Readers respond to "Porn Free"

Putting the X in sex

Great idea for a story, CP ("Porn Free," 10/20/09). Emily K. is perfect for this also being that she's kind of a "girl next door" from her segments on Mischke's show. And I mean that in a good way.

I've always been curious about actors in the porn industry and how they function off set and how they conduct relationships with other actors, let alone someone else in the industry.

By the way, although there are only a handful of male stars the industry uses, the ones they do use, I don't think it's too much of a stretch, no pun intended, to assume Viagra is used from time to time. Though hearing Emily say "keep it hard [cough]" on Mischke's show made me fall out of my chair.

Comment by spaceprophet
from Great Bend, Kansas

Do as I say, not as I watch

I don't know what Emily and City Pages were thinking. I watch porn. In many videos the women are regularly called bitches and filthy whores, told to "shut up, suck it!," slapped hard, spit on, tied up, and worse. To the porn industry, Emily, you would be a "filthy whore," a "bitch." You would have to have hardcore sex with numerous men (and women) and be routinely checked for STDs. Why City Pages would make its front-page article about a porno star is beyond me. This newspaper is available to children. Nice values you're promoting. You want 10-year-olds reading about "taking it from behind," etc.? How about a 16-year-old boy telling his 15-year-old girlfriend she's a filthy whore and to "Shut up, suck it, bitch!" Well, that's what porn is about and the values it promotes. What was your point, Emily and City Pages? This article would be fine in Hustler, but City Pages?

Comment by Pornwatcher
from Minneapolis

The male glass ceiling

He's made only $1,000 in two months and she's making of $30k a year? If he's so afraid of "dudes," he could do solo scenes. He's pretty lucky he has a girlfriend he can mooch off of.

Comment by Adam
from Minneapolis

Anal retentive

I'm not sure why Andy San Dimas had to qualify the list of things that she won't do on film, because that clearly isn't the case. Anal sure looked to be on the table after a quick Google search. I don't quite get why somebody would first decry the fact that she faced criticism in the Midwest for being a porn actress only to extol some weird version of "purity" (for lack of a better word) later on by claiming that she won't do anal sex scenes when it's untrue. It's great if you're cool with who you are, but don't be a liar or hypocrite about it.

Comment by Darrin
from St. Paul

A new low, even for us

The slow descent of City Pages has long been apparent—the writing quality, story choice, and visual aesthetic has declined markedly in the past year. This week's story "Porn Free" marks a new low. It is, however, what I have come to think of as the quintessential City Pages—poor writing of uninspired stories that serve the interests of the writers/editing staff, but offer little to most residents of the Twin Cities. What is this story about? A boy from Minnesota who is barely surviving making porn movies? His girlfriend who is making it? Why is this of interest to the Twin Cities? The story does not take place here, and is about the failure of a local. Who cares? City Pages is a mainstay of the Twin Cities cultural scene. I remember the paper laying around the house when I was a child and picking it up to practice reading a newspaper. When I started going to concerts as a teenager, I picked it up to find local events listings. In the past few years, however, the quality of writing and, even more alarming, the story content, has become unreadable. The paper is already half full of ads for escort services; this week you are adding to this with a cover story on porn? It is a tasteless move from a paper already struggling to keep its readership. And, frankly, it is an embarrassing story clearly conceived by young white adults about themselves. Sometime you should write a story that is not about yourself. Who knows, it might just improve the quality of the paper.

Sarah
St. Paul

Hollywood abandons Iowa

In your article, you mention the production incentive programs in surrounding states, including Iowa ("Minnesota Stays in the Picture," 10/20/09). However, in September, Iowa's governor suspended the state tax credit program for film and TV due to misspending and mismanagement in Iowa's program. The state will be reviewing all state tax credits, and it is unlikely that the program will return, at least not anything like the lucrative tax credit offered before. Anyone who was planning on making a film or project in Iowa should come check out what Minnesota has to offer!

Comment by Rebecca
from Minneapolis

 
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