2. The Performers

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
2

The most basic questions about performers in pornography-who they are, and how they came to appear in sexually-explicit material-are unfortunately the most difficult to answer decisively. For reasons that are largely obvious but will be explored later, anonymity is a valued commodity among pornography performers: apparently even the best known models frequently do not use their real names for their appearances.[967] And in much pornography (such as that shown in video arcades) the performers are not identified at all. Thus it would have been difficult to conduct independent investigations of their backgrounds even if resources permitted it; instead we have relied on testimony and other information in the public record. What that evidence shows about their age range, background, motivations, and path of entry into modeling is a crucial backdrop to examination of what the sex industry demands of them.

Notes

  1. Models (particularly women) tend to choose short, suggestive names: Linda Lovelace, Desiree Lane, Ali Moore, Dick Rambone. The majority of the witnesses appearing before us who said they had appeared in sexually-explicit material testified under truncated or fictitious names. The use of assumed names seems to be rooted in far more than the longstanding theatrical practice of giving upcoming actors new names for "box office" reasons-rather it appears to be closely related to the models' need to conceal their involvement from their families, friends, and future employers.