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Feminist porn talk at The Book Club

Posted at 17:00 on 7 Sep 2017 by Pandora Blake

Feminist Porn: how to find it and feel good watching itLast Thursday evening found me screening porn to a crowded basement bar in Shoreditch, as part of my workshop ‘Feminist Porn - where to find it and how to feel good watching it’. It was totally sold out, and when I got there I realised I'd underestimated how big an event it was going to be; there were apparently a hundred people there including ten journalists, so the whole thing was a bit higher profile than I'd anticipated. I hope that the coverage is favourable, and that my material wasn’t too controversial for the members of the press who were there.

My intention was to introduce the topic of feminist and ethical porn to people who wanted to learn more about it (including talking about the differences between those two terms, and some of the problems that have been raised with ‘feminist porn’ as a phrase), and to also screen some short samplers of some of my favourite feminist porn films, to give an indication of the variety available under that umbrella.

To kick things off I gave a very brief history of feminist porn, starting with Candida Royalle’s Femme Productions of the 1980s (read a heartfelt bio of her here), and introducing other important feminist directors and producers since then, from Annie Sprinkle to the present day. The first screening was a short clip starring Annie which kicks off with her schooling a male lover in how to lick her pussy. I wanted to show that porn which bucks mainstream trends and centers female pleasure and desire has been around for several decades now, and is going from strength to strength.

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Tags: Alyx Fox, Annie Sprinkle, BDSM, Bishop Black, Chelsea Poe, consent, ethical porn, events, female porn, feminism, feminist porn, fetish porn, Four Chambers, Foxhouse Films, Pink & White Productions, public speaking, Rooster, trans porn

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Erotic magic (expand, contract)

Posted at 01:49 on 19 Jul 2014 by Pandora Blake

Annie Sprinkle: the Neo-Sacred Prostitute

It's too hot for spanking sessions. London in the summer means hot tubes, buses, crowds and sweat. I love the heat if I can spend the day in my cool flat with the patio doors open, or out in the open air, but public transport and busy streets are pretty unpleasant.

The heat makes me lazy. Getting up in the morning before a day of domme sessions, I feel flat and lethargic. It's a deliberate effort to psych myself up, find my toppy mojo. My usual pre-work grooming rituals help me get into a work headspace - showering, shaving my body hair even if it won't be visible. An elegant summer dress, matching jewellery, and I feel more prepared to face the world. Presence is assembled slowly, layer by layer.

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Tags: Annie Sprinkle, being a fucking hippy, conscious kink, energy play, erotic magic, kink, London, sex work, Spanking sessions

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Introducing the female gaze

Posted at 14:04 on 28 Jul 2013 by Pandora Blake

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to speak at Gender Sex London on the topic of the female gaze in kinky porn, alongside male performer Michael Darling. It was a great evening, with a really positive reception and lots of thoughtful contributions from those who attended. You can read a storify of live tweets from the evening here.

I'll post the text of my one-hour talk in two parts.

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Tags: Anna Span, Annie Sprinkle, Body positivity, Dreams of Spanking, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, Gender politics, Kink activism, Lucy McLean, Lust Films, Madison Young, Nimue Allen, Nimues World, Northern Spanking, Politics, Sarah Bright, Sites and studios, Spanking Sarah

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Anatomy of a pinup

Posted at 15:26 on 8 Jun 2011 by Pandora Blake

I love this recent interview with sex performer and educator Annie Sprinkle, in which Annie talks about sex work, polyamory, ecosexuality and taboos with refreshing frankness. I particularly enjoyed these snippets.

On bad sex:

When I was very promiscuous, I liked all kinds of sex. I could enjoy bad sex on a bizarre level. Bad sex can be interesting and fun. Ive said it before, theres junk sex, health sex, and gourmet sex. I have a range of tastes. If youve never have bad sex, then you probably have played it really safe, and havent tried hard enough to find the really great sex. Bad sex happens.

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Tags: Annie Sprinkle, Body positivity, Performers and producers, polyamory

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