There is a particularly extraordinary paragraph in this interview that I think speaks for itself, and says so much about why Hartley is so highly respected by pretty much everyone in the industry and indeed many outside of it.
“Going back to why I do what I do, I do it for my own jollies, but also because in our culture, sexuality is sick and sick people need a nurse’s care. People are suffering with sexuality, suffering from not being able to be at home in their bodies, at home in their skin. They’re suffering from not being able to make human connections with other people on a healthy and safe and pleasurable level. Dancing in a club that allowed full nudity, full penetration, full girl-on-girl sex, for me it was awesome. It really let me see how much pain men are in and how the men were hungry for information. They were hungry for a woman to show them her vulva and say, “Try this with your girlfriend’s vulva!” They would sit there in rapt attention with their elbows on their knees, taking in every bit of information and realizing that they’re supposed to know everything about pleasing their partner but they know nothing because no one’s told them anything. It is heartbreaking.”