Feminist porn on BBC News

Posted at 09:13 on 13 May 2014 by Pandora Blake

Tags: Adele Haze, BBC news, Bright Desire, Dreams of Spanking, fairtrade porn, featured photos, female gaze, feminist porn, Feminist Porn Awards, gender politics, in the news, media, Ms Naughty, performers and producers, photos, politics, shoot writeups, sites and studios

I enjoyed chatting to BBC journalist Daniel Nasaw at the Feminist Porn Awards, but I wasn't sure when his article would come out.

The first I knew of it was when I woke up on Friday to find dozens of tweets about it in my mentions feed. I looked and there it was, right on the BBC News homepage!

Pandora Blake on BBC News: In Toronto with the worlds feminist pornographers

Reading the article, I'm happy. It's positive (except for the Julia Long quotes included for "balance") and offers a good, if simplistic, introduction to the concept of feminist porn. (No mention of feminist fetish porn here ... I think that's in the advanced class.) The article mentions a lot of the big names in feminist porn, and will hopefully raise mainstream awareness of the good work being done to further the cause of gender equality and ethical production in the adult industry.

I knew that Daniel was taking photos during my solo content share shoot with Ms Naughty, but it was still a surprise to see us both right there in BBC News Magazine.

Pandora Blake and Ms Naughty filming for Dreams of Spanking and Bright Desire at the feminist porn awards

My site Dreams of Spanking isn't named, although Bright Desire is. However, the article does quote me a couple of times from our chat in the coffeeshop after the shoot...

 

"If it's possible to have sex in a feminist way, it's possible to record it in a feminist way," says Pandora Blake, a 29-year-old London-based sex worker, pornographer and porn performer.

 

In recent years, feminist porn producers and performers have settled on a rough agreement on how to shoot pornography that empowers rather than demeans women and depicts authentic female sexuality rather than the presumed fantasies of the stereotypical straight man.

 

My line was paraphrased from a tweet by Adele Haze - full credit to her for coming up with a memorable turn of phrase. It turns out that tweets make great soundbytes.

https://twitter.com/AdeleHaze/status/165767770884157440

 

Whether it's a movement, a genre, an aesthetic, or all of the above, feminist porn took off in the last decade, helped along by the rise of the internet and the decline in the cost of digital film production.

 

"The internet has democratised porn in a big way," says Blake, who that morning shot a solo spanking scene with Ms Naughty, the Australian founder of BrightDesire.com. "It's empowered a lot of performers to produce their own content - it's empowering performers, which means its empowering women."

 

You can read the rest of the article on the BBC site - In Toronto with the worlds feminist pornographers.

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Pandors oh shame that Dreams of spanking wasn't mentioned in your interview,love and spanks,Tim.

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