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Porn performers talk about the UK porn laws

Posted at 12:32 on 7 Aug 2016 by Pandora / Blake

I made this documentary about the UK porn laws about a year ago, using interviews that were shot as part of my sponsored caning fundraiser to raise money for Backlash, the non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting for sexual freedom in the UK. In case you weren't following at the time, this protest project was intended to help fund them to provide legal support to producers affected by the AVMS regulations, which had recently criminalised the depiction of a whole slew of consensual fetish activities in online porn. Myself and nine other spanking enthusiasts volunteered to take one hard cane stroke per £10 raised, to a maximum of 50 strokes per person. We made a colossal £3836 in total, which was donated in its entirety to Backlash.

Each of the ten sponsored canings was filmed and released under Creative Commons - you can view them for free at Dreams of Spanking. We shot an interview with each participant before the caning itself, giving them the opportunity to talk about porn criminalisation, censorship, and why they cared about the UK legislation enough to put their bottoms on the line to help fight it. It amused me no end that when ATVOD were investigating my site, they had to sit through these interviews and listen to lots of well-articulated criticism about themselves before getting to watch the free caning scenes that they were so incensed about.

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, Ariel Anderssen, ATVOD, AVMS regulations, BBFC, censorship, classification, documentary, Jilly Boyd, Nimue Allen, Ofcom, Pandora Blake, Paul Kennedy, porn law, Rosie Bottomley, Sarah, sponsored caning, Vincent Brennan

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We did it!

Posted at 15:44 on 13 Feb 2015 by Pandora / Blake

I'm still reeling from the news. Thanks to our 105 generous funders, we raised a whopping 3836 for Backlash, and the money was transferred to their account yesterday. I met with David last week and he tells me the cash will be invaluable for funding legal support for producers affected by the UK porn legislation (which might well include yours truly).

I want to extend a personal thank you to each and every person who supported our sponsored caning campaign - whether by donating, sharing the link or writing a newspaper article. I had no idea when I launched this campaign  that it would turn into such a wild success, and it's heartening to learn how many people in the UK and worldwide support the stand we're taking against this unjust attempt to censor our freedom of expression.

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Tags: Adele Haze, Alex Reynolds, Amelia Jane Rutherford, atvod, AVMS, Backlash, cane, censorship, D, Extreme porn legislation, Hwyel Phillips, Kink activism, Michael Stamp, Nimue Allen, Performers and producers, Politics, Rosie, sponsored caning, Vincent Brennan, Zoe Page

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Charity caning campaign update

Posted at 14:41 on 31 Jan 2015 by Pandora / Blake

Wow, what a week it's been! Thanks to you, the kinky Indiegogo campaign I launched with Nimue Allen has raised more than five times our original funding target to help fight UK porn censorship - and there's still 18 hours left.

The fundraiser is running until midnight tonight PST (that's 8am on Sunday for us Brits), so there's still time to donate. Every penny raised will be donated to Backlash to help fight the UK's regressive new porn laws. Please do contribute if you can!

2000 stretch goal reached!

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, Amelia Jane Rutherford, atvod, AVMS, Backlash, Extreme porn legislation, Fairtrade porn, fundraiser, Hwyel Phillips, in the news, Kink activism, media, Michael Stamp, Nimue Allen, Paul Kennedy, Performers and producers, Photos, Politics, Zoe Page

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LA spanking shoots and continued adventures

Posted at 18:43 on 6 May 2014 by Pandora / Blake

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 touches 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

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, Clare Fonda, Dreams of Spanking, Erica Scott, featured photos, making a scene, Paul Kennedy, Performers and producers, Photos, Sites and studios, Spanked Call Girls, Spanking Veronica Works, The Cameraman CFW, those crazy kinksters, US trip 2014, Veronica Ricci

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Spanking Korey in the kitchen

Posted at 20:55 on 19 Apr 2014 by Pandora / Blake

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 with Korey on the last night, but disappointingly, I was so sleep-deprived by that stage in the weekend that my accuracy as a top was not up to my usual standards and I wasn't sure I'd made a great first impression.

Still, the friendship was cemented in the UK last autumn when they came to visit and we spent an enjoyable evening hanging out. We didn't play that time, but it turns out that this was due to a miscommunication rather than a lack of interest on either side. Funny how even seasoned spankos can still miss an opportunity because both of you are too shy to ask straight out, "Would you like to play?" Lesson learned - I'll be more direct in future!

Thankfully, Alex Reynolds has no such shyness and as such is an excellent facilitator of play between her friends. We all had fun during James and Korey's stay in LA, and some of it was even captured on camera. Alex has written an in-depth shoot report on the Northern Spanking forum.

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, Dreams of Spanking, featured photos, James Johnson, kink, Korey Johnson, Los Angeles, making a scene, Northern Spanking, OTK Spanking, Paul Kennedy, Performers and producers, Photos, shoot writeups, Sites and studios

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Adventures and shoots in California

Posted at 19:09 on 18 Apr 2014 by Pandora / Blake

My week in Canada for the Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference was intense. I want to write more about it here, and I'm intending to post the text of the two talks I gave, too, but in the meantime you can read a short recap on the Dreams of Spanking blog.

I flew straight from Toronto to LA, and landed amongst palm trees, blue skies and sunny weather. As Chris would say, I felt tumble-dried after my flight - jet lag was still chasing me from the UK and in Toronto it would have been nearly bedtime even if I hadn't been skimping on sleep the last few nights.

Still, I was on the West Coast, and on our way to get some food Alex and Paul suggested that we drive to the beach for my first proper sight of the Pacific ocean. (I glimpsed it from Vancouver a few years ago, but never made it down to the beach). The sky and sea were very blue, the beach was surprisingly full of people for a Monday afternoon in April, including families and a dude sitting cross-legged to meditate. I really was in California.

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, Clare Fonda, featured photos, Los Angeles, making a scene, My Spanking Roommate, Naughty Diaper Girls, Paul Kennedy, Photos, shoot writeups, Sites and studios, Spanked Call Girls, The Cameraman CFW

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Eroticon 2014 and other stories

Posted at 01:14 on 24 Feb 2014 by Pandora / Blake

Towards the end of last year I hired a part-time personal assistant, and it was one of the best professional decisions I've ever made. It's freed me up to spend less time on admin, and more time networking, campaigning and working on the creative and political projects I'm passionate about. Just what I needed to re-inject some inspiration and enthusiasm into my work.

Since hiring AJ, I've been able to follow up several exciting opportunities to talk to people about ethical porn, spanking and sexual freedom - from the FHM feature and QueerDiscOx radio show recently, to being interviewed about feminist pornography for a Masters thesis, and appearing in both a BBC3 documentary shoot about young people and porn (I don't know when the program will be aired, but will keep you updated), and a Guardian article (I was told it would be published six weeks ago, which leads me to guess that it might have been cancelled). All this has led to some tricky conversations with friends and family, and lots of thinky thoughts about the media, identity, visibility and the potential consequences of sticking my head above the parapet. Living in interesting times.

These changes have allowed me to get more involved not only as a content creator, but as a consumer as well. For instance, I've been making a conscious effort lately to buy (and watch) more feminist porn, which has been a thought-provoking and very horny process, even though I haven't yet found time to write all the reviews I want to write. It also freed me up to attend a fascinating evening of talks on sex workers rights hosted by Gender Sex Talks, which not only taught me a lot but left me feeling affirmed, supported, and keen to get more involved in the campaign for full legalisation of sex work. If this is something that interests you then a) you should read this Storify which contains many, many learnings, and b) let's talk more - follow me on twitter and say hi!

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, BBW, censorship, Dreams of Spanking, Gender politics, making a scene, Paul Kennedy, Performers and producers, Politics, Sex worker rights, Zoe Montana

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BBW II: Atlantic City

Posted at 00:27 on 2 May 2013 by Pandora / Blake

After the shoot with Punished Brats, my friend Benman picked me up from David Pierson's house and drove me to Atlantic City. To avoid the rush hour traffic we took a long-winded route south, then east through Pennsylvania. This drive gave me the opportunity to see more of the picturesque, luxuriously spacious suburbs where we'd been shooting and, as we headed into the city, Philadelphia itself. As the buildings grew closer together and became more run-down, everything felt less alien, and we moved into a more recognisably urban cityscape of murals and mosques and high rise office buildings. The scenic route added over an hour to our journey time, but I appreciated it; it was good to see more of the state I was travelling through. Once onto the interstate we drove through a wooded national reserve, over the state boundary and into New Jersey, where there wasn't much landscape of interest en route to Atlantic City except a few small lakes.

We finally arrived at the hotel at 8pm and checked into our rooms. I opened the curtains and instantly fell in love with the view:

View from hotel window in Resorts, Atlantic City - pandorablake.com

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, BBW, Dana Specht, Dreams of Spanking, hand spanking, kink, otk spanking, Photos, Sarah Gregory Spanking, spanking parties

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Off-chart bossing

Posted at 13:16 on 23 Mar 2013 by Pandora / Blake

I first met Alex Reynolds at the Texas All State Spanking Party last year. By then I'd been reading her blog for a few months at least, and thanks to her candid writing style I already felt like I knew her pretty well. She was just as brilliant in person as I'd expected, and we had fun hanging out, including shooting a couple of scenes for my spanking site Dreams of Spanking and a bit of off-camera getting spanked together, too.

That encounter, plus almost another year of mutual blog-reading and Twitter in between, was somehow enough that when she mentioned she was coming to the UK on a shoot tour, it didn't feel at all weird for me to invite her to stay as long as she liked. She ended up visiting for a week, during which time we got to know each other a lot better and discovered we had even more in common than we'd ever suspected. We also got up to about as many kinky hijinks and adventures as you'd expect when two spanking models and enthusiasts get together. This isn't always the case, but I think Alex carries a cloud of high spanking probability around with her, and somehow spankings are much more likely to occur in her vicinity.

After a first night hanging out and talking for hours, including under the covers after promising each other multiple times we were going to be good girls and go to sleep, the next day we headed to my local high street to pick up some clothes for spanking roleplays. Alex had been separated from one of her suitcases during a flight on the first leg of her journey (it was eventually returned to her home address, so she didn't lose anything permanently, but she had a lot less with her on her trip than she'd planned) and I've been meaning for a while to buy some more toppy outfits for shoots and discipline sessions. We picked up a few cute items and both got what we needed. I also found a pair of new jeans which I'm rather pleased with:

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, cane, Dreams of Spanking, kink, Nimue Allen, Performers and producers, Photos, switching, Thomas Cameron

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Video blog!

Posted at 00:49 on 18 Mar 2013 by Pandora / Blake

The super-lovely Alex Reynolds has staying with me all this week. We've got up to all sorts of spanking-related shenanigans, and I have some awesome photos and stories to share with you when it isn't nearly 1am. I've posted some already in a behind the scenes post on Dreams of Spanking, and I'm planning another post here about our non-professional adventures.

Meanwhile, here's a video blog that we filmed with Nimue Allen halfway through a two day shoot for Dreams of Spanking and Nimue's World. In this video we're all wearing pyjamas, and we're in that post-shoot giggly high. We talk about the shoot and some of the things we've been up to, and play with lots of stuffed animals. It's kind of silly and cute and ridiculous, but we had a lot of fun filming it.

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Tags: Alex Reynolds, Nimue Allen, Performers and producers, Videos

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