Devinn Lane, porn star, gets down
BY LACY KETZNER
hose who can, do. Those who can't, watch. And then, there are those who do
and are watched. Porn, gotta love it. There are some serious bucks in porn.
That's "bucks," with a "B," pervert. Yale could hardly celebrate Sex Week
without hearing from the sexiest industry in America. Yale prides itself on
attracting the future and current leaders of American society to its ivy gates.
We've had Bill Clinton, LAW, '73. Now, we welcome Devinn Lane, leader of a
multibillion dollar industry, to our hallowed halls of learning. This is one
girl who has really gone wild.
Feminists like Gloria Steinem, Catharine MacKinnon, and Andrea Dworkin
denounce porn as the "sexually explicit subordination of women." Devinn Lane,
the 31-year-old porn star, mother, and current guest of Yale University, finds
such notions (at least for her) to be totally bunk. She is strong, independent,
intelligent, and completely committed to and in love with her career as an
actress/producer/distributor in the adult entertainment industry. She chooses
who, she decides how, and she tells them when. Subordination? Lane often plays
a dominatrix, but adds that everyone in the industry must first take a
subordinating role in order to know "how it feels." "Do I enjoy it?" Lane
Devinn Lane lives the American dream, albeit the wet version. She was born and
raised in Orange County, daughter of a minister. At the age of 16, she became
pregnant, and by 18 worked as a dancer at a local club. For six years, Lane
danced, earning enough money to put her child through private schools. Then
came her big break. An interested photographer approached the buxom brunette,
and before long, Devinn Lane's smiling face graced the cover of Penthouse. Lane
adroitly parlayed this work into a job as the "fax girl" on Playboy TV and
appearances on the Howard Stern Show. She was not the traditional adult
star. She was older, experienced, and completely savvy of her role within the
industry. She is no victimized Roller Girl.
Lane leads the college student's ideal life. Her current project, Road
Trixxx (by the why, how great would it be to have the job of turning -cks
words into XXX? I'll tell you: so great!), follows Lane as she rock climbs,
spelunks, and loves freely. On the side, she hosts a Big Brother-esque
program on Playboy TV called Seven Lives Exposed. It is all the drama of
reality TV, without any of the clothes. But Lane's life isn't all sun and sex.
"It's fun," she declares, "but it's a business." The typical shelf-life of an
adult star is two years. However, there are no stock options, no dental plan.
Lane, a self-declared lifer, still enjoys sex star status but also looks to the
future: She fights for distribution rights of all her products and hopes to
start her own production agency. The adult entertainment industry is no less
cutthroat than I-banking is, but I'd venture that one's coworkers are a lot
Pornography has been around a long time. Records reveal pornographic theme
songs from ancient Greece, and erotic images adorn the walls of Pompeii. For
centuries, pornography was principally enjoyed by the wealthy. Porn took off,
though, in the 19th century when technologysuch as printing and
photographymade it more readily available to pervs of all classes. Now,
thanks to the Internet, porn is just a click away. In fact, just about any
innocent word search leads pretty quickly to naughtiness. (Oops, I meant the
band when I typed in "strokes." My bad.) But is this really lamentable?
According to Lane, porn brings liberation and pleasure. She holds these truths
to be self-evident: our freedom to express, our freedom to choose, our freedom to access porn. Amen.
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