GQ’s Covers GTWS: “Five Things You Learn on the Set of a Feminist, Instructional Porno”

GQ writer Phoenix Tso joined us on the set of “Guide to Wicked Sex: Foreplay” and wrote about her experience in a great article.

Read GQ’s “Five Things You Learn on the Set of a Feminist, Instructional Porno” article to find out more about their visit!

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http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2015/06/on-the-set-of-a-feminist-porno.html

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jessica drake

A long list of sex acts just got banned in UK porn

Originally posted on *The Independent

Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored [through] an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

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Seemingly arbitrarily deciding what is nice sex and what is not nice sex, the board’s ruling on ‘content that is not acceptable’ (p.23) effectively bans the following acts from being depicted by British pornography producers:

Spanking

Caning

Aggressive whipping

Penetration by any object “associated with violence”

Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual)

Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)

Role-playing as non-adults

Physical restraint

Humiliation

Female ejaculation

Strangulation

Facesitting

Fisting

The final three listed fall under acts the BBFC views as potentially “life-endangering”.

While the measures won’t stop people from watching whatever genre of porn they desire, as video shot abroad can still be viewed, they do impose severe restrictions on content created in the UK, and appear to make no distinction between consensual and non-consensual practices between adults.

Femdom porn will be hit particularly hard by the regulations

“There appear to be no rational explanations for most of the R18 rules,” Jerry Barnett of the anti-censorship group Sex and Censorship told Vice UK. “They’re simply a set of moral judgements designed by people who have struggled endlessly to stop the British people from watching pornography.”

More worryingly, the amendment seems to take issue with acts from which women more traditionally derive pleasure than men.

“The new legislation is absurd and surreal,” Itziar Bilbao Urrutia, a dominatrix who produces porn with a feminist theme added to Vice UK. “I mean, why ban facesitting? What’s so dangerous about it? It’s a harmless activity that most femdom performers, myself included, do fully dressed anyway. Its power is symbolic: woman on top, unattainable.”

In a piece for The Independent, award-winning erotic film director Erika Lust said that she believes “we need to rethink what is offensive or dangerous and what is, in fact, normal human nature, and remember that it’s more important to educate than regulate.”

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport insists the BBFC’s R18 certificate is a “tried and tested” method for protecting children.

“The legislation provides the same level of protection to the online world that exists on the high street in relation to the sale of physical DVDs,” a spokesperson told us.

“In a converging media world these provisions must be coherent, and the BBFC classification regime is a tried and tested system of what content is regarded as harmful for minors.”

jessica drake Joins Feminist Porn Conference Panel, Saturday, April 5

‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ Creator & Sex Educator Discusses Ethical,

Feminist Porn Production Alongside Industry Colleagues!

TORONTO (APRIL 2, 2014) – Sexual wellness authority, sex educator, and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake is a featured speaker at The Feminist Porn Conference, held April 5 – 6 at the University of Toronto. drake joins the Saturday, April 5 panel, “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?”

The popular speaker will share her experience in the adult industry both as a performer and a producer/director, and how the concept of ethics and feminist tropes play within her work. drake’s fellow panelists include performers Christopher Daniel Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde) and Dylan Ryan, plus producer/directors Shine Louise Houston and Tristan Taormino. The panel moderator is Good For Her founder and Feminist Porn Awards creator Carlyle Jansen.

“One major concern about the porn industry is the working conditions of the performers: do they have choices within and outside of the industry?” asks the FPCon site in its description of the panel discussion. “Are they treated with respect on set? Do they suffer consequences on the job or for future jobs if they say no to activities outside their boundaries? What real choices are they given with respect to condom and other safer sex product use? The Feminist Porn Awards strive to include films where the producers employ feminist, ethical labour practices on set. How can we really know?”

“How can we evaluate working conditions on set without actually being there?” continues the panel description. “How do performers assess what is a safe and healthy working environment for themselves ahead of time? How do producers empower their performers? How do consumers know what kinds of business practices they are supporting with their dollars? This discussion will engage performers, producers, academics and those concerned about labour practices to offer ideas on how to measure ethical and fair working conditions on set.”

Held at Bahen Center for Information Tech at the University of Toronto, the panel discussion will take place from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. For more information on The Feminist Porn Conference, visit http://fpcon.org. Additional information can be found on the conference’s Twitter page.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak alongside my industry colleagues at The Feminist Porn Conference,” says drake. “I come into this wearing several hats –as a director, writer, and performer contracted to a company which has been branded for over twenty years as a ‘mainstream’ heterosexual company, though Wicked Pictures has been condom-only for over fourteen years. I will be attempting to challenge the notions of ‘mainstream’ adult entertainment companies and their place within the feminist porn tableau.”

drake continues, “I feel strongly about ethical and feminist porn production; I personally direct a line of modern sex education instructional DVDs, and produce those titles in a very specific way, which aligns with the mantras and ethics of feminist production. I look forward to discussing this and all aspects of porn production with my fellow panelists as well as the audience, at what is sure to be a very lively discourse.”

A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake is a highly sought-after sexual wellness speaker who lectures at universities, teaches seminars, and runs workshops globally. Through her series of workshops and seminars, and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, jessica teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex while communicating effectively with partners.

For more information about jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex titles, appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com. To download a promotional photo of jessica drake, click here.

jessica drake to Address Film & Media Studies Students at UC-Santa Barbara

‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ Creator to Speak with ‘Feminist Porn Book’ Co-Editor Dr. Constance Penley’s Class! 

MAY 17, 2013 – SANTA BARBARA, Calif – Sexual wellness authority and modern sex educator jessica drake will lecture at University of California – Santa Barbara on Monday, May 20, as part of Dr. Constance Penley’s “Topics in Film and Popular Culture: Pornography” class. drake will be speaking with the class for a half hour, followed by a Q&A.

“Speaking at universities gives me a great opportunity to have an intelligent conversation with students, share my experiences, and let them draw their own conclusions,” says drake. “I’ve always approached my public appearances as an opportunity to learn and gain knowledge, as well as share my own experiences. Growing together as a community is how we are all able to succeed – and I’m looking forward to seeing what sexual discourse Dr. Penley’s class and I can create together.”

“jessica drake is a wickedly compelling and articulate sex educator, who is also smart, funny, and compassionate,” states Dr. Penley. “I am delighted that jessica drake is willing to take time out of her busy schedule to speak to my students about her work as a producer, sex educator, and humanitarian. We are grateful for her generosity.”

Dr. Penley’s major areas of research interest are film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She has penned several volumes on film, sex, pornography and feminism, and is the co-editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, with Tristan Taormino, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine Parreñas Shimizu. Dr. Penley also serves on the editorial board of the newly launched peer-reviewed journal Porn Studies and is Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, which supports teaching, research, and public programming about media.

According to the UCSB Film and Media Studies course description, “[‘Topics in Film and Popular Culture: Pornography’] approaches pornography as a major instance of film and popular culture, from the pre-history and history of cinema and video to the Internet and virtual worlds. Course content [is] augmented by guest lectures from the adult industry and academia.”

Recently, drake was a guest lecturer at Pasadena City College for Dr. Hugo Schwyzer’s “Navigating Pornography” class; she also spoke at Chapman University with the “Psychology 340: Human Sexuality” class taught by Assistant Professor David Frederick for the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences. She is also a noted expert in USA Today’s November 2012 Sexual Health and Wellness supplement.

“jessica drake was an exceptional speaker. She not only shared her views on the pornography industry, but more broadly spoke to students about sexual health,” Dr. Frederick said. “She communicated to students ways of learning to become comfortable with one’s own body and learning how to communicate their desires to their partners. She emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting one’s own limits when it comes to sex, and accepting that different people have very different preferences. jessica was a true pleasure to have in class, and the students learned a great deal from her presentation. I would highly recommend her as a speaker for any class related to media issues, gender, or sexuality.”

Dr. Schwyzer echoed Dr. Frederick’s sentiment, adding, “jessica isn’t just an industry superstar, she’s a veteran activist and an articulate and important advocate for pleasure, for common sense, and an end to sexual shame. On screen and off, she’s an incandescent personality and, I have to believe, a tremendous role model for my students. I’m so glad they had an opportunity to hear from her.”

To read jessica drake’s recap of her visit to Chapman University, visit here. For an interview and recap regarding her visit to Pasadena City College, visit here and here.

To help advance her sex education mission, drake writes, produces, and directs the video series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” which has received positive reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal” received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year and “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the AVN Award for Best Educational Release in 2012.

Scheduled for May 20 at 12:00pm, jessica drake’s lecture at Dr. Penley’s Film and Media Studies course is open to enrolled students only. Each of Dr. Penley’s 70 students is invited to bring one roommate or friend to the lecture.

For more information about jessica drake’s appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com/seminars/.

About Dr. Constance Penley:

Constance Penley is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Her major areas of research interest are film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She is a founding editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Media, Cultural Studies and editor or co-editor of the influential collections Feminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, Technoculture, The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender, and The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (with Tristan Taormino, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine Parreñas Shimizu). Her books include The Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, and the forthcoming Teaching Pornography. She is co-producer of Porn 101 with Katie Morgan for HBO Documentaries. Her collaborative art projects are “MELROSE SPACE: Primetime Art by the GALA Committee” and “Biospheria: An Environmental Opera,” on which she was co-librettist. Penley is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award and the Kenneth Burke Society Prize in Rhetorical Criticism.

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