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Age verification faces ongoing delay

Posted at 11:30 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 13:19 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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ManyVids have launched this new 'Inclusivity' feature and it seems... anything but

Posted at 11:47 on 23 Jan 2019 by Pandora / Blake

ManyVids have just announced their new 'Inclusivity' feature, and it is making a lot of people very angry. Nimue and I had a talk about our feelings on the changes.

Blake: When you visit the site, you now get this popup asking you to choose between “MV Straight, MV Gay Boys or MV Trans, or All” and I just…. THAT IS NOT HOW INCLUSIVITY WORKS.

Nimue: NO! IT’S NOT!

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Tags: feminism, gender, ManyVids, politics, porn, queer porn

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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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Two Femmes, Two Cocks

Posted at 21:06 on 21 Nov 2018 by Pandora / Blake

When I first came out as non-binary I realised something strange. By coming out as genderqueer, I was telling all the people who have ever been attracted to me in porn or in person that they aren't straight after all: they're queer. Usually, people get to define their own sexuality, but sorry - that's just how it is. I'm not a woman and I'm not a man, so whatever your gender, if you fancy me, you're queer now too. Congratulations!

If you're straight, look away now because this new video with Nimue Allen is the gayest thing I have ever made.

Two Femmes, Two Cocks starring Blake and Nimue Allen

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Tags: BBW, Blake, Blake Presents, blowjobs, fucking, Nimue Allen, photos, porn, queer, sex, strap-ons, tit fucking

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Punished for plagiarism #masturbationmonday

Posted at 09:00 on 29 Oct 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I recently had the pleasure of shooting for Triple A Spanking for the first time in several years. We filmed a 2 part spanking drama called Punished for Plagiarism and I loved it. I got to work with two male tops, both friends of mine, for the first time, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to do some hot spanking roleplay with them.

Pandora Blake punished for plagiarism at Triple A Spanking

In the first part, I play a rebellious schoolgirl in trouble with the Headmaster, who accuses me of plagiaising material in a recent examination. I of course protest my innocence, claiming it was all my own work - I just have a photographic memory! - but the Headmaster doesn't believe me. Played by David Oak AKA Dodgy Dave, a good friend of mine, the Headmaster takes me over the knee for an old fashioned spanking.

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Tags: #masturbationmonday, John Osborne, leather belt, OTK, photos, porn, spanking, Triple A Spanking

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Age verification: new definition of "commercial" sites

Posted at 21:10 on 11 Oct 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Circumstances in which pornographic material is to be regarded as being made available on a commercial basis

The latest (and, I think, final) update to the Digital Economy Act has been laid in draft for approval: a Statutory Instrument defining the scope of "making pornographic material on a commercial basis". In the Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018, the Government specify in more detail which websites will have to comply with age verification:

  • Only websites where at least 33% of the content is pornographic material;
  • And only if the website is marketed as a pornographic website.

If your website is not "marketed as an internet site... by means of which pornographic material is made available to persons in the United Kingdom" (ie it's not advertised as being a porn site) and if "pornographic material makes up less than one-third of the content", the website is exempt from age verification and does not have to comply.

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Tags: age verification, BBFC, DCMS, Digital Economy Act, in the news, politics, porn, sex worker rights

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