No Means No

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Porn performers consent to have sex on-camera, but Stoya objects to the idea that she — or any other performer — is just a collection of orifices to which she’s signed away unrestricted penetration rights. The number of times you’ve said “yes” does not in any way disempower you to say “no” at any point, for any reason.

Stoya is not your average porn star—not only is she the antithesis of a blonde, fake-breasted bombshell, her work focuses on body- and sex-positive videos that show respect for all parties involved. And that work has taken on new importance since she publicly accused ex-boyfriend and porn actor James Deen of rape, which emboldened many other women to speak about his abuse.


Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →