Wednesday, December 28, 2011

tristan taormino's educational porn for smitten kitten

I posted (here) about Smitten Kitten's new line of free (online) educational porn and have been meaning to write a more comprehensive review of the films, in particular of those made by feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino. In the meantime, you might be interested in Epiphora's recent post where she breaks down as follows the reasons for whey you should also buy the expanded full version of what Tristan made for Smitten Kitten:

5 reasons you need to buy the Dylan + Danny scene on the Smitten Kitten
I mean, we all know that Dylan Ryan and Danny Wylde are hot. And that Tristan Taormino has an amazing eye for shooting porn. But all of them combined? Explosion of awesome. It’s even better than I thought it would be. 

Here’s what happened: Tristan shot a couple sex ed shorts for the Smitten Kitten on the topics of cunnilingus, fellatio, and female ejaculation, but they also decided to release the full 48-minute scene between Dylan and Danny. The scene is 1 GB, 960 x 540, and it will BLOW YOUR MIND.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

if everyone's dressed and no one's having sex, is it "porn"?

Baldguy was shown at this fall's annual Berlin Porn Film Festival, but is it "porn"? Everyone's dressed and no one's having sex.
A vital musical film about being who you are and loving who ever you want.

A story about a young man's quest for love and acceptance, all in a lively musical film about being yourself and loving whoever you want. This is a film about forbidden and boundless love and the risk of losing everything when your choice is head on with the morally accepted.

Set in northern Norway and originally titled Skallaman (2011), this short film by Maria Bock has in fact been a favorite on the international festival circuit, and has won several awards, including the BAFTA/LA Award for Best Short Film at the Aspen Shortsfest 2011. ("Recognized as one of the world's "50 Leading Film Festivals" by IndieWIRE, Aspen Shortsfest is one of the world's premier international short film and video showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short.") According to feminist sex and porn blogger Ms. Naughty, the film also inspired cheers and much applause from the audience at this fall's Berlin Porn Film Festival.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"child porn"?! hide any picture of your naked child!

Lilly (at almost 3)
Did I commit sexual abuse when I took this picture of Lilly? Is this "child pornography"?

In 2008, an Arizona couple was accused of sexual abuse after taking bath-time photos of their children — then ages 1 1/2, 4 and 5 — and then trying to have them developed at Walmart. The parents were not allowed to see their children for several days and didn't regain custody for a month while the state investigated. Ultimately, neither parent was charged with sexual abuse and they regained custody of their children.

Imagine the lasting harm this inflicted on the children and their parents. Then imagine it happening to you.

With sexting and nude photos of minors causing a growing cultural panic, as addressed in a recent article by professor emeritus Paul Rapoport, it is not too unlikely. Stated a Canadian police officer recently after an eruption in the media's talk about sexting in Cape Breton, N.S.: "Taking naked photographs of anyone under the age of 18 — even themselves — constitutes making child pornography.” Comments Dr. Rapoport: "Really? Forget about teens; it’s time to destroy those cute photos of your baby in the bath."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

new survey on women's online porn habits and self-pleasure

Gender studies professor Hugo Schwyzer and sex educator Jamye Waxman have teamed up to find out more about women's online porn habits and masturbation. Explains Jamye in her blog:
My friend and fantastic professor, writer and researcher Hugo Schwyzer approached me a few months back about working together on a project about porn and self pleasure. Hugo was interested in learning more about women’s porn habits online. He said that not only has porn viewing by women increased, but he’d also talked with women who expressed a gendered idea. It was this idea that watching porn made them “act/feel more like a man.” I found that phrase fascinating. I had questions. Questions like:
  • How does a man act? Feel?
  • What is the definition of a man anyway?
  • What is it about porn that makes us put a gender to what we do?
  • How has watching porn changed how we pleasure ourselves as women? Has it changed how women masturbate?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

filament interviews sex-positive performance artist annie sprinkle

Filament Magazine ("for women who like hot men and intelligent thought) has a new issue out in print and is currently featuring online an interview with legendary sex-positive performance artist and feminist pornographer Annie Sprinkle: Annie Sprinkle on porn, love, and ecosexuality. Here Annie discusses her sex-positive performance art integrating life and art in ways that today inspires the likes of Madison Young, and she talks about her support of sex workers' rights. Originally a golden age porn star, Annie begins by sharing her thoughts on porn and how she has sought to change porn conceptually through her post-porn modernism. Says Annie about porn:
There’s a lot of porn that I don’t necessarily like or identify with, but to me that’s okay. Porn is a reflection of where people are at and what people like. I’d like to see more people in the art world experimenting with pornographic images. I love art. There are so many kinds of porn now, it’s better to call it pornographies: plural.
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