The first kiss ever shown on screen between May Irwin and John C. Rise constituted porn in And her pornographer, Thomas Edison. Rice doing something naughty caused a nationwide uproar as newspaper editorials declared the end of American morality and called for police action in theaters that dared to show the second flick. What did they do?
Nuzzled, chatted, then kissed. A quick peck on the lips. They became shrewd, savvy businesswomen. And, of course, those guys exist. The porn trade often exploits, demeans and damages women. But ever since Edison and his kinetoscope, there have been women like Irwin and Daniels, who have emerged as entrepreneurs in an industry made for men and run by men. Gloria Leonard started out as a bond trader on Wall Street in the s. She left to go into public relations, then jumped to a film company that went under in She was an unemployed, single mom when she decided to give acting a shot.
That film led to a year career in front of the camera, until she became a director, then editor of a nudie magazine. There, she came up with an idea to increase circulation by teasing upcoming features with recordings in sultry voices. And the phone sex industry was born. The Supreme Court ruled in her favor.
She produced educational videos and held workshops and created porn for women. Sprinkle said she used the power of her creativity to rewrite the script for women. Others do it with their earning power. Jessica Drake is another high-paid performer who uses her influence in other ways.
Technology made the next wave of female power-players possible, said Lynn Comella, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Sprinkle, who was deep into the Times Square scene, is a consultant on the series. Some, like Stormy Daniels, stay in it because they have success. A director bought it on the spot and her contract expanded to include writing. In , she tried directing and found her calling. Before she was ever connected to Trump, she was noted as one of the power women in the industry.