- ‘Ethical pornographer’ Vex Ashley has spoken out about her beliefs
- Compares sex workers to ballet dancers and athletes
- Radical feminist writer Julie Bindel responded that dancers aren’t left with mental scarring
A female pornographer has sparked a debate among feminists by declaring that there is little difference between porn stars and ballet dancers.
Vex Ashley, 25, from Leeds, who finances her films through crowd-funding and claims to give her actors ‘total freedom’ in their scenes, made the controversial comparison on a Radio 4 programme, Can Porn Be Ethical? which air[ed last night].
But her views were disparaged by journalist and anti-porn campaigner Julie Bindel, who argued that despite her ‘ethical’ stance, the material Ashley produces ‘is still commercializing orifices’. [So fucking what?]
Ashley, who uses a pseudonym, said: ‘You could say that about a ballet dancer.
‘Ballet dancers hurt their feet for the pursuit of a creative process. But they make a choice to engage in something that puts them at risk in order to create a vision.’
She added: ‘If you have ruined your feet that has considerably more impact on how you function as a human being.’