Being publicly and openly involved in the BDSM scene means one thing in recent months: you’re going to get asked your opinion about the book 50 Shades of Grey. As I hadn’t read it yet I could only offer the opinion that any book that was garnering so much attention for BDSM, without all of that attention turning negative, was a good thing.
Really, I told myself, I should read 50 Shades of Grey. Only my brief flirtations with excerpts of it online convinced me rapidly of one thing: I really, really, didn’t want to. Learning that it had originated as Twilight fan fiction didn’t enamour me of it any more. Which is unfortunate—I’ve always been a bigger fan of written erotica and porn than I have been of filmed porn. From Penthouse Forums swiped at a young age from the porn stash of a friend’s older brother, to ones bought myself from a disreputable convenience store when I wasn’t much older, to The Story of O, which was carefully purchased at age sixteen from a Coles when the store manager was in the back, me all the while hoping the clerk at the counter wouldn’t realize the book with the picture less cover had come from the erotica section.
So how does that bring us to the subject of this post? Quite simply the Grey I’m fascinated by is not the novel 50 Shades of Grey, but that much more amazing creation, Sasha Grey. And while I haven’t seen many of her films, I’ve been an avid and fascinated reader of the many profiles and articles that have appeared about her in the media. Many of the articles focus on the fact that she is not what they stereotypically think of as “porn star material on any level. Fresh-faced and pretty with a slight, girlish figure, she seems bright, attentive and remarkably self-assured. It is the apparent disconnect between all these things and her chosen profession that has generated so much interest in her and has, in part, accelerated her rise.” That’s how an interviewer from The Telegraph put it.
So read on. While it’s not quite “50” articles about Sasha, it’s the best selected from an even greater number. Must reads are The Teenager & The Porn Star, Sasha Grey: The Dirtiest Girl in The World and the aforementioned Sasha Grey interview for The Girlfriend Experience from The Telegraph.
Look for occasional updates to the list. Anything NEW will be indicated just like that.
Sasha Grey: Dawn of Porn Star (interview) from Fanzine, September 22, 2006
The Teenager & The Porn Star from Los Angeles Magazine, November 1, 2006
Sasha Grey, The Dirtiest Girl in the World: The Story Behind the Story from Rolling Stone, April 29, 2009
The Nerve Interview: Sasha Grey from Nerve, May 6, 2009
The Sasha Grey Interview Experience from Gawker, May 23, 2009
Sasha Grey does Playboy: A Revealing Q&A with the Smartest Woman In Porn from Oh No They Didn’t, November 14, 2009
Sasha Grey interview for The Girlfriend Experience from The Telegraph, November 20, 2009
Sasha Grey Interview – 2010 from Ask Men
Improve Your Taste With… Sasha Grey from Nerve, May 17, 2010
Will Sasha Grey ever be “post-porn”? from Salon, March 30, 2011
Sasha Grey’s “Neu Sex,” from Film Maker, Thursday April 14, 2011
Porn Star Sasha Grey: I’ll Read to Your Kids If I Want from Reuters, Novmber 11, 2011
Sasha Grey ‘Anal Artists’ Porn Co. Exploited Me & Read Across America from TMZ, February 8, 2012
“Become a Porn Actress”: Sasha Grey’s Equal Pay Day PSA Misses the Point from bitchmedia, March 12, 2012
Porn Star Sasha Grey Stars in Orgy-Filled Ad Advocating Equal Pay for Women from Business Insider, March 13, 2012