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January Roundup

Posted at 15:00 on 1 Feb 2021 by Pandora / Blake

I’m taking a break from a whirlwind of custom film editing to look back on January. Coming into 2021, I set the intention to put my values front and center in my decision-making, and to lead from the heart. One month in I feel that I’ve stuck to my convictions and that I’m all the better for it. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the first part of this year.

Patreon Posts

I ran a New Year special offer over on my Patreon where I launched my exclusive Shame Less pins. I’m very happy with how they turned out, and I’ll be spending the next week wrapping those up to post to my lovely patrons! Here are the blogs I’ve put out on Patreon this month.

  • 2021: leading from the heart - 2020 is finally over, and a lot of people are talking about putting it behind us and moving on to something new - as much as is possible with the pandemic dragging on in countries where it has been badly managed. I’ve been reflecting on the year we’ve had and thinking about what I’d like to do with the one ahead
     
  • Special Offer: Ends 23 January - I'm super stoked to have some new merch to give away - the SHAME LESS enamel pin
     
  • Watch Me Write - weekly live writing and revision sessions every Saturday at 3pm GMT - Hello co-authors! Going into 2021, I'm more motivated than ever to finish my book. I've scheduled myself weekly writing sessions on Saturday afternoons to help me stay on track, and I'd like to invite you to be part of them
     
  • On hiring marginalised folk - I’m not an employer, exactly; everyone who works “for” me is actually freelance, and I’m their client as much as their boss. But the point stands: all the contractors I regularly collaborate with belong to groups which are often discriminated again
     
  • Book Introduction - Hello gorgeous patrons, and thank you so much for your support! I've decided to take the plunge. As I revise my book into a polished draft, I'll be sharing each chapter as I finish it with all patrons at Co-Author tier and above
     
  • DIY Porn: How to Make It and Feel Good Doing It - I'm keen to share knowledge and educate wherever I can, so I have put together a guide to DIY Porn - how to make it and feel good doing it. If you've ever watched porn and thought "that looks like fun" - or "I could do better than that!" - this guide is for you
     

Pandora Blake lazily smiling at camera baring their cleavage


Dreams of Spanking Scenes

I am delighted that over on Dreams of Spanking we are putting out a new release every single week. Not only that, we are planning a major upgrade on the website to make the vision I have in my head a reality. Dreams of Spanking has evolved massively in the near-decade we’ve been going, and I’d like the site to reflect that. Here are our January releases in no particular order.

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Tags: blog, January, news, porn, roundup, spanking, update

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No, you can't shoot your documentary on my porn set

Posted at 14:00 on 19 Oct 2020 by Pandora / Blake

Image is from Oh Joy Sex Toy, who are definitely not who this post is aimed at.

Over the years many journalists, television producers and documentary makers have wanted to talk to me about my work in the sex industry. In the past I did my best to give them the benefit of the doubt. I’ve spent hours on the phone giving interviews, I’ve helped producers sort out venues and performers for documentary work, I’ve sent backstage content for TV companies to use. I believe strongly in demystifying and destigmatising sex work, and I’ve tried to help when I can.

But I've reached a point where I'm extremely wary when it comes to my dealings with the mainstream media. And I've never once said yes to one of their most common requests: to shoot a behind-the-scenes documentary about ethical pornography on a set where I am the director. 

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Tags: documentary, ethical porn, media, porn, rant

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Blake Presents

Posted at 13:15 on 21 May 2020 by Pandora / Blake

Did you know that spanking isn’t the only kind of porn I make? It’s my first love, of course, but it’s not my only kink.

A while back I found myself itching to film some different content and explore some of my other interests on camera. Much of it wouldn’t have been at home on Dreams of Spanking, though - so I opened Blake Presents, a side-project studio focused entirely on doing whatever the hell I like.

Banner for Blake Presents. Blake is a slim white person who is naked in blue water with a small smile on their face and two perky nipples poking out above the water. The words Blake Presents run across their body, just like your hands want to.

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Tags: DIY porn, femdom, kink, masturbation, Nimue Allen, Porn, queer porn, strap-on

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How to shoot porn during lockdown

Posted at 10:57 on 14 Apr 2020 by Pandora / Blake


Image description: A white person with a black bob is taking a selfie while wearing a smart burgundy school uniform with a striped tie. Behind them is a chaos of books, laundry, tripods and other shoot paraphernalia. They have a manic glint in their eyes as they contemplate the tidying task ahead.

All of us are limited by the current lockdown - no more multiperson porn shoots, for one thing, unless you're lucky to live in a compatible household. Expect a lot more solo porn over the coming months! Some performers are finding themselves with plenty of time on their hands, and the opportunity to shoot creative new solo material. Others have kids.

Even if you aren't a porn performer, if you're a parent you might find something to relate to in my working process:

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Tags: customs, pandemic, parenting, photos, porn, shoots

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Self-isolation masturbation Monday

Posted at 14:00 on 30 Mar 2020 by Pandora / Blake

We've been self-isolating for a couple of weeks now, and it's important that we to stay connected and support each other. This is a tough time for everyone. It has already had an impact on society and the economy, as you can see from these graphs:

Pornhub Worldwide Traffic Changes graphCoronavirus: The New Economy meme

Since social distancing and self-isolation have kicked in, people have had to be creative about how to spend their time. Social media is full of whimsical self-shot videos showing the many varied ways people have occupied themselves during quarantine. And of course there there has been a notable spike in traffic on porn sites.

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Tags: ethical porn, feminist porn, Masturbation Monday, porn, queer porn

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Age verification faces ongoing delay

Posted at 10:30 on 22 Jun 2019 by Pandora / Blake

According to the Guardian, age verification "faces indefinite delay" due to bureaucratic incompetence:

"It is set to be delayed for legal reasons after government officials failed to notify the European commission of key details."

I shouldn't laugh, but this is comedy gold.

The massive privacy failings of this policy should have been a deal-breaker. Legislators should never have tried to regulate the internet by force of law when they don't understand how it works. Thanks to the tireless efforts of campaigners such as myself, Myles Jackman, Jim Killock, Alec Muffett and the rest of Open Rights Group, Backlash UK, Misha Mayfair and others, the threat that age verification represents to the privacy of internet users is well attested, and is now mentioned in any news coverage about the issue.

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Tags: age verification, AgeID, BBFC, DCMS, Digital Economy Act, Dreams of Spanking, in the news, law, legislation, MindGeek, Myles Jackman, Open Rights Group, porn, privacy

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London Porn Film Festival is next week!

Posted at 12:19 on 16 Apr 2019 by Pandora / Blake

I'm so excited that the London Porn Film Festival is back next week and bigger than ever, with eight amazing short film programmes, a "Fuck me in the ear" audio porn workshop, a sex education panel, a full-length feature film, and a special programme curated by the guest of honour, Lina Bembe. This is the third LPFF and it's become one of the highlights of my year. I love having the chance to soak up new porn creations from across the world, and hang out with other people making queer, feminist and kinky porn in the UK and beyond.

Even more thrilling, I'm featured in three films that are screening this year! Two Dreams of Spanking films have been selected, Velvet Touch - a collaboration with Chelsea Poe and Courtney Trouble of QueerPorn.tv - and Even Teachers Make Mistakes, my popular and playful new schoolgirl-with-a-twist film, have both been selected, in the The Wetter The Better and The Kinks Are Alright categories respectively. 

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Tags: Bishop Black, Charlie Forrest, Dreams of Spanking, feminist porn, film festivals, film screenings, London Porn Film Festival, Nimue Allen, photos, porn, queer porn

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Age verification: Where do things stand?

Posted at 15:42 on 25 Mar 2019 by Pandora / Blake

After the Digital Economy Act passed in July 2017, implementation of age verification has been repeatedly delayed. We were initially told it would start being enforced in April 2018, but it was put back till the end of 2018. In November the Minister for Digital, Margot James, claimed that it will come into effect by Easter 2019, but as far as I know things aren't yet in place to enable the BBFC to begin enforcement.

This leaves website owners and viewers in a state of uncertainty, not knowing at what point they will need to start age verifying to access porn - or publish it. A recent YouGov survey showed that more than three-quarters of Brits have no idea this is even happening. Meanwhile, there are still irregularities and uncertainties with the policy, which I lay out in detail in my recent academic article: Age verification for online porn: more harm than good? My Patrons (at Ally tier and above) can access the full article here.

Which sites will have to comply?

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Tags: age verification, audio porn, Digital Economy Act, freedom of expression, in the news, media, Mindgeek, Open Rights Group, politics, porn, privacy, sex workers' rights

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Upskirting now illegal in the UK

Posted at 09:00 on 14 Feb 2019 by Pandora / Blake

Good news for those who care about consent: this week 'upskirting' became illegal in the UK. This refers to the act of photographing under someone's clothing without their consent and usually without their knowledge. The new law makes it illegal for anyone of any gender to violate someone's consent in this way, if the intention is sexual gratification, or to cause distress and humiliation. Click here for the government page explaining the changes.

Fans of fetish porn will be familiar with the "upskirt" genre, photos taken of someone's genitals or buttocks, with or without underwear, in a voyeuristic style, often staged as if the performer was unaware that the photo was being taken. It's an innocent fantasy, which for many people harks back to the first accidental glimpses they caught under someone's clothing as a child. But I hope that all fans of this fetish genre would insist that the performers pictured did actually consent to the photos being taken.

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Tags: bodily autonomy, consent, legislation, porn, upskirting

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Genderqueer pregnancy porn - my strap-on cock

Posted at 21:05 on 11 Feb 2019 by Pandora / Blake

To celebrate my pregnancy, I'm filming a new series of pornographic pregnancy diaries so you can all follow along as my body changes and my bump gets bigger!

Here's the trailer for episode 1, Pregnant Strap-on Cock:

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Tags: DIY porn, ethical porn, feminist porn, gender, genderqueer, ManyVids, non-binary, porn, pregnancy, queer, queer porn, trans

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