JAMES DARLING

FTM Porn Model & Director of FTMFucker.com
behind the scenes showering with the gorgeous Damien Moreau, photo by Isabel Dresler

behind the scenes showering with the gorgeous Damien Moreau, photo by Isabel Dresler

James Darling from the backphoto by Dave Naz

James Darling from the back
photo by Dave Naz

Some awesome behind the scenes shots by AJAPOP of an upcoming threesome scene for FTMFUCKER with April Flores, Courtney Trouble and Ramses Rodstein

Hey everyone! I just had FTMFUCKER tshirts and briefs added to the clipstore of FTMFUCKER.com! I’m trying to raise some funds to get myself to the Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto in April, so help me out and get some sweet FTMFUCKER merch! The shirts are available in M-XL and the few remaining briefs are all American Apparel size L. Thanks to Courtney for the photos! <3

Devon Wipp, James Darling, Ramses Rodstein, Chance Armstrong, Vivian Dawn, Chelsea Poe and Jacques LeFemme at the 2014 Tranny Awards in LA

Devon Wipp, James Darling, Ramses Rodstein, Chance Armstrong, Vivian Dawn, Chelsea Poe and Jacques LeFemme at the 2014 Tranny Awards in LA

James Darling accepting FTM Performer of the Year at the 2014 Tranny Awards. Photo by GioinLA

James Darling accepting FTM Performer of the Year at the 2014 Tranny Awards. Photo by GioinLA

triplea85 asked: Sorry in advance for the complex question, but I'm curious. Do you date? If so, do you tend to date cis men, women, other trans/queer individuals, all of the above? And when dating, do you find it more difficult to come out (for want of a better phrase) as trans than you do to come out as a pornographer?

As tempting as it is to lock myself away in a chaste and untouchable porn tower, or pull an Annie Sprinkle and marry the ocean and never log into okcupid again, I have been known to venture outside and go on dates! I have loved and dated people of many different genders. I go through periods of being more into men or women, but generally speaking I find that I am most attracted to femininity of many kinds. I usually lay my porn and trans cards out on the table from the beginning because they are such large and unavoidable parts of my life, and have had few issues when disclosing those parts of myself to other people. I tend to date people who identify as some kind of queer and who have similarly radical politics and have found few issues surrounding my status as a trans sex worker, but even the handful of straight women I’ve dated have not been phased by it either. I’ve been very lucky and acknowledge that I have a lot of privilege as a passing white man, and being a porn performer is usually more socially acceptable for men than it is for women and probably has something to do with it. The most challenging part of dating for me has been the intersection of my work and personal life. I try to maintain a separation but it is nearly impossible in a small community, but that is a whole thesis in itself to answer.

James Darling and Nikki Hearts on the red carpet at the 2014 XBIZ Awards

James Darling and Nikki Hearts on the red carpet at the 2014 XBIZ Awards

triplea85 asked: Do you feel that there's a level of marginalization that takes place when trans people are fetishized? For the record, I do not, but I believe that this is a common question in a lot of ways: whether we do a disservice to (insert minority here) stories by making them into fetishes in porn and such.

I guess my question would be what does it mean to be fetishized and how does that contribute to marginalization? I think when people talk about the fetishization of trans people they might mean easily digestible porn “tropes” that contribute to the erasure of trans people’s humanity, which yes I do think can contribute to marginalization. I make porn, first and foremost. As a sex worker and pornographer, one part of my job is to create fantasies for other people. What people do with those fantasies is beyond my control. I try my best to do so in responsible ways that reflect my ethics while still making porn that will get people off. It is not an easy line to walk. I would consider the kind of porn I make to be sexualizing a type of trans body because the porn I make is about trans men. Is it a bad thing to sexualize trans bodies? Some people feel this is true, but I do not. I think it boils down to the way porn is made and how a companies ethics are reflected in their work. The way I shoot is largely left up to the way the performers choose to have sex, I am not invested in a certain type of trans body or way of showing trans men having sex because it might make me more money, I let performers choose who they want to work with & I don’t pay people more to do things they wouldn’t want to do. I want to make a trans guy porn site that is more than just trans men bottoming with their front holes, because that is just not how the trans men I know express their sexualities and do feel like that would be a disservice if I chose to only show one type of thing. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the porn I make is not going to be to everyone’s liking and might make people uncomfortable or angry and that is totally ok!  No one has to buy a membership and watch it if it’s not their thing! In a world where people (especially trans people) are told to be ashamed of their bodies, I don’t think it is a disservice to show a wide range of trans men enjoying their bodies in a variety of ways.