The Story of a Sex Worker

July 06, 2004


I thought I should interject something here, to answer some of the criticism and comments and doubt I’ve been getting. So far I’ve been intent on getting my story down. If you don’t think a porn star can write or even think I want to show you something Nina Hartley said. She didn’t write this down. She said it in conversation. I don’t even know what a "Marcusian" is:

"I come out of the tradition of the New Left, a Marcusian. As a social scientist I see Hollywood as a focus of cultural decay. It defines our culture, and it spreads throughout the whole country. I see Hollywood as a cancer; it has destroyed our fucking society. Next to the suppression of sex, it's the most efficient reinforcer of modern human alienation. I'm a socialist. A Marxist can take great offense at unrestrained profits and unrestrained colonial violence and I feel that Hollywood blatantly glorifies these negative values. Hollywood could play an amazing role in making the American experiment work. But what happens is just the opposite."

She’s a genius. I admit there’s a lot of damaged people in porn, or people get damaged once they’re there, but you shouldn’t doubt us porn stars. Thanks for all the positive response I’ve received. It means a lot.



  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger jp said…

    Nina Hartley is hot. :o)

  • At 8:57 PM, Blogger garybibb said…

    Let's not forget about Asia Carrera, a personal fave of mine. She is a member of MENSA, the society of really smart people. Not for the dumb ones like me. Now if you'll excuse me, i need to go put on my hockey helmet, the short yellow bus is coming.

    Bibb's Revenge

  • At 7:08 AM, Blogger Hal said…

    Keep it up, girl.

  • At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well the names you are using are fictive names . Never heard about them / unfindable on google .

    I work in the industry too ...

  • At 11:06 AM, Blogger MrMagestik said…

    Shirley... about Macusian philosophy: an excerpt from "A Cultural Revolution for Dartmouth" by Steven Manashi

    In their recent book, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses, Professor Alan Charles Kors of the University of Pennsylvania and civil liberties attorney Harvey A. Silverglate trace the recent phenomenon of campus speech codes to 1960s Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse. In “Repressive Tolerance,” a 1965 essay, Marcuse wrote that free expression is actually “repressive.” By his logic, the powerful and wealthy elite keeps the great bulk of the population “manipulated and indoctrinated” so that they “parrot, as their own, the opinion of their masters.” In this environment, tolerance of all views serves to entrench the status quo power structure.

    “Liberating tolerance,” Marcuse wrote, would consist of “intolerance against movements from the Right, and toleration of movements from the Left.” Assailing the “sacred liberalistic principle of equality for `the other side,” Marcuse advocated “the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services, social security, medical care, etc.” After all, Marcuse opined, “there are issues where . . . there is no `other side' in any more than a formalistic sense.”

    Kors and Silvergate observe that while Marcusian logic has been rejected by the “real world,” it has enveloped the academy. They point to the rise of speech codes on campus. But Marcuse's ideas are even more pervasive in universities: Marcusian logic has invaded the curricula and educational programs of American universities.

    I didn't know what this was either. Pretty heavy stuff - frighteningly accurate - if not a bit paranoid. Some parallels are easy to put together; one thing to keep in mind is that humans are essentially pack animals and though our thought processes are fascilitated by our big brain, our natural instincts and social structure promote a lack of "free thought." It is easier to do as you're told - especially if the direction comes from a percieved "Alpha" member or social class.
    Hopefully some balance, in the near future, will be acheived.

    Nina has always come across an intellectual, unless performing(strikes me as kind of hard to do that with a cock in her mouth), appears she's still in the game. :)

    I enjoy your work, please continue.


  • At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just a little note here. You don't have to be extroadinarily brilliant to be accepted to Mensa. You need to have slightly above average intelligence. A couple of my friends and myself applied when we were 15, and most of us got in.

    Which isn't to say that Asia Carerra ISN'T smart, but she isn't BRILLIANT either. I've spoken to her, a small bit, shop talk about coding websites and other computer nonsense. She's capable, but I didn't hear anything that made me suspect of being extremely intelligent.

    Now, I am one of those detractors, and I don't think this blog is real. It's not because you're too eloquent. I'm not so judgemental that I would assume all pornstars to be coked up idiots. It's that the feeling of this blog is a little... I don't know... produced. In your early posts, which were supposedly drawn from two years ago, you remember an oddly high amount of details. Stuff like that makes your blog seem unrealistic. Or, hell, you may just have a good memory.

    Either way, I'm not buying it.

    In anticipation of the question, "Why do you still read this, then?"

    Well, fake or no, it's entertaining.

  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger John Psmyth said…

    The blog may or may not be real, but to say it can't be real because it contains a lot of detail.... Have you ever read Ulysses, by James Joyce? It is fiction, but it also contains an AMAZING amount of real detail. And I can certainly remember a lot of detail of my own sexual experiences.

    Real the blog may or may not be, but I think you need to come up with a better reason than that.

  • At 9:56 PM, Blogger Ryan said…

    Well I done ain't got too much in the way of brains, so Ise done get confused by all these bigs words and such and such, but I like yer blog alot cuz it makes me feel all funny in my pants.

  • At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like your blog. Read all the posts in one sitting.. got it from my other favorite blog, Belle de Jour's.

    Great writing.

    And to the anonymous guy who's been insisting that this is a fake because she happens to remember a lot of details... WTF?!

  • At 1:34 AM, Blogger John said…

    Yep. What Nina said is closer to the truth than most might think.

    Oh, and I'm enjoying your blog. Keep on keepin' on.

  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger casanunder said…

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  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger Lady Charisse said…

    You're welcome. And thank you for the great reads.

    (sorry, I've no input on the whole Marcusian/MENSA debate...No time)

  • At 9:02 PM, Blogger sinsulita said…

    Whether the dialogue used is accurate or not is beside the point. I believe the story in of itself to be true and suspect that at times the blog author does take the liberty of creating enough dialogue to keep her memoir flowing appropriately. That doesn't make it any less real. Nor does it make it any less entertaining or amazing to read.

    I wish there were more posts to read myself.

  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger DanceFan said…

    I think that the assertion that the blog is fake because of the amount of detail is ridiculous. On my blog I write about experiences that I've had in strip clubs as long as 20 years ago. I remember faces, bodies, conversations, gestures, even perfume smells. Some of us are just observant.


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