The mainstreaming of sex shaming sex workers

Sex shaming is officially mainstream. I mean, it always has been; it has just been one of those things that is a constant pain, but a bearable one. Every once in a while, Jezebel will post an article how they were outraged about so-and-so’s behavior, but then quickly move onto things like James Franco’s paintings of Seth Rogen, but this is something that cannot be ignored.

When banks and businesses start closing accounts and turning their backs on sex workers because the Department of Justice is making them, solely because of their job makes them "at risk" for illegal activity, something is seriously wrong, and it needs to be addressed.



The shaming of sex is physical proof of the hypocrisies most people hold within our society, mainly because it’s something we all do (or will do sooner or later). It is how we are all here. If it weren’t for two people screwing, you and I would not be here. There is no going around this. I’ve said it before because it’s a fact; selling sex is one of, if not the oldest professions known to humans. It is the basic economics of supply and demand.

If there were not a demand for something, there would be no supply. So, how can something with one of the most demanded products of man (and women), also be one of the most shamed and almost hated products at the same time? Without being considered hypocritical? And why is the Department of Justice involved, making banks and other businesses do this? Doesn’t seem very American to me.



Let’s take Chase Bank, for example. This is one of the largest financial powers in the world. Heck, JP Morgan is rumored to have started the Great Depression, so this is not a little Ma and Pa shop. Why in the world did they "all of a sudden" decide that adult film performers and webcam models are "at risk?" Since when does an institution such as JP Morgan Chase NOT want someone’s money?

That is all they know, they don’t actually have morals; they are a bank. Apparently the Depart…

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Miss Alexa Aimes is definitely not your average performer.
Miss Alexa Aimes is definitely not your average performer.

Scatterbrains podcast: adult film actress Alexa Aimes

In episode six, I speak with an extremely funny, talented and giving person. She emancipated herself when she was 16 years old, she double majored in biology and physiology, she gives prizes to people that donate to the different organizations she is a part of, she loves to tell jokes, and she happens to be a porn star. As you can already guess, I want her to be my BFF. In this interview, I show you yet again, another side of an adult film performer's life. And Miss Alexa Aimes is definitely not your average performer.



Alexa starts how by talking about her emancipation her job as a CNA, and what drove her to two majors. Then we get into her fears of death and why she wants to do everything she’s ever wanted to do while she can. She believes that people cannot truly be happy doing the same thing over and over again and that everyone should try something new as often as possible. Sound familiar?



We talk about some of the various charities she works for such as projectpeanutbutter.org. This group produces a peanut butter high in lipid fats that many South Africans have to eat to survive. Then there is the Fred Jordan Mission. They run a homeless shelter and food kitchen in the infamous "skid row" of Los Angeles. Lastly, there is a clothing company with the slogan "I'm a Dirty Model," that run frequent fundraisers and donates a care-bag to homeless shelters whenever someone buys one of their items. Alexa also will send anyone a free-autographed picture (including shipping and handling) to anyone that proves they have donated to an organization. Doesn’t even have to be the ones she works with.



Alexa and I then get into one of my favorite subjects, comedy! One of the other awesome things this chick does is dapple in the stand-up comedy arena. So, she talks about her first show and how stand-up is not meant for everyone. There’s a huge difference between someone having "funny" life experiences and telling stories at a party compared to genuinely be…

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Bacon and Sugar Ray.
Bacon and Sugar Ray.

Scatterbrains Podcast: Sitcom writer Caleb Bacon

Episode 5 is brought to you by Caleb Bacon, a man that loves talk radio, man stuff, and of course, bacon. Caleb is one of the cooler people I had met when I lived in Los Angeles.

Bacon is currently a writer for comedian Steve Byrne’s hit TV show, "Sullivan and Son," on TBS. He also hosts an iTunes No. 1 podcast called the "Man School Show." I have actually been a guest on one of Caleb’s past shows, "The Gentleman’s Club," twice. We had a battle of interviewers that Caleb let me win. He’s a gentleman like that. It is also my show, so I had that advantage.



We get into how Caleb got into podcasting and why he switched formats. He explains how his love for talk radio got him into podcasting. Caleb tells us about all of his awesome guests as Sugar Ray Leonard and James Ellroy, and having hookups for amazing guests. Caleb and I also dish about how Hollywood really works, how much I hate winter (again), and I get to the bottom of the missing episodes of the "Gentlemen Club" episodes.



Caleb and I also get into some pretty serious stuff about my past nut-job roommate, why my fans are weird and why I love/hate them, porn, and boobs. We ask some pretty serious questions about life, and why people tweet me pictures of me. We talk about some interview flops and gems, too. Caleb also tells us an epic story about Kevin Bacon and himself eating bacon at the same time. It’s a serious mind-blowing interview!

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Belle Knox the infamous Duke University freshman that got caught moonlighting as an adult film performer as a way to pay for Duke's pricey tuition.
Belle Knox the infamous Duke University freshman that got caught moonlighting as an adult film performer as a way to pay for Duke's pricey tuition.

Scatterbrains Podcast: Belle Knox

This week for the Scatterbrains Podcast, I bring you Belle Knox. It’s possible you may have seen her on "Piers Morgan Live," or possibly "The View," maybe you have picked up the latest issue of Rolling Stone, it’s quite possible you heard her on Howard Stern or even Opie and Anthony. Perhaps, you’re a subscriber to some adult entertainment sites that she has graced her presence on. Either way, it is hard to be an American and not have heard of her, at least in passing. She’s the infamous Duke University freshman that got caught moonlighting as an adult film performer as a way to pay for Duke’s pricey tuition.

That’s old news, though. I catch up with Belle on her mainstream media frenzy to ask her some things we haven’t already heard before. I dig right into it and ask her what she thinks about the negative things certain writers, fellow performers, and others have to say about her. We call out half-brained Stephanie Williams of the Huffington Post for losing all adult film creditability when she mentions Jenna Jameson as an "exception to the rule" for being a successful porn star.

We also peg Charlotte Allen of the LA Times as a woman that basically has Stockholm syndrome to the patriarchy, or is quite possibly trapped in the 1600s. Same difference? We couldn’t decide. We also bring up some of the other members of the industry’s questions, concerns, and flat out jealousies (even threatening emails from a fellow "Belle") that assume Knox is claiming to be the voice for the industry, and the only porn star to ever have an education, as the media has been (mis)leading on.

We get into some fun topics, too! We talk about typical girlie drinks, dancing in gym class, group sex, feature dancing, phone sex dos and don’ts, and ear sex (not related).

Want to know what our thoughts are on having sex with your own sex toy? We find out each other’s threshold for grossness and neither of us throws up (which is a huge bonus). This controversial, yet hilariou…

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