Posts Tagged: Conner Habib

Treatment as Metaphor

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In our daily efforts to stay healthy, to invent solutions for staving off death, have we already put ourselves in treatment for diseases yet to come? Conner Habib writes about his cancer diagnosis over at The Stranger, challenging Susan Sontag’s argument against seeing illness as a metaphor by revealing the ways in which we can’t help but give it meaning:

We reach out to the hand that promises to pull us to shore.

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“There Is No ‘After’ Porn”

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It’s easy to assign porn names—which are often wildly flamboyant and unapologetically cheesy—to fictional identities, people who don’t exist off the screen.

But at Buzzfeed, porn star and Rumpus contributor Conner Habib (né Andre Khalil) writes about how living in the age of the internet is making it more difficult for porn stars to successfully compartmentalize their private and public lives.

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On Persecuting Porn Performers

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“We don’t know why porn stars should not teach children, why it’s OK to watch porn but not be in it, why we should have to hide our involvement in pornography, or why we should be ashamed of it. These arguments apply, in differing degrees, to sex itself.”

At The Advocate, Conner Habib reflects on the “outing” of teacher Kevin Hogan as a former gay porn performer, articulates the cloudy nature of public conversations about porn in our society, and argues that Hogan’s potential firing should be a “shared responsibility.”

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