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Northern Spanking's shiny newish website

Posted at 15:00 on 8 Jul 2020 by Pandora / Blake

A while back, the lovely folk over at Northern Spanking released their new website. I've been meaning to blog about it, because, well - I made it! It had been in the works for a few years and was a long journey from start to finish, and it wound up being a project that I'm really proud of. I think the new site offers some things I've not seen as part of a spanking porn website before, and I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about it.

I built the new site using the same CMS we use over at Dreams of Spanking, so Northern Spanking now share some of its best and most innovative features. Many membership sites have "tour" pages for people who are considering joining, usually rather out of date, but we've both decided to avoid that approach. Northern Spanking, like Dreams, now has fully-integrated free preview versions of every page, allowing you to explore the search and tagging systems and see a preview of any scene you fancy before committing to join. I'm a big fan of this approach, because it lets potential new members get a much better sense of what they’ll get once they’ve paid for their subscription.

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Tags: , ethical porn, Northern Spanking, Performers and producers, Spanking and bondage porn

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Self-isolation masturbation Monday

Posted at 15:00 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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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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Submit to the London Porn Film Festival by Sunday

Posted at 17:10 on 18 Jan 2019 by Pandora / Blake

Is it really nearly that time already? I had an incredible time at the London Porn Film Festival last year. I discovered hot new porn, hung out with delightful porn friends, recorded a podcast and faced my fears in screening a 90 minute retrospective of my work, which was simultaneously wonderful and terrifying. The submission deadline has rolled around again, and if you haven't yet got your films in, you have until this Sunday, 20th January.

This year, the festival are particularly seeking films by and about sex workers; non-western centred films; documentaries; political porn; animations; and archival work.

In this year when age verification is being implemented, political porn is more important than ever. LPFF wants to show even more, and resist even more, at this year's festival.

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Tags: Blake Presents, Chelsea Poe, Courtney Trouble, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, feminist porn, film festivals, London Porn Film Festival, Mike Pain, Nimue Allen, porn, queer, queer porn

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Guest of Honour at London Porn Film Festival 2018

Posted at 11:28 on 12 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm overjoyed to announce that I have been asked to be the Guest of Honour at the second London Porn Film Festival! The LPFF is an annual festival celebrating queer, feminist, radical and experimental porn from around the world, and this year it runs from Thurs 12th til Sun 15th April - starting tonight! - at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury.

I attended last year's festival and did a Q&A on the films I screened, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to watch lots of diverse, exciting and hot queer porn. You can read press coverage and my comments on last year's event here, and my blogpost about the new experience of creating audio descriptions for my films here.

I am delighted that the festival is returning this year, and excited that it's going from strength to strength. There's a larger programme, more films, and a choice of two workshops, one of which I'll be facilitating - my popular DIY Porn workshop which will be held on Friday (tomorrow) at noon. Making your own porn can enable you to express yourself, enjoy your body, embrace your sexuality, and have fun! Come along for some tips on how to create hot, inclusive porn, and see some sexy clips to showcase some different approaches to DIY porn. I really enjoyed giving this workshop on Valentine's Day and can't wait to do it again - here's my write-up from the last one. There are still a few places left so don't miss out - get your tickets here!

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Tags: accessibility, DIY porn, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, events, feminist porn, film festivals, London Porn Film Festival, queer porn, workshops

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DIY Queer Porn show on Radio AvA

Posted at 19:09 on 7 Nov 2017 by Pandora / Blake

A couple of weeks ago I broadcast my first very own live radio show for Radio Ava, a DIY sex worker community project. I presented 90 minutes of DIY Queer Porn, including steamy audio teasers and interviews with some of the hottest up-and-coming stars of the UK queer porn scene. It was great fun - I really enjoyed playing at being DJ with the tunes I'd picked out, and it was so great to be in the studio with other sex workers.

I broadcast an interview I'd recorded and edited earlier in the week with Cookie Cosmos, in which they have loads of interesting things to say about being a trans porn producer, the ways in which mainstream porn lets down trans performers, the value of social media for DIY porn, and their exciting forthcoming projects. I've been lucky enough to meet Cookie now, at the trans femme porn screening they showed work at, alongside their wife and fellow porn maker Rae Cosmos, and Chelsea Poe. It was an amazing evening; so great to connect with other trans non-binary folk including three icons of trans porn, and see some of the exciting work being produced by new filmmakers in the UK right now. I'm eager to collaborate with Cookie and Rae and already plotting ways I can find time to get together and create some work with them.

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Tags: Ava Caradonna, Blath, Dion de Rossi, DiscoTitts, DIY porn, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, feminist porn, queer, queer porn, Radio AvA

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Feminist porn in the Hackney Citizen

Posted at 08:34 on 8 Oct 2017 by Pandora / Blake

Screenshot of article in the Hackney Citizen

Check out this awesome writeup of my feminist porn workshop in local paper the Hackney Citizen!

I was expecting quite a short piece - maybe something like this listing in Time Out (which coined the delightful phrase "patriarchy pounding pornos") but instead Hackney Citizen lavished 1200 words on the event, and went into quite a lot of detail about the subject matter too. The piece talks about the history of feminist porn, what makes porn feminist, the importance of good working conditions and what to look for behind the scenes, and how kinky sex and satire have a place in feminist porn.

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Tags: ethical porn, feminist porn, in the news, media, press, public speaking, talks, workshops

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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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Feminist Porn: where to find it and how to feel good watching it

Posted at 09:40 on 16 Aug 2017 by Pandora / Blake

Feminist Porn: where to find it and how to feel good watching itI'm really excited to be giving a workshop on ethical porn and how to find it, on Thursday 31 August. It's part of the Sex Ed for Grown Ups series of events on sex, sexuality and gender, held at The Book Club in Shoreditch, London. I shall be talking about what makes porn ethical, and how to find porn you feel comfortable watching. Porn is a very personal topic, and some people's squicks are other people's squees. But it's a fact that the free tube sites where a lot of people browse for porn don't make it clear whether what you're watching was consensually or ethically produced, and don't include much material by queer and feminist producers.

I'll be sharing some of my favourite porn which has not been created for the straight male gaze, but instead centres the pleasure of queer and female performers. The evening will include some screenings of hot feminist porn clips, plus the opportunity to discuss what we see. I'll give advice about how to be an ethical porn consumer and find porn where the performers were treated well. I'll also talk a bit about my experiences as a performer and producer in the porn industry.

The workshop is on the evening of Thursday 31st Aug and costs just £6 + £1 fee, so it's super affordable. Tickets are available here on The Book Club website. It should be a fantastic event - I hope to see some of you there!

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Tags: ethical porn, events, fairtrade porn, feminist porn, film screenings, porn, queer porn, teaching, workshop

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A new conversation about 'ethical porn'

Posted at 17:26 on 12 May 2017 by Pandora / Blake

I'm really pleased to be featured on a newly-launched site, ethical.porn, a fantastic timely addition to the conversation about the politics of porn production - click here to read my contribution. This is a really important issue to me: as a producer and director my production ethos is always performer-centric, and prioritises transparency, explicit performer consent, and equal pay for equal work. My work as a performer has informed my politics about porn working conditions and I hope that even when I'm directing, I still see things from a performer's perspective.

I look forward to following the conversation - there are some fantastic contributions on the site, including by feminist porn pioneers such as Shine Louise Houston and Ms Naughty. I hope this will have some influence on the often overly simplistic mainstream and feminist discourse about porn, and complicate the standard takes on the issue with some much needed nuance and critical thinking.

The mission statement of the site is as follows:

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Tags: decriminalisation, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, feminist porn, politics, porn, sex worker rights, working conditions

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