Stoya Biography • Jessica Stoyadinovich Life Story
After arriving in Serbia on 18 November to begin work on a film, she had been woken by nightmares. Just one paparazzo waited for the internationally recognisable porn performer and writer at the airport, and even he had slunk off when the production assistant sent to meet her had told him, after he asked if this was Stoya, that it was not. She spent her time awake rehearsing her role in the film: a woman who would be raped by someone that she knew. But she slept on it, and then decided. That thing sucks. A request for comment from Deen was not returned by the time of publication.
How Stoya took on James Deen and broke the porn industry's silence
Is sex in porn the same as sex in real life? And is it even fair to make that comparison? After a two-minute video, which used food to illustrate the differences between the average person's sex life and the sexual experiences often depicted in pornography, went viral, it set off a fascinating discussion about "porn sex" vs. In a recent interview with The Awl, adult film star Stoya -- who is known for her eloquence, writing and hilarious Twitter account on top of her work as an X-rated actress -- explained why making such a black-and-white distinction between the two worlds sort of misses the point.
Whether feminism and pornography can ever truly be bedfellows is a thorny, contentious issue when it comes to mainstream porn. Adult filmmakers such as Erika Lust are leading the feminist wave of alternative adult content by producing pornography centred on female pleasure and subverting the male gaze. As an adult actress, Stoya has long been considered a feminist icon of alt porn.