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Porn star James Deen and the problem with projecting feminism

Journalist Ann Friedman on the complicated backdrop of sexual assault allegations against James Deen.
Adult film star James Deen has made forays into the mainstream. Here he is in a scene from The Canyons, alongside co-star Lindsay Lohan. (IFC Films/The Associated Press)

Adult film star James Deen — known as porn's "boy next door" — has gained a reputation for playing against type. He's spoken out about the importance of consent and communication during sex, and has attracted both feminist fans and mainstream opportunities. 

But serious allegations of rape and sexual assault have swiftly tarnished that image. The actor has defended himself on Twitter, calling the allegations levied against him "false and defamatory". 

For insight on the fallout, Shad checks in with journalist Ann Friedman and her recent piece in New York Magazine: Why Women Fell For James Deen.

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