After more than four months of work and investigation initiated and funded by Dorcel, the working group composed of the actress, director and producer of adult films Liza Del Sierra, the sociologist Alexandre Duclos, and the lawyer Matthieu Cordelier has drawn up an ethics charter and 18 recommendations to improve the quality of working life of adult-content industry professionals and move towards a more accountable production.
Paris, April, 2021 – Dorcel is proud to present to the public and to the entire adult film industry the first ethics charter for French adult-content production. Along with 18 recommendations, this charter is the result of investigative work carried out from December 2020 to March 2021 by the actress, director and producer of adult films Liza Del Sierra, the sociologist Alexandre Duclos, Ph.D. in sociology, Ph.D. in philosophy and lecturer at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Matthieu Cordelier, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and digital law. For four months, this working group, initiated and funded by Dorcel, conducted interviews, collected, and analyzed the expectations and recommendations made freely and anonymously by 31 people linked to the adult-content industry: actresses and actors, producers, broadcasters, directors and production assistants, photographers, make-up artists, as well as customers and the representative of an association linked to sex workers. All these participants were also invited to comment on the draft charter and to amend it. Therefore, it is truly a charter co-constructed, through a consultation, by the protagonists of this industry.
Considering its initial purpose, the charter and its 18 appended recommendations respond to the main concerns expressed by the professionals interviewed throughout the study. These recommendations cover the areas of consent, physical and psychological health, legal framework, respect for human dignity, confidentiality, and communication. It highlights the well-being and protection of each person working on the sets, according to their needs and their activity. Both tools are intended to bring substantial improvements in the quality of life at work for XXX-industry professionals in France and to promote increasingly ethical and accountable production.
“Dorcel has always been committed to the protection of minors and to a quality and accountable X-rated production. However, we are aware that there is still room for improvement in the production methods used by our industry, including ourselves, so we initiated the development of this charter four months ago. We are very satisfied with the work accomplished by Liza Del Sierra, Alexandre Duclos and Matthieu Cordelier, and we are committed to implementing the principles of this charter and to respecting its values and ethics, for the well-being of everyone involved in our productions. We hope the conclusions of this work and the resulting recommendations will unite all the protagonists of the industry in France and abroad and thus contribute to a positive evolution in the adult-content production industry “ states Grégory Dorcel, Head of the Dorcel Group.
In addition to the strict rules it already follows, Dorcel is the first producer in the industry to commit to applying this charter to all its film shoots. The Dorcel brand will publish, transparent and accessible to all, the precise conditions of the implementation of this charter, which will benefit each professional involved in its productions.
It will then be necessary to convince as many of its French and non-French content providers as possible to join this set of good practices.
The charter and the 18 detailed recommendations are available at productions-x-responsables.com/en.
About Liza Del Sierra
Liza Del Sierra began her career as a porn actress in 2005. She first shot in France and then in the United States, and quickly became an international celebrity. As of 2011 she moves to the other side of the camera and directs a dozen films, one of which will even be the subject of the documentary 21 jours… Classés X, aired on France 2 in 2014. In 2013, she decided to take a break from her film career and begins a medical career. A passionate and multi-talented personality, 2018 has been a major year during which she started up her own production company, named 33Films; she began nursing studies and performed with the group POWERDISC, especially as the opening act of Orelsan. In 2020, she produced and directed her first full-length erotic film, Diary of a beginner, which broadcast on Canal+ and for which she composed the soundtrack. The movie tells the story of a beginner in the adult industry and the people who are part of this world, in a caring and lighthearted atmosphere. Diary of a beginner was also awarded Official Selection of the Lift Off Global Network festival in the Short Live Action Narrative category, Official Selection of the ARFF International festival and Finalist in the Audience Award category.
About Alexandre Duclos
Born in Montreal, Alexandre Duclos holds a PhD in sociology and a PhD in political philosophy. He graduated from the Sciences Po Paris and teaches political anthropology and sociology at the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne. He works mainly on political sociology and political anthropology. Within this framework, he has dealt with very different objects: the production of political culture in a constrained environment (Kosovo under UNMIK supervision in 2005, a Roma Emergency Reception Center in Montreuil, 2010-2012), and the will to produce a tailor-made political culture for globalized peoples. On both themes, he has completed two theses, one in political philosophy from Paris 7 (2013) and the other in sociology from Panthéon-Sorbonne, under the direction of Sophie Poirot-Delpech and Alain Gras.
On the production of political culture, Alexandre Duclos has also worked on riots as a place of re-appropriation of the creation of norms. On this subject, one can especially read “Sociologie de l’inconscient collectif, du rassemblement à l’émeute”, “Une émeute de rêve” or see Bruno Aguila’s documentary “Le Pavé de Paris”.
Alexandre Duclos works for Cetcopra on acceptability procedures confronting people with technical projects. He has especially worked on a mapping of the ethical stakes of the Cigéo radioactive waste burial site project in Bure, and on the Flexblue project with DCNS.
He regularly works with the MADoPA expert center on the real and practical consequences of health policies at the level of patients’ homes and their relatives.
PhD in philosophy, 2010-2013, University of Paris 7, cum laude
Post doctorate in sociology, September 2008-June 2009, Laval University, Quebec
PhD in sociology, 2005-2008, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, summa cum laude
Master’s degree in philosophy, June 2005, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, with honors.
Master’s degree in Political Science, June 2005, Sciences Po Paris
DCNS: consultant for the Direction des Chantiers Navals on the acceptability of the FLEXBLUE project (mini submarine nuclear reactor) since March 2014.
MADoPA: Project manager for the expert center MADoPA (Maintenance of elderly people at home) since July 1, 2013. Design and realization of work packages dedicated to ethics and usage evaluation on the FP7 project Accompany (companion robot for the elderly) and on 3 H2020 projects. Elaboration of the evaluation scheme of the PICADo project based on interviews on comparable (multipathology domomedicine platform with Altran, Inserm, Blulinea, Thuasne).
ANDRA (National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management): July 2013 – May 2014, Mapping of the ethical issues of the Cigéo debate.
About Matthieu Cordelier, Partner at Lexone
Lawyer at the Paris Bar, digital and IT law expert.
Matthieu Cordelier is a business law attorney and practices mainly in intellectual property, computer, and digital law, press law and e-reputation, especially for victims of cyber-stalking and revenge porn. Previously a legal expert in an IT services company (ESN) for 3 years before becoming a lawyer, he is particularly familiar with the business of software publishers and IT service providers.
He is also:
– Trainer for AFNOR within the training cycle RISK MANAGER ISO 31000, since 2015;
– Teacher at UniLaSalle University within the Specialized master’s in marketing, Communication and Engineering of food products, since 2019.
EFB Paris 2003
DEA in Communication Law, Paris II, Panthéon-Assas
D.U. Law, Ethics and Biology, Paris Sud
Master’s degree in private law, majoring in business law, Paris II, Panthéon-Assas
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