January 30, 2015, 8:33 AM
Sneaky Magazine did a great interview with “Best New Starlet” Carter Cruise.
We Spoke To Carter Cruise, Award-Winning Adult Film Star
Carter Cruise is a porn star with brains, who is as passionate about women’s sexuality and freedom as she is about having sex on camera. She’s just won a bunch of AVN and XBIZ awards over the past year, and we spoke to her about sex, the porn industry, freedom and having the balls to do what you want with your life.
Hey, so obviously you’re in an industry most people would consider to be an extreme one… how did you get into it? What was your childhood like? Were you a restless kid?
I grew up in North Carolina, in the suburbs. You know Stepford housewives? It’s just like that; lots of golf courses. There are even rules about what colour you can paint your house. Since I was five years old I’d wanted to live in New York city. All the energy there was really appealing. I wanted to do all these crazy, amazing things, and everyone was doing those things in NY and LA. And I wanted to be amongst those people.
I liked to read erotic stories and go on Wikipedia and just read about fetishes, BDSM, homosexuality. I was interested in it partly in a sexual way, but mostly just out of curiosity about what other people do in secret. I just wanted to understand them.
When did you start to feel as though you had a different attitude to sexuality?
I think I was pretty aware of that from a very early age. I was super interested in sex since I was really, really little. I found out about it when I was about five – I just thought it was so cool. I was very inquisitive about it as a child, and peppered my mum with questions, so finally she told me everything. And I was masturbating really early – like when I was five or younger. At the time I didn’t connect the two things – masturbating and sex. But when I was in middle school – when I first got internet access – I liked to read erotic stories and go on Wikipedia and read about fetishes, BDSM, homosexuality. I was interested in it partly in a sexual way, but mostly just out of curiosity about what other people do in secret. I just wanted to understand them.
So partly it was discovering your own sexuality and partly it was anthropological?
Yeah. I love to understand people, I’ve always read about all types of people. I went through a phase during which I was obsessed with serial killers. I’ve always loved and been attracted to the darker sides of humanity, whether or not it’s extreme stuff like serial killers or sexual “perversions”. I’m really interested in the things people hide about themselves. Whether or not they’re actually bad, or just perceived to be bad, I’ve always been drawn to those things. Even though on the outside I’m a well rounded, socially conventional person – at least when you first meet me.
If you’re interested in serial killers you should read about Ted Bundy.
Oh! I actually have a book about him that I really love. He’s fascinating.
I had sex with lots of guys in college, but it was always the same sex, over and over again. I wanted to learn, to know all these things about my body. In porn, all these people know everything you could know. To me, this is almost like a field study.
When did you think porn might be something you could get into as a career?
I happened really fast. I never really thought about it, but I read VICE a lot, their NSFW section, and they had a lot of porn stars writing articles. Then I came across Sasha Grey, and I watched interviews with her, and Stoya… I felt like I could really hang out with them. Like I’d be more comfortable with them than with anyone I knew. So then I watched a bit of porn, and saw some artsy stuff that I really liked. I always imagined it as super cheesy, pizza-delivery-guy style stuff. Then I saw some porn that was really hot, the sex was really good and there was chemistry. So I became really interested in the industry, just reading about it. Then I started to see what they had done with their careers, and I thought they were just so free. At the same time I was really frustrated, sexually. I couldn’t experience the things I wanted to experience. So eventually, one day, I just thought “what if I did porn?”
The idea stuck in my head. I knew I wanted to do it, but it wasn’t until I did a nude photoshoot I realized I could be naked on camera. And then I was like “well yeah, I can definitely fuckin do it.”
I’ve always wondered about this – you’ve mentioned that you wanted to use porn as a starting block to build a career, but surely the idea of doing porn was a turn on for you personally?
Oh yeah, of course. There were so many reasons I wanted to do it. There’s the business, the connections, the money. But the main reason I wanted to do it was to experience these sexual things. But when you do porn, it obviously closes a lot of doors. It makes certain things harder. So I could have never justified doing it purely for the sexual experiences. Because I needed to know that it wasn’t going to ruin my life afterwards. For example, I’ve always kept a journal, and I’ve always loved memoirs – they’re my favourite types of books. I love getting into the psyche of another person. Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to write a book in which people can get inside my head. And in order to do that, you have to live an interesting life. Some of the decisions I’ve made, even if they don’t look like the best decisions from the outside, are about that. I always look at the worst possible outcome, and ask “can I deal with the worst possible outcome, and is it worth the story?!”
Yeah, you can’t always take the boring option.
Totally. I’ve done things in my life that I knew were going to end badly, but I knew that I could handle it, and I knew it was going to be a great fuckin story! I wanna feel things and know things myself, I don’t want someone else to tell you about it. And the more experience you have, the better you can know people you come into contact with. It gives you a lot more social power – if you can understand people you can give them what they want.
Is the physical side of working in porn challenging?
Yeah, definitely. It’s like being an athlete.
A lot of the negativity you hear about porn these days refers to the damage it does to women’s bodies, how the physical acts can really cause harm.
Well, first of all that’s a dumb argument. If you play football you can die, and nobody is saying we should get rid of the NFL. I was watching a NASCAR race, and a car blew up, and killed spectators.
I do think there should be better education for girls entering the industry. For example, getting an HPV shot, which can help prevent cancer. I thought a lot about what it would do to my body before I got into porn, but I still didn’t think about getting an HPV shot. If wasn’t until my friends experienced some harm due to not getting the shot that I thought about it. So that, for example, should be a requirement for anybody working in porn. There does need to be some education about how to take care of yourself. When you have multiple sexual partners who themselves have multiple sexual partners, you’re really exposing yourself.
But I think it gets better the longer you’re in the industry. When I would work with a girl who had been around for five years or so, I’d ask her what she’d do to make sure her body was ok before and after scenes… now I have way less problems. It’s really in the first few months – when your body is exposed to all these new things – that it takes a little getting used to.
Porn really is like a professional sport. You need to eat healthy, make sure you’re body is ok. The vagina is a very sensitive part of the body. But when you’re doing anal on top of that, it’s going to completely change the way you eat. Because if you’re using an enema you’ve gotta take probiotics to replace that bacteria, for example. A lot of girls don’t research it, they don’t ask, and they don’t take care of their bodies. But that’s my personal responsibility, not the industry’s and not society’s. I’m an adult; I can take care of myself.
You said one of the reasons you got into porn was that you weren’t getting the kind of sex you were getting in life. What is it about porn that gives you the sex that you want? Why can’t you find the sex you want in life?
I think it was more about the people in porn and the trust that’s there. I lot of the things I wanted to try were very unconventional. Where I’m from, people are not very open minded when it comes to sex. So I would want to try something and they’d be like “oh that’s weird”. I would usually never tell guys what I wanted, I had trouble working up the nerves to ask. One day I eventually asked a guy I was with to slap me on the face. And he got so offended – he was this good southern boy. It really made me feel wrong for what I wanted. With porn, people are a lot more open minded. And they’re more experienced. I had sex with lots of guys in college, but it was always the same sex, over and over again. I wanted to learn, to know all these things about my body. In porn, all these people know everything you could know. To me, this is almost like a field study. It’s not always about the sex, it’s about discovering new things that I like.
Also, there’s this impression that women are the conservative ones in bed. But that’s not always the case. A lot of guys find that scary.
Yeah, totally. A lot of guys think they’re dominant. But I have a lot of energy, both in life and sexually. So a guy might be able to physically restrain me. But to be able to be mentally dominate – I was never really able to find that. They were never really getting in my head – I liked the sex I guess, but I was never engaged fully in it. So when a guy walks in the room and you can feel their dominance, that’s really sexy to me. I really enjoy being submissive, but I’m not doing it just to be submissive. I have to respect you and want to give you that.
One of our writers wrote something a while back about women’s desire to have sex with multiple men, which is one of the few remaining taboos… and that’s another thing that you explore quite openly.
Oh definitely. I did a gang-bang and it was so awesome. It was one of the coolest experiences. But I would never have had the opportunity to do that in normal, every day life. Because it’s impossible to find six dudes who are clean, who I trust, and who can keep their dicks hard! So it’s really cool to be able to explore those kind of fantasies. After the first time I did two guys on camera, I thought it was so much fun that I was like “oh my god, I can’t wait to do a gang bang!”
It’s gotta be nice to be the centre of attention.
Exactly! I never have threesomes in real life, because it’s very difficult to get the chemistry right. There’s so many weird things that can happen. But at work, I love doing them – I’m just having fun with some friends.
You’re quite passionate about women taking control and being empowered by their sexuality. Why do you think people are still so scared of it?
I don’t know. I feel like we’re past the whole inequality between the sexes, for the most part. I think its religion. We’re desperately holding on to these books and what they tell us about the meaning of life, and religion plays such a huge part in telling us how a woman should be sexual – which is not at all, except for her husband.
Maybe it’s power, too. I think if most women realized how much power their sexuality has, they’d be kind of shocked by it.
That’s very true. But I have a huge problem with that too. A lot of girls have realized that power, and they use it. They have guys buy them things, and the use their sexual power to manipulate people. We either tell women to not be sexual at all, or tell them to use their sexuality to get what they want. All that does is make men resent women. I think women should take control of their sexuality, but I don’t think they should use it to manipulate.
Source: Sneaky Magazine
January 28, 2015, 12:02 PM
January 27, 2015, 10:58 AM
Dakota Sky Announces Reduced Shooting Schedule
The young superstar has a major announcement as her brand new scene for Naughty America is released.
On the heels of a whirlwind four-day appearance at the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Dakota Skye is feeling grateful.
“I was so excited to meet, sign autographs, and take photos with my fans. It was an experience unlike anything else,” Dakota said. “Big thanks to Girlfriends Films for having me at their booth.”
In response to recent speculation about her career plans, Dakota Skye has issued the following statement:
I’m so happy what I have been able to accomplish since last spring thanks to my agent, Mark Spiegler, and the rest of the Spiegler Girls.
It has always been my intention to cut back on my shooting and focus on school. Mark and I mutually agreed to part ways, but the door is open for the future. I didn’t want my reduced shooting schedule to interfere with Mark’s ability to manage the rest of his talent, including the newest Spiegler Sisters, Yhivi and Aria Alexander.
To the Dakota fans, thank you for your love and support. I’m not going anywhere. For producers, I can be booked directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love, Dakota Skye xoxo
Dakota stars alongside Seth Gamble in a hot new scene for Naughty America’s My Friend’s Hot Girl released on Monday. Dakota is quoted as saying, “Working with Naughty America is always exciting because their story lines are always super erotic. In this scene I had the pleasure of working with Seth Gamble, who play’s my ex’s roommate and I got to seduce him. What girl could say no to that?”
Fans can now visit dreamlover.com/dakotaskye and sign up to text and talk with Dakota, plus get access to exclusive sexy photos.
Book Dakota for a steamy 1-on-1 Skype show by emailing her directly at: email@example.com . Only $75 for a thrilling, explicit 15 minute show.
Keep up to date with the porno princess by following her on Twitter @RealDakotaskye and liking her Official Facebook page. Or buy Dakota a gift at tinyurl.com/Spoildakota.
January 26, 2015, 9:52 AM
Lisa Ann recently posted a video on YouTube about how porn stars who escort are dirty whores (paraphrasing here) and not real “stars” of porn. This lawyer wrote an open letter to Lisa Ann and took her down a notch or two.
I normally wouldn’t laugh when someone, anyone attacks a person in our industry but in this particular case Lisa Ann started it by attacking others in our industry, so turn about is fair play.
Open Letter to Lisa Ann – Porn Star
Dear Lisa Ann,
I just listened to your Webcam You Tube clip. I must say, you look absolutely fabulous. But that is your job, right? To look fabulous, for all of your “masses”. You need to look fabulous because you are not only generating immense wealth for yourself, but you are making huge money for all of those big corporations that you work for. You found the need to “rant” five days ago because “it is like a daily paper cut to [your] eye”.
You felt the need to tell us all the difference between a “hooker” and a “porn star”.
Let me begin from the start.
January 23, 2015, 10:24 AM
Great tweet out today from IAFD.com. “The worst thing probably is misspelling your host’s name on the side of the building.
Don’t even know what to say to that except LOL
January 23, 2015, 6:28 AM
If your password is on the list below you had better change it.
Among the 25 most common passwords among 3.3 million that were leaked online last year, the top two were once again “123456” and “password,” according to a company that provides password management software.
SplashData, based in Los Gatos, Calif., said the top two passwords this year were the same as in 2013. The company has compiled the list annually since 2011.
New additions to the Top 25 for 2014 include: baseball, dragon, football, mustang, access, master, michael, superman, 696969 and batman.
Common passwords are much easier for cybercriminals to guess. That makes users vulnerable to having accounts such as email and online banking hijacked and their identities stolen.
Sensitive data such as passwords are often posted online by hackers who steal them during attacks on websites and corporate networks. This year, most of the passwords came from users in North America and Western Europe.
Based on its analysis, SplashData recommends that when crafting your password:
- Don’t use keyboard patterns e.g. “qwertyuiop” from the top row of letters
- Don’t use a favourite sport – baseball and football were both in the Top 10, with hockey, soccer and golf in the Top 100.
- Don’t use your birthday or birth year. People in their early 20s seemed to be especially guilty of this, with the years 1989 to 1992 all in the top 100.
- Don’t use common names – michael, jennifer, thomas, jordan, hunter, michelle, charlie, andrew and daniel were all in the Top 50.
Here’s the entire list:
January 22, 2015, 2:45 PM
There’s a lot of talk about whether or not porn is ethical, but there’s not much discussion about the fact that most people are watching porn illegally. Forget “ethical porn” — let’s talk ethical porn consumption.
Though a small handful of Robin Hoods will feel they’re liberating porn to the masses, or take pride in being savvy enough to scam what they feel entitled to watch for free, the folks who go the extra mile to break the law are not actually the biggest culprits. It’s everybody else.
Let’s face it, free porn is easy. It’s the first (FIVE?) page results on Google. There’s no need to pull out a credit card (if you’re lucky enough to own one). You don’t even need to register or log in to press play. (A big step in preventing underage users from gaining access.) But figuring out where to go and what to click is not the first priority for someone horny.
I believe most viewers don’t think what they’re doing is that bad. Some may not even be aware they’re in the wrong to begin with. Who could blame them? A lack of media literacy around how porn is made leads fans to make a lot of assumptions. I know this first-hand, as I continue to learn more and more about the industry as I move from performing in front of the camera, to helping behind the scenes.
One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How can I be sure what I’m watching was ethically produced?” Without getting to sidetracked by topics of fantasy and film, marketing transparency and performer interviews, or going right to the source via social media — all of which help discerning viewers better research their options — the simplest answer is that paying for porn is the most direct way to ensure key ethical production values.
Without a credit card processor overlooking distribution, there’s no way to know for sure if basic labor rights took place. There is no 2257 Affidavit to prove performers were of legal age, no STI test results, no W9 or 1099-Misc IRS Forms, and there’s certainly no Model Release Form to ensure the people on film consented to have their image shared online. Unless it features a major star, most pirated content doesn’t even include performers’ names, let alone Custodian of Records addresses. There’s a mountain of paperwork missing. Paperwork that, for better or worse, is designed to protect performers’ rights and safety.
(I should take a moment to add, that of course porn is not perfect. Like any other industry, there are people who will use their position to take advantage of others. Working in the business has helped refine my ability to assert my boundaries, something that’s vital in the work we do. I don’t regret anything I’ve done, but if I could go back in time I would have stood up for myself more and been more explicit about my needs and opinions. There are lessons I carry with me moving forward. Shit may happen, but we learn from it and continue to try our best and avoid the bad apples.)
To be honest, the only time I’ve ever felt exploited, as a performer in porn, is when my work is pirated. When I sign a contract, it’s between the producer and myself. For someone else to assume that right feels non-consensual. (Technically, it’s illegal and a breach of site usage and copyright.) But it also hurts the profit margins that allow us to keep making work. I once came across a video I was in that had been viewed over 50,000 times. If even a fraction of those views had been paid for, the small porn company would have been able to produce another feature, pay performers more, and increase the quality and frequency of their work.
Imagine an independent adult filmmaker being able to pay top prices, cover all tests and travel expenses, produce high-quality content, and put forth the kinds of amazing images that push the representations of human sexuality. Instead of soaring to new heights and taking the world by storm to show the magnificent possibilities of human desire, small companies are slowly-but-surely making by on shoestring budgets. (Some days, working in porn feels a lot like my days in arts administration, minus the state funding.)
So, what can we do?
- Pay for Your Porn. This is the best and most direct way to support companies who make the work you love. We’ll be ever so grateful. Check out Siri’s article, Here’s Why You Need to Pay For Your Porn, as well as the Twitter hashtag full of performers’ voices: #payforyourporn
- Help others find porn you like. If you’re in the position to blog or share posts about porn, help others find companies to watch. If you’re a sex blogger, journalist, or sex educator, you’re in a unique position to educate your readers and students about how paying for porn can shape the kinds of sexual representation available for all to enjoy. (Plus, can earn affiliate commission from your recommendations. It’s a win-win.)
- Keep enjoying porn. If you’re going to watch porn for free and you’re finding videos you like and aren’t convinced you need to change, then there’s not much I can do to stop you. Go forth, but please keep in mind where the work comes from. Allow me to plant a seed, a promise that you’ll support us in a more direct way when you can.
We can still make right of the issue. Ethical viewers have incredible potential to shape the industry by ‘voting with their wallets’ and encouraging producers’ interests, in everything from distribution methods to casting decisions. Increasing production quality, broadening diversity, building sustainable businesses. People put off by not finding what they want (remember, there’s more to porn than PornHub…) can seek it out and encourage — through supportive words, network, or wallet — the content that gets them truly excited.
Now that you know how to help, support my work behind the scenes with Shine Louise Houston at Pink & White Productions, which runs CrashPadSeries.comand the VOD hub for indie and emerging adult filmmakers, PinkLabel.tv. (Really, there are truly unique films on PL that would be censored or too artsy for the conventional porn outlets, plus the site’s studios get one of the most generous percentages I know of in the US. It’s as ‘fair-trade’ as it comes!)
You can also watch my videos. (If it’s your thing.) Recent proud porn moments include Justify My Jiz, and JL+DD: Jiz Lee and Danni Daniels. These are two performer-produced collaborations from which I directly profit. AndCrashPad will always be my porno home.
My motto in porn has been “Be the Porn you want to see in the world.” But in this case, a better fit is: “BUY the Porn you want to see in the world.” Let’s enjoy sexuality, ethically.
January 21, 2015, 3:29 PM
Adult superstar Jesse, previously known as Jesse Jane®, has signed an exclusive performance contract with Jules Jordan Video. Under the two-year exclusive deal, Jesse will perform in eight movies per year for the studio—her first movie will release in February. Jesse will also collaborate on various projects with the company, and will sign at its AVN Adult Entertainment Expo booth in Las Vegas.
“I have a lot of respect for Jules’ work and all that he has achieved over the years,” Jesse said. “I am very thankful to him for the opportunity to join his amazing studio and be a part of very talented and creative team.”
Jesse: Alpha Female, the superstar’s first movie for Jules Jordan Video, will release in February. It is a series of vignettes featuring Jesse in a dominant role with fetish themes. It is also the first movie shot entirely in 4K by Jules Jordan Video.
“To have Jesse exclusive to Jules Jordan Video is a game changer,” said studio owner Jules Jordan. “I’m extremely honored to be able to work with such a legend in the adult film industry. I believe our collaborations will give fans a unique and new showcase for her beauty and sexual ferocity.
“Expect to see Jesse in more action and tease, with less script,” he added.
At the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) in Las Vegas, Jesse will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans daily at Jules Jordan Video booth #905 in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Muse Hall.
In addition to filming Jesse in adult movies, Jules Jordan Video will manage her official website,JesseXXX.com. The site will feature unreleased original content and full-length films. Jesse will also participate in regular webcam shows and chats.
The marriage of Jesse and Jules Jordan Video combines a performer already known for her amazing sex scenes with one of the most awarded, hardcore gonzo studios of all time. “Signing with Jules Jordan Video gives me a platform and studio support to really take my performances to the next level,” stated Jesse. “I’m really excited to give fans the hardcore scenes they’ve always dreamed of seeing me in.”
Jesse is the recipient of eight AVN Awards, including multiple awards for Best All-Girl Sex Scene and Best All-Girl Group Scene, as well as Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for her work on “Fighters.” She also earned the XBIZ Award for Best Scene – Feature Movie last year for “Code of Honor,” as well as Best Scene – All-Girl in 2013 for “Mothers & Daughters.”
January 21, 2015, 10:16 AM
Catch The AVN Nominee For ‘Best New Starlet’ In Two New Movies This Week
Adult megastar Dakota Skye is thrilled to announce that she will be posing for photos and signing autographs for fans at the Girlfriends Films booth during the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE), at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The petite blonde will appear at the Girlfriends Films booth at the following times: Wednesday January 21st, from 4:30 until 10pm; Thursday January 22nd, from 2:30 until 8pm; Friday January 23rd, from Noon until 5:30pm; and Saturday January 24th from 11am until 4pm.
Dakota Skye is nominated for Cutest Newcomer in the 2015 AVN Fan Awards, and is grateful for the fans who continue to vote for her daily. Voting ends January 23rd.
Dakota is also up for seven awards — including the coveted Best New Starlet trophy — at the 2015 AVN Awards, often called “the Oscars of Porn”. The gala event will be hosted by adult superstars Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Held on Saturday night, January 24, the 32nd annual ceremony is the culmination of the Adult Entertainment Expo.
Adult performers, producers and fans converge on Vegas each year for AEE and the AVN Awards, forming a swarm of stalwart supporters, slot machines, salesmen and spermatobibulous starlets.
Dakota also has two hot movies coming out this week. Sex Kittens 2, directed by Kevin Moore for Evil Angel, and Sisters United and Other Stories.
Of Sex Kittens 2 Dakota said, “Working with Antonio Ross was an awesome experience to have! It was something completely new since he is Hungarian and I’m always ‘hungary’ for cock! Kevin Moore always shoots amazing looking scenes.”
Sisters United and Other Stories is a collection of scenes from the popular Girlsway.com Webyoung site, directed by Stills By Alan. Dakota’s scene features her in an erotic romp with the always precious Tysen Rich.
Fans can now visit dreamlover.com/dakotaskye and sign up to text and talk with Dakota, plus get access to exclusive sexy photos. Book Dakota for a steamy 1-on-1 Skype show by emailing her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only $75 for a thrilling, explicit 15 minute show.