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Welcome to the Mystic Hole

Posted at 11:02 on 4 Aug 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm honoured to have been asked to chair a panel after Queenie Bon Bon's next London performance, Welcome to the Mystic Hole.

Part comedy, part lecture, part consciousness-raising story-telling, 'Welcome to the Mystic Hole' is an exploration of one sex worker’s lived experience with the world of the body. How do we navigate the world when we feel our body is failing us? What do we store in the body and what do we release? How do we clean it off the rug? What shame do we hold when trying to give a nice rim job while one’s sweet hound watches? And why can’t we all be adult about adult industries? Inspiring, intriguing, tender and true, Queenie Bon Bon is your curious guide on an exploration of embodiment, and will take you deep within the wondrous wonders of the unique vessels we travel in.

Queenie is a dear friend, and her work is amazing - so fresh, real and fierce. I've seen her perform twice before and each time she makes me laugh, cry and rage against whorephobia. Her last performance in London introduced me to the English Collective of Prostitutes - one of their members stood up to speak about the need for decriminalisation, and distribute #pledgedecrim flyers. 

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Tags: English Collective of Prostitutes, events, panels, public speaking, Queenie Bon Bon, sex work, sex worker's rights, talks

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DIY porn - how to make it and feel good doing it

Posted at 18:00 on 5 Mar 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Pandora Blake presents DIY Porn - how to make it and feel good doing it

I didn’t spend Valentine's Day with my lover this year. I spent it supporting curious couples and individuals to express themselves sexually on camera. I’m not complaining. I saw Felix the following night - and I really love my job.

I was teaching an adult sex education class on DIY Porn: how to make it and feel good doing it. The event was produced by The Book Club in Shoreditch, the same people who hosted my talk a few months ago on feminist porn. This one was intended as a provocative evening out for couples who wanted to have a go at making their own sex tapes, but also open to anyone who wanted to try their hand at shooting porn. I was contacted on Twitter afterwards by an escort friend considering making the move into shooting clips, who said that the class inspired her, which delighted me; I’m pleased that the class wasn’t just useful to hetero couples, but to queer sex workers too!

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Tags: Bright Desire, Cookie Cosmos, Dante, DIY porn, Emma Celeste, Lilith, Nimue Allen, Nimue's World, public speaking, talk, The Book Club, workshop

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DIY Porn - Valentine's Special!

Posted at 12:31 on 18 Jan 2018 by Pandora / Blake

DIY porn with Pandora Blake

What are you doing for this Valentine's Day? How do you fancy spending the evening with me? I will be back at the splendid Book Club in Shoreditch doing a talk and screening on DIY Porn, and I'd love you to join me. Whether it's for distribution or simply for your own pleasure, creating your own sex tapes can be a way to empower and nurture yourself through expressing yourself, enjoying your body, embracing your sexuality, and having fun! And if you have someone special to make it with, it's a hot opportunity to create some personalised smut with your favourite lover.

Porn is political - and in a world dominated by the fantasies of straight white men, what could be more radical than creating your own consensually-produced erotica? Porn can be (and often is!) queer, feminist, trans-positive, fat-positive, age-positive, and ethnically diverse. It can be respectful, sincere, intimate, romantic, sensual, artistic, loving, or whatever you want it to be. When you're shooting yourself, you have full control over how you present, and the story you tell.

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Tags: DIY porn, public speaking, talk, workshop

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Sextech, Porn and the Law - event writeup and slides

Posted at 17:30 on 18 Oct 2017 by Pandora / Blake

The Regulatory Framework Controlling UK Porn - by Pandora / Blake

I very much enjoyed the SCL (Society for Computing and Law) event on Sextech, porn and the law last week. It was hosted by lawyer Neil Brown, and chaired by Daniel Cooper. There was a sizeable audience and four speakers in total; in addition to Neil and myself, Sarah Jamie Lewis and Dr Kate Devlin.

Dr Devlin kicked things off with an engaging talk about sex robots, one of her areas of research. She shared some of the hype and misinformation that the media tends to indulge in around sex robots, and why a lot of it is hyperbolic and sensationalist. She talked about what sex robots can and can't offer; including a preview of the Harmony bot which is being developed in California at the moment. Dr Devlin went to visit the lab working on this project, and she describes the robot as a beautifully crafted silicon sex doll with an animatronic face and a recorded voice controlled by AI. They've got an in-house AI team and the AI is apparently remarkably good; you can chat to Harmony. The robot head mounts onto the standard sex dolls, meaning the body is poseable, but doesn't move independently. Read Engadget's report on meeting Harmony here.

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Tags: anonymity, Dr Kate Devlin, events, law, obscenity, politics, porn, privacy, public speaking, queer politics, Sarah Jamie Lewis, sex robots, sex toys, talks

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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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Sextech, Porn and the Law - A glimpse into the future of sex and sexuality and its regulatory framework

Posted at 09:00 on 21 Aug 2017 by Pandora / Blake

I am delighted to have been invited to speak at an event in October, organised by the Society for Computers and Law (SCL), entitled 'Sextech, porn and the law - a glimpse into the future of sex and sexuality and its regulatory framework'. 

I shall be on a panel with the fantastic Dr Kate Devlin, Sarah Jamie Lewis and laywer Neil Brown, and the event will explore the technology of sexuality in detail including its history, current and future developments, privacy and security, and legal issues affecting production and sales. My talk will centre on how the legal framework affects the production and distribution of online pornography, with a focus on the new Digital Economy Act and its forthcoming policy of mandatory age verification. After the four talks there will be a Q&A session which provides an exciting opportunity to ask the opinions of some of the leading experts in this field. 

The idea for the event was prompted by the interest in Neil Brown's excellent article 'Sextech: sticky legal issues?' which talks about sex toys that have internet connectivity, and the resultant data collection, privacy and security issues; and about sex robots and the various ethical issues around them. I really recommend a read. 

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Tags: age verification, events, law, obscenity, porn, public speaking

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Discussion on the Digital Economy Bill in London next week

Posted at 21:00 on 4 Apr 2017 by Pandora / Blake

Open Rights Group

Next week I shall be speaking alongside Myles Jackman in a discussion with Martin Ashworth of ORG London (Open Rights Group), on the potential impact of the Digital Economy Bill and Age Verification on individuals in the UK. ORG London has over 1200 followers on Meetup, so hopefully this will be a well-attended event and will help to get the word out prior to the upcoming vote on the Bill.

If you're in London next Tuesday evening (April 11th), come along to Newspeak House in Bethnal Green to learn more, and to meet me and Myles!

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Tags: age verification, censorship, Digital Economy Bill, kink activism, law, Myles Jackman, ORG, public speaking

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Public speaking events round-up

Posted at 22:08 on 23 Mar 2016 by Pandora / Blake

Photo of Pandora BlakeAlthough I'm not currently making spanking films, it seems that since I got back from my Australia trip I'm busier than ever. In the aftermath of ATVOD's activities last year I’ve been doing more and more public speaking - particularly on freedom of speech and censorship, pornography, sex work and feminism. If you’d like to come along to any future public events, I’ll be posting the details on my website as they’re confirmed, but here’s a quick roundup of what's happening next, and what I've been up to lately.

Tomorrow, on Thursday 24th March, is the UK screening of The Unslut Project at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. I’m really looking forward to this - the film itself looks at the damaging impact of ‘slut shaming’,  and we’ll be using the documentary as a starting point for discussion about sex negativity, sex work stigma and the adult industry.

I’ll be on the panel alongside some fantastic speakers: obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman, author and activist Jerry Barnett, sexual freedom campaigner Charlotte Rose, and Laura Renvoize from the Goldsmiths Sex Worker Solidarity Society. Tickets are under a tenner and available online -  there's still time to grab one if you want to join us.

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Tags: advocacy, censorship, politics, porn, public speaking, universities

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Sex and censorship

Posted at 00:05 on 20 Mar 2014 by Pandora / Blake

Eroticon 2014 - photo by Cara Sutra

When the opening panel of a conference comprises a writer, a pornographer and a lawyer, you know youre set for an intelligent, stimulating weekend.

Kristina Lloyd - Eroticon 2014

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Tags: censorship, Dreams of Spanking, Eroticon, Extreme porn legislation, Fairtrade porn, Kink activism, Politics, public speaking, Sites and studios

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