News__ Sasha Grey Book Signing
Sasha Grey's first words to the audience were, Thanks for coming. Wonder how many times she's said that in her career.
Last night we had the pleasure of hearing Sasha Grey be interviewed about Neü Sex, her monograph that hits shelves today. Well, it was mostly pleasurable, other than the fact that the dimly lit bookstore was a million degrees and packed with sweaty, horny dudes. Sasha was 45 minutes late, an offense most of the crowd forgot when she climbed up on stage in nude heels and a sheer, black, long sleeved dress.
She talked about embracing female sexuality, working with Steven Soderburgh, and her real-life girlfriend experience with Fiancee, Ian. Although Sasha did her best to steer the conversation towards her transition out of adult film and into mainstream acting, let's be real, everyone just wanted to hear about her bent-over life in front of the camera. When asked about her decision to start doing porn, she talked about growing up in an environment that made her uncomfortable with her sexuality. "Women are constantly told to be sexy, but never sexual."
Sasha believes that men and women are both bisexual, a statement that she said men get offended by easily when she makes it up front. But behind the scenes she heard confessions and stories from the people she worked with in the industry all the time. "It's so much easier to be open and honest with a stranger."
There were parts of her speech that seemed transparent. "Using my body as a canvas, as the tool is the most important thing." Not so sure about that one, Sasha.
But for the most part, she was well-spoken and confident. During audience questions she graciously accepted a barrage of creepy and pathetic praises one overweight bald man slung at her, "You're so courageous. Look at all the brunettes in here. Look at all the black, I'll wear black until they find something darker." She laughed at him. But then, "How do I tell my 39-year old son I'm a Sasha junkie?" We cringed. She also encouraged a porn photographer in the audience who was expecting his first child to be open and honest about his work with his family. "I know it's totally different with a child. I'm not sure I want to have kids."
The signing was held at Housing Works in NYC, a community healing project that battles AIDS/HIV and homelessness. Sasha donated all the books they sold to help support the amazing work they do.