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?
There's been little emphasis on affirming any of society's prevailing narratives about pornography on this blog to date, but that doesn't mean that those narratives are without credence. With that in mind, let's explore some common conceptions of the adult industry and those who work in it, with the goal of looking for the tough… Continue reading Where’s the downside?
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?
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?
There's this idea out there that we live in an age of sexual liberation---at least when compared to the past---but one argument that often suggests the contrary is one related to kink-shaming. But what does that mean, why is it important, and how does it figure into Accounting for it All? Definitions Namely, kink-shaming is… Continue reading What is kink-shaming?