Actress to debate science of pornography

Vex Ashley
Vex Ashley

An adult movie actress is to talk about the possible benefits of consuming pornography at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Performer and producer Vex Ashley will take part in a discussion in the Dissection Room at Summerhall on April 3.

Appearing alongside Prof Polly Arnold, renowned obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman, psychotherapist Paula Hall and Richard Lucas, of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, Ms Ashley, 26, will debate whether pornography can help promote sexual freedom.

She describes herself on her website as an “ex-art student turned professional undresser”.

A spokesman for the festival said: “We think it is valuable to give people the opportunity to think about controversial topics and hear about them from informed speakers.”

Religious figures said they would make an appearance at the event to highlight what they claimed were pornography’s damaging effects.

Rev David Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church and a director of the Solas Centre in Dundee, said: “The reason for us being on it is simply that we want to argue that pornography is harmful - that it is dehumanising both men and women.”

The event will be restricted to a 14-plus age group.