Men thinking of stripping down to their birthday suit to make an easy living might want to reconsider. Being an adult performer isn’t a piece of cake for men, according to one feminist “porn superhero.”
Speaking during the Feminist Porn Book Keynote Panel at UC Santa Barbara in May, Dylan Ryan explained that men are often under-appreciated and under-paid in the world of adult entertainment.
“I feel, and I know a lot of people on this stage second me in this, men are very often the unsung heroes of pornography,” she remarked. “Men in porn do an amazing job. They have a very hard job to do. They are very under-respected, they are under-paid. Porn is actually one of the few industries where women make more than men, which is awesome for us but really hard for men — especially because they have to be hard for hours at a time, which if you think about it physiologically is really, really difficult.”
Ryan said people assumed that men could simply take Viagra to perform in adult films, but that wasn’t the case.
“It is not really an easy job and guys don’t get as much recognition as they should deserve for the hard work they do,” she continued.
“I think that in this whole context and conversation about feminist porn, there are quite a lot of male performers that are maybe not feminist identified but do really awesome feminist work in the movies — the way they show up, the way they are on set, the way they treat female performers, the way they work with directors — and they often times don’t even get their faces shown.”