CYBERSPACE—In an published today on Glamour.com, adult actress/director/activist Jessica Drake broke her silence about both the latest developments in the ongoing dispute between Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels, as well as Trump spokesman Rudy Giuliani's horrific comments about sex workers in general.
After noting that she was one of the early accusers—number 11 of 19 so far—of Donald Trump's sexual misconduct, Drake takes President Grab-'Em-By-The-Pussy to task for dismissing as inconsequential his actions in unexpectedly and unwantedly grabbing her arm at the Lake Tahoe golf tournament that both attended in 2006. This was the same tournament where Trump met Daniels.
"These stories that are made up, these are total fiction," Trump said of Drake's accusations on New Hampshire radio station WGIR in late October of 2016. "You’ll find out that, in the years to come, these women that stood up, it was all fiction. They were made up. I don’t know these women; it’s not my thing to do what they say. You know I don’t do that. I don’t grab them, as they say, on the arm. One said, ‘He grabbed me on the arm.’ And she’s a porn star. You know, this one that came out recently, ‘He grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm.’ Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before."
Besides pointing out that Trump bragged about grabbing women without their consent—and not on the arm—during a recorded segment of Access Hollywood, Drake noted that it's become common for complaints of sexual assault by sex workers to be too often dismissed because they are sex workers, and thus not entitled to the same protections and respect due to women whose occupations don't involve having sexual encounters with others, be they johns or male adult performers.
"Victims of sexual misconduct, assault, and rape are often subject to a litany of questions about what they were wearing, whether they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, how many people they previously had sex with, why did they put themselves in such a predicament, and more ...," Drake wrote. "It’s no wonder so many assaults go unreported. This is why abusers go unpunished."
But Drake saved some of her choicest words for Giuliani's statements at the Globes Capital Market conference last week in Tel Aviv, Israel, where Mr. A-Noun-A-Verb-And-9-11 said publicly that "I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a woman and as a person and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation," "the business you’re in entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight," and "If you’re going to sell your body for money, you just don’t have a reputation."
Of course, the adult industry and its fans are well aware of Drake's many accomplishments, but for Glamour.com's readers, Drake presented a crash course.
"I, along with many other folks within our industry, am very much a career woman," she wrote. "Not only am I a performer; I'm also a writer, director, producer, and sex educator. I'm still contracted to Wicked Pictures, the company that I was working for years ago, in Lake Tahoe, where this saga began. I own my name and trademark, which I license to other companies to receive residuals and royalties. I have traveled the world for my career that has so far spanned more than 17 years.
"Am I not a woman of substance?" she continued. "I have worked with Habitat for Humanity for almost a decade. I volunteered on The Jimmy Carter Work Project in Haiti after the earthquake, not once but twice. I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. I formed Team Wicked for AIDS Walk LA, and so far we have raised $100,000 for HIV/AIDS research. I am an intersectional feminist. I’m an advocate for . I am an activist. And I am not the only one."
Drake also challenged the frequent epithet that sex workers "sell" their bodies.
"Sell my body? Never," she declared. "No more than any other laborer sells you theirs. Is a surgeon selling you their hands? No. They are selling their time. I am selling my time. They sell their services, I sell mine. I am selling a fantasy. I retain control over my body and what happens to it. And by the way, many porn stars and sex workers understand bodily autonomy, boundaries, and consent better than the general public."
And certainly better than Donald Trump!
Drake continues to champion the right of all women to at least the presumption of respect from others—and certainly from the likes of a president who cheats on his wife, and his representative who, while dismissing sex workers and adult performers, apparently spends time watching the latter on his computer.
All in all, it's an excellent article, which can be read in full .