Help me fight the new UK porn laws

Posted at 23:14 on 18 Jan 2015 by Pandora Blake

Tags: atvod, AVMS, Backlash, censorship, Extreme porn legislation, Kink activism, Nimue Allen, Photos, Politics

When there's important stuff happening, there's usually not much time to write about it - and that's how things have been the last few weeks.

In December, what I was mostly writing about was the new UK porn laws that mean that I, along with countless other independent fetish and feminist porn producers in the UK, am now a criminal. There was a protest and a bunch of media coverage. I talked about the new laws on Channel 4 News. The petition collected a few thousand names, and then the signatures stopped coming in (If you haven't signed it yet, please do). Christmas happened. And now it's 2015, and I'm still a criminal, these regulations are still in place, they still haven't been debated in Parliament or been subject to any democratic scrutiny by elected officials. Many of my colleagues have signed their businesses over to international producers, and I have no idea whether that will be enough to save them. I'm still producing exactly the same material I always have, and the Sword of Damocles is still hanging over my head.

It's a new year, and now the best chance for me and every other producer affected by this is to join forces and support Backlash, the campaign group who are lobbying against these regulations - as well as defending freedom of sexual expression on many other fronts. The best way to support them, if you can, is by donating hard cash. They explain on their website:

The majority of our income is spent on legal support for people who fall foul of laws and practises that criminalise, or discriminate against, their consensual and victimless sexual practises. We also endeavour to advocate our beliefs in such freedoms and make challenges to the legislative process where we can.

Any producer who refuses to comply with these regulations and ends up in court will need every bit of support Backlash has to offer. I make a monthly donation, but I can't afford much - certainly not enough to make a meaningful contribution towards legal expenses.

There are other things I can offer, however.

A few years ago I raised money for Cancer Research by offering to take a cane stroke for every 10 raised. Now, I'm doing the same again, and my friend Nimue Allen - another producer affected by this legislation - is joining me.

Here's the deal. For every 10 raised, we will take one HARD cane stroke. The cane strokes will be split equally - so if we meet our fundraising goal of 500, we will take 25 strokes each. If we make 100, we'll take 5 each. You get the picture.

I'm giving away a free copy of my 2009 film Backlash to everyone who donates at least 10. It's a topical film - I shot it after attending the protest against the extreme porn legislation in early 2009, in which I play a protester punished by my overbearing uncle for attending the demonstration. There are also other perks available if you can afford to give more. Fancy lunch with me? A private spanking session? A Skype date with Nimue? Dig deep, and these could be yours. (Plus, you'll have sponsored a large number of severe cane strokes!)

The fundraiser ends on 31 January 2015, so we have to move fast - you've got two weeks to make your donation and earn us as many cane strokes as possible! The caning will take place after the funding deadline, will be filmed, and the video will be released online for free in February. All donors will be named and thanked in the final film (just let us know how you want to be credited). The perks will also be given out after the campaign ends.

I really hope that we can raise enough money to leave marks that will be far more than "transient and trifling" - exactly the sort of material that these laws are censoring. Nothing would please me more than to defy these ridiculous regulations at the same time as giving some real-world support to the organisation with the best chance of fighting them.

Any questions, just let me know. This is the best method I have of raising as much money as possible for a cause which deeply affects me. My whole career, my life, my art, my activism hangs in the balance. Please share this post widely, dig deep and donate what you can.

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in the U.S. How do I donate for support?

Visit the fundraiser page https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-pandora-blake-fight-the-anti-porn-laws/ and click the big bright "contribute now" button. You can donate whatever country you're in.

Now where a month in with this new law. Have you had any communication from the ruling bodies?

Cheers

Andy

Hi Pandora Blake,
Audrey informed me of her plan to donate to your cause, and I am very psyched to help. There are a few little things to iron out (tech wise), but this shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps we three could Skype-out the details?
Best,
Stef

This still plays very heavily on my mind, too, and I was just noticing a disturbing lack of discussion of the topic recently. I did not know you were doing this fundraiser, though, and I shall do my best to help promote it!

I've been saving some more writing I wanted to do on the subject for later, in hopes of drawing attention back to it (as I knew it would inevitably dwindle over time, although I'm disappointed by just how quickly it happened) so I'll try to get that finished up and posted tomorrow, with a link to your project page.

Hugs to you and Nims. You're the heroes of porn, in my book. <3

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sigh. This is where I just get a bit pissed off with law in general. I mean who honestly thinks or feels that Pandora is doing any real harm? Is it just the written word that says she is?
Basically the implication is that I'm immoral for enjoying Pandora's pornography. Well that's funny because I believe I have a good sense of morality and I don't feel like I'm immoral for enjoying her pornography. Meanwhile the trash porn on the shelves of sex shops is above board. It's almost a case of "my shit smells better than yours".
Frankly there are just some people who don't get it. They don't understand and appreciate the subtle sexuality of spanking porn. And yet some of these same people would probably say yes to bare bottom spankings as a form of non-consensual corporal punishment. I despair sometimes :/

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