Got Any Questions for Adult Film Star and Sex Lecturer Conner Habib?

Friend of the site and DisinfoCast veteran Conner Habib (episode 20 here) is returning to the podcast tonight to discuss sex, porn and why Western (particularly, American) society is so damned hung up about all of it. Conner, as you probably recall, is an adult film star and writer and was recently the subject of controversy following a school’s decision to un-invite him from a planned presentation.

I’ll be recording the episode tonight at around 6:30 PM CST, and it will go live Thursday morning. If you’ve got any questions for Conner then I’d love to ask them if I have time. Just leave them in the comment section below. If you’re uncomfortable doing so publicly, you may also email me directly at matt AT disinfo Dot com.

Help your middle-aged, vanilla, cisgendered, heterosexual, married white guy host out with questions that reflect a diversity of perspectives. Conner is a very intelligent, fun guest and I want to make sure we get the most out of his time.


11 Comments on "Got Any Questions for Adult Film Star and Sex Lecturer Conner Habib?"

  1. emperorreagan | Apr 3, 2013 at 11:01 am |

    I’m curious about transgendered issues in light of the Human Rights Campaign and the logo – don’t know if that’s something he really delves into. I’ve read a bit (like this piece in the Huffington post: about the transgendered community getting thrown off the bus, with the movement being dominated by well-to-do, white gays and lesbians and those communities being more focused on their own immediate concerns.

    Does he think the push for civil rights can pivot from an issue that concerns primarily the most privileged members of the LGBT community to addressing broader issues? Homelessness is high among LGBT people. Suicide rates and attempts are high. Transgendered people are disproprtionately victims of police initiated violence and the murder rate for transgendered people is through the roof. There’s a ton of heavy lifting left.

    Or does this moment go the way of previous civil rights movements, which peter out when people get the chance to pat themselves on the backs? Poverty and incarceration rates for racial minorities and blacks in particular in the US stay at levels which make one wonder how much progress has really been made in spite of people wanting to pat themselves on the back claim we live in a post-racial society.

    It’s a bit of a ramble and might be tough to get an actual question out of, I’m obviously not an interviewer.

    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

      not a ramble. this ^ is the perfect question for him, he briefly mentioned something about it re: glbtq marriage in the last interview.

      • Matt Staggs | Apr 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm |

        Jin, I still want to set up an email interview between you and Conner. I think it would be great.

  2. Arthur Cullipher | Apr 3, 2013 at 11:03 am |

    Do you think that the pornography industry has had an effect on medical innovation? How do you feel the advent of disembodied sexual organs used as pleasure
    products has affected human relationships and societal interaction as a
    whole? How do you feel about the stigma of male masturbation toys
    versus female toys and do you think this will be overcome? Lastly, what
    is your opinion of the use of ‘REAL DOLLS’ and, in the future,
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. As a gay ex-mormon, I grew up very sexually repressed. As a result I find it hard to achieve an orgasm with my partner. I can get off to porn just fine. And I have great relationship with my partner who I love. Any advice on how to get past this?

  4. Daenerys_Targaryen | Apr 3, 2013 at 11:47 am |

    Not so much a question, but if people weren’t so hung up on sex there’d be no demand for porn. Like someone said about the Romans, although they had art the moderns thought of as pornographic, it was either satirical or experiential for the citizen. Romans had no interest in masturbation or porn – why masturbate when you can go and have sax? Labels like ‘XXX’ reinforce that pornography couldn’t actually exist without sexual hangups in its consumer base, and consciously feeds the taboos within the culture.

    Another point is this.

    On porn as long as its safe sex to prevent diseases and pregnancy, and people like that mentalist Kacey Jordan are kept out of the industry, I don”t see what the problem is same as there’d be nothing wrong with prostitution if it were properly regulated. If anything it might help prevent rape. But the problem is, they still let people like Kacey Jordan into the industry, and its surely because someone’s allowed to have bareback sex with unscreened partners off set then to perform with a large number of partners, and everyone’s checked every month at best, well is it any wonder they get AIDS and STI outbreaks every so often? The porn industry proves lassez faire and self-regulation don’t work, that sex-based industries needs supervision if they’re to exist (people forget nowadays that medieval brothels were run by the church).

    No one can blame people for disliking porn when it the industry has problems with HIV etc – the fact Kacey Jordan clearly had a dramatic personality disorder and probably invented a load of lies, only confirms she was mentally unsuitable for such employment and a properly run industry would have spotted this before there was trouble. But in truth any moderate calls for state involvement will be attacked by both sides at once, it would be seen as legitimising pornography and yet also as a form of censorship.

    And the last observation I want to make is this.

    Porn used to be sexy. The male public image associated with porn used to be a virile stud on the set, now its the fat man meme from 4ch, a pretty accurate image of the consumer of the final product. The porn fan is somewhat equivalent to the Brony and, significantly, Japanese men who marry cushions. Llike the brony the porn obsessive never leaves his basement to have sex. Which does in fact take me back to the first of those two points, mmm?

    Is this the outcome of the sexual revolution? 35 year old virgins? As usual prudery and libertinism are two sides of the same coin.

  5. VaudeVillain | Apr 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm |

    “Help your middle-aged, vanilla, cisgendered, heterosexual, married white guy host out with questions that reflect a diversity of perspectives.”

    This might be tough for me, as I share most of those attributes (aside from being married or middle-aged, though I am fast approaching the latter and it is getting harder and harder to avoid discussing the former with my friends, family and partner), but here goes:

    Do you feel that there are any major differences between the “straight” and “queer” porn industries (my apologies if my terminology is off, I’m several years out of formal scholarship of any sort, and whenever I wade back in I find myself discovering changes in the lexicon that I am unfamiliar with), in particular regarding business practices, consideration for performers’ physical and mental health, the division of profits and industry expectations for interaction with the audience?

    Do you have any insight or recommendations regarding how a viewer can go about finding “ethical” porn, in the sense of being made with respect for the performers, generally non-exploitative and being (relatively) positive in depictions of sexuality? Do you have any concerns or experience with porn that is made in ways that are contrary to these values or advice for recognizing and avoiding it?

  6. As an older “bear” adult film actor, do you ever have trouble competing against young “twink” performers for landing roles?

  7. lifobryan | Apr 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm |

    There are some really excellent, respectful, and socially conscious & curious questions so far. My question, however, is purely puerile. Has anyone ever made, or are there any plans to make a gay version of FLESH GORDON?? Please let it be so.

    OK, now back to more erudite and important inquiries ….

    • Matt Staggs | Apr 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm |

      Sorry, lifobryan, you missed the deadline, but we did both laugh a lot about your “Free Range Porn” comment!

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