A Panel on Porn Performer Safety

With all of the news and controversy around condoms and porn, it’s refreshing to see someone bringing real information to the discussion. Dr. Chauntelle Anne Tibbals has been talking and working with porn performers and she brings a much better understanding of the issues they face and the concerns they have than most of the media pundits. So when I saw the press release about her upcoming presentation at Stanford Law School, I had to pass it along.

See below for info and help get the word out!


Dr. Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, Ph.D. to Speak about Adult Performer Health and Safety at Stanford Law School

Dr. Chauntelle calls attention to disconnects existing between California state law and adult production practices

April 4, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – Dr. Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, Ph.D. will present her forthcoming paper “Adult Film Performers and Occupational Safety and Health at Stanford Law School in Stanford, CA on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Tibbals is one of three panelists presenting work at Stanford Law School’s Safety of Sex Workers event. She will present work summarizing data and insights gleaned from twenty-four women and men currently working as adult performers in the Southern California/Los Angeles area. Her findings call attention to disconnects existing between California state law and adult production practices. The event will begin at 12:45 PM. Presentations will be followed by discussant-led Q&A and questions from the audience.

Tibbals hopes to address adult industry workplace and safety issues commonly ignored by policy makers, regulators, and academics during the event.

“Current regulations do not take the inner-workings of the adult industry or the concerns of the workers they’re trying to protect into account, said Tibbals.

“Disconnects existing between adult industry producers and performers, regulators, and the wider social world are deep-seated and significant. Reliance on the concept of bloodborne pathogens protection as it is currently defined points to a lack of understanding about the mechanics of professional sex performance, she continued.

Tibbals is a sociologist, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California (USC), and the driving force behind the 2012 XBIZ Award Nominated site, PVVOnline.com. “Dr. Chauntelle, as she is commonly known, has spent almost ten years researching the adult industry, working to complicate popular understanding of the adult business, its enterprise, and its socio-cultural significance

“We need to work to understand the realities of adult production and performers’ concerns. Systematic analysis of the structure and operations of the adult industry in Southern and Northern California is imperative, as are comparisons between the two. This work must be done before further attempts at regulation are made.

“Adult Film Performers and Occupational Safety and Health is forthcoming from Stanford Law and Policy Review (23, 2012). Inquiries about this and Tibbals’ other projects can be directed to cat_606@usc.edu.

About Dr. Chauntelle: Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, Ph.D. is a sociologist specializing in gender and labor issues. She has spent almost ten years researching the adult industry, working to complicate popular understanding of the adult business, its enterprise, and its socio-cultural significance. Her research has been published in numerous scholarly journals including SexualitiesGender Work & OrganizationStanford Law and Policy Review (forthcoming), and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She is a Visiting Scholar in USC’s Department of Sociology and blogs regularly about industry issues at www.PVVOnline.com.

Follow Dr. Chauntelle on Twitter at @drchauntelle.

For more information and detail about Dr. Chauntelle, see her long form bio: http://pvvonline.com/?page_id=2

About PVVOnline.com: Porn is just like everything else in life “ multi-dimensional and complex. Each component and dimension of adult production is also part of a wider socio-cultural past, present, and future. PVVOnline engages these complexities, connecting the dots and offering readers a unique take on the adult industry. Through consideration of industry culture and developments, in-depth interviews with industry insiders, and critical reviews of adult content, PVVOnline seeks to shed nuanced light on an influential yet extremely controversial, marginalized, and stigmatized industry.

PVVOnlinecritical commentary on adult production, bridging the gap between porn and you!

Follow PVVOnline on Twitter at @PVVTweet.

For more information and detail about PVVOnline and its mission and goals, see: http://pvvonline.com/?page_id=29

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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