What do our favorite porn performers think about the industry? Inquiring minds want to know! Well, we asked and they answered! Welcome to our latest editor’s spotlight column, where we ask a bunch of stars the same question and see what kind of awesome answers grace our inbox.
Continuing with our Thanksgiving trend, this month we asked:
What are you thankful for this year?
“This year I am thankful for the people in my life that add love, support, positivity and encouragement while expecting nothing in return. I am thankful to have a wonderful partner and soul mate who has been my best friend and has been by my side through out our journey together. I am thankful for my health and the health of my loved ones. I am also thankful for the lessons that life teaches us.” – April Flores
“I am greatful that I was able to complete and publish my new film The Female Voyeur. It was 14 months in the making and there were so many obstacles during the production that I was close to loosing faith. But now it is out, looks good and I am so happy about it. I am also thankful for the growing network of sex positive feminist filmmakers. Together we revolutionize the porn industry and change the world. I am proud to present many female made porn gems on my Her Porn compilations.” – Petra Joy
“I am thankful for my beautiful and delightful son. He teaches me every single day to be positive and enjoy even the smallest joys in life. Also, my fans. Without my fans and their support I wouldn’t be in the position I am in. I am humbled at every turn. ” - Sophia St. James
“I’m thankful for Adrianna Nicole’s dangerous mind, Danny Wylde’s thoughtful blog, Dylan Ryan’s irresistible tweets, Jada Fire’s smile, Christian’s love of pegging, Jiz Lee’s gender, Mr. Marcus, all the fantastic performers in the adult industry, independent sex-positive stores, and my fans who continue to support my sex ed and porn work!” – Tristan Taormino
“I’m thankful for the relationships in my life; the ones with amazing friends, a great one with my parents and especially the one with my partner who makes me laugh, supports me, is inspiring, who over this last year, has showed me what love really is.” – Dylan Ryan
“I am thankful for my amazing family. My wife has been by my side since I took on changing the world with my work. We have since moved to Mexico where we have adopted 7 dogs and also a family that helps us with our daily lives here. My Mom and Dad have become my Mom and Dad again after years of being separated from them due to my drug problem. My sisters call me their brother. My daughter Rebekka is still alive after 20 years of being diagnosed with HIV. I feel like a lucky man to have such a loving family.” – Buck Angel
“I’m thankful for my husband, my family, my friends and my fans. I hope everyone can be with people they love on Thanksgiving. Happy season!” – Nina Hartley
“This year has been… intense. I am very thankful for being able to produce and direct my most ambitious project, a film called Cabaret Desire. Six months preproducing, two weeks of shooting, four months postproducing… and finally, Cabaret Desire is here in my hands. I am thankful for working on the film with the Poetry Brothel and their very talented “poetry whores” who gave me inspiration and imagination. Four tales of passion and sex with actors from all over the world gathered in Barcelona to create a unique and natural work. Exotic, erotic, mysterious, stereotype-free and sensual… a film that defines my view of sex and porn, that represents my inner desires and I hope makes adult entertainment more accessible to all and proves that women enjoy their sexuality to the fullest. I am thankful for being able to express myself and bring something new to people.” – Erika Lust
“I’m thankful that I got to see a lot of family this year. I’m also thankful that I get to share my life with an incredible woman, every year.” – Shoosh, Triangle Films
“This is an easy one for me: I’m thankful for my health and my life. I kept it private while I was going through it ‘cause I hate to be perceived as anything but healthy and vibrant, but I spent the wicked winter of 2010-2011 in treatment for ovarian cancer. Outside it snowed and snowed, six blizzards total on the Northeast! Inside I did everything I could. The big C wasn’t gonna’ take me down! And it didn’t. Come spring I burst forth disease-free and ready to rock. This spring I’m planning to add another movie to my Femme line, writing the script right now, with my buddy Jamye Waxman. Look out world, nothing’s stopping this bitch!” - Candida Royalle
“I’m thankful for my family, friends and community. An abundance of inspiration,love,support,creative energy. I’m thankful for learning to trust, renew, forgive,Breathe and let go of negative energy that doesnt nourish our souls. I’m thankful for space and courage to explore my sexuality through art and feminist porn. I’m thankful for the opportunity to connect with kinky and sex positive communities on a global level. I’m thankful for my daughter who has given me new inspiration in everything that I do.” – Madison Young
“I am thankful for the Occupy (Wall Street, Everything, Together) Movement for standing strong against our corrupt system, and encouraging one million US citizens to take their money out of big banks that steal homes and dollars from us and never pay taxes!” – Courtney Trouble
“I am thankful for my awesome husband and partner in crime Jimmy Broadway and our three beloved dogs — and the fact that we just moved to a 4500 sq. ft. shooting space in downtown LA — looking forward to making lots of kinky Severe Society Films movies as soon as space is renovated! Also thankful for our XBIZ Awards nomination for Fetish Studio of the Year.” – Mistress D Severe
And we are thankful for all of these amazing performers! Happy Thanksgiving!
JD and Ginger Leigh