an opportunity to respond to some of the criticisms frequently directed at them, the panel will "reexamine old assumptions about the industry." In particular, the discussion will address whether porn is really always exploitative of women or if it may have an empowering effect, as well.
Panelists for the discussion include Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland, adult performer/director Ashley Fires, and MakeLoveNotPorn.com co-founder Cindy Gallop and Fred Lane who has lectured across the United States on the pornography industry and the culture wars and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice during its defense of the Child Online Protection Act. Lane serves on the advisory boards of Enough.org and S.E.S.A.M.E. Moderating the discussion is sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, whose fields of study include gender, sexuality, work and organizations, new media, and popular culture.
"More and more, women are found in the board rooms and director's chairs in this industry. This is changing the nature of porn and the way the public perceives it," says Rowntree. "Critics of the porn industry basically deny that these changes are taking place. Among other things, this event gives us an opportunity to engage these points head on."