Posts Tagged: pornography

You Like That, Baby?: The Myth of Feminine Mystery

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“It’s like a damn Rubik’s cube down there!”

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The Thread: Look What You Made Me Do

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Can a person with some agency ever claim victimization, or are agency and victimhood a binary?

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How Amazon Is Making Sex a Dirty Word

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“[A]s long as we retain all of these conflicting ideas of what sex is, and what it means to us, sex will always sell—until it’s inconvenient.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #126: Christopher Zeischegg

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“Being thrust into forced ritualistic closeness does break the ice, but doesn’t guarantee closeness.”

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The Peep King’s Legacy: A Family Portrait

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The day after Hugh Hefner died, I received a text from my sister that our grandfather was starring alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO’s new series, The Deuce.

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The Truth About Lying

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My gut is a red, fiery drum, a beacon of rosy light. My instinct to run is a bright radioactive pink arrow, a bloody blade. I was correct.

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Porn is Complicated

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There’s been a lot of thoughtful criticism on porn, written by women, recently—notably, Katrina Forrester in the New Yorker and Natasha Lennard in The Nation. For Granta, Andrea Stuart choses a unique angle in her own piece on porn, writing a genre-bending essay that can best be described as a reported piece of first-person criticism. After positioning herself in the feminist […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Arielle Greenberg

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Arielle Greenberg talks about her new collection, Locally Made Panties, the possibility of feminist pornography, and curating her Rumpus column, (K)ink: Writing While Deviant.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #52: Lauren Wissot in Conversation with Stoya

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Edited by queer porn performer and LGBTQ activist Jiz Lee, Coming Out Like a Porn Star is a wide-ranging compilation of answers to questions only sex industry pros seem to get. (And if you guessed, “Does your mother know?” to be at the top of the queries you are correct.) Since the announcement of the […]

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James Deen and the Myth of Concrete Consent

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In the final months of a nearly six-year BDSM relationship—the most satisfying relationship of my life—a line was crossed. My Master (a stripper and porn star at the time) violated my safe word, and I knew in that instant that it was the beginning of the end. Without warning he had confiscated my magic passport, […]

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Majik Market

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The summer and early fall of 1974 replays like a gritty movie in my head, a 70s era Lumet or Scorsese, elements of cinema verite, but stylized, heightened.

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NANO Fiction vs. IRS

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NANO Fiction, the bi-annual publication of flash-fiction/micro essay/ prose poems, was denied nonprofit 501(c)(3) status because the IRS deemed the journal pornography. Three months prior to their nonprofit application, they published an issue featuring the photography of Traci Matlock and Ashley Maclean, which is definitively not porn, but did include sexual themes. Now they have […]

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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 […]

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