Feb 072011
 

Trigger warning for violence against women.

When people talk about degradation in porn, they usually don’t know what they’re talking about. The majority of porn is shot by decent people, starring intelligent people, and is entirely consensual. Even when it gets rough, the scene is planned beforehand, with “do”s and “don’t”s clearly laid out between performers.

I know there are cases in which non-consensual degradation actually exists, but I had never really confronted them until last week. I was reading Danny Wylde’s blog, which currently features some badass interviews with pornographers and porn stars. The main topic is ethics, and there are questions about degradation. I saw the same person — Khan Tusion1 — mentioned in two separate interviews. First in Kimberly Kane’s interview, in which she said:

I had a situation where I met Khan Tusion, the guy from Meat Holes [a controversial line of porn films]. I was twenty. And he tried to strangle me. This was not even on camera. This was like him strangling me in a bathroom somewhere. And it was terrible. And I thought, “Oh my god, I’m gonna be murdered, this sucks. Everyone was right. Porn’s so evil.” But he’s like the most evil person to ever come into porn. He is like that nightmare that every mother and father who’s child is in porn is like, “That’s who they’re working with every day. It’s Khan Tusion.”

So that was terrible. That was degrading, and awful, and scary, and terrible. I didn’t even work with him. I just met him. It was awful. But some people have worked with him and I’m sure they could tell you horrible stories.

After seeing the name mentioned a second time in Dana DeArmond’s interview

My co-star was Charlotte Vale. And he dug in really hard on her and asked her very personal questions about her family, and her twin sister. I could tell that it was upsetting her.

…I took to Google to figure out who the hell this guy is. First, it is important to note that this guy is probably no longer making porn. But when he was, he was responsible for the deplorable Meat Holes series, and the short-lived and violent Rough Sex series (absolutely no relation to Tristan Taormino’s fabulous — and gleefully consensual — series of the same name). On Khan Tusion’s Rough Sex 2, one reviewer wrote, “I can’t say [I] enjoyed this two and a half hours. In fact, it made me pretty damn depressed.” On Meat Holes 14: “If you don’t get off on brutality and joyless sex then there is nothing for you here.”

I don’t want to go all Gail Dines on everyone, but… this Khan Tusion guy is absolute filth. Kimberly Kane was right: the people who have worked with him can tell us horrible stories.

First I found a video (no longer available) of porn star Ashley Blue talking about him with visible disgust. To me, she seemed… traumatized.

Then I found some interviews with Khan Tusion. While obviously trying to put on a professional front, some choice quotes just blew his cover completely:

  • “Degradation drives the business.”
  • “I believe that in order to be exhilaratingly erotic, the woman has to exhibit some shame.”
  • On the same women returning to perform for him: “Yes, some of them are coming back. It’s the battered wife syndrome, they want to get away, but they just can’t.”

Further searching led me to some old forum threads talking about Khan Tusion. One thread contained a post by porn star Taryn Thomas.

Meatholes was a bad time in my life. If you liked that I am sorry but don’t ever plan on seeing me mentally abused ever again or for that matter abused in any way like that. I would never do it again. I do not like being MENTALY ABUSED! No one should ever have to be mentally abused like that. I do porn because I love sex and I love to have fun but Meatholes was not fun. It is just sick and I am sorry to say that is something that I am not proud of. Because I am generally proud of all my work.

And here is where I really dug into this guy’s “work.” Apparently, breaking women down mentally is his schtick. His fans say he is so great because of this. Because he “pushes the envelope.” Because, while other people are shooting “regular” BDSM, this guy is taking things much further.

There was mention of a Khan Tusion scene where the woman cried the entire time; this was accompanied by a few clips, which I watched with horror and rage. Ashley Blue’s scene was also mentioned with a link attached. It was a link to four screenshots and four clips from the scene. I knew I should not click on them, but I did. I watched as Khan choked her until she passed out. Then I felt sick.

(Addendum, 09/13/11: Ashley Blue — real name Oriana Small — has written an autobiography entitled Girlvert. In it she chronicles the first time she met Khan, and she writes about the choking scene as well. There’s a video of her reading this excerpt, but I don’t recommend watching it, as the scene is playing in the background of the bookstore. Instead, just listen to it.)

My sickness was made worse by some of the posts in the forums. Someone would say something like, “only sick fucks would get off on this,” and another person would march in and retort, “how would you like it if I said that about something that gets you off?”

You do not get to use this argument in cases of non-consensual violence against women. There is a line, and that shit crossed it. It crossed it so obviously. Anyone watching would be able to see that Ashley Blue was not consenting. I’ve seen plenty of choking in porn scenes, and I have never felt ill from watching it. So yes, anyone who gets off on that is a sick fuck, because they are getting off on it being non-consensual.

This review of Khan Tusion’s Piss Mops #2 sums up everything, and adds a few crucial points:

Unlike most scenes starring these beautiful women, you could tell that they totally didn’t want to be there. You also could tell that they didn’t like the guys who shot this film, and in many cases they feared for their own personal safety . . . some of the scenes are downright disturbing.

The director of this movie disguises his voice. Probably for his own protection because if any relatives of these girls viewed this, they would probably kill him. All of the males in this movie also hide their faces. They apparently get off on beating women, but they don’t want to show their faces. They are not men… they are merely males.

This sort of movie hurts the porn industry. This is the type of thing that gives fuel to the people who want to ban adult movies. This is the sort of thing that causes legislation against pornography. This is the sort of thing that porn producers should stand up against.

I asked some of the girls who have worked for Khan Tusion why they didn’t walk away from the filming? . . . most of the girls are in fear of personal, legal and career repercussions for walking out of a scene. Khan uses a very strict contract, and the girls are all but locked in by the time they set foot on the set.

This is important. So is continued consent. Some of the posts on the forums demonstrate a disregard for continued consent. “Well, she agreed to do the scene” may be how you justify your enjoyment of something so reprehensible, but you’re using a rapist’s logic. If a woman is waving her arms, drooling, and clearly unable to breathe, you have gone far beyond a typical scene.

Especially when a woman is telling you, repeatedly, to stop. I came across an interview with porn star Regan Starr in which she describes her horrifying experience shooting with Khan Tusion.

So what they did was leave the crying and the kicking and the screaming in when I was saying, “Stop the cameras” because this man was hurting me. He tossed me over his shoulder and was using hard fists and slapped me on the ass and grabbed me by the throat and grabbed me by the neck and I was choking and I wanted them to turn off the cameras because I thought that wasn’t really what I wanted to get involved in. I was scared for my life, to be honest with you. And they literally brought so much terror to my forefront, and I was so horrified, and so shocked that their glory was showing on camera that I had no idea that I was going be beaten up. They basically caught that raw emotion and they also caught me sobbing and saying, “Can you stop it? Like for real, for real, for real.”

I saw the one cameraman put down his camera and walk away, like, “OK guys, she’s not joking around,” and then I saw the back one kicking in and shooting as I’m running off the set in tears going, “You fucking assholes.” . . . I felt like I was getting totally violated, how somebody being raped would feel when they’re saying, “Stop it,”  and then the guy doesn’t stop and then she feels that she deserved it. I was crying and it’s just… it’s really sad.

At the time I was paid 300 dollars to keep my mouth shut and to get off the set. I was off in a corner and I never thought to press charges . . .

At this point, I had to stop myself. I was not going to find anything uplifting. It was all going to be like this: a horrifying story/review followed by some forum douche defending Khan’s movies for being “edgy.”

Usually I will defend porn to the death, but right now I’m feeling very disenchanted. I’m irritated with myself for not knowing about this sooner, and for being incredibly uneducated about cases of true degradation on porn sets. I know there is more out there, because I’ve seen the names lumped together with Khan Tusion’s. But I am honestly afraid to look now.

All I can say is, you might wanna boycott JM Productions, the company that distributes most of Khan Tusion’s movies. That’ll be easy for me, since all they seem to produce is over-the-top shit like The Violation of Harmony (which I still can’t believe I sat through, my god) and Oh No! There’s A Negro In My Mom. And if you see a shop carrying anything that Khan Tusion has directed, tell someone. Because it is not okay for filmed abuse to be in circulation.

P.S. If you try to comment on this post with something along the lines of “hay women are degrading themselves lol shut up u stupid feminist,” your comment will be going straight to trash, where it belongs. You are not listening to women and you fucking disgust me.

  1. Yes, as in “contusion” — a bruise. []
  • http://pop-shot.blogspot.com/ Cand86

    Shit, there are times when I want to be a feminist vigilante and quietly dispose of certain horrible people. Or maybe I’ve been watching too much “Dexter” . . . either way, he’s deserving of it.

    And “Kahn Tusion” is supposed to be an awful stupid fucking pun on “contusion”, right? Ugh.

  • http://neamhspleachas.com Molls

    Not sure if you caught this article in The Atlantic called “Hard Core” but I’m pretty sure that chick only reviewed Khan Tusion’s porn.

  • Conrad

    Audrey Hollinder’s (Sp?) husband seems like he is pretty abusive. If not physically, he is definitely emotionally abusive. They interviewed them in 9to5. He was a total ass to her on and off scene.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @Conrad: So I’m not the only one who got that feeling from him in 9 to 5… it was disconcerting.

  • http://absoluteirrelevance.wordpress.com absolute irrelevance

    i have only recently gotten into watching porn. i could never understand why a woman would make porn because i thought thats how porn actually was, a guy slapping around a girl, doing other unmentionable things i found horrible. then i learned its scripted, not all like that and what have you. reading this though, wow… i felt bile rise to the back of my throat, and it made my blood boil.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @absolute irrelevance: Do not let this deter you from watching porn. This is a very extreme case. Look up the Feminist Porn Awards and find the movies that the winners have made; they are all very ethical and awesome.

  • Conrad

    @Epiphora: Extremely. I can’t watch anything with her in it now, without feeling really bad for her.

  • Nymphetamine Kiss

    See, I actually think it’s *really* important we do talk about the bad, totally unnacceptable conduct that is out there in porn. It’s the only way society as a whole might, just might, recognise that there are good and bad apples in pornography, just like in the wider world.

    And just like in the wider world, it makes sense to support the decent people, the ones working hard to promote positivity and joy, while calling out the douchebags.

    NK x

  • ZenaidaMacroura

    Oh crap. That alone was hard to even read. I can’t believe this kind of thing even exists. I mean, it obviously does, but man…that’s just terrifying and disgusting. Thanks for bringing this up.

  • http://www.namelesschaos.com namelesschaos

    I like rough sex porn so I’ve encountered Khan Tusion before and his stuff is undoubtedly unethical and abusive. There is consensual rough sex BDSM and degradation and then there is abuse masquerading as that.

    and if you need more reason to boycott JM even when where not dealing with Khan Tusion level of wrong they are still extremely unprofessional at best, here is a lovely example: http://www.kylieireland.com/aboutme/diary/archive/00000837.htm
    Short version: unethical, idiot director puts girl he is banging on the set of a movie she is unqualified to do needless pain, allergic reactions, injuries and yeast infections follow. What also stands out to me is the irony that by all accounts if idiot director had listened to Ireland the whole thing would have not only gone better but would have likely been just as much if not more over the top, but then the director wouldn’t be ale to bang his talent in the bathroom *eyeroll*

    Another, good place for ethical porn is kink.com, which while not prefect (the recent Niki blue “deflowering” controversy for one, which they at least handle professionally) is knowing for negotiating consent and safe on set conditions.

  • http://trvewestcoastfiction.blogspot.com Danny Wylde

    Hey Epiphora… Thanks for letting me know about this via Twitter.

    I actually interviewed Ashley Blue for the ethics series. It’s going to be the last one to go up. But basically, when I asked her about Khan Tusion, she said she didn’t want to talk about it. This speaks more than words to me. She’s known for doing very hardcore scenes and was actually contracted with JM for three years.

    I remember when I was pretty new to the business, there were a couple directors who used to joke about Meat Holes. Like, any time they gave a girl or guy a rough time (in a joking manner), they’d refer to it as meatholing. I didn’t really know what that meant until much later.

    But my findings match yours. I don’t know anybody who speaks positively about Khan Tusion.

    As far as JM Productions go, I’m less virulently opposed. There are obviously people who don’t like JM and think Jim Lane (their primary director) is the epitome of degradation. But I also know people who are friends with him and like to work for him. I worked for JM several years ago. Given I was pretty new, I was more worried about keeping my dick up then trying to be mean. But I don’t remember being asked to do anything abusive to the girls at all.

    But given the controversy surrounding such a company, and the fact that so many people have such positive experiences working for kink.com or Tristan Taormino or even Dungeon Corp (I have no firsthand experience here – just from what I’ve been told), it seems like a fair assumption to say, “It’s more likely that performers working for JM are working without informed consent.” Even if that’s not always the case.

    To everyone else who might assume, from this post, that such behavior is typical of porn, let me say straight up: IT’S NOT! I have been a performer for nearly five years. If most sets were like Khan Tusion’s, I wouldn’t have lasted this long. Neither would any of my performer friends.

    Thanks for bringing this up though. I think it’s great to know where you’re getting your porn from. Maybe Khan Tusion products shouldn’t be on the list for spending your consumer dollars.

  • http://elodieonlove.com/ Elodie

    This is why porn needs to be brought into the light, so to speak. It needs to be more accepted and considered mainstream. If it were, Khan Tusion would have had his ass thrown in jail the very first time he raped someone on camera, if not before. Because the performers would have felt free to turn him in, the cameramen would have stopped him, etc. (What the hell kind of rotten excuse for a human being doesn’t stop something like that if they’re there, anyway? I hope they all have trouble sleeping at night.)

    What I don’t understand is why it is legal to carry any of this. Maybe because there seem to be two sides to the porn debate: those who think all porn is like this and those who defend all porn, pretending it is all perfect and spotless, no matter how misogynistic, abusive, racist, and/or non-consensual any particular porn is. There is lots and lots of terrible porn in the world — good porn is a relatively recent development. I worked at a video store that rented porn back in the mid-90s. About 1/10 was softcore/artsy/”Kama Sutra” stuff. Another 1/5 or so was “barely legal” “sorority hotties” etc. The rest was variations on the theme of men raping women, usually anally.

  • Navigator

    God, there goes my faith in humanity again. I just…wow. That was hard to read. Really hard. I think I’m gonna go ahead and review Champion today so I can regain some of it, because…god, this is why people are against porn entirely, and this is why porn needs to be brought to light, so stuff like this doesn’t happen.

  • http://www.karasutrareviews.com Kara_Sutra

    Thank you for posting this, for being so brave as to say the things others won’t, for recognizing that all porn isn’t bad and making it a point to make that clear. All too often people lump “porn” as a category of entertainment into one basket and it’s just not the case. There are many movies that are “rough” yet you can tell it was consensual, that each of the parties agreed to the role they played, and should it get out of control at any minute there was always a safe word that actually carried weight. It seems with this Khan Tusion character that there were no set boundaries, respect, privacy or rights offered; he just wanted to beat them the fuck up and make them feel afraid and worthless (not in the safe or fun way either).

    I’m sorry for all those women that had to go through the experiences he presented. I’m sorry for the people who sat through the movies as a first experience into pornography only to find themselves horrified and disgusted. I’m sorry for the women in his life, as I can only assume what he’s like on a day to day basis and I’m sorry that these series of movies slipped through the cracks and made their way to distribution. They never should have been made.

    To say I’m horrified by this is an understatement. Though truthfully, it’s made me so very grateful for the people in my life that allowed me to glimpse at fear through our own sexual exploration while allowing me, through every second of it, to know that I was always safe and could end it with one choice word.

  • LucyLemonade

    Wow, this is a great post. I have a friend who is very anti-porn and our ideas clash a lot. But I’m also very picky about the porn that I enjoy. I’ve seen some excellent films where all the stars appear to genuinely be having a great time. And I’ve seen some lackluster ones with no actual feeling at all. Luckily I haven’t seen something as vile as Khan Tusion’s.

    I personally have a low threshold for dominate male behavior in porn unless the film has a kink edge to it. I’ve never been turned on by the strange half-choking that appears in many titles. The video clip with Ashley Blue is a little hard to watch, in her eyes you can see trauma from the event.

  • Kate

    Well done, HeyEp. I feel like I’m going to be referring a lot of people to this post. You’ve done such a good job of differentiating the good versus the bad. Thanks for your investigation and reporting- it couldn’t have been easy, but you’ve really brought some dark material to light. Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.fantasticallynaughty.com Jess Manifesto

    Wow. I wonder how many girls gave up on porn after working with this douchecopter.

  • Nymphetamine Kiss

    Have to say, douchecopter might be my new favourite insult.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @Nymphetamine Kiss: It’s right up there with “douchenozzle.”

  • TitsMcScandal

    I have actually reviewed a DVD that was a JM productions. It was… weird. Granted, the film itself wasn’t bad, but after reading this I don’t think I could look at it in the same light.

    In my review I even noted the behind the scenes footage made it seem like the girls didn’t want to be there. I even said, “in one snippet the camera-man questions what one performer was doing in the bathroom and she says masturbating, and he made a really uncomfortable comment about asking why she didn’t invite him in. It looked like she was either disgusted, annoyed, or creeped out by him (or perhaps all three).”

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @TitsMcScandal: Um, that is definitely disturbing.

  • CG

    Great, great, GREAT article! Hadn’t heard of this douche before, but I’m glad I found out this way. Great info. I will be banning JM. Keep up the great work

  • http://histrionicparoxysm.wordpress.com/ Vega

    I’ve read over this a few time, and, just… There are no words. I’ve always known that some porn is exploitative, but I have never seen any that truly made me think “Hey, this is clearly fucked up”.

    People like this guy are why porn needs to be less demonized. In a world that accepted porn as a natural part of sexuality that many people enjoy, a man like this would never be able to find work.

  • http://lusciouslily.blogspot.com Luscious Lily

    I usually have a pretty strong stomach, but this has me on the verge of running off to be physically ill. Intellectually I knew there was some bad shit out there, but I’d always been lucky enough not to stumble across it, even when I was actively searching for rough porn. It’s probably a good thing I never found this stuff, because while I like me some rough sex, I don’t even deal with scripted, enthusiastically consensual degradation well. If I’d accidentally watched the real shit, I might have run screaming from the world of porn-watching forever.

    Thank you for researching and speaking out against this. We need more porn-positive voices who are willing to admit that sick shit is still out there, to expose it as the crime it is.

    Now excuse me while I curl up with some stuffed animals and hot cocoa and watch some flash videos about puppies and kitties and sparkly unicorns.

  • http://teiwg.blogspot.com Kael

    I am a fairly normal porn ‘watcher’ and I had no clue who this man was. I googled him and reading some of the things I found… I do not like this. There is something obviously wrong with this man.

    I even googled a video and I only found one actual clip from ‘meat holes’. The woman in the clip titled ‘cameron james’ obviously is not enjoying her self, even for a possible degradation porn.

    What scares me is that with the amount of girls that go missing every year in the beginning of their careers and no one really thinks of what happens to them… I wonder about the possibility of this man commiting a murder or rape. I have no doubt through what I’ve read that he is a criminal.

    I am slightly concerned that I can’t find real recent news about him…

    I wonder on the possibility whether he may be directing/producing under another name?

    I hope to hell not, but the thought is there…

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @Kael: Considering how well he kept his identity a secret as “Khan Tusion,” it is entirely possible. And very disturbing to think about.

  • http://pontellier.blogspot.com Nora Pontellier

    Khan Tusion’s brand of “porn” is really just institutionalized rape. Degradation is fun and can be taken to the extreme, but the key differentiator is the presence of mutual respect and understanding of one another’s boundaries.

    It makes me sick to think that people who try to speak out against his work would be told that they’re being closed-minded or disrepectful of others’ sexual preferences. More people need to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy degradation, because until they do, a lot of women are getting hurt in the process.

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  • Mark Anderson

    Thank you for suffering through this for us. A boycott won’t be hard since these movies sound disturbing. I wish there were some other way to get this guy out of business. For instance: jail. It seems at minimum he is guilty of assault and rape.

  • alerom

    Khan Tusion = Mark W. Handel, CEO of MWH Development. He and his business partner, Scott Adler, were arrested for soliciting sex back in the mid-90s. Some things never change.

    His brother has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, believe it or not. Mark is a very good business man but a terrible human being.

    Quick quote:

    “RP: Some other charges that have been thrown at you, that you hate women for example. True or false?

    KT: Probably true.

    RP: Why?

    KT: Rejection. I got roughed up emotionally. I was a recovering addict. I have been sober for twenty years. People become addicted to substances because there happens to be some defect in their life and I obviously have it.”

    He appeared (minus his face) in the UK documentary “Hardcore”(2001). He seems to be retired from porn, but helped produce some crappy straight to video action/drama movies a few years back.

    All in all, it’s nice to see some people shine a light on this guy. I know way more about him than I should, but it’s all for a project I’m working on (professionally, not academically).

  • perpetua

    How is he not in jail? I mean…fuck. She’s describing a rape and beating so horrible it makes me sick to my stomach. He raped someone on camera… Rape. On. Camera. Seriously, isn’t rape still illegal?

    Porn shoot or not she obviously did not consent to that (no informed consent – shrews actually left uninformed) and during it made it very clear that she was actively revoking consent. I can’t help but be shaken up and I could not even force myself to look for anything related to this guy. Because I think I’d be in tears. The only “okay” place for filmed abuse is in an evidence locker.

    Thanks for posting about this. It was incredibly difficult to read about so I can’t even imagine how it felt researching and writing it.

  • fondoffunpornandcoolwomenwholikesextoys

    Came across your site and think it is fab! Love the fondness for quality porn and the positive feelings towards self pleasure. It bugs me how so many women still feel ashamed about masturbation and enjoying their bodies confidently and happily. Hopefully a site like this will change that.

  • fondoffunpornandcoolwomenwholikesextoys

    Oh, and also, Khan Tusion is a mean spirited and spiteful little prick who is a revolting human being. I am not even sure if he is human. He seems to be more like excrement with skin.

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  • http://northierthanthou.com nothierthanthou

    What strikes me most is the fact that the first girl to talk about this bastard described a criminal action quite clearly. It isn’t even a question of aesthetic values or the political implications of what appears on film. The man assaulted her.

    And it sounds very much as though he did this regularly.

    So, the questions arise, how is it that he was not prosecuted? How is it that he was able to continue working? Are there intimidation forces at work? Are there support networks to help steer women coming into the business clear of scum like that? Are they sufficiently well known?

  • John

    I’ve never felt sick while watching porn. I am into pretty violent BDSM most of the time. I thought “maybe” and googled one of these. I have now realized that the reason I can tolerate normal BDSM is because I know, in the back of my head, that it is consensual. This make me shake. This made me nauseous. This made me want to avoid BDSM altogether, in case there are more people like this. This makes me want to go to every sex shop within a hundred miles and make sure that they do not sell this kind of filth. It is as close to rape porn as you can get without the FBI breaking down your door.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @John: Exactly. That is why I had to write this post.

  • Trraumatized

    Rather old entry, but I thought you might still be interested. Here is some information about him, his ‘normal’ work, information about his brother (who hosts a pretty popular radio show) and two pictures.

    After reading and watching pretty much all information I found about this guy, this seems to be legit, i.e. this interview and his statement on his other life and beeing a pillar of the community.

    Considering MWH Development. I could figure that some people with a lot of influence and publicity would be pretty upset about some stuff that ‘Mark’ does…

  • Concerned Porn Addict

    This is a very good article although I have fundamental issues with it being rape when they are paid and understand whats expected of them when they go there. Then afterwards act like they didnt understand what was coming, well what did choking and straight up BDSM mean to you?

    it makes me wonder if women get into porn without ever watching porn? I know women arent that naive I mean sure when you go into the military your not ever going to expect what you get when you actually go to war…..granted……but for them to say well I didnt know I was going to get shot at. I just have a hard time understanding this or even having sympathy, its not that I find myself uncaring its rather that these women are wanting to be treated as equals and as smart intellectuals and yet am I supposed to spell out every single detail of what BDSM means?

    maybe there needs to be porn advocates there but honestly it would be the same thing……i told u before u came in ur going to get choked…..wanna get paid? and it will be the same reaction so in reality IDK if this would even help. maybe better lawyers and contracts (unionizing them). I just hate for ignorance to be an excuse here bc it seems thats what a lot of the stories are boiling down to (well I thought I knew what was going to happen……but thats not what I expected).

    I think as long as everyone is treated like nothing but a piece of meat who preforms on command for money in the porn industry that this type of verbal abuse will go on (with women or gay male porn stars). Rape is a touchy subject although clearly when they say stop it i mean really stop it then yeah thats rape if they keep going on…….but them stating that well then ur not getting paid……well thats legal and within their rights……did u perform to standards that everyone else is expected? no then no money

    so then if the woman goes back and performs to get paid does she even have a claim to rape? Maybe a universal code word that everyone on every set knows….that way if it keeps going on they could all be held liable (when everyone can be held liable peeps tend to follow the law more). Maybe a children s lymrick or something obvious that would never be used in a porn.

    Just seems like the potential rape going on could be easily fixed and all the other issues could be cleared up with more clarification maybe…….maybe make them watch a tape of something similar to what they will be doing although i still dont understand the issue with not knowing what choking and BDSM meant when their chosen profession was that of porn star. I think I would do more research into my chosen career path, especially one so potential health (emotional and psychical apparently) risking.

    I dont mean any disrepect toward women, this is just rather my opinion and as such is obviously suseptible to being flawed. I hope maybe through a lively disucssion with respect and due diligence maybe we could make a difference for these actors so they dont have to have such deplorable conditions (whether they are imagined or real doesn’t matter, its apparent to the stars and that should be enough for us to know something needs to be done)

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    am I supposed to spell out every single detail of what BDSM means?

    Apparently I have to because BDSM is built on CONSENT. Consent can be revoked at any time. If it is revoked and the scene continues, it is rape. PERIOD.

  • N. P.

    As Epiphora stated, “consent can be revoked at any time.” A woman or man can say “No” or use a safe word at any time. To ignore that safe word or “no” is equivalent to rape. If a safe word was not discussed then simply saying “no” or some other negative comment should be enough to stop a scene – whether it be in real life or in front of a camera. I am not reaching when I say “stop the cameras” has the same meaning as “no”.

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  • sd

    “Consent can be revoked at any time”
    I’m not trying to defend Khan Tusion here– I’m trying to figure out how not to, because he’s clearly scum. But by this reasoning, the US military is guilty of slave labor every time it says you can’t go AWOL, and if I sell you my house today I can call backsies tomorrow.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    I clearly said that in relation to BDSM and sex. Not, uh, everything in life.

  • Disgusted

    What I don’t understand is why no journalists have written about this scumbags real estate companies dealings in government contracts. If you look at the links provided by “trraumatized” below you will see this loser pictures himself as a pillar of the community. How many taxpayers would be happy this psychopath is chumming with politicians. The fact that people watch his garbage and get a normalized sense of sexuality from this misogyny is appalling.

  • Disgusted

    BTW here is a piece by Susanah Breslin that opens with a description of our buddy Kahn from one of his films. It is SO VILE i can’t imagine a more sad excuse for a man.
    http://susannahbreslin.blogspot.com/2011/04/they-shoot-porn-stars-dont-they.html

  • sd

    That’s just the ad hoc fallacy though. In communicating the ethical rule that consent can be revoked at any time, one is attempting to give one’s statements more universalizable backing then “this squicks me out personally.” An ethical rule can have no function if you don’t apply it to situations other than the one that squick you out, because then your actual ethical rule is “Things that squick me out are wrong,” which creates an authoritative rather than a reasoned ethics.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    I’m not “communicating [an] ethical rule.” I’m communicating THE DEFINITION OF A CRIME. I cannot believe you feel the need to talk in circles over the fucking definition of rape.

  • sd

    Defining a crime is even more dangerous than defining an ethical rule, making such careful and logical consideration as I am urging even more important. Laws are enforced down the barrel of a gun. They are not a thing to be treated recklessly.

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Cool story bro.

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Cool story bro.

  • sd

    Well, at least you’re no longer pretending to have any reasons for your complaint.

  • Althalus

    I agree totally with your views on Khan Tusion. I can honestly say a suitable punishment would be him locked in a jail cell with about 50 other inmates, and give the inmates free reign. He’s not a man, but someone who thinks he’s above treating people how they should be treated. A porn star is a business worker, not a slut, whore or anything else. People are people; except Khan Tusion. You sir, are obviously just a hellish remnant who cast away your humanity a long time ago.

  • lee

    amazing how nobody seems to film the stuff you complain about. it’s called porn acting you moron. you do’t like it nobody is forcing you to watch it. and please don’t give me any crap about being scared to make a complaint. if they are paid enough by the porn haters they will say whatever they are told to say. they jst don’t get paid enough!

  • http://twitter.com/cliffspab Cliff Spab

    Personally I have no problem with his films. If anything they bring home the reality of the business of prostituting oneself for money in a way that other porn doesn’t/won’t.

  • Masturbator

    All I have to say: People do some weird shit for money. Pieces of paper.

  • http://beckandherkinks.com/ Beck

    Dear god, I just Googled the name and came across a few blogs with similar articles. Well, they all didn’t remove the comments as you have. I couldn’t agree with you more when you say “You are not listening to women and you fucking disgust me.”

    The comments I read are fucking disgusting! Blaming women because this man is a pig. So much shame on them!

    Rape is rape. Period. Anyone who doesn’t listen to a partners cries to stop deserves their label. SCUMBAGS!

  • TJtheMadHatter

    Reading this turned my stomach, and I felt pressure behind my eyes like I was going to cry. It sucks that the word porn is such a vague one, and some how this kind of shit is even in that category. It’s like comparing a death scene in a movie to a snuff film. This kind of bullshit is deplorable and the fact that anyone would distribute it is revolting. Rape is becoming a blame game, and it is not a game at all. It’s a serious offense. Assault is a serious offense. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. It’s the shortest rule out there, and is not be disputed; NO MEANS NO.

    *I just googled his name while I was writing this comment, and saw an out take from one of his vids. My eyes are now filled with tears.

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  • Flor P

    Hey Epiphora… I´ve read this because a friend of mine sent me a link in witch a porn star called Tia Sweets starts crying in the middle of the movie. I could not finish watching cause I felt so disgusted with everything. Isn´t there a way to stop this? Demanding the porn sites to delete the videos? I can´t get believe that anybody can think those videos are made with full consent of the girls.
    I´m from Argentina, and that makes me think this is a world wide problem, not just inside the US.
    If young boys search for porn, and start watching this sort of things, when they get older they´ll think it´s OK to step on a girl´s head.
    It´s a horrible horrible thing. I can understand how someone can get off watching that. I fear for society that´s influenced by this violence.

  • WildaBeast

    This was posted years ago – I found it while doing a search of various categories. I couldn’t agree with you more. This guy is a scumbag and if he took a long walk off a short pier some dark night, I’d smile for a day and a half straight. The wilder and kinkier sex gets, the more clearly boundaries need to be defined and the more important it is to have a safeword that will be damned well listened to.
    “No”, “Stop”, “Stop the cameras” or any other variation on that theme ALL COUNT AS SAFEWORDS if there isn’t a premade one for the scene. Anyone who keeps going after a safeword has been used has just crossed the line from porn (or sex) into rape.

    As for the sad little shitsacks (and oh, please, don’t redact that, I mean it so sincerely; I would come up with better but the coffee isn’t done yet) who are saying things like “If anything they bring home the reality of the business of prostituting
    oneself for money in a way that other porn doesn’t/won’t” and “they are paid and understand whats expected of them when they go there.
    Then afterwards act like they didnt understand what was coming, well
    what did choking and straight up BDSM mean to you?” – as for you…living things with human shape…your ignorance is so far beyond appalling that it is straight up dangerous.
    It’s dangerous to any woman you’re with. It’s dangerous because you might go spewing it around in the real world where people who might be young enough not to know better could believe you.
    Do you even KNOW what sex work consists of, either of you? Clearly you don’t. I do. I’ve been living with a sex worker for the last nine years (not that she’s been actively working the whole time). I’ve done duo work with her, despite being as dykey as the day is long (anyone who wants to double the hourly rate in order to watch me do shit with my wife that I’m already happy to do for free is okay by me!). Every person I ever did a duo call for was respectful of our boundaries (ie, didn’t touch me without my explicitly worded invitation). The solo calls my wife did where some douchefuck tried to push her boundaries ended with her ditching out partway through the call, money in purse, to get the hell downstairs to her driver.
    Sex is sex and rape is rape and giving someone money does NOT (how much more can I emphasize this!!!) make raping them okay. Ever. Not if it’s BDSM, not if it’s vanilla, not if it’s ANYTHING. Sex work is NOT NOT NOT about being degraded. It is NOT NOT NOT about having your boundaries violated. And porn is sex work, the difference being that a) there’s a camera in the room, and b) you don’t have to book the client.

    Sex is fun, or it’s supposed to be. Shitwipes like you two, with the really appalling attitude you have toward women (and I have to wonder what your own shame issues around sex are, that you’ve been able to hang on to such awful attitudes for as long as you have), are the kind of people who help make sex no fun at all – for the women unfortunate enough to sleep with or listen to you, anyway.

    If watching women cry while they get raped on-screen is your idea of fun, I hope and pray that you never have the chance to get laid again; that your cocks refuse to get hard for you out of sheer shame when you try to jerk off; that Viagra will not work for you; and that every time you try to rent porn or watch it online, your VCR/DVD player/TV/computer all fritz out right before the actual sex scenes start. Every. Single. Time. For life. Or until you get it through your thick skulls that sex is meant to be fun for everyone having it, that a sex worker is not there to be degraded and hurt, that money doesn’t give you the right to harm a sex worker any more than it gives you the right to harm a business owner, and that people who make porn where all the men’s faces are blurred out are blurring those faces because they know damn well they’re doing something truly, heinously wrong.
    That is all.

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  • Cat

    He’s evil, and quite demonic. It’s no secret that some people are slaves to satan. His need to break women physically and mentally is sickening. I bet he wouldn’t last 2 seconds in a fight with a real man. He has money and status, didn’t need to enter the porn industry but did anyway. He knew he would gain access to multiple women that he could abuse and get away with it. That’s why he hides behind the name Khan Tusion (contusion) he loves to inflict pain. He needs to be stoned to death, he’s less than human and should be treated as such. Hell awaits you, you son of b*tch.

  • Jack

    I think Pornactors do not deserve a better treatment. And a woman who agrees to be in Meatholes#8 – I mean she has seen 1-7, she knows what it is about and yet she agrees. I mean they are not getting killed there. If she doesnt like it there she wont come back. What all the discussion?

  • J.J.

    I don’t understand why people like to see someone cry, having their violation faux-violated, vomit, be in pain, be degraded, be called sexist epithets (a porn staple, generally towards women – how’s that for subversive?), likening heterosexual sex to violence with descriptions like “destroying” pussy and facial “abuse”. It might not be sick in the mental sense, but it shows how sick human nature is. People disgust me every day. If hurting women can be showed in porn, then I see no reason why sexist portrayals of women shouldn’t be shown in other form of media. “Edgy” fashion ads featuring a woman being held down with her clothes ripped off, anyone? Why not? This is apparently what a lot of people like to see! It’s consensual!