Ron, Harvey, and the new Scarlet Letter

And I think I can tell you why. It’s what I refer to as the new “Scarlet Letter.” I was the new Hester Prynne. And every woman in the adult industry from its inception to today carries that letter on her chest just like Hester did. But while in that book the letter refers to “Adulteress”, the new scarlet letter refers simply to “Adult.” I mean you can’t sexually assault or rape a porn star right? Wrong.

That’s like saying that an A-list Hollywood actress who’s done a nude scene should be required to get naked for any director auditioning her for a new film. Not the way it works, or at least it shouldn’t be. It’s that simple.

People in the adult industry are just that, people. My rights are no less than those of Bette Midler or Glen Close (just to choose randomly two names of women I respect), nor of any other woman in the industry today.

But because I/we have that new Scarlet Letter of “Adult” on our chest, somehow the allegations, at best, get little to no mainstream coverage. At worst they are ignored. That has been my experience, and so the abuse goes on. … And on. … And on.

I sit and read how people wish the allegations against Harvey Weinstein had been made public earlier. And I agree. It seems it would have saved so many women from his sexual abuse. But I look back at my own experience and say, “But I did make it public about Ron Jeremy, and nobody seemed to care.”

Well they seem to now. And that makes me happy. But it also makes me sad. It took the Harvey Weinstein scandal to get people to recognize Ron Jeremy for what he is, and what he’s done. It’s easy to say, “Better late than never,” but I feel an obligation to point out that I was that person who came forward publicly back in the 1980’s. I tried and was ignored. I was that person who tried to do the right thing to protect those women that came after me in the adult industry. And no one seemed to care.

The new “Scarlet Letter” marches on. Perhaps now at least, I can make that “S” lower-case.

It’s a start at least.…

Ginger Lynn Art

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  1. No one male or female has the right to touch another person with out the persons permission. No means NO. Until we start to respect each other it will continue. Best wishes to you and yours

  2. Very interesting perspective and I am not surprised you stood up for yourself. You have always been a strong independent woman and I am sorry to hear that no one listened to you (even though I am sure you saved some women from having to endure that bad behavior). Love you and miss you!

  3. I remember when I met Ginger in San Francisco at an industry meet & greet. I was in a booth between her and Ronnie. She and I hit it off instantly…she’s just so easy to talk with and so personable and down to earth. I was just coming into the industry and was thrilled to be talking with a legend. But there was a point where Ronnie got up on stage and began introducing the talent in the room. Ginger asked me to escort her outside before he could say her name. I didn’t question the reason as she took me by the hand and we walked outside. At that moment…I was living a dream.

    Now looking back, I see her motivation. And I fully agree. Sexual abuse is just that and nothing else. Rape is rape and it is horribly wrong on every conceivable level.

  4. So glad you are not in the “wish I would have” or “ashamed I didn’t” camps. You are in the “Hell yes I did, and from day one!” world – and, sadly, pretty much alone there. Congratulations on your bravery then, and your calling out of the deaf ears now. As the father of a daughter who fights this evil every day in the workplace, I thank you for using your public voice on this. You always do more than people expect – and for all the right reasons. Best.

  5. People listened to you Ginger, it’s just that the status quo was too profitable for many so they did their best to either marginalize you, the personal attacks surprising in some cases, or to compartmentalize the event by suggesting the worst that happened was RJ “might have gone just a little too far” rather than admit his portrayed persona was always a ruse. You and I spoke about it a few times in the past and you assured me that you knew who your real friends were, it’s just sad that it has taken several high profile Hollywood cases to come about before some see the light (Cosby, Weinstein, and a handful of others).

    The Hollywood casting couch system is well known too so it’s not like any of this is a surprise, porn having it’s own little “inconveniences” over the years ranging from bullies that will sue if you publicize an attack, to the media darlings that get a “tsk tsk” even when they admit they act abusive like James Deen, all the way to full blown sexual assault you described. At least in your case, you warned the rest of the industry long before it was popular to do so, those that choose to ignore you have only themselves to blame.

  6. Hi, I have had Sirius XM radio. Why can’t I find your channel anymore? I’m truly heart broken. It’s not the same anymore. I’m 100% positive at least 1,000,000 subscriber’s feel the same. We all miss you both. 1 of your biggest fan.

  7. Your article is thought provoking and your thesis is inarguable. ANY unwanted advances (certainly up to & including rape) are UNWANTED. I have always treated women with the utmost respect. I honestly do not know what is wrong with these pieces of garbage like Weinstein. It is incomprehensible to me that any man thinks that this kind of behavior is remotely OK.

  8. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising: Rose MacGowan was told that no judge would’ve believed her because she had done a few nude scenes in her movies (and, as someone who has worked on movie sets, I know how those are carried out in mainstream films: they generally use flesh-colored underwear, strategically placed sheets, ambiguous camera angles, high-contrast lighting, body-doubles and so on – very often, the talent appears to be naked ONLY after the scene has been cut together). A porn actress would’ve just been dismissed as a glorified prostitute and we all know that sex workers are always willing to do it, no matter what the circumstances are (yes, I am being sarcastic in case you didn’t get it).

  9. remember what you told me, and I believed you. While I always watched my back I always made sure to watch more closely around him. Because of what you said. Thank you.

  10. As somebody who had a foot in both worlds (mainstream and Hollywood) I was often struck at how much LESS sleazy porn was about sexual harassment (term didn’t exist at the time).

    I had a girlfriend who was trying to be a Playboy Playmate and the stories she’d bring back every day were sheerest horrorshow. She gave up and was much happier dealing with the “normal” sexual harassment she faced every day.

    But it was still ugly in porn, too. Thanks for bringing this up.

  11. Well written and very thought provoking. As a male who enjoyed your
    Movies and porn I never thought of it like that and what you are saying makes sense and so dumb of me to think that it couldn’t happen in the adult industry. You are correct should never had made a difference whether it was one or the other and I applaud you for bringing it up when you did.

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