When I was a child, I had two goats. We bought them to keep our horse company, but she hated them, so they lived in their own pen which they were continually finding new ways to escape from. When they escaped, one of their favorite pastimes involved slamming their heads into our plate glass windows, attacking their own reflections. No matter how many times they attacked the hard, cold, glass goat they never learned that it was themselves. Goats lack that self awareness. Unfortunately, so do many people.
I've used this metaphor before, in reference to men who ask me incredibly stupid questions about my sexuality without turning that line of questioning on to themselves. I have this sort of standard slate of responses to the "how do you know you're a lesbian" question which are all based on forcing the person to see the "goat in the mirror." If you say "how do you know if you don't like it if you haven't tried it?" I'll come back with "how do you?" If you tell me I haven't had the right dick yet, I'll ask you to go find it first.
So here's this article from Kitty Stryker, a rather disingenuous portrait of the Great Twitter War of June 2014. On another iteration of the article, on her personal blog, she has tagged it "don't tell me how to live" a hilariously profound irony, given the subject. The entire point of the twitter war wasn't that trans women don't have a place in porn. It was that I did not desire to make that porn as either a performer or a director.
The success of "TransGrrls" a product explicitly marketed as trans porn, does not speak to the marketability of trans women in porn not marketed as trans porn. It shows us that trans porn sells, not that putting a pre-op TS gal in "Lesbian Babysitters 46" is the right way to go about things. It certainly doesn't justify demanding that a fellow artist support your desires instead of her own.
We do, actually, have an example of a director using "lesbian porn" as a platform for trans acceptance. Nica Noelle cast Drew Deveaux with Sinn Sage in "Lesbian Sorrority". By all accounts, both performers enjoyed the scene but there was a HUGE backlash from fans who felt cheated by not being told about Drew's status. Whether that's bigoted really doesn't matter. People's sexualities are personal. People's sexualities are complicated. I, too, am turned off by the concept of transsexuality. I don't think trans women are men (that's just as myopic as saying there's NO DIFFERENCE between trans women and non trans women). I believe that trans people deserve equal rights. I just do not connect erotically with transness. I feel similarly about fat. Or, for that matter, about my own female relatives. I consider them women, obviously, but women off limits to my sexuality. That the genre is called "lesbian" does not mean it is meant to encompass everyone who considers themselves lesbians.
Which isn't to say that I thought what Nica did was wrong. I don't believe in telling other directors what to do. Please, continue to make porn that is authentic to your sexual self. Please continue to center your own experience in your work. Please continue to devote your energy and your time and your creative force to increasing the amount of content in the world that speaks to you. All that I ask is that you allow me to do the same.