This is interesting: the studio that produces the porn-for-women site Sssh.com and the venerable BDSM website Wasteland has posted a very specific bill “On-Set Policies And Best Practices” that includes an extra layer of protection for performer consent, going beyond anything I’ve ever heard of before: an on-set advocate for performers.

When you shoot with us, you will have an on-set advocate at all times. Regardless of what was pre-negotiated, your advocate will call “pause” if you exhibit signs of being distressed, uncomfortable or if the advocate is concerned for any reason. Shooting will only resume after a check-in with you, and after both you and the advocate consent to continuing.

In a recent Buzzfeed article, Sssh.com director/producer Angie Rowntree explains the thinking behind the new policies document:

“For us that meant taking our old ‘on-set policies’ and adding to them the things we’ve been doing for the last few years to make sure our set was safe, that consent was clear and we were transparent,” Angie Rowntree told BuzzFeed News. “Bottom-line: our goal is for everyone to have a fantastic experience, feel like part of a team and at the end of the day, I want performers to say, ‘I want to shoot with them again.’”

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