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e[lust] #25

Posted at 21:51 on 3 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake


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Welcome to e[lust] - Your source for sexual intelligence and inspirations of lust from the smartest & sexiest bloggers! Whether youre looking for hot steamy smut, thought-provoking opinions or expert information, youre going to find it here. And in this edition you can read all about the best sexuality conference of the year (ever?), Momentum, in a one-time-only Editor's Choice anomaly: I couldn't choose just one, so I chose them all! Want to be included in e[lust] #26? Start with the rules and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates!

 

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The rites of spring

Posted at 01:07 on 7 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake

This week began with my betrothed and I taking a walk in the woods. It was May day morning and the bluebells were thick and vibrant underfoot. We found a secluded grove and made a mini-camp, our picnic and thermos stowed under a cloak so we could roam unhindered. We rambled through woods coppiced and untended, enjoying the bright spaces and thick spring growth in the former, and the romantic tangles and looped tendrils of dead honeysuckle in the latter.

Having worked up an appetite we returned to our picnic spot and had breakfast. Once we'd feasted Tom struck out and came back with a straight, tapered length of young sweet chestnut sapling. He used his knife to strip the knots and buds from it while I wove a garland for my hair out of honeysuckle and hazel leaves.

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Tags: dominance and submission, kink, outdoor, seasonal spankings, switch, Thomas Cameron, treehugger

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Your body is not the enemy

Posted at 20:46 on 12 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake

My new exercise regime this year has been a wholly positive experience. I've felt less back pain since I started, and my physio tells me that my back problems have lessened. I've gained strength and energy - and there have been stimulating knock-on effects where my partners are involved.

For years, my back pain was a monster in my attic. Thinking about it made me ashamed and frightened. I didn't know how to confront it, or how to think about it. Since I became sexually active at about the same time as my back problems started to develop, in all that time, kink and sex have been my primary route to body positivity. It's only this year that that's changed.

I note now that I am coming to this from a position of able-bodied privilege. Not everyone's body plays by the rules; not everyone can benefit from exercise. My chronic back pain doesn't count as a disability (although if I'd left it untreated it probably would have eventually, once I developed RSI). I am lucky to have had a condition which was fixable, lucky to have had the means and the encouragement to start fixing it before it was too late. I empathise with people who aren't able to negotiate successfully with their bodies, and who don't have a clear path to improving their situation.

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Tags: Body positivity, health and disability, Kink activism, learning curves, meta-analysis

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New figure nudes

Posted at 19:26 on 17 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake

Last week I had my first art nude shoot in a couple of years; certainly the first since I put on weight and went up a size or two. However, I wasn't nervous about my shape. The photographer in question was one I'd worked with before, and he booked the shoot because he specifically wanted to shoot some figure work at my current size, so I knew he'd be expecting more curves than last time.

I was actually more worried about having lost my touch and confidence when it came to posing. I know what I'm doing with spanking stills, but figure posing is a whole different ballgame. Luckily, the photographer was keen to direct me closely, which made my job a lot easier. (In fact I got told off for trying to direct! Oops ... I guess working for my own productions has got me into certain habits.)

It was tremendous fun. I remembered why I used to love shooting art nude so much - and my taste for it has been thoroughly rekindled.

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Tags: al fresco spanking, art nude, Body positivity, featured photos, learning curves, otk spanking, Photos, shoot writeups, Victoriana, Vintage

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Amelia's Sunday Spanking and "real" discipline films

Posted at 21:42 on 20 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake

I am ridiculously excited by a new project launched by Hywel Phillips and Ariel Anderssen/Amelia-Jane Rutherford of Restrained Elegance.

For a while, Restrained Elegance has beaten most other UK kink sites (as it were) when it comes to the quality of photography and professional production values. I watch their films because they are compelling, interesting and beautiful to watch, but the truth of it is that bondage isn't really my kink. It's a fun means to an end if that end is impact play, but taken in isolation it leaves me kind of cold (and combined with, say, very mild flogging, it's even more frustrating!) Restrained Elegance films are great for showing to people new to kinky porn as an example of the quality that's possible, and they're brilliant for bondage fans, but for me, they are often only so much elegant foreplay, and ultimately leave me wanting more.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, dominance and submission, Elegance Studios, Hwyel Phillips, Performers and producers, Restrained Elegance, Thomas Cameron

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