The Evaporation of Anti-porn Politics: a Response to POLITICO

For most of the summer, many of the posts on this blog centered on challenging society's prevailing narratives about sex, sex work, and the adult industry. With the imminent release of Accounting for It All, however, our focus has since shifted to the novel's debut. You can imagine how my interest was piqued, then, when I… Continue reading The Evaporation of Anti-porn Politics: a Response to POLITICO

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?

What separates the pros from the amateurs?

There are likely two unique conceptions that come to mind when one is asked to describe those who work in pornography: that of the professional who stars in full-length films, and that of the amateur who might produce content on their own or appear in smaller, lower budget features. Aside from the distinctions mentioned above,… Continue reading What separates the pros from the amateurs?

Where’s the downside?

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?

What about safe sex?

At a glance, the adult film industry doesn't exactly appear to be the embodiment of safe sex practices. Where are the condoms, right? Those are what safe sex is all about, isn't it? As Amy Lieberman argues in this article on Feministing, that's not entirely true, nor is it the case that sex in the… Continue reading What about safe sex?