What about politics and porn?

In 1964, supreme court justice Potter Stewart famously opined that he couldn't succeed in defining "hard-core pornography" before famously going on to add, "but I know it when I see it." The case in question was that of Jacobellis v. Ohio, in which the justices ultimately ruled against the state of Ohio's attempt to prohibit the screening… Continue reading What about politics and porn?

Doesn’t working in pornography prohibit all future opportunity?

Society's prevailing narratives about those who work in pornography might suggest there's no room for professional development within the adult industry, or that involving one's self with it is a death-knell to future opportunity of any kind. It would be disingenuous to suggest this is wholly untrue, but there are opportunities for professional development and… Continue reading Doesn’t working in pornography prohibit all future opportunity?

What about sex?

It might seem odd to ask this question on a blog named Thursdays at Pornucopia. I mean, the whole thing is ultimately about sex, right? Well, yes and no. We are looking at topics in pornography and the sex-work industry in general, but at its core this blog is about people---both those who work in the… Continue reading What about sex?

What about the slippery slope?

Again this week we'll turn to Lorelei Lee's "A Feminist Porn Star Manifesta" in The Feminist Porn Book, this time to examine the notion of the slippery slope and its argument that "women in porn are 'forced' to do more 'extreme' performances" as time goes on in order to remain relevant and earn more money. As… Continue reading What about the slippery slope?

What about exploitation?

The prevailing narratives surrounding exploitation in pornography often center around the idea that actors or models---especially women---are taken advantage of by producers for personal profit. In The Feminist Porn Book, Lorelei Lee argues that this narrative has its foundation in the idea that those who join the industry as on-camera talent are driven there as… Continue reading What about exploitation?