Simone Jude Aims to Show Porn Stars as Real People in Public Sex, Private Lives

What is so scary about a sexually empowered woman? Why is it that if you're pretty or, dare I say, sexy, some people think your IQ drops 50 points? At times smart women are described as plain, while sexy women are depicted as stupid. The judgment does not stop there. Many myths exist about the sexually empowered female. Today I want to talk about the sexually empowered women who make a conscious choice to be in porn.

Society paints porn stars or women who work in the industry as damaged. “Why would any self-respecting woman fuck on film for money?” the argument goes. I believe this stereotype exists because society simply cannot fathom that doing sex work is a conscious choice for a lot of women. In reality, porn is not just for the desperate; it can be a job like any other. If you do it right, it can even be a career.

Along my journey of sex-positivity I met a filmmaker named Simone Jude. Jude makes documentaries. Her first documentary was called Immaculate Confession. It follows the stories of priests and nuns who fall in love. Jude is the daughter of a priest and a nun who fell in love, so her parents were part of the film. It was released in 2008.

Her latest documentary explores women who make porn for a living. It is called Public Sex, Private Lives, and it releases later this year. The film follows the lives of Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. These are women who are well known in the pornography industry. They are what most people think of as porn stars. In her documentary Jude aims to show they are a lot more than that.

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