Many of you may know me from interviews and media appearances, and you probably associate my films with me, and only me. But Erika Lust Films is so much more than “just” me. For International Women’s Day I want to put the women in the spotlight who work with me and make Erika Lust Films what it is.
I made my first adult film in 2004 which ultimately led to the creation of my company. When we started, EL was literally two desks, one for my partner and one for me, in our living room in our home in Barcelona. As my films became more popular and the work load kept getting bigger, the Lust team started growing.
Today, we are 23 people in the office, 15 of whom are bright and unique women. Aside from my office team, I also work with a freelance crew, artists, performers, photographers, guests directors, and many more.
In light of International Women´s day, and Women´s history month, I met with the women who dedicate themselves to producing and distributing my films, to ask about how they feel about working here. Society often still stigmatizes pornography and most importantly the people (especially women!) who work in anything related to it, so it’s an important concern for me to share the stories of the women in my office. Everyday we try to open minds and break stereotypes… I hope this very special blog post and intimate insight into my office and the lives of my girls will open yours.
Kali studied and worked as a social worker before coming to Spain. She now works as a Performer, Talent Manager and Sex Educator.
Have you ever been criticised or stigmatised for working for Erika Lust Films?
While working at Lust Films, I haven’t specifically received any backlash for being the Talent Manager, because in the eyes of the general public, ‘’that’s cool that you work for a porn company!!! You get to watch porn all day long!!’’ But… their reactions change when I say I am also a performer (and sex worker). You see them uncomfortably shift in their seats, and nervously laugh, or try to change the subject. Even the most progressive people have some weird aversion to talking about getting paid to have sex. There are also the questions, and the questions sometimes are harmless, and other times they are just insulting.
The last two years I have fought with many SWERFs (sex worker exclusionary radical feminists) who believe all sex work is exploitation. These are also the very same people who shop in Zara. OKAY, Hello…..….. Do you really care about all forms of exploitation, or do you just have a problem with sex? We get to the real problem then, it’s that you’re caught up in the ‘’morality’’ of receiving money for sex, not my exploitation. To be very clear, I am freely exercising my right to do sex work, NO one is forcing me or has ever forced me before. Sex work and Trafficking are two very separate issues, and SWERFs always seem to easily conflate them. I really do dream of a day where I can say ‘’I’m a sex worker’’ and the other person would respond ‘’Oh cool!’’. I don’t just want to de-stigmatise sex work through my activism; I want to normalise it! It’s completely fine to see a sex worker, like it is completely fine to see a doctor, psychologist, massage therapist, etc. The work that needs to be done isn’t just the responsibility of sex workers, it’s the responsibility of everyone.
CHARIS – Content Manager
How do you think the role of women in society is changing? Where do you think its heading? After thousands of years of oppression, I think women across the world are pushing towards greater equality in all spheres of society. We’re nowhere close to achieving gender equality yet, but I think ultimately we’re witnessing the meteoric rise of women. It might take a while longer, but it’s definitely happening.
BROGAN- Press Officer
What do you like about working in Erika Lust Films?
I love working in the adult industry amongst really interesting women who want to show something different. I love that I can explain to people that there is a different type of porn out there that prioritises female pleasure, and that there are lots of women who enjoy watching (and making) porn. Between us all working here there is always an interesting discussion to be had, and multiple perspectives and opinions to be heard! Plus I get to talk and think about sex all day every day, so I can’t really complain.
Why do you think its important for you to work in Erika Lust Films?
To help spread the message of sex positive feminism, to show that porn can be beautiful, and to show that women have their own sexual desires and urges. Also I want to help spread the word about the porn monopoly, the history of adult cinema, how the tube sites completely destroyed the industry, why we should be paying for our porn, the lucrative ad networks that are pushing sexual preferences and a certain type of sex that caters to the white, hetero-male gaze onto the unsuspecting public. There is so much that we, as a society, are missing because we are refusing to have honest, open discussions about sex and porn.
Do you feel empowered working here? Why?
Yes. Knowing that I have a voice and that I’m able to contribute to a collective higher goal.
SILVIA – Digital Product Manager
REBECCA – Producer
I am working with many women to make this happen and I think that little by little there are things that are improving. I have two little sisters, who are amazing: they have always moved in the queer space and they think about affective relationships in a conscious way. They are empowered women who think about where they want to go and they look for the way to not do what is expected of them just because it is. They point out the gentlemen who treat them badly and get angry when there is an injustice… and and they are only 20 years old. I believe that with these young fighters we will be able to do everything, but it is clear that they are not going to make it easy for us… so, head up high! And fight!
…aaand my reaction after reading these interviews! I have so much love and admiration for these women. To all of our fans out there: keep your mind strong and keep fighting for representation, respect, and everything you love.
P.S.: stay tuned for my upcoming interviews with Andrea (Communications Manager) and Sabrina (Production Manager)!