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Sorry Internet, Not All Sex Is Smut

Sorry Internet, Not All Sex Is Smut | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Starting a business is a big deal. Not only it is pretty challenging economically, personally and socially, but also demands an emotional and psychological investment...


Being a female in the Adult Industry has been quite a ride. From the judgemental eyes of prudes, to the chauvinistic disbeliefs of Industry peers. I expected all of this when I first started. What I did not expect was the ingratitude of the technological era, whose tools made me feel safe to take on this venture in the first place. Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, Tumblr and WordPress along with Payment Tools that makes everyone’s business easier like Paypal, are suppose to help us reach more people, send out our message, and grow… But then, why it doesn’t it do that for me?

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Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers

Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Critics of the porn industry are quick to claim its deleterious effects on consumers, and too often presume exploitative abuse of performers. Yet, such arguments ignore the voices of porn performers and producers. It has been the performers and producers themselves who have refused the silencing tactics of stigmatization and shame and spoken candidly in a variety of news and social media venues about their working experiences, their attention to craft and skill, and their efforts towards more ethical, respectful labour conditions. Yet, their strategies of negotiation toward greater self-determination remain problematically undertheorized.

Media and cultural entertainment industries are under greater critical scrutiny around precarious labour, problematic gender and sexual relations, entrenched racism and other forms of prejudice and exclusion, industry convergence, and occupational health and safety. At the same time, critical media and cultural industry scholarship notes an expansion of independent and DIY production, new forms of labour exchange and commercialization, collective and collaborative networking, and audience engagement. Pornography is no different and is, in many ways, leading this entertainment revolution.

This special issue of Porn Studies invites scholars, critics, artists and producers, activists, and educators to explore the contours of Pornography and Labour. Topics may focus on any aspect of pornography production that
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Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015/

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Shelly DeWilde's comment, April 21, 5:08 PM
I am taking a gender and crime course with Rob Duke (above comment) and I believe that it can cover a wide range of fields and studies. Porn is still an industry that I feel is not going away any time soon and the way it is produced and its regulations regarding it are every bit as involved in the social and justice part of our society. It is always good to keep everyone involved.
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How Can You Support Porn Stars & Sex Workers?

How Can You Support Porn Stars & Sex Workers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Hey Molly, I know you're a supporter and friend of several pornstars and I was wondering what your views are on the industry as a whole - do you believe that the destructive negative side of the industry (eg. the commodification of sex, objectifying women, ingraining unrealistic standards of attractive in men's minds, and causing damage by legitimizing an industry which is often nasty and degrading to actors at a lower level). How do you reconcile these factors with your support. Thanks :)
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Graphic Depictions, Scene 02

Graphic Depictions, Scene 02 | Sex Work | Scoop.it
That’s one of the things I find most appealing about directing: if I only achieve 80 or 97% of what I’m after I can look over my own choices and figure out how to get the remaining percentage next time. When the end result is close to total success, I can feel satisfied about having picked the right people to help me achieve it.

But back to the video in question…

The audience is an immediate audience within Graphic Depictions, but also a stand-in for the actual audience: the largely anonymous internet. In the same way performing in a stage production leaves me blind to all but the vaguest facial features of the front row, a performer whose work is distributed on video has little concrete idea of who their audience is.
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Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does

Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We don’t demand that waitresses feel "empowered" in their jobs for us to recognise their agency in choosing the work, and we don’t tell other workers who serve male customers that they can’t be feminist.
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Internet Porn Stats Infographic

Internet Porn Stats Infographic | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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Bitcoin Porn

Bitcoin Porn | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sexy Saffron had a dilemma: husband lost his job, money was dwindling -- so they decide to make porn. However, it's tough to process payments for porn, especially if you want to keep all the money instead of paying fees. Answer? Bitcoin that smut! Since Bitcoin is a decentralized payment processing system, anyone can accept or send payments, provided you actually have some bitcoins to spend. Last year this time
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Porn In The UK

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You've probably heard about the new acts of censorship that went into effect Tuesday (December 1, 2014) in the UK. Part of the pornocalypse, these latest porn regulations were made via an amendment...
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No, The Adult Industry Doesn't Happily Accept Financial Discrimination

No, The Adult Industry Doesn't Happily Accept Financial Discrimination | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Credit card companies and banks regularly discriminate against adult businesses. We put up with it because we have no choice. A post pondering this.
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The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide

The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Whorephobia drives me insane, especially when it results in separation and even worse among sex workers. Perhaps nowhere is this as clear than the divide between porn stars and all the other sex wo...
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The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes

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The Curse Of The Vampire Tubes: If you’ve been wondering what has gone wrong with the porn industry, there’s an interesting article in Slate that may help explain the current state of porn affairs. The article is called Vampir
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The Future of the Commercial Sex Industry in 2030

07.10/2011The future of the [Commercial Sex Industry]. Emily Empel ©
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How Big is the Pornography Industry in the United States?

How Big is the Pornography Industry in the United States? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Determining the size of the United States pornography industry is no simple task. A perfect picture of how large the pornography industry is would require accurate revenue reports from every entity which produces and distributes pornography. Unfortunately, this specific information is not readily available. Instead, we must rely on statistics and information gathered from a variety of sources over several years.

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Are Love Scenes Hot To Make?

Are Love Scenes Hot To Make? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Think that the actors & actresses have dream jobs where they get paid to have "all that fun"? You might want to read this first ~ before you quit that day job!
When people find out I’ve been an actor and a movie producer, the question I hear most often is, “So, how is it making those love scenes?” What I love is the grin on their face that follows the question. It starts small, more like smirk, and then just grows. They finally get to hear the real dirt. Gossip from the source and you just know it’s going to be good.
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What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars by Conner Habib

What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars by Conner Habib | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars - Why Do You Hate Porn Stars? What Is It About Us that You Don't Like? 


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It can't be factual. The reason you hate us, I mean. It's fine, not all emotions have to be based on facts. We're human beings, after all. I just wanted to make sure you knew it couldn't be factual.


You might think the thing that upsets you about us is that we're ruining society. And there are studies. You like to start sentences with the phrase, Studies show that...


But listen. The facts? You're going to have a hard time with them.

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Regulations Force Move: Kink.com has leased office space in Las Vegas

Regulations Force Move: Kink.com has leased office space in Las Vegas | Sex Work | Scoop.it
San Francisco based Kink.com announced today that it had leased production and office space in Las Vegas, and has already wrapped production on two movies.
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Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema

Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Yes, Erika Lust has won awards for her erotic films; but perhaps it's more important that she makes films that you want to watch. And now, she employs the same eye she uses behind the camera to fin...


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Will the Entire Porn Industry Be Forced to Move to Nevada?

Will the Entire Porn Industry Be Forced to Move to Nevada? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Another wave of porn regulation is here: On May 27, Assembly Bill 1576, a statewide expansion of Measure B, passed the California Assembly.


...AB1576 takes Measure B a step further and imposes an additional mandate on STI testing than the ones currently used by porn performers, and requires that all producers disclose those records with the Department of Industrial Relations, a clear violation of privacy.


Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) introduced the bill, and Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, sponsored it. The bill is scheduled to move to the California State Senate sometime after June 15.


We should be cheering, right? HIV = bad. Condoms = good. Condoms + people who fuck for a living = less HIV for all!


Except that many people in the sex industry feel that this issue is more about body autonomy than about public health.

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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:

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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg

What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Pornhub Insights blog is responsible for post after post of awesome porn data. So when we decided we wanted to know what people were getting off to in cities like Anchorage, Honolulu and Detroit, we knew exactly who to ask.
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Data here for sex workers, perhaps?

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The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations

The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This year’s nominees list once again showcases erotic entertainment that is smart, sexy, and appreciates viewers looking for hot feminist films. In addition to featuring just under 50 nominations, the 2014 nominee list includes 10 nominated websites.
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Good For Her is a Toronto Sex Shop

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PornHub Denied Super Bowl Ad Spot

PornHub Denied Super Bowl Ad Spot | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Try as they might to gain mainstream acceptance, many adult industry entities find themselves blocked at every turn, including, not surprisingly, the most-watched television event of the year: Supe...
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APAC - Adult Performer Advocacy Committee

APAC - Adult Performer Advocacy Committee | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving adult performers organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety, and community.

The mission of APAC is to provide representation for performers in the adult film industry and to protect performers' rights to a safer and more professional work environment. We do this through education of each other and the greater community, development of ethical best practices, and fostering of solidarity. We review existing health and safety protocols, and will initiate new ones as needed. We are committed to working cohesively with all aspects of the adult entertainment industry and the public, strengthening unity between all performers, and maintaining a work environment where workers are valued, respected, and educated.
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