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Posted at 13:07 on 14 Jul 2014 by Pandora / Blake

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  • On Thursday I was lucky enough to be present at my friend Nimue Allen's most intense, ambitious scene yet - a forced headshaving fantasy incorporating psychological torture, betrayal, degredation, cold caning, belly punching, water torture and more. It was an ultra-small crew, just me, Nimue, her top (The Boss), and one other camera operator (her partner Rosie), which made the whole thing very intimate. It was one of the most electrically intense BDSM scenes I have ever taken part in, and I was honoured to hold space and bear witness as Nimue pushed herself to her limit.

Nimue Allen before her forced headshaving scene - photo by Pandora Blake Nimue Allen after her forced headshaving scene - photo by Pandora Blake
Twelve cold cane strokes for Nimue Allen from Pandora Blake

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Tags: Aeryn Walker, CrashPad Series, Dreams of Spanking, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, Gender politics, kink, Kink activism, Lucie Makes Porn, Nimue Allen, Nimues World, Performers and producers, Politics, Sex worker rights, Sites and studios

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Feminist porn on BBC News

Posted at 09:13 on 13 May 2014 by Pandora / Blake

I enjoyed chatting to BBC journalist Daniel Nasaw at the Feminist Porn Awards, but I wasn't sure when his article would come out.

The first I knew of it was when I woke up on Friday to find dozens of tweets about it in my mentions feed. I looked and there it was, right on the BBC News homepage!

Pandora Blake on BBC News: In Toronto with the worlds feminist pornographers

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Tags: Adele Haze, BBC news, Bright Desire, Dreams of Spanking, fairtrade porn, featured photos, female gaze, feminist porn, Feminist Porn Awards, gender politics, in the news, media, Ms Naughty, performers and producers, photos, politics, shoot writeups, sites and studios

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Sinful Sunday - strength and submission

Posted at 11:43 on 4 May 2014 by Pandora / Blake

I'm fascinated by the associations between power roles and gender. Dominance and submission are not inherently masculine or feminine - in fact most of us are both at different times. But our society has historically linked the concepts of maleness with sexual/social dominance.

There are other ways to be masculine. Even within the traditional set of cultural associations, the male ideal of chivalry includes a lot that is submissive. The idea of noble service; the knight pledging allegiance to a king or queen. In the modern era, respectable masculinity involves dutifully playing your social role - as public servant, breadwinner, protector - even though it restricts your personal freedom.

Maleness in our society is, in some ways, about the ties that bind. The limited wardrobe; the institutional hierarchies. Roles associated with masculinity, such as politician or soldier, are about strength and power; but they are also about submission.

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Tags: bondage, Dreams of Spanking, Female gaze, Gender politics, Sinful Sunday, Will Savage

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What is feminist porn?

Posted at 10:03 on 23 Apr 2014 by Pandora / Blake

In my last post I wrote about my personal, emotional response to the Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference, but I didn't go into the actual question of feminist porn - what it means to me, how my work relates to it and so on. While I was at the feminist porn conference I did a bit of live-tweeting and I kept noticing @ClaireLitton's tweets in the hashtag, and retweeting them - she would often say exactly what I wanted to, and save me the trouble!

We spent some time talking, and after the conference she asked me (and a few others) to answer some questions for an article she was writing on feminist porn. Her piece includes insightful quotes from some top names in the field and is well worth reading. I hope Claire doesn't mind if I publish the full text of my response to her here, as the simplest way to explain my take on the subject.

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Tags: Dreams of Spanking, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, feminist porn, Feminist Porn Awards, Gender politics, in the news, media, Politics, Sex worker rights

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Feminist Porn Awards and Conference 2014

Posted at 06:45 on 21 Apr 2014 by Pandora / Blake

The Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto were an incredible, intense experience for me. In the four days I was there I was challenged and inspired as a filmmaker, turned on by screenings of uber-hot new porn, affirmed in my politics and given a sense of community. I shot a lot of porn and made a lot of friends. I listened, shared ideas and explored areas of difference and common ground. As a producer I felt isolated in some ways and welcomed in others. I was emotionally exhausted every night from judging when I should let myself be critiqued and when I should offer critique of my own. I was invited to speak and I received acceptance, reassurance and validation.

Pandora Blake at the Feminist Porn Awards - photo by Kirsty BoyceIt's a funny marriage - the awards in their ninth year, a Toronto project which has exploded to become an international event; and the conference in its second year, aiming from the start to bring people together from across the world. The two events have different organising committees and aren't particularly cohesive. They sit next to each other but there's no combined schedule of events, no public communal areas, no central hotel where everyone stays. If you want to know what's going on, you have to know the right people.

The awards (over Thursday and Friday) are all about celebrating the best in feminist porn. What with the press conference, brunches, workshops and shoots the days filled up quickly. I saw some amazing, erotic, cinematic films at the Public Provocative Porn screening on Thursday night, which both turned me on and made me think hard about the craft of film-making. It was a brief, horny masterclass in how to make engaging short erotic films. I left feeling inspired and motivated.

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Tags: Fairtrade porn, featured photos, Female gaze, feminist porn, Feminist Porn Awards, Gender politics, Kink activism, learning curves, making a scene, Performers and producers, Photos, Politics, Queer politics, Sites and studios, Videos

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Empower yourself through porn

Posted at 18:40 on 26 Mar 2014 by Pandora / Blake

How to empower yourself through DIY porn, by Pandora Blake

It's weird to me how many producers in the adult industry are jealous about their knowledge. A lot of people are reluctant to share info that's seen as "insider", and it baffles me. How are we going to make porn more diverse, more ethical and more transparent if we don't open the gates and let people in? I get people coming to me all the time asking me for info about how to get started in porn. My advice may not be perfect but I'm happy to give it.

It seems silly to me to be threatened by the idea of having more competition in the porn industry. Porn is inherently, absolutely personal and everyone has something different to offer. I have my audience, you will find yours and there's more than enough to go round. There's really no need to guard our "industry secrets" so closely.

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Tags: Body positivity, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, Gender politics, Kink activism, media, Politics, Sites and studios

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Newsflash! Feminist porn isn't news

Posted at 00:17 on 24 Mar 2014 by Pandora / Blake

@MartinDaubney: The rise of social, ethical, shared porn for women. Today's @thesunnewspaper with @NichiHodgson

Given my general hatred of all things tabloid, I was surprised to learn that I'd been mentioned in the Sun newspaper. Even more surprised to learn that the article - on "the rise of social, ethical, shared porn for women" - has a positive spin.

Pandora Blake has a brilliant spanking website which shows you how to do it. Women like these more educational porn sites, so they can put it into practice in real life and let fantasy bleed into reality. Men tend to use porn in isolation, women want the porn experience to enrich sex with their partners.

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Tags: Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, media, Politics, Sites and studios

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Queer DiscOx Radio

Posted at 23:43 on 10 Feb 2014 by Pandora / Blake

I'm just on my way home from a lovely evening chatting to the folks at @QueerDiscOx radio, a sex-positive LGBTQ* discussion radio show based in Oxford. I'd never spoken on radio before but my experience with erotic audio recording must have stood me in good stead, because I didn't feel nervous at all, and only at the end of my 15 minute interview did I realise my heart was thumping away at double speed!

It helped that my hosts Vishnu and Johnny were eternally sweet, including bringing me and my co-panellist gay porn star Lyle Boyce cups of tea from Cafe Nero when we couldn't find a kettle. Caffeine makes the sex industry go round. To prove it they even gifted us both with Queer DiscOx branded rainbow mugs.

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Tags: audio stories, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, Gender politics, Nimue Allen, Performers and producers, Photos, Politics, porn production, Queer politics

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Girlfriend-friendly porn - tested!

Posted at 17:35 on 21 Jan 2014 by Pandora / Blake

Girl friendly porn, tested by Pandora Blake and Lucy Hancock

Read the full article in the February issue of FHM, now on the shelves in the UK - it's on pages 122-123. If you aren't in the UK you can order a digital copy here. And if you haven't seen it already, don't forget to check out yesterday's blogpost on the hilarious, fascinating experience of watching porn for a men's lifestyle magazine.

Girl friendly porn, tested by Pandora Blake and Lucy Hancock

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Tags: Fairtrade porn, featured photos, Female gaze, feminist porn, media, other pictures, Photos, Politics, Sites and studios

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Women watching porn

Posted at 11:48 on 20 Jan 2014 by Pandora / Blake

Before Christmas I was asked to participate in a feature for FHM on women watching porn. For my non-UK readers, FHM is a "lads' mag", a lifestyle and softcore porn magazine for young men, kind of like a cheaper version of Penthouse. Interestingly, these publications also seem to be one of the few resources for young men which openly discuss sex and relationships, and so they aren't without value - although the quality of the advice varies hugely.

I hadn't met the writer before. When he'd asked for recommendations for "woman friendly" porn I sent him the list of websites nominated for a Feminist Porn Award last year. He'd bought short-term subscriptions to four sites for us to look at: The Art of Blowjob, Bright Desire, I Feel Myself, and X-Art.

I showed up at his North London flat, and he poured me a glass of red wine while we waited for the other woman he'd invited - one @lucyannhancock, another journalist and (I think) a friend of his. When Lucy arrived she joined me in a glass of wine - I think both of us felt that booze would be required to not find this experience weird. Originally, it was going to be Lucy and GirlontheNet, but GotN sadly had to decline when she learned that FHM intended to take photographs, and suggested me instead.

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Tags: Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, feminist porn, media, other pictures, reviews, Sites and studios

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