Jan 15

asia carrera on after porn ends

If you have a Netflix account you should check out the documentary After Porn Ends by Bryce Wagoner. I checked it out a few nights ago because it had two of my favorite Vivid girls in the credits; see like most men I support the porn industry… with my eyes, so I was genuinely curious to learn if my girls were using the industry or if the industry had used them. The ladies were Raylene and Asia Carrera… and I was proud of them both for their candid stories.

What I liked about this film is that it showed some of the legendary guys in the business like John Leslie and Randy West. It seemed like the men who they interviewed all look back at  porn with fond memories while the women were roughly 50/50. Many of the women treated porn like forced prostitution or the greatest mistake in their lives… mostly due to their inability to take on regular jobs due to being recognized.

asia carreraThe most perplexing to me was Houston who literally had stars in her eyes when she began talking about how she was the hottest thing going–even agreeing to doing the “Houston 500” which allowed supposedly 500 guys to get with her in one session.

I recall when Houston 500 had come out and all of my buddies were really into her – so to say Houston was recognizable is the understatement of the year. Why did she assume that her becoming a Realtor would magically dismiss the token asshole who recognizes her face from calling her out… confuses me. Well a cancer scare, being fired for porn fame and her kid’s embarrassment at her past changed her excitement about being the biggest deal going to one of huge regret.

The other women who regret the porn past shared histories in child-abuse, being booted out of the house early and “modelling” before getting into porn. All had the same reasoning for doing it which was of course money… a thing that is hard  to sympathize with when on the same documentary you had champions like Seka, Asia Carrera, and Tiffany Millions admitting to the high life of money and privilege that being a porn starlet afforded them.

The regretful girls all became holy roller evangelist-types which rings reminiscent of ex-drug abuse guy or gal. Right? Gotta be addicted to something be addicted to God!

Editor’s Note: DAMN! How the hell do you get finer AFTER porn and family Raylene? How is that even possible? Okay whew, needed that out of my system.

raylene got finer

I really disliked that this documentary avoided interviewing anybody darker than a paper bag but left in a nasty comment by Mary Carey which was along the lines of “if I come back to porn after 35 I can tell them i’ll do a black guy” this coming after listing “lesser” extremes like double penetration anal and gangbangs. Well thank you Mary, you pulled up the low end of the list really nicely with that one.

The lack of color and the stark contrast between the opinions of every woman made it into a very subjective view of porn. I didn’t make me feel bad for watching porn, it didn’t make me want to white knight poor, pretty, little, newly Christian Crissy Moran either. What it seemed to me is that porn was an opportunity for women and men who wanted to pull in full salaries for just 5 – 10 hours a week. I think that anybody watching this will pull their own conclusion from it… so in my opinion the entire thing was weak.

I loved Nina Hartley and Asia Carrera in their interviews though because they used it for what it was their for – money and sex with no regrets (have you seen either of these women work? They love their jobs!) I would only recommend this documentary to those of you who are porn hounds like I am and want to see what happened to the old Vivid cuties. For newbies and those ignorant to porn this misleadingly safe accounting of “the business” will probably only further jade you from what it is.

I wished they could have grabbed a black Sean Michaels, Heather Hunter, the lovely Jeanna Fine, or badass Janine Lindemulder to interview; then this would have been legit… what a waste of time for something that could have been great, But Randy West IS the man, and seeing that cool sunovabitch play golf while talking about the 3k women he slept with was well worth the watch.

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  • I have seen that documentary – and, like you said, there was a 50/50 mix of women who were happy to have done porn and those who somehow managed to treat it as if someone put a gun to their head.

    I am not insensitive, effed up things happen to so many of us, especially women, in terms of having our sexual energy taken advantage of.

    With that said, blaming the porn industry for their actions doesn’t help them move forward or move on. You made that decision, so even if it’s in the past, accept that people will always try to attack you or your choices.

    As for Mary Cary’s remark, eff her too. Interestingly enough, if you read Money Shot ( http://www.amazon.com/Money-Shot-Nights-Lonely-Industry/dp/1560259132) which talks about the black porn industry, this attitude is common. Not for nothing but like you said, why are we going to care about what this chick says when she’s “meh” on her porn career and didn’t parle her money appropriately from all those delicious DPs and gorgeous gangbangs she’s done?

    It is what it is.

    Personally, more high quality hardcore black and Hispanic porn would be nice… especially independently done.

    • It’s amazing how the adult industry drives our choices in technology media but is 50 years behind in race relations. I think it has a lot to do with the consumers who still buy porn – many being the middle red states who find blacks on blondes exotic on the days that church isn’t in session.

      I want them to do a real documentary about the aftermath of several layers of “the industry”. Interview a black person, a gay porn star, a mega-superstar like Sara Grey or Jenna Jameson (even though she has been interviewed many times already). Find some people who flipped the porn money into legit money and are doing well with it and find some who fell off the wagon.

      I think a project like this needs someone without a bias and I feel like “After Porn Ends” had an undertone of negativity to it. Maybe Nina Hartley should do one herself, but I won’t hold my breath.

      Thanks for commenting and on your comment about high quality black and hispanic porn – we would need the Brian Pumpers and Sean Michaels of the world to spearhead that. For now I think they make good money doing the terrible gonzo stuff in their living rooms so I doubt they will change the formula.

      • @Rafacus:disqus More important than the formula – because even THAT is okay with me – is Blacks being more biz savvy in the adult – hell the creative industries. Black and Hispanic porn has to become a novelty aside of 40 oz bounce and Border Latinas or whatever the heck they call it.

        Am I the Passionista Princess of Porn? No, cause I actually scour for free porn. But I know that getting some good lighting and managing a great set requires innovation and creativity.

        I just want control of “our” media – even adult media – back in our hands. I am an Internet Marketer and a Media Designer (got a Master’s in one and obtaining one in the other), so I know it looks more challenging than it is, but when so few control so much of the media, it’s hard to present so much more than what’s available.

        We can take control of our sector of the adult industry – and independently. It just takes a strong vision and determination.

        Overall to change the racist undertones and attitudes we have in porn – and other places, we have to change how we interact with and manage ourselves. On both an individual and interrelated level. Can’t expect to get an improvement until the example is set. Racism will always exist, in some ways, I think it’s a nasty evolution of primal competitive thoughts manifested amongst people… but for those who are open to change, you never know what happens until you push forward.

        Again, he who controls his professional and financial destiny has the power to change things – so it takes independent investment and experimentation to develop solutions that work for us.

        A documentary with various sides of porn would be interesting though. I’m not anti-porn, however, I’m quite aware of its dark side, no pun intended…and the Internet has given us great opportunities to avoid having to deal with that and manage a pretty decent career.

      • Your comment actually applies to things that go beyond porn… it’s pride in one’s craftsmanship – a thing myself and several business partners lament about people who look like us.

        In everything I do, I strive to be professional, cutting edge, if not the best and I wish more people would take pride in their businesses this way. This is why people don’t respect certain companies (from a prejudiced standpoint) and it is why even people who look like the business owners won’t support them… you have to go all out. Sigh.

        “it takes independent investment and experimentation to develop solutions that work for us.”

        ^ For this to happen people need to show and prove. Cutting corners, being cheap, and banking on skin color being the answer to “making this bread” has never been enough – yet to this day we continue to be burnt hiring people who we want to support, who choose to do a half-assed job. It’s sad.

        Hopefully as time goes by more serious, professional, people of color will step the hell up and give others a reason to support them instead of what is going on right now.

        In terms of porn, it seems right now the choice is run with the well produced interracial scene with the badass black girl, or keep it 100 and get the scene that’s in someones yard with 2 black people. There has to be a middle ground somewhere.

        Like you said, the internet has been a godsend – and it may be the answer to a lot of this disparity.

      • An intellectual conversation spanning pornography, documentaries, color lines, production and entrepreneurship…where has this site been all my life????

  • The older Raylene is absolutely beautiful. When she came on the scene with the reddish hair back in the day I wasn’t crazy about her, but the new version that was on this documentary is like you say “dayum!”

  • Matilda

    That racist comment made me so angry. Like having sex with a black man is more degrading than a gangbang?! Yeah, right. To each their one (as in people enjoying grupal sex) but that doesn’t excuses racism. Still on the race topic and porn, as someone with some (ok, lots of) kinks, I feel like the niche has like 0 representation! It’s hot to see people on screen that could be you, it’s funny to fantasize, but as a brazilian girl I only find blonde girls in ageplay or ddlg porn flicks :-/ Also if there’s any person of colour involved, I feel like it’s in the worst possible way ever, as in fetishization or UGH race play. Anyways, just rambling about my unsatisfaction with yet another white washed kind of media 🙁

  • expornscarlett

    I feel that porn is legal sex trafficking.. And it really makes me sick. Especially because I fell for the “game o’ porn” about 4 months after turning 18 and looking back at that age I was very gullible! I was only in the biz for 5 months and i am reminded of my mistake just about everyday since and its been 7 years!!! Sucks..to say the least..

    • If you would like to share your story (anonymously) to educate us on what makes it sex trafficking, I would love to read and share it. Being that you have been on the other side, there are many things that the consumers of porn aren’t aware of–myself included.

      http://halloftheblackdragon.com/reel/contact