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This special issue of Porn Studies will promote a discussion about race in the study of pornography. Race remains an underdeveloped area of research in porn studies, and employing racial analytics to the study of pornography’s historical, representational, market, labor, industrial, and technological production is imperative for the field. Race is crucial for the field because it allows us to think through power relations that function in concert with gender, sexuality, and class, to uncover the historical importance of unequal looking relations, labor relations, and access to media authorship, and to reveal the ways in which desire, sexual and otherwise, is inextricably bound to processes of racialization.

A critical racial optic illuminates the interests, desires, and experiences of racialized minorities as they are portrayed in, mobilize, or labor within pornographic fields. This mode of analysis may draw upon the theoretical scholarship of critical race scholars, women of color feminists, and queer of color critique as well as on the emerging field of porn studies scholarship to think through the fantasies, energies, connectivities, pleasures, and power relations embedded in racial pornographies. Another function of a racial optics is to expose the rise of colorblindness or postracial ideologies in popular media discourses and academic theories about pornography, even as race is ever more salient to adult industries in a neoliberal era.

In addition, this special issue of Porn Studies will highlight research that launches pornographics as a framework for examining cultural productions and social relations outside of the genre and industry of pornography. Increasingly, scholars have drawn on pornography as a lens to problematize racial, gender, and sexual discourses, structures, and economies in ways that reveal the utility of pornographics as a mode of cultural inquiry that exceeds the formal confines of adult entertainment industries and networks of particular erotic communities. The goal of this special issue is to read the labor of race in pornography or pornographics, and the labor of pornography or pornographics in race.

Finally, although this is a scholarly journal we welcome essays, interviews, and creative pieces from academics, artists, activists, and adult industry practitioners.

About Porn Studies

New in 2014, Porn Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original research examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts.

Topics

Ø  Race or racial minorities in pornographic images

Ø  Race or racial minorities in adult entertainment labor, racialized sex work

Ø  Deployments of racialized discourses in porn or discussions of porn

Ø  Colorblindness and postracial ideologies in porn or discussions of porn

Ø  Race in the production, distribution, or consumption of porn media technologies

Ø  Race or racial minorities in pornographic aesthetics or art

Ø  Racial discourses in antiporn or sex positive feminist approaches to pornography

Ø  Histories of race or racial minorities in pornography or pornographic cultural production

Ø  Ethnopornography and race

Ø  Racial or interracial communities in pornography

Ø  Race in global, transnational, or diasporic pornographies

Ø  Racial fetishism

Ø  Race and disability politics in pornography

Ø  Race and BDSM in pornography

Ø  Queer and feminist approaches to race and racism in pornography

Ø  Racial politics in porn activism, health issues, and legal concerns

Ø  Race and obscenity law, censorship, or free speech issues

Ø  Race and class in access to pornography, circulations of explicit media

Ø  Race in pornographic pop culture, sex tapes, viral videos, animation, and gaming

Ø  Race in feminist pornography, queer pornography, trans pornography, and gay porn

Ø  Race pleasure, racial pain, racial disgust, racial desire and other affective domains

Ø  Radical approaches to race or the methodology of racial studies in pornography

Format

The journal special issue will consist of original articles, book and/or film reviews, conference proceedings, photo essays, and a forum or dialogue based interview essay.

Submission formats:

Ø  Original articles, approximately 6,000-7,000 words in length (including notes)

Ø  Book or film reviews, approximately 1000-2000 words in length (including notes)

Ø  Conference proceedings or Photo Essay, approximately 1200 to 2000 words in length (including notes)

Ø  Forum pieces, Interviews, or Dialogue/Debate essays, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 words in length (including notes)

Style Guidelines:

Manuscripts are accepted in English, OED spelling and punctuation preferred, including use of single quotation marks. Authors should include 1-5 keywords, 150 word abstract, and a short biographical note. Manuscript preparation instructions for Taylor and Francis publications and Routledge journals can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rprn20&page=instructions#.UpOSA42f8sg

Timeline

Ø  Deadline to Receive Notice of Intent to Submit a Manuscript, 150-200 word Abstract: January 8, 2014

Ø  Deadline to Receive Full Submissions: April 11, 2014

Ø  Expected Publication Date: September 2015

 

Address questions and submissions to:

Dr. Mireille Miller-Young
Department of Feminist Studies
4631 South Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106  USA
Email: mmilleryoung@femst.ucsb.edu

Dec 172013
 

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Press Contact for Doing It Again: Tobi Hill-Meyer, Tobi@handbasketproductions.com

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Feminist Porn Award Winning filmmaker Tobi Hill-Meyer directed this highly anticipated follow-up to Doing It Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project

This Tuesday, December 17th 2013, Handbasket Productions in conjunction with indie distributor TROUBLEfilms will be releasing the first volume of the groundbreaking erotic documentary series Doing it Again.

Volume 1: Playful Awakening follows four pairings of trans women with trans partners, some who’ve just met and some who’ve been together for decades.

FPA heartthrob recipient Drew Deveaux returns to the screen in this highly anticipated, Kickstarter-funded indie film project, and up and coming star Hayley Fingersmith joins her for the highlighted first scene of the film, shot at the legendary Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco.

Mixing in depth interviews and explicit sex scenes, this is a holistic portrayal of trans women’s sexuality that has not been seen before. Special care has been taken to create accessibility tools that with subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and German and a Descriptive Audio track for people who are blind or have limited vision.

If you are in Seattle you can attend the premiere of Doing It Again at the Cockpit on Saturday Dec. 14th. Please reference the Facebook event for more information: https://facebook.com/events/703123163044867/

Be on the lookout for Volume 2: Fearless Revealing, focusing on trans women with cis (non-trans) partners expected in March and Volume 3: Passionate Sweetness focusing on trans women and genderqueers expected in June.

Doing It Again Vol. 1: Playful Awakenings is currently available for wholesale orders, please contact info@troublefilms.com and visit http://troublefilms.com/ordering-information

Online and DVD screeners available for press review, contact Courtney Trouble at info@troublefilms.com

DVD and digital download for purchase directly from film-maker at http://doingitonline.com

Dec 112013
 

Her Porn 5

Petra Joy’s Her Porn 5 is out now! Included in this collection is the scene I filmed with Aiden and Christian for my Guide to Kinky Sex for Couples by Adam & Eve. You can view a trailer for Her Porn 5 here.

This exciting compilation features short films by 11 of the best female porn directors from all over the world. The sexually explicit scenarios are all based on authentic female fantasies: From kinky picnics to ecstatic threesomes; a woman dominating a hunky male to a female submitting herself to sensual bondage; from sexy role play to wild group sex – all of the films featured on Her Porn vol 5 are unique gems of high-end, alternative porn, from a female perspective. Many of the featured new young directors have never before been published on DVD.

With films by:

  • Maria Beatty
  • Liandra Dahl
  • Morgana
  • Ms Naughty
  • Saskia Quax
  • Rozemarije de Ronde
  • Candida Royalle
  • Zarah Stardust
  • Tristan Taormino
  • Gala Vanting & Aven Frey

Buy this film at OpenErotik.

Dec 052013
 

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Both AVN and XBIZ have announced their 2014 Award nominees. Tristan Taormino’s Smart Ass Productions has garnered seven adult film award nominations. The Expert Guide to Female Ejaculation, her final film as a contract director for Vivid, has been nominated for two AVN Awards: Best Squirting Release and Best Educational Release. It stars Jada Fire, Christian, Kaci Starr, Anthony Rosano, Dylan Ryan, Derrick Pierce, Kylie Worthy, and Mr. Marcus. The two films she directed for Adam & Eve — Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Kinky Sex for Couples and Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples —  are nominated for the XBIZ Award for Best Educational Release. Plus, both those films were also nominated in a new category this year: the XBIZ Award for Feminist Porn Release of the Year. Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Kinky Sex for Couples features Asa Akira, Derrick Pierce, Adrianna Nicole, Evan Stone, Aiden Starr, Christian, Lyla Storm, and Danny Wylde. Adrianna Luna, James Deen, Skin Diamond, Derrick Pierce, Samantha Ryan, Michael Vegas, India Summer, and Danny Wylde star in Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples. Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples was also nominated for the AVN Award for Best Educational Release.

 

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Courtney Trouble Releases Girl Pile: An Unscripted Lesbian Orgy on DVDNominated for a 2014 AVN Award for best Web Premiere, Girl Pile is presented un-edited to offer unique, gonzo, feminist take on classic girl/girl porn.TROUBLEfilms has released Girl Pile: An Unscripted Lesbian Orgy today, a new lesbian production by esteemed queer femme adult film maker Courtney Trouble.

Immediately following it’s release, AVN Mahazine announced Girl Pile as a nominee for best Web Premiere, making this DVD release even more highly anticipated!

2013’s AVN Award Winner for Best Girl/Girl Scene Sinn Sage stars in Girl Pile alongside 2014 Unsung Starlet nominee Arabelle Raphael, Tori Lux, and AVN’s Best New Starlet Fan Favorite nominee Nikki Hearts.

“A lot of viewers have their doubts about the classic, uber-feminine girl/girl style of lesbian porn, assuming that much of it is fake or that the performers don’t know (or enjoy) what they are doing. Girl Pile shatters that stereotype by letting the shooting process be a transparent element of the film,” says a TROUBLEfilms representative when asked about the gonzo style in which Girl Pile was filmed. “By letting you see every second of the sex that happened on set, Courtney Trouble proves that lesbian porn can be feminine, flirty, hardcore, and authentic.”

Courtney Trouble says of the film: “You don’t have to sacrifice explicitness or hardcore hotness to make a truly woman-friendly, lesbian-friendly adult film. I think that all kinds of porn watchers will get something good out of Girl Pile. It’s unbelievably sexy. The chemistry between these women is undeniable.”

GIRL PILE is presented unscripted, unedited, unrehearsed, and untouched so you can see through Trouble’s signature hardcore HD camera work, that these women are madly attracted to each other, super excited to be fucking each other, and will do anything to get each other off. There’s NOTHING formulaic about this lesbian porn film.

Contact TROUBLEfilms at info@troublefilms.com or order wholesale online directly at http://troublefilms.com/ordering-information/

Girl Pile premiered online exclusively at QueerPorn.TV in October, with VOD access through AEBN, PinkLabel.TV, GameLink, HotMovies, and RealQueerPorn.Com following shortly after.

Fleshbot was on set for the filming of Girl Pile, and Rae Threat was the on-set photographer, catching many cute and candid shots of Courtney and the porn stars working hard on this film.

We are the exclusive distributor of TROUBLEfilms releases, and ordering wholesale DVDs from TROUBLEfilms is as simple as this:

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Oct 282013
 

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The first time I met Carlos Batts was on the set of one of my movies. He arrived with April, who I was shooting that day in a scene with Claire Adams. My first thought was, “Oh my God that’s Carlos Fucking Batts.” He completely disarmed me by introducing himself (as if I didn’t know who he was!) and giving me copies of some of his movies. Our first meeting represents a lot about Carlos: he was humble, generous, and real.

Carlos refused to play by anyone’s rules, blending art and porn with his own unique style. His vision was his, it impressed me, left me in awe of what he could do with a camera. You’d think that someone who considered their porn ‘art’ would be annoying as hell, but it was the opposite. Carlos didn’t have an ounce of pretension, he was one of the most honest and straightforward people I’ve ever known. He was just so fucking real. His imagination was beyond comprehension, but he never fell into that trap of considering himself an artiste, someone above everyone else. On the contrary, he was often quiet and let the art speak for itself.

I distinctly remember this conversation we had where he said he didn’t know where he fit into the feminist porn movement. He always thought of art as activism, but he wanted to be respectful and was especially wary of taking up space as a guy in this growing revolution. His self-awareness was really refreshing especially given some of the examples of misogynist masculinity I’ve met in the porn industry. His idea of what it meant to be a man gave me pause and hope. We had this amazing discussion where he talked about what he believed, what he valued, and how he could claim the label ‘feminist.’ He didn’t want to say it until he was clear about what it meant to him and what he could bring to the party. He was beginning to shape and articulate how the art he was creating could be specifically feminist, and it was pretty cool to be in on that process. He thanked me later for helping him talk it through, but what he didn’t realize is that our talk was just as enlightening for me. It made me more aware of my own place in the movement as a white woman who identifies as a feminist. That was Carlos: he pushed me to look at my privilege simply by his openness and willingness to talk about his struggles and beliefs. He gave me gifts like that a lot. He wasn’t always the loudest voice in the room, but when he opened his mouth, it was clear how fierce and brave he was about challenging the status quo.

Before the release of the book Fat Girl, we had a really long phone conversation. We talked about what the book meant to him. He wanted to get my advice about promotion, and I drafted a version of the press release for him. I wrote this line that he ended up using: “Fat Girl provides a glimpse into a world where sex, love, and art collide.” When I saw Fat Girl, what struck me was how it was clearly a book about love, the love he and April shared. You need only spend ten minutes with the two of them to see what a remarkable partnership they had: their mutual love and support was unconditional, their passion for creating art together was inspiring. They glowed in each other’s presence, their energy bouncing off one another like lightening. They were one of those couples that’s just so clearly two people meant to be together. Their love, and the deep respect they had for one another, was clear in every interaction I ever had with them. It’s a kind of love people write songs about. It was pretty fucking epic.

Colten and I just saw Carlos and April at CatalystCon West in LA a few weeks ago. After a panel that April and I were on, we went to dinner with a small group of people. April told a funny story about flipping her hair during sex when Carlos had the camera out; it was a glimpse into a moment in their relationship. On the walk back to the hotel, Carlos gave me a copy of Fat Girl. I remember that I wanted both of them to sign it, but there wasn’t time. I knew I’d see them again soon. It breaks my heart that I will never see him again.

Ultimately, the greatest gift that Carlos gave me is that whenever I was with him, I felt like he really saw and understood me. That speaks directly to why he was such a gifted photographer and filmmaker: how he saw, what he saw, and what he reflected back to you was magical. Carlos made me believe in art and revolution and love. He helped me see the connections between them, how they feed each other. I feel so lucky to have known him and so glad that we have his art to treasure as we grieve the loss of him. He gave us all so many gifts, leaving an indelible mark on independent, alt, queer, underground, and feminist porn and art, as well as the artists who work and create in these countercultural worlds. We can honor his spirit by loving people fiercely and making art that matters.

There are some wonderful remembrances of Carlos online, including an updated article with quotes from lots of different people on AVN, a post from Courtney Trouble, a blog s at Good Vibrations, and thoughts from his wife, muse, and now widow April Flores. I encourage everyone to donate whatever they can to his memorial fund. Here is information about funeral services and the fund:

Beloved artist Carlos Batts passed away at the age of 40 on Tuesday October 22, 2013. His work and spirit touched many of us, leaving us stunned and saddened by the sudden departure. He is survived by his loving wife and muse, April—now grieving while confronting tremendous medical and funeral expenses.

Please consider donating to the Carlos Batts Memorial Fund to aid his widow and family in their time of need: You can donate via PayPal to email: CarlosBattsMemorialFund@gmail.com.

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Oct 222013
 

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Good for Her, Tristan Taormino, and The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies announced the dates and submission deadlines today for The 2014 Feminist Porn Awards and The 2nd Annual Feminist Porn Conference.

The 9th Annual Feminist Porn Awards will be held April 3 and 4, 2014 in Toronto. The events include a screening of nominated films with directors, producers, and performers in attendance as well as the Feminist Porn Awards Gala at the Capitol Theatre. The Awards have been celebrating diverse sexuality, desire, and ethically produced porn since 2006. They offer audiences an alternative to mainstream porn and access to provocative sexy films that are sometimes not available to a wider audience.

“We’re very excited about receiving this year’s submissions. Every year we have an even more diverse group of films by people of all sexes, genders, bodies and desires to share with our growing audience. We look forward to seeing what expanded feminist expressions of porn look like on screen, and seeing more locally produced films,” says Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good for Her and The Feminist Porn Awards. The deadline for submissions to the Feminist Porn Awards is January 17, 2014.

The 2nd Annual Feminist Porn Conference will take place April 5 and 6, 2014, at the University of Toronto. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is December 23, 2013. The Feminist Porn Conference brings together academics, students, cultural critics, sex workers, activists, fans, performers, directors, and producers to explore the intersections between feminism and pornography as well as feminist porn as a genre, industry, and movement. The conference includes sessions devoted to both academic and non-academic presentations, film screenings, a keynote talk, and networking time. In addition, this year there will be a business track featuring workshops on production and filmmaking, legal issues, marketing and branding, social media, affiliate programs, and web-based technologies.

“I’m thrilled to return to the University of Toronto for the conference. Last year’s event exceeded all my expectations, and I look forward to expanding to two days of programming this year,” says Tristan Taormino, founder and producer of The Feminist Porn Conference. “Plus, with generous support from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, we were able to move to a fully accessible building on campus.”

Oct 212013
 

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The fabulous students who work at the Pollock Theater at University of California-Santa Barbara created this video of the Feminist Porn Mini Con, which happened in May at UCSB. It features many contributors to The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, including UCSB professors Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Mireille Miller-Young, Professor Kevin Heffernan of Southern Methodist University, directors Tristan Taormino and Carlos Batts, and performers Jiz Lee, Dylan Ryan, Sinnamon Love, and April Flores. Watch it now: Feminist Porn Mini Con on UCTV.

Oct 182013
 

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“Kinky Film Festival” Invites Filmmakers to Submit Sex-Positive, Kink-Friendly Entries for 11th Annual Event!

CineKink has announced a call for entries for its 2014 season. The “kinky film festival” is seeking films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.

Dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, CineKink is looking to blur boundaries and will consider offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, with works ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

Cutting across orientations, topics covered at CineKink have included, but are by no means limited to, BDSM, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, roleplay, gender bending, sex work and sex geekery.

Submission categories include:
* shorts (less than 40 minutes long; eligible for jury-determined awards)
* features (longer than 40 minutes; eligible for audience-choice awards)
* adult cinema / porn excerpts (10-25 minute segments of longer works; eligible for ‘Bring It!’ showcase)

There is no restriction on production completion dates, as long as the work is completed at the time of submission. International submissions in most overseas formats are also accepted.

“Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything that celebrates sex as a right of self expression is fair game,” says Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director. “Far be it from us to define ‘kink’ – if you think your work might make sense in this context, please send it to us for consideration.”

Scheduled for its 11th annual appearance in February 2014, the specially-curated CineKink NYC, the organization’s flagship festival, will feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, an adult entertainment showcase/contest, a gala kick-off event, and a sexy closing-night party. A national tour will follow the New York festivities, drawing from its programming to showcase award-winners and audience favorites in cities across the country, adding visibility nationwide and year-round. The 2013 CineKink Festival Tour is currently underway, with screenings scheduled in such cities as Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Berlin, and more.

The deadline is November 15th. The final festival deadline is December 6th.

For more information and details on entry submissions, visit http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/call-for-entries