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August 2006
Myth: Vegans Don’t Have Sex

Vegan Aphrodite
The Satya Interview with Furry Girl


Two years ago, at 20 years of age Furry Girl founded Veg Porn, an alternative erotica and sex-positive society for vegetarian and vegan models of all shapes, sizes and sexual identities. Around the same time she went on to establish the renowned online Veg Sex Shop—offering the best selection of sensual products that are free from animal testing and animal byproducts. From vegan condoms, dams and latex gloves, to rubber whips and non-leather restraints, the Veg Sex Shop is a must for all vegans wanting to spice it up, keep it safe and be cruelty-free. They also donate five percent of all sales to Scarleteen, a nonprofit, sex-positive educational resource aimed at young people.

Busting all sorts of stereotypes, Furry Girl has some very interesting things to say about the connections between feminism, animal rights and anti-pornography advocacy. Brainy and busty, she carries within a strong sense of compassion and justice. Kymberlie Adams Matthews shot the breeze with Furry Girl about porn, periods and vegan lubes.

Tell us about going vegan.
I went vegan seven summers ago. It was a simple choice that I made as soon as I really looked into the subject of food animals. I can’t understand how people can spend months or years ‘trying’ to give up certain foods while supposedly acknowledging the horrific conditions that animals live under. But I’ve never been one for half-assing things. I give my whole ass for the animals.

When and why did you get involved with sex work?
I booked a solo photo shoot with a large adult company when I was 18. Aside from being a boring anti-sexual experience, the creepy photographer was paid more than I was. I took the $750 check I got and bought a digital camera of my own.

The first porn site I ever joined was jen-dave.com. Jen and Dave’s site is a collection of homemade amateur/swinger/exhibitionist porn featuring themselves and plenty of their friends. Unlike many mainstream adult productions, this sort of porn was fun, realistic and hot. It was precisely the sort of thing I wanted to go for, so the site really served as an inspiration to me.

I opened my first site in January of 2003, furrygirl.com, a solo amateur site with a “bizarre twist”—I don’t shave my pits, legs or cooter. As common as the fuzzy look is among my own friends, it’s almost unheard of in porn. I’m a very low-maintenance person, so it’s always a bonus to know that you don’t need to learn proper shaving or makeup application techniques to make a living in the industry.

Do you consider yourself to be an activist?
I consider many adult sites to be of an “activist” nature by virtue of their sex-positive presentations and array of models who break the bounds of mainstream beauty standards. The porn industry will always produce the same old formulaic junk, but we outsiders can work to carve out our own niches with fun erotica that reflects our own interests.

I also run a menstruation-themed site, eroticred.com, which seeks to do away with the silly notion that menstruation is filthy and that bleeding women shouldn’t be having sex or be proud of their bodies at that time of the month. I would say that’s my most activist-leaning site, especially since there is a chance I could be prosecuted under U.S. obscenity laws for it, even go to prison for my crazy idea that menstruation is a normal part of an adult woman’s sexuality. There’s such a culture of shame and secrecy that surrounds menstruation, and I like getting people talking about it.

How and why did you create Veg Porn?

It started with a short link list of performers like myself who were vegans and vegetarians, and I got a lot of positive feedback from it. In May of 2004, I opened Veg Porn as a membership site with exclusive photo sets of herbivores, interesting articles and links, and the one and only naked vegan recipe collection. I currently have 29 models of all shapes and sexual styles, and I just added a forum for veggie restaurant reviews and an interview section for spotlighting some good people in the AR community. There wasn’t any kind of grand plan, like trying to use porn to convert people to veganism. I simply wanted a place that offers the sort of things I find arousing made by people with animal-friendly views.

And that led to the fabulous Veg Sex Shop?
I always knew I wanted to open a store, so it was great to get to a point where I had a few thousand dollars to invest in getting together an inventory. I opened in November 2004 and have filled around 700 orders since then.

I know a lot of people have a hard time finding vegan condoms and lubes. Can you talk a bit about the products you offer?
I sell Glyde condoms, dams and gloves from Australia, which I haven’t seen for sale in many other places. I stock a wide variety of vegan lubes—I’m big on advising people to add some more slickness to their sex play. I also carry silicone sex toys made by a small woman-owned company, a solar-powered bullet vibe, the legendary Hitachi Magic Wand, some non-leather floggers and restraints, vegan lip balm and a couple of good sex books. I would never carry any offensive or dangerous junk, like breast or penis ‘enlarging’ pills that prey on peoples’ insecurities, or dildos made from mystery plastics that possibly pose health risks to their users. People should have the same high standards for products they insert in their lower orifices that they do for the foods they put in their mouths.

I think people don’t realize that these items aren’t vegan. Like, how can a condom not be vegan, it’s only latex, right?
Sure, latex is a plant product, but milk protein is often added during the manufacturing process. I’ve heard two stories behind why that is done—one, it acts as an anti-frothing agent in the machinery, and two, that caseinates are a preservative. Plus, most condoms are tested on animals, so it’s no real shock that the two brands of widely recognized vegan condoms come from other countries, Glyde from Australia and Condomi of Germany. I always tell people that if they can’t find vegan condoms in their area, it’s really a better choice to use any condom rather than no condom at all.

Some in the animal rights community are strongly anti-pornography and anti-prostitution. This is based on the idea that women are seen by society as commodities, as animals are seen as commodities—animals being consumed literally as meat and women being consumed figuratively as sex objects. What are your thoughts?
The funny/sad thing is the only people who think of sexual women as objects or commodities are abject misogynists and certain strains of feminists. I think most anti-sex feminist literature is nothing more than an exercise in showcasing how the author’s own self-hatred and personal insecurities are projected onto other women who are not ashamed of themselves. I feel sorry for women who hold such angry and derogatory views of themselves and others.

It’s not hard to see why there are a number of animal rights activists who cling to anti-sex and anti-porn rhetoric. As vegans, so many of us have been conditioned to think of things only in terms of being brave crusaders for voiceless victims who cannot speak on their own behalf. But you cannot extrapolate that line of thinking onto humans and try to impose what you think is best on communities of people who do not want or need your help. By reducing sex workers to frightened abused animals in need of rescuing, they’ve really done nothing but reinforce the idea that women are livestock who can’t think for themselves.

That’s a really good point. There are feminist groups who have simply shunned sex worker issues while still professing to work for women’s rights.
The unfortunate downside to women having increased sexual and economic autonomy is that not all of us make choices that are in line with what conservative feminists believe we should be allowed to do. I don’t know what some people think feminism means, but it shouldn’t mean that women need anyone, man or woman, to tell them what they can do with their lives and their bodies.

Do you see the way mainstream society looks at sex workers and the way society looks at animals connecting?
We as a society don’t afford much respect to either sex workers or animals—which is a greater issue that vegan feminists could address. Nothing is gained by a feminist movement that is bent on segregating out the ‘sluts’ and holding them up as either pitiless victims or enemies of decency.

Who inspires you, both in terms of animal rights and your work?
I’ll always be inspired by people who work tirelessly for their causes, most of whom never get any fame or glory. When it comes to the sex industry, there are so many delightful people with similar visions to my own.

This issue is about busting vegan stereotypes. Do you think you bust any vegan stereotypes?
I think most vegans bust the stereotype that we’re all pale nutters who eat nothing but raw carrots and yell at everyone we encounter. I don’t know any stereotypical vegans.

For more information on the Veg Sex Shop visit vegsexshop.com; Veg Porn visit vegporn.com; Furry Girl visit www.furrygirl.com.


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