Porn has a race problem.

June 27 6 min read

Lustery stands with the Black community in the fight against racial injustice, discrimination and inequality. The murder of George Floyd,  Breonna Taylor & Ahmaud Arbery is just another in a series of outrages still unaccounted for and the subsequent police brutality speaks of a system not just flawed but intentionally skewed against Black people. 


However, our activism needs to go beyond these moments of outrage. If this is to be a pivotal moment in history, it can only be because we’re demanding change, reform and justice every day. Outrage is empty without action – and this is why we have chosen to communicate what we believe action can look like within the adult industry.



Action must be taken in order to bring anti-racist work into all areas of our lives and societies. We believe that each one of us can create the greatest impact in their own lives. As a company, we commit to integrating anti-racist work in our own company structures and we aim to be activists for change in the adult industry.
 

The porn reproduces and reinforces racism by mirroring a racist society. Racism and the economy are intrinsically related, as all systems of oppression have a profitable side to explore. In our industry, where taboos are played up for profit, our stand against racism must be unequivocal. We cannot let the stigma against pornography excuse it from upholding the standards we expect from mainstream media: equal opportunity, equal pay, racial and sexual freedom and protection, and the dismantling of racist stereotypes. We can and must do better.


art by (Carrie) Daniela Shapiro


Racism, like sexism and other forms of discrimination, is a systemic problem built into the very structure of our society. Let’s not forget that structures are built; problems like these remain when structures persist, and structures rely on many people upholding them. While individuals can be the catalyst for change, we need to work together to dismantle these structures. We need to make collective decisions, think plurally, and act together. We call on all producers and decision-makers in the industry to reflect on their work, implement anti-racist strategies, and to enact the necessary changes.


At Lustery, we have never used racial tagging, titling, or filtering. We pay all of our collaborators equally. We believe this should be an absolute obligatory industry standard and is nothing to pat ourselves on the back about.


art by Elizabeth Hudy 


What Next?


Representation matters! We are actively searching for content creators from different ethnic backgrounds to have greater racial diversity on our platform. Sure, porn is all about fantasy, but now we’re demanding engagement too. We want to create more aware and empowered porn consumers, starting with our own users, by letting them know that they have an impact and influence on what kind of porn is created and how it is marketed.


We will support BIPOC performers, producers and other industry people who address this problem, amplify their voices and offer direct support.


International Whores’ Day NYC


As a start, we have created a resource for the industry. This is an in-depth collection of useful links and support networks for BIPOC sex workers. Allies can find organisations & communities, petitions to sign, campaigns to join, projects and funds for donations, and articles for informing and educating yourselves and others about racism within the sex industry and how to improve.


Resources for BIPOC Sex Workers and their Allies

The Lustery Team
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