The Porn Star Who Tried to Outlaw Porn

Vacation over. Back to blogging.

The last series of posts were about Traci Lords, the mega-star whose underage revelation threatened to destroy the porn biz.

At least Lords didn’t do her damage on purpose.  But this next woman did.

From SKINFLICKS:

“Sex Star Seeks Ban on Porn” read the August l9, l993 headline in the San Francisco Chronicle (the story first appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News). Lisa Marie Abato, a.k.a. Holly Ryder, sought one million signatures for an amendment to the California state  constitution banning the adult entertainment industry.

Why? What had the industry done to the petite, 26-year-old blonde
who’d just ended her three year porn career? Had she been tied up and paddled?

Yes, but that was because she deliberately specialized in bondage videos such as The Latex Dungeon and Diabolic Demands, which suited her professed “S and M lifestyle.”

She told AVN’s Mark Kernes, “I like the pain that hurts and then turns into a real sensual pain, one that involves your whole body.” She reportedly enjoyed having safety pins stuck in her right breast (the left was saved for a “special lover”).

Hadn’t she entered the business telling producers, “I’ll do anything!”?

She may have been irked at not being chosen for more boxcover shots, despite her reconstructed nose and breast implants.  Abato’s most distinctive physical attribute, a bulbous, marble-sized clitoris, wouldn’t be seen in “pretty-girl” boxcover shots that could be displayed in video stores.

Many believed her crusade stemmed from the politics behind the funding of the Holly Ryder Foundation she had set up to help homeless runaway kids. She had been one. Failing to secure financial backing through adult industry souces, she allegedly turned to religious right-wing zealots, whose money came with the stipulation that she trumpet the anti-porn cause.

Some–who knew Abato personally–felt the whole debacle could have been prevented with a motorcycle. Bikes were important to the former waitress. She’d become engaged to future porn director E. Z. Ryder at the outlaw enclave of the l989 motorcycle convention in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Her original motivation for getting into porn was to earn enough for a custom Harley (hence her choice of the stage name “Holly Ryder”).

Reportedly, the company producing her bondage videos promised her the expensive bike. But, as Abato complained in the L.A. Daily News article, “I never got that motorcycle. I never got anything from that industry except the shame.”

Perhaps the whole Holly Ryder anti-porn affair can be summed up with writer Jack Eagle’s quip: “Hell hath no fury like a biker chick scorned.”

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Next: Porn’s Boyfriends from Hell

 

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David Blander

David Blander had had many careers. As a director, he made commercials for clients such as Magnavox, the State of Michigan, Clark Equipment and Amway. As a video engineer, his biggest accounts were the underworld porn kings who pioneered the home video revolution of the 1980s. When California legalized medical pot in 1996, he developed a trophy-winning strain that he distributed to northern California dispensaries—until Feds and local sheriffs busted his grow-op warehouses. Now retired, Blander is beginning another career: writing. Plato said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Blander’s professional history gives his life plenty to examine.

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