Did I tell you I shot myself?

Posted at 12:18 on 7 Feb 2016 by Pandora Blake

Pandora Blake poses nude at I Shot Myself

While I was in Melbourne I thought it would be fun to shoot for some Australian porn sites. Thanks to my connections I already had some contacts, and before I left the UK Michelle Flynn had booked me to shoot for Yanks. Once I was there, I also sent off applications to Girls Out West and Feck. I didn’t end up fixing a date with Girls Out West, but Feck got back to me and booked me to shoot for two of their sites - Beautiful Agony and I Shot Myself.

I’ve been performing in porn for nearly ten years, but in all that time I’ve never worked for mainstream studios. All my experience has been in the UK spanking/fetish scene, where sites are mostly run by couples or individuals working from home, or for similarly small scale feminist porn outfits like Bright Desire. So going into the offices of Girls Out West and Feck offices for an interview was a weirdly new experience. It was surreal, as a relatively experienced performer, to be put in the role of a newbie, auditioning for production companies half a world away. The Feck offices in particular are dauntingly professional - I mean the idea of a porn company having offices in the first place is already a bit alien for me, used to the miniscule budgets of UK fetish porn - but Feck’s offices struck me as particularly snazzy; in the hipster bit of Melbourne, with a lobby and pot plants and a receptionist and lots of different people sitting behind desks in lots of different rooms. Porn on this scale is a totally different world.

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Tags: Australia, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, I Shot Myself, photos, porn, sites and studios

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I criticised the porn laws - and was targeted for censorship.

Posted at 02:08 on 17 Dec 2015 by Pandora Blake

Last November my friend Nimue Allen and I got together with our partners for a week to shoot some porn. We’ve both worked in the BDSM porn industry for years as performers and producers, and we were ready to delve deeper. We spent three days shooting a feature-length explicit documentary about our queer, kinky, polyamorous sex lives. We filmed interviews, video portraits, narrative sequences and hardcore sex scenes, capturing the intimacy and affection of BDSM play between people who love each other. The scenes were spontaneous and unscripted, a natural representation of the sex we have in private, and in the natural course of events they ended up including facesitting, fisting, squirting, caning, needles, breath play, dominance and submission and plenty of hardcore sex. It was authentic, caring and beautiful.

A week later, full of happy excitement about our new project, we learned that every scene we had filmed had just been criminalised under new UK porn laws. It would now be illegal for us to publish any of them. These honest depictions of our sex, pleasure and intimacy had been deemed so extreme that even informed, paying adults couldn’t legally watch them.

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Tags: ATVOD, AVMS, censorship, Dreams of Spanking, Nimue Allen, Nimue's World, politics, porn, Restrained Elegance, sex worker rights, sexual freedom, sites and studios

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Amelia Jane Rutherford joins our sponsored caning

Posted at 01:19 on 28 Jan 2015 by Pandora Blake

Our sponsored caning fundraiser to fight against UK porn censorship has now raised 1400 - thank you so much to all who have donated so far! But we aren't stopping there. All proceeds raised (and I mean literally all - we aren't keeping a penny) will go to Backlash, who campaign against laws that restrict sexual freedom - and maintain a legal fund to help defend those prosecuted under such laws.

No UK fetish porn producer can afford an expensive court battle. We are all small independent businesses operated by solo kinksters or couples, working from home and barely making a living after the costs of running a website. Any producers affected by these regulations will desperately need Backlash's support - and it's up to us, the kinky community, to help ensure Backlash have the resources they need.

Encouraged by the amazing support we've received so far, we are continuing to promote the campaign and are adding new stretch goals. Every pound will help in the battle against the UK's draconian new censorship of consensual kinky porn.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, ATVOD, AVMS, Backlash, Bars and Stripes, censorship, extreme porn legislation, Hywel Phillips, kink activism, Michael Stamp, Nimue Allen, performers and producers, politics, porn protest, Restrained Elegance, Rosie Bottomley, sites and studios, Zoe Page

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Video blog about UK porn censorship

Posted at 11:23 on 20 Jan 2015 by Pandora Blake

I finally got round to making a video blog about the new UK porn censorship laws. The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations (AVMS) 2014 impose dramatic restrictions on the sort of online porn that can be published in the UK, disproportionately targeting fetish, queer and feminist porn with no reference to whether the content was ethically and consensually produced. These laws criminalise me and my site Dreams of Spanking, and put me and other independent UK porn producers in a very precarious position. If you want to know more detail about the laws, exactly what is restricted, and how they affect me, watch this.

I recorded this at 1am a week ago without notes, because I've talked about this damn issue so much in the last six weeks I no longer need a cribsheet. As a result it's a little longer than I wanted - I might make some bullet points and attempt a 5 minute version at some point. I sent it to Backlash UK before posting to check I wasn't saying anything glaringly inaccurate, and they replied with a few clarifications as follows:

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Tags: atvod, AVMS, Backlash, censorship, Dreams of Spanking, Extreme porn legislation, Kink activism, Ms Tytania, Nimue Allen, Performers and producers, Politics, Sites and studios, Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, video blog

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Ethical porn: realness, feminism, labour rights and violence

Posted at 17:26 on 13 Nov 2014 by Pandora Blake

So, you might have seen: I was featured in the Guardian. I'm really pleased with the article (kind of a relief, because if I hadn't I'd have had to lump it), but then I wouldn't have given Zoe Williams an interview if I didn't trust and respect her as a journalist.

I think the piece is intelligent and balanced, and I'm not just saying that because she says nice things about my work. (She also says the acting is like a school play, which made me chuckle.) She's not preaching to the converted (unlike, say, this blog), but she doesn't set out to persuade the anti-porn camp either. Instead the article is aimed at the sort of educated well-meaning lefty who reads the Guardian and doesn't really watch porn. With her trademark self-deprecating wit, Zoe positions herself in that category before describing how she became convinced that porn was not, in fact, a monolith of misogynistic degradation - and that a lot of it is not only ethical, but watchable.

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Tags: Body positivity, CrashPad Series, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, feminist porn, Gender politics, Kink activism, Ms Naughty, Performers and producers, Politics, Sex worker rights, Sites and studios

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Hyperkinks: 'strange' fantasies, ethical porn, and sex work

Posted at 20:31 on 11 Nov 2014 by Pandora Blake

Kink

 

Porn

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Tags: Body positivity, Bright Desire, camming, Dreams of Spanking, Erica Scott, ethical porn, Fairtrade porn, feminist porn, Gender politics, Kink activism, Ms Naughty, Nimue Allen, Nimues World, Paul Kennedy, Photos, Politics, sex work decriminalisation, Sex worker rights, Sites and studios, Videos, wooden hairbrush

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Friday in Berlin - XConfessions, LOVE HARD and Female Porn Shorts

Posted at 23:13 on 6 Nov 2014 by Pandora Blake

Since my last update from Berlin, Lucie Blush and Ms Naughty have both posted reports from the Porn Film Festival which are well worth reading.

Tickets for the Moviemento cinema at the Porn Film Festival Berlin 2014

On Friday I felt much better slept, and I had tickets for five screenings, but I'd already decided that only three of them were ones I really cared about: XConfessions by Erika Lust, LOVE HARD by Sensate Films, and the Female Porn Shorts screening in which Instructed was playing.

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Tags: Bright Desire, dominance and submission, Dreams of Spanking, Erika Lust, ethical porn, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, female porn, feminist porn, Gender politics, kink, Kink activism, Lust Films, Ms Naughty, PFFB, Photos, Politics, Porn Film Festival Berlin, Sensate Films, Sites and studios, Videos

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Porn Film Festival Berlin - first day of screenings

Posted at 20:04 on 30 Oct 2014 by Pandora Blake

Violet Blue was kind enough to link to my last post about the Porn Film Festival Berlin. I kept notes throughout the next four days of the festival, but didn't have time to post anything until I got back. The following was written last Thursday evening in Berlin, after midnight.

Oh my god, where to start? I can't believe I've only been here for a day. Including shorts I've seen fourteen films today - I've never consumed this much media in one go before. Every spare minute in between has been spent talking, processing, connecting with people. The scarcity of tickets not only makes the films seem more valuable, but having limited time to chat to people in between makes every conversation significant - and really forces you to be efficient. I didn't want to waste a single second in the film-makers lounge on small talk. Give me shop talk, gossip and analysis every time.

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Tags: Body positivity, Bright Desire, ethical porn, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, feminist porn, film festivals, Gender politics, Kink activism, Ms Naughty, Performers and producers, PFFB, Photos, Politics, Porn Film Festival Berlin, Queer politics, queer porn, Sites and studios, The Explicit Diary of Zahra Stardust, Zahra Stardust

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Foot fetish shoot

Posted at 13:12 on 16 Sep 2014 by Pandora Blake

The thing I love about modelling and porn performance, the thing that keeps me in love with it, is getting to do new things on camera.

Don't get me wrong - I love going deep as well as wide. I adore the fact that running my own website allows me to explore spanking, my primary fetish, year after year; to delve more deeply, and in more detail, into the psychology of my kink than than I ever dreamed possible.

But that long-term fulfilment - the profound satisfaction of going further up and further in - is different from the exhilaration of the new. Getting the chance to explore something completely novel, something that isn't my kink at all, in the safe space of playing a character on camera... that's what gets me bouncing up and down with excitement again. It's the pleasurable shock of dipping my toe in the water; the thrill of realising afresh that as long as I'm performing in porn, I will never stop expanding my horizons.

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Tags: barefoot, Body positivity, foot fetish, Kink activism, Photos, Sites and studios

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Spanked by Clare Fonda

Posted at 11:52 on 6 Sep 2014 by Pandora Blake

While I was touring the US in April I had the privilege of working not once but twice with the lovely folks at Clare Fonda Worldwide. Four of my scenes are now up - one on My Spanking Roommate, two on Spanked Callgirls, and one on Spanking Veronica Works.

My scene on the spanking soap My Spanking Roommate was with Madison Martin, continuing the storyline in which Madison has been kicked out of her apartment by Kay Richards. I play a lawyer whom she approaches for advice about filing a lawsuit against Kay. Unfortunately I'm a totally incompetent lawyer who has barely finished law school, and after failing to get any useful advice from me, a frustrated Madison gives me a sound spanking with hand and a wooden ruler. Outraged, I eventually struggle free and get my own back on cute, curvy Madison.

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Tags: Clare Fonda, hand spanking, Madison Martin, My Spanking Roommate, OTK spanking, performers and producers, photos, shoot writeups, sites and studios, Spanked Call Girls, Spanking Veronica Works, switching, The Cameraman CFW, US trip 2014, Veronica Ricci

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