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Ashley Mathews (aka Riley Reid) - Inside the world of professional pornography

Ashley, in the role of the Riley Reid character, has defied all pornographic convention by embracing body positivity, forgoing plastic surgery and opting for natural body hair at times. Additionally she has made a social statement by doing a popular artistic scene which makes a political and business case for greater transsexual acceptance. Her main tool appears to be a palpable human decency and sweetness coupled to an uncanny ability to asses, manage and survive extreme business risk within a poorly understood industry that has confounded all expectations.

Eric sits down with the business woman to discuss obscenity laws, difficulty of finding vendors willing to work with an erotic businesses, and the challenges of fighting obscenity and indecency charges, among other things. Listener discretion is advised.

Updated on April 07
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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Operation Choke Point was an initiative started unders the Obama administration which is making it harder for the adult industry to run their business by removing their access to banking, credit, and web services, among many other business and applications.

Many companies now don't want to take on the risk of working with CSW (commercial sex workers) that it makes it harder, and a lot more expensive for Ashley Mathews to run Riley Reid, her business.

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John Stagliano made a name for himself showcasing women enjoying sexuality for their own pleasure, thus in a way giving a feminist up turning to the concept of pornography.

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Circa 1973 American court redefined pornography laws, putting everyone in the industry at risk. The courts stipulated that anyone in the industry could be in trouble by simply violating somebody's community standards. However, in the age of the internet, we are all part of the same community, which means it's very likely that someone in LA is violating the standards of someone in Utah.

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People working for the sex industry are very used to seeing sex all around them. Actors and actresses can undress and play around without any second thoughts. Meanwhile, in a typical movie work environment, that is not acceptable.

For Riley Reid it was a revelation that in fact there might be reasons why other people would not want to see her naked.

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Riley is an open book. She can easily and honestly tell you what she wants and does not. Meanwhile, the general public seems to prefer games of seduction and trickery, and she finds it impossible for herself to operate that way.

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Riley says that it's very common for people who are starting to work in porn to be humiliated by their own families, nevermind the social media mob that comes after.

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Riley has always looked up to her mother, who despite being somewhat overweight has always been strong and confident woman. Inspired by her mom, Riley rejected the traditional notion of what it means to be successful in the industry (blond hair, large breasts) and defined her own image.

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The guys who date Ashley end up being victims of harassment, simply by association.

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