Bullying, body image and sex were the topics of discussion on March 27. when adult film star Kelly Shibari spoke to professor Hugo Schwyzerâ€™s Humanities 3 class. Shibari is the third adult film star to visit PCC this semester as part of Schwyzerâ€™s guest speaker series.
â€œShe has the advantage of being the third speaker with the chance to connect with someone about ending shame, finding pleasure and transforming body image,â€ said Schwyzer.
Shibariâ€™s talk with the class was different from the previous two speakers in that it not only had a more personal feel to it [Shibari recognized students in the audience and even hugged one as well] but the main topic was body image and the way we view ourselves. Donâ€™t say someoneâ€™s pretty so I must be ugly. Say theyâ€™re pretty and so am I, said Shibari.
Shibari who is a heavy-set adult film star; which in the industry is known as a bbw (big beautiful woman), told the class about her own personal experiences with body image issues.
â€œI was always a chubby kid. In Japan growing up, once youâ€™re picked on, youâ€™re picked on until you graduate. [But] now Iâ€™m like I make money being fat and having sex as my job, so F-you,â€ said Shibari.
One student in attendance asked Shibari about struggling with judgment from other people because of the way you dress or sexual orientation.
â€œJudgment is so toxic, and the only thing you can do is not judge other people. If it makes you angry itâ€™s not a bad thing, but what you do with that anger is whatâ€™s important,â€ said Shibari.
Tatiana Zavala, psychology, felt that Shibari was supportive and sensible.
â€œShe gave a really encouraging message and was down to earth, helpful and empowering,â€ said Zavala.
Darryl Brown, sociology, felt Shibari was not only educational but helped clear up some things in regards to stereotypes.
â€œIt was very educational; it covered a lot of areas I needed to clear up regarding stereotypes with bbwâ€™s as well as the restÂ of the porn industry,â€ said Brown.