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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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Porn 101 Video for People Who Want To Know How To Be A Porn Star

The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee has created a 15 minute video called Porn 101, giving all the basic info you need if you want to be a porn performer. It's great that there's now an advocacy group for performers, making ethical porn production more likely.

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XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’

XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
XBIZ will examine the factors affecting modern-day porn and what they mean to consumers and industry professionals alike in a special seminar at the XBIZ 360 Adult Film Conference next week.
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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Feminist Porn Hits The Mainstream Industry - And Makes People Uncomfortable

Feminist Porn Hits The Mainstream Industry - And Makes People Uncomfortable | Sex Work | Scoop.it
At AVN, a mainstream director said feminist porn made her uncomfortable. The industry is taking notice of feminism and they don't like being criticized...

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Misti Dawn: The pornstar who’s a girl gamer speaks on the realities of the adult industry

Misti Dawn: The pornstar who’s a girl gamer speaks on the realities of the adult industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The 'nerdiest girl in porn' tells it how it is - talks about how “standing up for yourself is a big no” in the porn industry, and how the real exploitation of women goes on behind the scenes
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An interview from 2011 with valid insights.

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FSC: 'What You Know About Moratorium Is Wrong'

FSC: 'What You Know About Moratorium Is Wrong' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On Friday, one of the testing facilities that serve the adult industry alerted us to a positive HIV test by an adult film performer. While we don't yet know if the performer acquired the virus in his or her personal life, or while working in adult film, we’ve called a moratorium and immediately halted all production.

 

Unfortunately, I've seen a lot of misinformation in the media, and some truly reprehensible behavior on social media over the past few days, and felt it was necessary to explain how a moratorium works, and call for compassion for the positive performer.

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The Other Hollywood:The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry

The Other Hollywood:The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Much like mainstream Hollywood, the porn industry has a history full of controversy, tragedy, and crime that leads the path up to the billion dollar empire it is today.

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Riley Gillison's curator insight, November 19, 2013 11:27 PM

Although this is a different part of hollywood doesnt mean it isnt a part of hollywood and didnt make an impact on the history of film making. These can become big productions and people can become famous off them. This brought a new age of film with pornos and a new style of filming.

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This One Time: My Amateur Porn Date With James Deen

This One Time: My Amateur Porn Date With James Deen | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I made a porn. Well I shot two scenes but porn by any other name is still somebody fucking on camera. Have I always wanted to film a porn? No. I use porn sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.
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Will California criminalize revenge porn?

Will California criminalize revenge porn? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A new bill seeks to do just that -- but activists say it introduces a whole lot of problems
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3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK - Business Insider

3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK - Business Insider | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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When the new porn filter goes into effect, U.K.

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Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography

Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"This article focuses on the labor marginalization of black female performers within the pornography industry. Their representations and experiences as sex workers are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities, and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyperaccessible and superdisposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. In light of feminist arguments against the victimization of women by pornography, I have attempted to show that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hypersexuality and illicit eroticism to achieve mobility, erotic autonomy, and self-care."

 


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Dildo Theft on Pain and Gain Set

Dildo Theft on Pain and Gain Set | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anyone who’s ever been on the set of any reasonably sized film production, porno or otherwise, knows that theft is rampant: theft of credit, theft of ideas, theft in the form of grossly overp...
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Paris Agency Introduces Come4.org, a Porn Site Devoted to Charity (NSFW)

Paris Agency Introduces Come4.org, a Porn Site Devoted to Charity (NSFW) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What if being bad could do some good? That's the question asked by Come4.org, which describes itself as "the first user-generated, nonprofit pornography site devoted to funding charitable and ethically driven projects."

 

The site is being unveiled with help from the Paris office of TBWA agency Being, which crafted an explicit 90-second short film, "The Lover," introducing Come4's first charitable initiative—helping to fund the Asta Philpot Foundation, which is committed to raising public awareness about the sexual rights of disabled people. (Philpot, an American living in Britain, advocates the right to an active sexual life for people with disabilities, even if it means paying for sex.)

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Drumroll: An Academic Journal For Porn Fans

Drumroll: An Academic Journal For Porn Fans | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"If there were ever a human phenomenon in need of serious objective investigation, Internet porn use is surely it........However, judging from the board of the upcoming Porn Studies Journal, this particular publication will lack the detachment and expertise to fulfill this critical role."

 

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An unhappy reaction to the Porn Studies Journal I noted here http://sco.lt/7pwTpp

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Google Glass, Porn: Will Wearable Technology Create A Sticky Situation For The Adult Industry?

Google Glass, Porn: Will Wearable Technology Create A Sticky Situation For The Adult Industry? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Porn on Google Glass? Porn MADE with Google Glass? Until now, previews of Google's new eyepiece have revolved around ziplines, roller coasters and skydives, but the upcoming release of Glass (TBA) could find the product in places the sun doesn't shine. Talks of utilizing the cutting-edge gadget in the pornographic industry have circulated, as both porn directors and actors have poked around this idea.

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New Porn Studies Journal

New Porn Studies Journal | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Feona Attwood (Middlesex University) and Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland), and Routledge are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal devoted to the study of pornography.

Porn Studies is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts. Porn Studies will publish innovative work examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts.

Porn Studies is an interdisciplinary journal informed by critical sexuality studies and work exploring the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability. It

focuses on developing knowledge of pornographies past and present, in all their variations and around the world. Because pornography studies are still in their infancy we are also interested in discussions that focus on theoretical approaches, methodology and research ethics. Alongside articles, the journal includes a forum devoted to shorter observations, developments, debates or issues in porn studies, designed to encourage exchange and debate.

Porn Studies invites submissions for publication, commencing with its first issue in Spring 2014. Articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words. Forum submissions should be 500-1500 words. Book reviews should be between 800 and 1500 words. Submissions will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees.

In the first instance submissions, queries and suggestions should be sent to: editorspstudies@gmail.com

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How Sex on Tumblr Will Change Media | Nerve.com

How Sex on Tumblr Will Change Media | Nerve.com | Sex Work | Scoop.it

American journalism has a beginner's complex when it comes to fucking. Gawking instead of touching, overthinking instead of cozying up, giving tips instead of giving tip. One in five Americans view porn, and between a quarter and a third of all global Web searches are for porn. Yet magazines and newspapers keep sex at a gigantic arm’s length. For an industry stuck at second base (specifically, side boob), there’s finally a foreshadowing of journalism’s sexy coming of age. Thanks to foreigners, porn and women. But mostly porn, in the hands of women.

 

The foreigners are key. Relentless, fast, dismissive of America’s tormented sex drive. Canadian-born, New York-based Vice investigates Swiss brothels, tests out homemade sex toys and runs an entire Not Safe For Work section next to Travel and Tech. Gawker Media, founded by a British-Hungarian, launched, ran and released Fleshbot, a blog with more ass-fucking than “Before Night Falls.” Its Jezebel site is always talking sex and publishes gems like the “March Madness Sex vs. Chocolate” competition, a clever play on the annual month-long U.S. college basketball tournament. (Blow jobs easily beat hangnail fingerbang in the first round.) Ten years ago, Vice and Gawker were considered journalism backwaters. Now they’re valued at $1 billion.

 

Sex should already be everywhere in American journalism. The media are part of a sensual family of artists, singers, musicians, novelists, writers, filmmakers and poets. Every song is about foreplay, fucking or fallout; “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the latest bestseller and a painter’s raison d’etre is the nude. I remember in Dorothy Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina,” the leading lady, Bone, masturbates against a tree limb at 12 or 13. That’s honesty you’ll never read in a newspaper, which is ironic, because papers are supposed to reflect the public’s interests. Journalism’s always been tied down by two prude dudes: America, who decided that political gossip and violence stories are more acceptable than naked booties. And advertising, who always bows to political heat or gets up in arms when an ad is placed too close to sex. As if a Chevy is more sacred than fucking. Scram, guy!

 

Then the Internet came, tsunami-style, to rearrange the madness. Conservative as an ism is suddenly floating upside down in a bottomless sea of everyone. Every second, another voice, another layer, another site, a billion times over. The Internet unmoored civilization’s three deepest anchors: Money’s no good here, everything’s free; assault is impossible; and property doesn’t exist. The Web is generally a very  kind place: LOL cats conquered the world without displacing a soul. We get a much more beautiful equilibrium between masculine and feminine tastes, especially when it comes to sex.

 

By 2010, one in every two-and-a-half Web pages was porn. Two years later, hard core is giving way to more sensual porn, women are taking over the director’s chair and sites like Viv Thomas, X-Art and Hegre refine the pace.

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Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Gay Porn?

Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Gay Porn? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

After I was invited by a student group at Corning Community College to give a talk on sex and culture, my presentation was canceled when the school's president found out that I do porn. This is exactly why we need to have more candid conversations about sex, porn and American culture.

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Why is so much of the discussion aimed at young people while only the actual adult stuff is aimed at the adults who really could use some growing up in that area?
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