Small Town Girl Turns a Porn into Career in Reading, PA

Small Town Girl Turns a Porn into Career in Reading, PA
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Porn is such a taboo conversation. Its deemed a bad thing, but I beg to differ. Instead of doing homework, I’m mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. Repeatedly, I keep seeing different people reference Pornhub. Pornhub is an adult website that allows users to earn revenue per view by uploading video content of their own. Our town, Reading, PA, is relatively small only made up about 80,000 people that pretty much know each other. If you grew up here then it’s most likely you are related to someone of authority. It didn’t take long for Danielle Hood to find herself being the conversation involving PornHub in this town. The controversy not only circled the town with negative opinions being the majority on social media. However, behind the scenes, it was a different story for this young girl with a family name well known in the community.

Agreed to meet up together on a Saturday for the release of her latest T-shirt with the words, Sex Sells in the middle of the hub we call Penn Street. Smacked in the center of the block between the historical location where Mcdonald’s used to sit on the corner of 5th street, but also the amazing seafood spot we call the Ugly Oysters. I arrived with my mother-in-law who was there for moral support and Danielle wasn’t there yet. I decided to take some video clips for my youtube channel and take a look around the shop where the porn video was recorded. The layout was designed as a store, with an obviously limited budget. It showcased a wide variety of clothing unknown to those we wouldn’t see at the Berkshire Mall. Prices ranging from low to high as well as other items besides clothing.

Just like a celebrity, Danielle arrives 15 minutes after the scheduled time. Knowing a bit of history about Danielle from my own upbringing. Her family was deeply involved in the local churches and her father was a well-respected man who was employed by the Reading School District as well as had a hand in the community working with the youth. As shocking as it may be to the community, it was just as surprising as I had grown up with Danielle.

Constantly moving and readjusting herself. She admits, “Why am I so nervous?” To reassure her that it’s okay, I laugh and tell her, “You don’t have to be nervous!” Especially since I was nervous too. This was my first interview and I was assessing it for a class assignment. I was excited, but also afraid to look stupid. Porn is relatively a difficult topic to discuss so no doubt, nerves were all over the place.

Regardless of the nervousness, Hood didn’t want it to be known. She confidently changed her stance once I motioned the interview was starting. Even every answer was given confidently especially on how she felt when the porn video was first discovered on PornHub. Danielle was more prepared for it to be publicly known in the community. The video was published in October 2019 and didn’t get attention in the community until November of the same year. It gave Danielle time to mentally and emotionally prepare to where she was no longer ashamed of the negative feedback she received. It just bothered her that her immediate family was more affected than she was.

Danielle also felt it was a great way to have a conversation with our young girls about our sexuality as well as teaching our young girls that the sex industry isn’t something to chastise another woman for doing it. Hood felt she was slut-shamed after the video was discovered more than she ever had hanging out with just the guys. Not understanding what a cheaply made 3 minute home video on oral sex was all the hype about. Jokingly mentioning that .“..it had nothing to do with bundles of weave or $40,” which ironically what the video was titled.

I went straight to the next question, “Why did you do it?” She rolled her eyes, “Girl! Tommy ain’t have no job!” I couldn’t help but laugh as if you aren’t familiar with the reference to “Martin” where the character Tommy always claims he has a job, but really, he doesn’t. But for Danielle, this was an opportunity to make money as well as build her own career whether it be on tv or social media. In shorter terms, it was for clout or in her words, “It was a career move.”

Choosing to capitalize on the movement and buzz in the city, Danielle chose to create a T-shirt line with the words Sex Sell, do interviews, take pictures when people ask, and host events. With no plans for the future for what’s in store for her career in the sex industry as well as her position at the store, called At Da Spot. “I don’t even work here! I do now!” With both of us laughing and saying she is just going to go wherever life takes her. Ending the interview with an outro for my youtube channel.

As I stand around taking pictures and b roll shots with customers coming in checking out the merchandise. People purchasing the Sex Sells t-shirts asking Danielle to sign them and take a picture. The energy doesn’t feel gross as if the store was a stage for a scene in porn. The store was very laid back and chill as if everyone was family. The owner, Kerry Hudson, did ask me and my mother-in-law a question, “Did you ever watch porn before?” Yes, we both said. “So why is it such a taboo and viewed as disgusting when we all have sex behind closed doors?” It’s still a question that I wonder myself….

You can watch the full interview on Youtube!

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