These allegations are nothing new, but what is new is the attention that they are now garnering and so what we explore in this episode is what has changed in the industry and in society writ large so that these allegations are finally getting attention.
Importantly, we see the stakes of this story as being much bigger than Jeremy’s reputation. We are focusing on this story because it speaks to a much broader question of whose allegations of sexual assault are believed or even heard.
As background to the episode:
Ginger Banks put together the following YouTube video, which chronicles the story:
Jessie Sage wrote a short blog reflecting on the story as a spectator and Chicago’s Exxxotica:
EJ Dickson wrote a piece for Rolling Stone about Ron Jeremy:
We end this special edition of the Peepshow Podcast by reflecting on the fact that the experiences that so many women in and around the adult industry describe of being sexual violated cannot be blamed on one bad apple. Responsibility also belongs to a society that creates conditions for pervasive sexual assault by dismissing women and stigmatizing sex workers.