Shelley Lubben

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Shelley Lubben
Photo of Shelley Lubben
Shelley Lubben in 2011
Born (1968-05-18) May 18, 1968 (age 46)
Pasadena, California
Nationality American
Other names Roxy, Shelley Lynn Moore
Occupation Nonprofit Executive Director
Known for Former pornographic actress turned anti-pornography activist
Religion Christian
Website
Official website

Shelley Lubben (born May 18, 1968) is an American author, singer, motivational speaker, and former pornographic actress. As a performer in the adult film industry, she was known professionally as Roxy.[1] After she left the sex industry, Lubben became a born-again Christian and anti-pornography activist.[2] As of 2012, she is the Executive Director of the Pink Cross Foundation, which reaches out to women and men in pornography and speaks in public forums, sharing about the hazardous working conditions that she experienced in the porn industry.[3][4] She is also an ordained Chaplain with the Order of Saint Martin with a degree in Theological studies.[5]

Personal background[edit]

Lubben was born on May 18, 1968 in Pasadena, California. In an interview with Howard Stern and Deseret News, Lubben stated that when she was nine years old, a brother and sister sexually abused her. Lubben worked as a prostitute from age 18 to 26. During this time, she became pregnant by one of her customers, and later gave birth to a daughter.[3]

Professional background[edit]

Sex industry[edit]

She entered the adult film industry, while working as a prostitute, when she was 24 years old. During her time in the sex industry, she contracted herpes and HPV, which led to cervical cancer,[2][6][7] and resulted in the removal of half her cervix.[8] During and after her life in the sex industry, she battled alcohol and drug addictions.[2][9] During her pornographic career, which lasted from 1993–1994, Lubben appeared in about 15 hardcore movies, including The Cumm Brothers 3: Go to Traffic School, Used and Abused 2, and Bra Busters 2.[10] Lubben has stated that the sex acts that women perform on film sets are physically harmful (including anal and uterus hemorrhaging), and psychologically traumatizing.[11] In February 2011, she became the subject of a documentary entitled, The Devil and Shelley Lubben, created by porn industry advocate Michael Whiteacre. According to Mark Kernes of adult industry trade journal, AVN, the film disputes Lubben's experiences in pornography and the trauma she says can be traced to those experiences.[12][13]

Pink Cross Foundation[edit]

Pink Cross Foundation logo.png
Slogan Addicts Find Healing, Porn Stars Find Hope
Website www.thepinkcross.org

In 2005, Lubben initiated an aggressive online marketing campaign, utilizing social networking Web sites in order to reach out to the sex industry. In 2008, Lubben established a faith-based organization called the Pink Cross Foundation.[14] The group concentrates on outreach to and evangelism of those in the porn industry, especially performers, and offers support to those wishing to leave the industry.[15][16] The organization solicits donations online and offers an online support forum for individuals that are addicted to drugs, sex, and pornography. When Lubben identifies interested individuals, she sends care packages filled with religious literature, Bibles, Christian music, local grocery and department store gift cards, and other spiritual and practical supports.[17] A secondary focus of Pink Cross is outreach to individuals seeking recovery from pornography addiction. Pink Cross attends pornography conventions to educate fans about how porn is not glamorous and also reaching out to porn stars and reminding them that they have options.[18]

Legislative activities[edit]

The organization also lobbies against pornography and the adult entertainment industry.[19] Lubben supported California legislator Charles Calderon in his effort to tax the pornographic industry by speaking to lawmakers about her experiences.[20] Lubben indicated that the scenes on the set of a hardcore porn film often involve a woman and several men who are doing "degrading acts" to the woman.[17][21] Lubben describes the scene of a hardcore porn film as devoid of intimacy, and describes it as "all mechanical and beastly". She further writes that "women are vomiting off the set, and most of the actors are doing drugs and alcohol."[17] In June 2010, she spoke to U.S. House and Senate members and their staffs in Washington DC about the damage that was done to her body from her time in the porn industry.[22] She continues to be outspoken regarding the illegal and hazardous working conditions in the industry, with sexually transmitted diseases being a workplace safety issue and public health concern.[23]

Media appearances[edit]

Lubben has appeared in various international media outlets, including radio, television, and film. An overview of her life has been featured in the documentaries Traffic Control and Out of the Darkness, the latter of which was selected to be the opening film for the John Paul II Film Festival 2011.[24][25] Lubben was also in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, which is about life after being in the porn industry. In January 2013, Swiss recording artist and model Patrick Nuo publicly claimed that Lubben helped him deal with his pornography addiction.[26] In June 2012, Lubben shared her life story in Slovakia to local media outlets.[27] As of 2012, she presents her personal experiences in the adult film industry in public forums and speaks out about her recovery process and the emotional, mental, and physical effects of pornography on performers.[28] In February 2011, she spoke at a Cambridge University, where she presented the harmful effects of pornography and debated the issue with advocates speaking on behalf of the pornography industry.[29]

Recording background[edit]

In January 2011, Lubben released a rap/hip hop album with the proceeds going to the Pink Cross Foundation to help women and men recover from porn. The first single, titled "Killer Fantasy", features the message of a porn star speaking to the porn fan about the truth behind the adult industry.[30][unreliable source?]

Published works[edit]

  • Lubben, Shelley. Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: The Greatest Illusion on Earth, CreateSpace, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4538-6007-6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "roxy - internet adult film database". iafd.com. 1968-05-18. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Shelley's Story". ShellyLubben.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Colin quinn hits broadway - The Howard Stern Show". Howardstern.com. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Shelley Lubben Exposes Secrets of the Porn Industry". 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  5. ^ "AfterPornEnds". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  6. ^ David Nelson. "Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn". RELEVANT Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Porn Star: Porn Destroys Human Lives and is Destroying Our Nation". CNSNews. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  8. ^ https://www.shelleylubben.com/bio
  9. ^ "Shelley Lubben, Former Porn Actress and Prostitute". Indirimbonshya.net. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Roxy". Iafd. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Chris Hedges (2009-10-07). "The illusion of love". National Post. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  12. ^ Kernes, Mark (2011-02-21). "AVN - New Documentary Exposes Shelley Lubben's Lies-UPDATED!". News.avn.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  13. ^ "The Devil And Shelley Lubben". The Devil And Shelley Lubben. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  14. ^ Chris Hedges (2009-10-07). "The illusion of love". National Post. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  15. ^ Chris Hedges (2009-10-07). "The illusion of love". National Post. Retrieved 2009-10-07. [dead link]
  16. ^ Chris Hedges (2009-10-11). "The Victims of Pornography". Truthdig. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  17. ^ a b c "Out of Pornography and Into the Light". CBN. 
  18. ^ "Religious organizations set up shop at the Adult Entertainment Expo". News 3 Las Vegas. 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  19. ^ Marcia Armstrong Chidester. "'Finding redemption; Pain in pornography'". Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  20. ^ "California mulls steep tax on adult entertainment". Reuters. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  21. ^ "The Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn". www.shelleylubben.org. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  22. ^ Byron Tau Contributor (2010-06-15). "Activists Urge Government Crackdown on Pornography, Obscenity". Aolnews.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  23. ^ "Health advocates, porn industry representatives debate workplace protection". LA Times. 2010-10-26. 
  24. ^ Rosalie Westenskow (2007-02-16). "Provo film calls porn epidemic". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  25. ^ Tim Drake (2011-02-15). "John Paul II International Film Festival Set for Miami". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  26. ^ "Roxy has cured my porn addiction". blick.ch. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  27. ^ "Veriaca pornoviezda". Markíza. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  28. ^ "Do porn and mothering mix?". HLN TV. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  29. ^ "This House believes pornography does a good public service". CUS.org. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  30. ^ "Former Porn Star Shelley Lubben Launches New Rap Album". Sfgate.com. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 

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