Posts Tagged: porn

Who Are We Writing For?

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Sandwiched between fictions on one side and instructions on the other, a woman is often denied the breathing room necessary to find her individual sexuality. In a conversation at the Nervous Breakdown, Rumpus contributor Ashley Perez and author Cris Mazza discuss sexual pain (both mental and physical) and the damaging standards fabricated by literature and expected in life:

I want every woman who wrote [an unrealistic sex scene] to sit in a therapy group with me and describe her own sexual experience, so I can gauge these fictional ones.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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Cliches are something every writer has to deal with at some point. This weekend, Steve Edwards acknowledges the cliché and comes to something of a reckoning. Edwards declares:

That’s how the heart works—it doesn’t give a shit about what it’s supposed to feel, it just feels.

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Safe Sex Onscreen and Off

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Yeah, yeah, Obama, hurray(!) and stuff. What we were all really dying to know is if Measure B would pass in Los Angeles County.

The answer is yes, it did, and porn actors will now be required to wear condoms while filming. How this will affect porn sales remains to be seen, but most people in the industry, including actors, aren’t optimistic.

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Donna

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I developed my first and only porn star crush on Princess Donna. I watched her videos and read her blog and imagined that one day we would meet and she would publicly disgrace me like she publicly disgraced models.

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Public Sex, Private Lives Kickstarter

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The upcoming documentary Public Sex, Private Lives has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for post-production costs. To learn more about the film, and contribute to its completion, click here.

Focusing on the lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love, Public Sex, Private Lives “follows the characters as they navigate their lives as artists, daughters, mothers, writers, and women who have made careers in the adult industry.”

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On Persecuting Porn Performers

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“We don’t know why porn stars should not teach children, why it’s OK to watch porn but not be in it, why we should have to hide our involvement in pornography, or why we should be ashamed of it. These arguments apply, in differing degrees, to sex itself.”

At The Advocate, Conner Habib reflects on the “outing” of teacher Kevin Hogan as a former gay porn performer, articulates the cloudy nature of public conversations about porn in our society, and argues that Hogan’s potential firing should be a “shared responsibility.”

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“Porn as a Way of Life”

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John Lingan wrote an essay, “Salvation for Civilians: Porn as a Way of Life,” for The Point. He discusses the contemporary debate surrounding porn—which should not be confused with the “keeping sex sacrosanct.” Instead there’s a focus on the internet as the medium through which porn makes its way to viewers and critiquing the “greater societal reality that porn is everywhere.” And who, according to Lingan, embodies this contemporary dialogue more than Rumpus contributor Zak Smith?

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 9/20-9/26

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This week, The Porchlight Reading Series, highbrow porn at the Indie Erotic Film Festival, Barbie gets a makeover at the Altered Barbie Poetry Reading, and fetishists celebrate at the 27th Annual Folsom Street Fair.

Monday 9/20: San Francisco is nothing if not full of wonderful reading series all over the city nearly every night of the week.  Tonight, the series is The Porchlight, the venue, The Verdi Club, and the readers spectacular (among them, The Rumpus’ own Managing Editor, Isaac Fitzgerald).  See Isaac read with drag legend Vicki Marlane, publicist Nina Sazevich, and bookmaker (and beekeeper!) Pam DeLuco at this month’s reading, Kings and Queens.

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Strange Bedfellows, Indeed

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When I see a story that includes an intersection between porn and fundamentalist Christianity, it usually involves a heaping helping of hypocrisy–a gay-bashing preacher who’s secretly gay; a family-values politician who’s arrested for soliciting a cop in a public restroom–but not this time.

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The Scholars and the Pornographer

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Dame Helen Gardner and George Newton Bowlin Laws—it seems funny, but very good to me to see them in the same sentence.

I first saw Helen Gardner, brilliant scholar, denizen of Oxford University, later to be made a Dame on her learning alone, at UCLA.  She was so smart and so dazzling in the way she taught that she made your eyes water.

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