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Ginger Banks at the PornHub Awards in October 2019
|Born||May 30, 1990|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)|
Career[edit | edit source]
Banks started webcamming in 2010 at the age of 19 while studying chemical engineering. Her father was shocked at her choice in career. Initially, Banks was ashamed to disclose her career and lying about her job contributed to her depression. She is now an advocate who speaks out about the damaging and discriminatory treatment sex workers in the industry regularly face.
In 2018, Banks and webcam model, Jenny Blighe, shot their first professional scenes for Evil Angel in Cam Girls: The Movie. Days before the release of the movie, Blighe alleged that she was mistreated by costar Manuel Ferrara in their scene together. Banks was not aware that Blighe was uncomfortable until after the shoot was finished when Banks took pictures of Blighe's injuries and they talked about what happened. Both alleged that John Stagliano, the owner of Evil Angel, had groped them without their consent while directing another scene. Evil Angel issued a statement to Adult Video News (AVN) that "everyone involved with the project conducted themselves properly and were held to our high standards." AVN noted that Banks on her Twitter stream had seemed to contradict Blighe's allegation. Banks was harassed online and resigned her position as chair of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee in the backlash of the allegations.
Banks was one of the targets of a harassment campaign against pornography performers by an Instagram user. Instagram had disabled her account in November 2018, and the user took credit for her deactivation through reporting her and others for violating its community guidelines. Her account was reactivated months later, and Banks admitted censoring her postings due to her wariness at being deactivated again. She believes that removing sex workers from social media marginalizes them by removing their marketing channels.
Advocacy[edit | edit source]
In June 2017, Banks posted a video on YouTube that compiled allegations of sexual assault against Ron Jeremy by members of the adult industry. While the allegations against Jeremy have stemmed back decades, it wasn't until the video and when the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations came to light that the accusations began to get noticed outside the industry. Banks was motivated to take a stand against Jeremy after speaking with dozens of women who claimed he had assaulted them at conventions and learning that others had known about it and normalized it with a "Yeah, that's Ron". Jeremy argued that Bank's video compiled allegations that distorted the interactions with the women who had buyer's remorse. Jeremy was banned from several industry shows after Bank's social media campaign and the Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, rescinded its Positive Image Award that it had originally presented to him in 2009.
Banks made a video in 2018 hoping to appeal to Bernie Sanders after he had voted in support of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA/FOSTA). She wanted him to think about the dangers SESTA/FOSTA would create for the sex work industry and asked him to consider fighting for the rights of sex workers.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Banks has a sister, Emma Banks. They webcam together, but do not have sex with each other despite frequent requests from their fans.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Internet Adult Film Database". www.iafd.com.
- Brian Prowse-Gany and Joyzel Acevedo (2018-04-25). "Unfiltered: 'Society treats sex workers as second-class citizens'". Yahoo News. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- Snow, Aurora (8 December 2018). "The Dangerous Lives of Cam Girls: Sex, Violence and Stalkers". Daily Beast. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- Blaustein, Michael (29 August 2018). "My 'big break' in porn was a nightmare". New York Post. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- AVN, Dan Miller (2018-08-03). "Jenny Blighe Alleges Mistreatment on Set of 'Cam Girls' Movie". AVN. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- Clark-Flory, Tracy (2019-04-17). "A Troll's Alleged Attempt to Purge Porn Performers from Instagram". Jezebel. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
- Fabbri, Thomas (24 November 2019). "Instagram v porn stars: A battle over censorship?". BBC News. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- Dickson, E. J. (15 November 2017). "Inside Ron Jeremy Sexual Misconduct Allegations". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- Snow, Aurora (31 October 2017). "Porn's Two Biggest Male Stars Stand Accused of Serial Sexual Assault. Where's the Outrage?". Daily Beast. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- "Porn Star's 'Image Award' Revoked Amid Sexual Assault Claims". NBC Southern California. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Tarlo, Shira (19 April 2018). "Bernie Sanders may sing Cardi B's praises – but sex workers say he's no ally". Salon. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- Snow, Aurora (24 February 2019). "Can the Disturbing Rise of Fake Incest Porn Be Stopped?". Daily Beast. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
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- Ginger Banks on IMDb
- Ginger Banks at the Internet Adult Film Database
- Ginger Banks at the Adult Film Database
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