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NO APOLOGIES, NO REGRETS: A PERFORMER’S THOUGHTS ON PRODUCING PORN

Madison Young’s been called a walking orgasm and a sex-ecologist. Undoubtedly her performances have induced millions of gallons of spilled seed. Here she generously takes some time to answer a few of my questions.

Madison: If you could just send me a list of questions, that will be easiest. Madison

DH: Is sex positivism the strategy with which you battle against the forces of oppression?

Madison: I use many tools, art forms and mediums in order to dialogue about social issues and to create change in the world. Some of these forms of expression and activism include workshops, creating physical space for activism and visibility and growth of artists and revolutionaries, validating others sexual experiences through honest expression of sexual pleasure and connection, and writing, documenting and lecturing on sex, art, feminism, gender, and expression. I think all of these methods are effective in creating change. I do consider my views to be sex positive or in other words coming from a view point that sex can be a positive, validating and empowering experience.

DH: Is combining genuine sexual interest with these methods like the realization of a fantasy?

Madison: When I’m performing for my own company I have more control in creating my own personal sexual fantasies as well as satisfying other performers’ sexual and kinky fantasies and desires. I also have more control in choosing either real life partners or persons I have great chemistry with to perform with in a scene. This can be a truly incredible experience. I’ve been performing in front of the camera for around 7 years now. The majority of my sexual life has been documented on film as well as my sexual growth and explorations. Although I have always been kinky and involved in different forms of kink and some bondage play all of my first intense BDSM experiences happened in front of the camera. So that definitely helped me to realize a deep part of myself and my fantasies on film. When I have less control of the situation in other people’s productions, I just make sure to concentrate on giving my scene partner pleasure and deriving pleasure from the scene for myself as well. Its a very quick way to get to know someone. That 3 minute conversation on your likes, dislikes and what you’re willing to try, often takes years to come from your real life partner but is something you do with a stranger, your coworker within minutes of introducing yourself.

DH: Do you go through a certain ritual to forget that the camera’s there when you’re performing or just let your body take you there naturally?

Madison: I love knowing that the camera is there. Even if it is for a film that doesn’t get distributed or that is in my bedroom. I’ve always loved the camera. I love knowing that people are watching. The more people that are watching the hotter I get. I’m a huge exhibitionist. I feel like the camera is one of my partners. It is having sex with us. It is part of the experience, the journey, the orgy.

DH: Is the excitement of engaging in sex any different on-camera from off?

Madison: There is a certain excitement that I get from being watched whether it is public sex or on camera that is very different from any other kind of sex. But I love sex off camera as well. I have an incredible life with an amazing partner and some fabulous sexual playmates that take me on some amazing sexual, SM, and mind blowing journeys. And each experience is exciting and a beautiful exploration of two people who have some sort of connection to one another. Something has drawn us together, whether it is monetary gain, lifestyle, sexual attraction, or deep love.

DH: You sexual experiences seem to be steeped in mysticism. Is there an intentional physiological trigger that brings about these experiences?

Madison: Many of my bondage experiences as well as my DS and SM experiences are about energy exchange, breath and visualization. I’m often able to transcend my physical body through breath and energy exchange and being conscious of the way that I direct my energy. When you are participating in a heavy SM scene or an intense bondage scene there is a lot of energy being given to me as well as being expended. I’m able to cultivate and churn that energy in an erotic way and share that energy with my partner and when on screen also with the camera. It can be an incredibly powerful experience and allows me to melt into the ropes and to be freed from my body similar to deep meditation and tantra. I actually teach a workshop on this called Zen Submissive. I’m teaching it in April in Toronto and in July at Good Vibrations in SF.

DH: During these kinds of performances, do you ever allow yourself to be taken beyond your stated limits?

Madison: I’m very aware of my body and what I’m capable of. I’ve also come to know bad pain and good pain. I know when I’ve reached a limit or when I’m in a position that I might harm myself in. I will push myself up to my limits and expand those limits but not to a point that isn’t safe.: I love knowing that the camera is there. Even if it is for a film that doesn’t get distributed or that is in my bedroom. I’ve always loved the camera. I love knowing that people are watching. The more people that are watching the hotter I get. I’m a huge exhibitionist. I feel like the camera is one of my partners. It is having sex with us. It is part of the experience, the journey, the orgy.

DH: Do you see the effects of your various works functioning toward the same end?

Madison: Yes. The work I do with my art gallery (www.feminapotens.org), my book, my workshops, my performances, my videos they are all working toward the same thing. I’m trying to provide safe space for community, connection, creative energy, and dialogue. My videos and performances help to validate a strong sense of sexuality and self as well as validating our desires in a consensual and sex positive way. Porn is a crucial medium to work in for me. It is raw, vulnerable, powerful, exposed, and unapologetic. I believe that Porn is a documentation of our sexual selves and our sexual culture. Art is also a documentation of our culture. And I believe that art and sex come from a very raw and visceral part of ourselves. It’s physically excreted like sweat or shit or blood. It pours out of us. Its only when we let ourselves get in the way of its excretion and start over thinking it and making things formulaic that it loses its meaning.

DH: To what extent do you feel immune from social commentary?

Madison: I feel like as a submissive and as someone who is a sex worker, porn star, porn producer, I do face social criticism and commentary. People have an idea that porn is degrading and disempowering to women. But they don’t think about porn documenting our culture, validating sexuality, sexual desires, educating our culture on sexual communication, empowering women to pursue their sexual wants. They don’t recognize companies who are making a difference in the porn industry or female directors, directors who are artists and activists who are brave enough to go up against social stigma. They lump all porn into one category and label it as negative for the participants and viewers. I often compare porn to the food industry. There are really gourmet restaurants, and healthy raw vegan restaurants, and then there is McDonalds. There are a lot of fast food chains out there. Obviously eating at McDonalds isn’t something you should do on a regular basis. It might give you the wrong idea about food. But when the documentary Super Size me came out they didn’t say oh because McDonalds causes high blood pressure all food must be bad. We still need food. We still need sex. And we still need documentation of our sexual culture. I believe it was Annie Sprinkle that said the solution to Bad Porn isn’t no porn, It’s good porn.

DH: But does your work violate or depart from the regularly built social norms?

Madison: Regardless of if mainstream opinion and culture agree with my lifestyle, everyone can relate to pleasure and connection. That is really what I’m trying to produce and cultivate in different forms, through different mediums. My intention isn’t to violate any existing social constructs or communities but to open people up through education and visibility to the increasing pleasure and connection with in their own lives whether they are radical anarchist punk rockers or 30 year old housewives or stay-at-home moms in the Midwest.

DH: Well, would your work give you extra sexual satisfaction if it did?

Madison: I don’t receive pleasure in destroying connection or forcing anything onto anyone who is not open to new experiences or wanting to learn. I only want to help build a more positive, safe, and honest space for people to connect and express themselves sexually and artistically. The people that I am educating, entertaining and reaching out to are all open and consensually seeking guidance, validity and education in the areas of sex and BDSM.

DH: Thank you for treating my inquiries with such respect. I am grateful to you from the bottom of my heart.

MY: Thanks.
Madison Young 
Your Kinky Girl Next Door 
Voted One of the Top Ten Bondage Models in the world by BondageAwards.com

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