The panelists for Thursday’s “Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths and Managing Realities,” produced by Sssh.com and XBIZ.com, are finalized.

They will include the adult industry’s Dana Vespoli, Conner Habib, Mercedes Carrera, Mickey Mod, Nina Elle, and Mark Schechter.

The 1 pm PST panel on Feb. 25 will be moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, author of Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment. Media and the general public may live stream the event for free at www.Mindbrowse.com.

“We are very pleased to be able to live stream this important discussion to give people both within and outside of the adult entertainment industry the opportunity to view it in a free, interactive format,” stated Sssh.com founder Angie Rowntree. “I feel strongly that this discussion be publicly available, as it explores the often complex topic of consent touching the lives of so many people, not just in the adult entertainment industry, but in society as a whole.”

Biographical Information on the Panelists:

Mercedes Carrera – Adult Film Performer – @TheMercedesXXX

Adult performer Mercedes Carrera joined the adult industry with a background in mainstream modeling and acting, as well as education and work experience in engineering. Mercedes still is actively involved in technology and being an all-around irritant to anti-sex radicals.

MILF Nina Elle
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Curvaceous, and uber busty MILF Nina Elle

Nina Elle – Adult Film Performer – @NinaElleXXX

In 2010, Nina Elle started webcamming after learning about it on the Oprah Network series “Our America.” After a few years of that, she decided to take her work to the next level and moved to Los Angeles. Nina is married and her husband has been her biggest supporter, always putting her career in the foreground.

Conner Habib – Author, Adult Film Performer, Sex Workers’ Rights Advocate – @ConnerHabib

Conner Habib serves as Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (apac-usa.com). His essays have appeared in dozens of print and online publications, including The Stranger, Vice, Salon, Slate, and more. Habib lectures around the country about sexuality, spirituality, pornography, science, and art.

Mickey Mod – Adult Film Performer – @theMickeyMod

Mickey Mod has performed in dozens of adult films with a specialty of BDSM and is an editor for Kink. A gentleman and an artist of sex from the vibrant erotic scene in San Francisco, Mod offers great sexual wisdom.

Mark Schechter – President ATMLA – @ATMLA

Founded in 2006, ATMLA (Adult Talent Managers LA) has become one of the largest leading adult talent agencies in the Los Angeles area. Its goal and mission — to grow into the largest and most desired agency amongst the industry professionals, including performers and production companies and crew — is facilitated in part by Schechter’s commitment fair business practices in porn. To these ends, Schecter serves as the Treasurer of the Licensed Adult Talent Agency Trade Association (LATATA), of which ATMLA is part.

Dana Vespoli – Adult Film Director & Performer – @danavespoli

Dana Vespoli attended Mills College, an independent liberal arts college in Oakland, CA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature. Vespoli started directing adult content in January 2006, and her career has developed steadily since then. Vespoli currently directs for Sweetheart Video and Evil Angel. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2016 and received XBIZ’s “Director of the Year – Non-Feature Release” award in 2016.

“Consent is a fairly simple concept that becomes rather complex during the course of human interaction,” explained Tibbals. “Our sustained inability to think critically and openly about sex and sexualities makes consent even more complex and difficult to grasp within the context of professional adult content production.”

“I am excited to facilitate a discussion between such a diverse group of experienced and informed professionals, each bringing key perspectives to the table. My hope is that panelists will shed some light on the issue of consent as it operates in contemporary porn, fostering learning and growth for civilian observers, as well as for members of the industry community,” added Tibbals.

During “Consent in Porn,” the panelists will discuss the ways in which consent operates in their professional environment (and how this impacts their personal lives).

In every social interaction, consent – permission for something to happen – is key. Though the concept itself is simple, consent becomes quite complex in daily life. It takes many forms and is constantly being renegotiated.

Porn production is one instance wherein consent is exceptionally complex. From booking a scene to endless iterations of on-camera sex, performers are navigating various dimensions of consent, often moment by moment. These negotiations occur within a subculture operating under its own set of unique norms, as well as within the context of a wider society that continues to stigmatize professional sex work.

7 Veils Media will monitor the hashtag #SexTalkTuesday throughout the panel, so viewers may simply add the hashtag to their tweets, and their questions will be passed on to the live panel.

About Mindbrowse.com:

MindBrowse.com, which was founded by industry veteran Angie Rowntree, is a place where the adult entertainment industry’s ideas go to grow up.

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Here, various notions are debated, discussed, turned inside out, parsed and reassembled. It’s a place where people talk about issues that affect everyone involved in porn, from the corporate executives who pay for its creation to the men and women who perform in it – and the fans who watch it. Put more prosaically, MindBrowse is a site that hosts live videoconferencing discussions of compelling and challenging topics.

For each discussion, Mindbrowse.com assembles a panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds and opinions encouraging a ranging and balanced discussion of each topic with audience participation via Twitter (#SexTalkTuesday) or on SexTalkTuesday. Mindbrowse.com is based upon the notion that porn has reached a point where it has become a part of the broader cultural landscape now therefore the discussion of its direction and place in society must be addressed by its members as well as its detractors. MindBrowse is a Production of Sssh.com, The Web’s Premiere Porn for Women and Couples site.

About XBIZ:

XBIZ™ is the adult industry’s leading publisher of business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in three trade publications — XBIZ World for the digital media market, XBIZ Premiere for the retail market and XBIZ Sensuals for the intimate products market. In addition, XBIZ hosts five annual trade events including the adult industry’s biggest night, the XBIZ Awards. XBIZ is frequently cited in the media for coverage of the industry and has been published in CNN, Fox News, Newsweek, MSNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and Los Angeles Times among others.

‘Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths & Managing Realities’ Panel Scheduled for Feb. 25 from Mindbrowse.com & XBIZ