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Pain, permanence, and laser hair removal

On Tuesday I had my first session of laser hair removal on my lower legs, bikini line and labia – “Brazilian” style, leaving my usual trimmed oval on the mons. The traditional shape to leave is a “landing strip” but I prefer curves to rectangles. I shaved my muff into a neatly trimmed oval, leaving plenty of hair-free space below for long, languid licks that explore every soft fold and curve. In the future, if I want, I can vary my look by trimming it down to a heart, a triangle, a diamond, the classic landing strip or by shaving it off and going completely hairless. The only thing I won’t be able to do is grow back my bikini line and the hair on my outer labia – which I have been shaving on an at-least-weekly basis for over a decade.

The laser treatment hurt less than I was expecting. You’re wearing dark glasses to protect you from the radiation, like in a tanning bed I imagine, not that I’ve ever used one. The machine blows a jet of cold air onto your skin at the same time as the laser, which doesn’t so much feel like burning as pricking like a needle as it encounters each follicle. The machine makes a regular “bip, bip, bip” noise which makes it hard to tell whether the pinpricks of pain are in time with the beeping or not.

Consensual, non-sexy pain like this, or like having a smear test or getting a tattoo (which hurt more than the laser, by the way) is always an interesting experience for a masochist. Without an eroticising context, pain is not enjoyable – but I still find the sensations interesting. The breathing exercises I use to endure a hard caning help me stay calm through the pain, but they aren’t enough to get me high on it.

In this case, I found my mental images made a huge difference to the perceived pain level. If I thought about lasers, zapping, burning, it hurt a lot – whereas if I imagined that someone was dragging a sharp felt tip along my skin, or scratching little dots with the nip of a fountain pen, it hurt much less.

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Sinful Sunday – Fetch!

Ordered to fetch the paddle so he can use it on me. See, I can be a good girl … sometimes. Full photo story here.

Sinful Sunday

BBW 2014, Thursday: friends old and new

Pandora Blake strapped at BBW

Boardwalk Badness Weekend 2014 was my most intense spanking party yet; a non-stop whirlwind of play and intimacy and energy.

Flying into Philadelphia - Pandora Blake

I arrived on Wednesday night having not really slept the night before due to a late-night farewell to Los Angeles and an early start to catch my flight. The lovely Tattoo_Fairy picked me up from Philadelphia airport, and we chatted and got to know each other better on the drive to Atlantic City. Despite my tiredness I managed to stay up long enough to say hello to people and have a couple of drinks in the hotel bar, then crashed out in Tattoo_Fairy’s hotel room – she kindly let me stay with her, since my shared room with Zoe Montana wasn’t booked until the next night.

For me, BBW always kicks off with the pool party. Sunlight dazzling through the glass roof, making me feel as if I was still on the west coast, stepping into the warm water in my plain black swimsuit, regretting having left behind my purple bikini somewhere along the way. People started to arrive, and I bobbed in the water to chat with Tattoo_Fairy, BradD and TheBadAlex, greeting people with damp hugs regardless of whether they’d come into the pool or were still clothed.

The first I knew of Zoe’s arrival was a warm weight at my back, the soft press of her boobs and thighs, and an excited, familiar “Hiiii!” I turned around in the water with her still clinging to my back until she released me and switched to a front-side hug with the grace of the water-bound, splashing and shrieking in glee. I clamped my legs around her waist, koala style, and we bounced delightedly in greeting. It was so good to see her. She gives the best stealth hugs ever.

Read more to find out how my bottom ended up looking like this…

Pandora Blake strapped by Whooperine and Zoe Montana at Boardwalk Badness Weekend 2014

Feminist porn on BBC News

Pandora Blake shooting with Ms Naughty for Dreams of Spanking and Bright Desire at the Feminist Porn Awards 2014

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 world’s 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 world’s feminist pornographers.

Sinful Sunday – wrapped in a bow

I’m thrilled that my Sinful Sunday image last week was selected for the weekly round-up. Thank you to Molly’s Daily Kiss and everyone who commented!

Pandora Blake and her real life lover D at Dreams of Spanking

D likes me to dress up for him, and in the nine years we’ve been together I’ve learned all his preferences. High fetish heels – it doesn’t matter if I can barely walk in them, I’m not wearing them around town. As long as I can keep my balance from the door to the bed, it’s fine.

Sheer black stockings, silky to the touch – hold-ups with lacy tops by preference.

And a new favourite accessory – this wonderful pair of ribbon knickers, which frame my arse without covering anything. The best sexy outfits are the ones you can fuck in without having to take them off.

Photo of me and D by Matt Christie for Dreams of Spanking.

Sinful Sunday

LA spanking shoots and continued adventures

Pandora Blake and Clare Fonda

I’d better wrap up the rest of my social time and spanking shoots in Los Angeles in a single post, so I can get on with telling you all about Boardwalk Badness Weekend. This one is going to be full of photos!

The day after my shoot with the Clare Fonda Network, I finally got to realise a long-term dream: meeting the wonderful Erica Scott. I can confirm that she is just as warm, genuine and hilarious (not to mention hot) in person as she seems in her blog and videos. She took me and Alex to the most amazing cafe for brunch, on a cute street filled with arty little boutiques. There were flowers and little decorative everywhere, the sun was shining and the place was thronging with people and little dogs. “This is the authentic south California experience!” Erica assured me. I can certainly see why she’s never wanted to leave.

The Aroma Cafe - Pandora Blake

If you read Erica’s blog you’ll already have seen these photos of the amazing cakes on offer, but there’s no such thing as too much cake, so I’m going to go ahead and repost them here anyway.

Alex Reynolds and Erica Scott - Pandora Blake

Check out this slice – it’s bigger than my head! It was utterly delicious but even between the three of us, we couldn’t finish it.

Alex Reynolds, Erica Scott and Pandora Blake

That same day, Alex and Paul headed out to take some photos for an “amateur girls” site. At the feminist porn conference I’d been struck by Gala Vanting‘s presentation on the construction of “realness” and “authenticity” in porn, and I knew Alex would appreciate the critique. I filled her in on the highly artificial definition of “amateur” which is maintained by some studios – including the one Alex was about to shoot for.

Alex cackled with glee and immediately disappeared into the bedroom. She came out having deliberately ticked every box on the checklist of what a “real girl” looks like. “Hey,” she asked with biting satire, “Am I real enough?”

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On leaving the USA, and loving without fear

Leaving the USA, and loving without fear - Pandora Blake

This is the article I was sent by Zoe Montana and Molly Malone last week, which pretty much sums up my entire trip:

Casual Love – Carsie Blanton

“I’m thrilled that young people are beginning to feel they have the option of exploring sex, safely and consensually, outside of the boundaries of long-term commitment.

But why not have the option of exploring love, too, with or without a side of commitment? If we can agree that our bodies are not inherently dangerous, can’t we do the same for our hearts?”

In a way this wasn’t news to me, but it was glorious to be given the language with which to think about it; to be given permission to love without fear.

This is a theme that ran through my entire journey. I started out in at the Feminist Porn Awards immersed for the first time amongst queer hardcore porn performers, watching and listening with great interest, in relation to my own professional development both as a director and as a performer. I went to the Feminist Porn Conference with ideas about intimacy, love and authenticity which privileged “real couples” and I left having had those ideas exploded. As Sophie Delancey put it in her talk, “You don’t have to have had a fight in Ikea to have chemistry and intimacy on camera”.

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Feminist Porn Awards and Conference 2014

Zahra Stardust spanked at Dreams of Spanking

The Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto were an incredible, intense experience for me. In the four days I was there I was challenged and inspired as a filmmaker, turned on by screenings of uber-hot new porn, affirmed in my politics and given a sense of community. I shot a lot of […]

Sinful Sunday – Obedience

Kneeling on the bed, following my Dominant’s instructions to the letter.

Spanking Korey in the kitchen

Pandora Blake spanking Korey Johnson for Northern Spanking

Last week we spent a lot of time hanging out with our friends James and Korey Johnson. I first met them at the Texas All State Spanking Party in 2012, where we bonded chatting about selling porn, running websites and content management systems. At Boardwalk Badness Weekend last year I was lucky enough to play […]

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