Porn Star Activist Jiz Lee Talks About When and How Sex Workers Can Give Consent

The ethics of consent is becoming a hot, vital topic of discussion in alternative sexuality communities. While talking about consent is something that never quite goes away, especially in BDSM communities, a lot of the dialogue doesn't stray much beyond making sure that everyone is over 18 and knows his or her safeword. A few months ago, local activist bad-asses Maggie Mayhem and Kitty Stryker talked to us about their attempts to speak openly about abuse in BDSM and build “consent culture.” As they prepare to take those ideas on a cross-country tour, plenty of other people are continuing the conversation here in the Bay Area.

One such discussion takes place Thursday night at the Center for Sex and Culture, when art gallery Femina Potens presents a panel on sex work and consent. Consider that after 40  years of sex workers saying otherwise, many feminists don't accept that they even can consent, and you understand just how radical such a panel can be.

One of the people in that discussion is local porn star, educator, and activist Jiz Lee. Lee is what's known as “genderqueer” — one who rejects the male-female gender binary. Lee has performed in queer and mainstream productions and brings thoughts about consent not only to the Femina Potens event, but to a panel at Mills College on Friday. We spoke to Lee about the realities of consent on and off the set.

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