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      By Stoya Oct 15, 2013

      Stoya on Ovarian Cysts and Dressing for Porn Awards

      Modern medicine can offer me the ability to have my eggs frozen with a decent chance of turning one into a baby 20 years from now, but it can't help me stop the pain from ovarian cysts. With no happy ending in sight, I'm going to babble about the porn ind…

      By Stoya Oct 15, 2013
      By Stoya Aug 15, 2013

      Stoya: Feminism and Me

      Shirking the F-word feels like turning my back on the women who fought to give me many of the advantages I have. So here goes: Hi, I'm Stoya. My politics and I are feminist... But my job is not.

      By Stoya Aug 15, 2013
      By Stoya Aug 2, 2013

      Stoya on Ethics, Porn, and Workers' Rights

      I got screwed on my first porn contract. I was naive enough to sign a stock agreement, and what I've learned from my early dealings is that a fair deal in porn means making sure that the exploitation is mutual and balanced. But for other workers in the i…

      By Stoya Aug 2, 2013
      By Stoya Jul 18, 2013

      Stoya in Praise of the Posterior, AKA the Butt

      On Tuesday I was in Las Vegas again, and my trip had me thinking about butts. The vast majority of the butts I see in person belong to people who work in pornography or are involved in other sorts of work in front of cameras or on stages. Which is why the…

      By Stoya Jul 18, 2013
      By Stoya Jul 4, 2013

      Stoya on Starvation Economies and Getting New Cats

      I've only encountered the concept of starvation economy in BDSM-practicing and polyamorous communities. How it is possible to have enough love for more than one partner? With lovers, jobs, and with cats love is not so much a problem of vanishing stockpile…

      By Stoya Jul 4, 2013
      By Stoya Jun 20, 2013

      Natural Beauty Is Just a Marketing Tool

      In porn, one of the things I'm marketed as is "all natural." This phrase basically indicates that I have not had breast implants or other obvious plastic surgery. It has absolutely nothing to do with whether I've dyed the hair on my head, what temporary o…

      By Stoya Jun 20, 2013
      By Stoya Jun 7, 2013

      So You Want to Perform in Porn

      If you read that and thought, 'Why yes, I do want to perform in porn,' this is for you. If not, please feel free to read along for potential entertainment value. Or put the computer down, and go do whatever it is that people do on Fridays. For those of yo…

      By Stoya Jun 7, 2013
      By Stoya May 23, 2013

      Stoya on Peeking Behind the Porn Curtain

      As a culture, we are fascinated by what entertainers and public personalities do when they aren't at work and how they became who they are. This is why demand for biographies, interviews, and backstage/on-set photographs exists. The superficiality in thes…

      By Stoya May 23, 2013
      By Stoya May 9, 2013

      Art Is Just as Powerful as Protest

      Getting people to care and want to learn about things that they don't see as directly impacting their lives can be difficult. Which is why I believe that wrapping points and ideas up in pretty or exciting packages is just as valid a tactic as demonstratin…

      By Stoya May 9, 2013
      By Stoya Apr 25, 2013

      Stoya on How to Perform a Meathook

      There's a frequently repeated anecdote about 20th century ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky from one of his early shows in Paris. Someone asked him if it was hard to perform one of his celebrated leaps—to stay suspended in the air in a way that appeared super…

      By Stoya Apr 25, 2013
      By Stoya Mar 28, 2013

      Stoya on the Metaphysics of Cocksucking

      "What's your number-one tip for giving the best blowjob?" This question drives me insane. I usually pause to shoot murderous looks at whichever PR person has set up the interview before responding. I have two sound-bite-sized answers: "Don't chomp down un…

      By Stoya Mar 28, 2013
      By Stoya Mar 14, 2013

      Stoya on the Pitfalls of Heteronormativity and Monogamy

      Being outside of heteronormativity tends to come with a need to consider one's personal views on roles in relationships, how our appearance affects the way we are perceived, what sex actually is, what monogamy is, and what arrangements are right for us. I…

      By Stoya Mar 14, 2013