LETTERS: Porn show coverage too cliched

To the editor:

I was extremely disappointed to read Benjamin Spillman‘s one-dimensional and cliched coverage of the Adult Entertainment Expo (Jan. 12). If Mr. Spillman had done his homework he would have known — and perhaps chosen to write about — facets of the expo that are about much more than “porn peddlers,” raunch and randy fans.

Perhaps Mr. Spillman could have written about one of the many business seminars offered for people in the trade, seminars that focused on topics such as selling and marketing adult novelties, appealing to female consumers, and developments in obscenity law.

But no, Mr. Spillman opted to go for the sensational; he also chose to reproduce — once again in the pages of the Review-Journal — independent researcher Melissa Farley‘s analysis about how women in Las Vegas are victimized by pimps and smut peddlers. What a different story Mr. Spillman could have written if he chose to interview some of the female — and feminist identified — proprietors and porn producers in attendance who make porn from a woman’s perspective and sell products aimed at empowering women and their partners.

The sex industry is not a monolith, and neither is the AEE. It is a shame that Mr. Spillman’s article chose to downplay this fact.

LYNN COMELLA

LAS VEGAS

THE WRITER IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN UNLV’S WOMEN’S STUDIES DEPARTMENT.

http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/13860902.html

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