Take Two for May 9, 2013

In 'Aroused,' porn stars reveal the intimate details of their off-screen lives

Aroused

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Still from the documentary "Aroused."

Photographer Deborah Anderson has made a name for herself shooting pictures of celebrities such as Elton John, George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and the singer Pink. But recently she turned her lens to stars of a different sort: adult film performers. 

While the 16 women she shot for this project were having their hair and make-up done, Anderson spoke with them about how they got into porn and the joys and challenges of their work. Those interviews can be seen in the new documentary, "Aroused."


Deborah Anderson joined us to talk about her project and what surprised her most about these women.

Interview Highlights:

 

On what surprised her most about the women she shot:
"These women are like you and, I but they've chosen a path that you and I possibly would not do and they have no regrets…and the continual thread was the loving of their jobs. They don't have a pimp, they don't have the seedy dark alleys where they make these films, they have agents they're reputable, and there all so tiny. A lot of the new girls, they haven't had any augmentations to their bodies, the natural look is very much in. Gone are the days really with fake lips and the big boobs, and the sort of exaggeration of the woman."

On the health risks in the porn industry:
"One of the girls, Teagan Presley said, 'How many times have you gone into a bar and you met somebody that you liked, and you kissed them, and possibly took them home and had a one night stand, and you didn't use a condom? How dangerous is that? At least we as a group of performers know who we're having sex with and we know that we've all been tested, so we feel that in some way possibly we're promoting safer sex, because we're taking care of our bodies.'"

On what surprised her from her interview with adult film actress agent Fran Amador:
"Everybody has a viewpoint, she sees it from where she's standing because she's been around it for so many years. She even says in the movie that she feels bad she doesn't agree with these woman making money having sex on camera, then who is she to be supporting that industry? And another veteran said to her 'well if you weren't doing it someone else would be and they probably wouldn't care as much.'" 

On photographing the actresses naked:
"I thought it would be easy, I love to shoot nudes, but these girls are so used to having their peacock feathers out that trying to have them come inward and touch upon their sensuality and not their sexuality was the challenge."

On the double standard of looking down on porn stars:
"Well you know most people watching porn and they want to be entertained by porn, may be educated by porn and then they won't really want to talk about it at the dinner table, they don't really want to mention that they know these girls. I realized this in having many a dinner prior to shooting in telling people friends colleagues and such that I was doing this project there was so much negativity with women. It was just an interesting take to get these girls to express themselves knowing that they're telling me straight, and I don't think that we should look at any of these women and judge the choices they make just because they're doing something we wouldn't do. I allow myself to express that maybe it's time to stop pointing the finger and take a look at ourselves."


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