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The Time I Told My Grandmother I’ve Been Using Her Name to Make Porno

"I hope none of the men at the nursing home get us confused and try to put my feet behind my head. I don't bend that way anymore."
Stoya
10.20.15
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Stoya on the Importance of Accurately Writing About Sex Work

On-camera sex scenes are often edited and stitched together to create a final product that barely resembles what happened on set. Similarly, accounts of sex work can be altered through writing and editing to give people the wrong idea about the...
Stoya
10.28.13
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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...
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10.15.13
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Stoya on the Great Condom Debate

Between August 22nd and September 6th, three adult performers tested positive for HIV, which has stirred the usual moral panic and the sensationalism that accompanies discussions of safety in the adult industry.
Stoya
9.27.13
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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.
Stoya
8.15.13
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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...
Stoya
8.2.13
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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...
Stoya
7.18.13
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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...
Stoya
7.4.13
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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...
Stoya
6.20.13
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So You Want to Perform in Porn

Porn isn't just people with big boobs and giant schlongs in silly setups involving offices and pizza deliverymen.
Stoya
6.7.13
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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...
Stoya
5.23.13
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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...
Stoya
5.9.13
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