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.”

Porn industry the main sex educator of kids, says child advocate

*Originally posted on CBC News

Written by Daniel Schwartz

More kids at ever younger ages are accessing pornography online, according to a range of international studies, but there’s not much consensus about what, if anything, should be done by parents or teachers to address the issue.

Today in Winnipeg, a children’s advocacy group called Beyond Borders will host a symposium entitled “Generation XXX, the pornification of our children.”

“The porn industry is the country’s main sex educator of our boys and girls,” says Cordelia Anderson, one of the experts scheduled to speak at the symposium, referring to the situation in the U.S.

“Young people have never had this ease of access to this type of material at this young of age,” the founding president of the U.S. National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation told CBC Radio. “This alone should encourage us to be talking about it and studying it.”

Cathy Wing, the co-executive director of Ottawa-based MediaSmarts, another conference speaker, says “we really need to talk to kids from an early age, before they become exposed to online porn.”

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28% of boys look for porn at least once a week

In May, her group published the results of a survey that found 23 per cent of students in Grades 7 to 11 say they have searched out pornography online. Twenty-eight per cent of the boys said they looked for porn at least once a week.

Children’s advocacy group Beyond Borders hosts a symposium entitled “Generation XXX, the pornification of our children,” in Winnipeg, Nov. 17. (Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada)

As Wing observes, “there seems to be less of a stigma about looking for pornography, because everybody’s doing it, than there is for looking for good information about sexuality.”

Just eight per cent of the students surveyed said they had searched online for information about sexuality.

Of course, when it comes to viewing pornography there may be a discrepancy between what kids say they do and what they actually do.

A Spanish survey, for example, said that 53.5 per cent of Spanish youth aged 14 to 17 viewed online porn, while a poll by Opinium Research in June of 500 U.K. 18-year-olds had almost half saying that viewing pornography was typical by age 13 to 14.

Is porn damaging?

While almost half the U.K. teens said they saw nothing wrong with watching pornography, 70 per cent agreed with the statement that, “pornography can have a damaging impact on young people’s views of sex or relationships.” Just nine per cent disagreed.

“Porn can have both negative and positive impacts,” says Alice Gauntley, a sex education activist and a student in gender and sexuality studies at McGill University in Montreal.

“It can reinforce sexist, racist and transphobic stereotypes and give us unrealistic expectations about sex and our bodies. But it can also be a source of pleasure and a means of exploring our sexualities.”

But for young teens with no sexual experience, processing the porn on their screens may be quite a challenge. Gauntley argues, “it is necessary to equip teens with the tools they need to make sense of the erotic material they might come across.”

You’re not going to get realistic portrayals of sex from the porn industry, says Cathy Wing of MediaSmarts. (MediaSmarts)

Sex educators are concerned that young people are getting the wrong picture about sex from viewing online pornography.

As Wing points out, “you’re not going to get realistic portrayals in the pornography industry. It’s a business; everything is constructed, like all media.”

She advises teachers and parents to, “make sure the kids understand that this is not reflecting reality, that it’s a constructed reality that contains bias and it’s there to make money.”

Fantasy, not reality

Sex therapist Wendy Maltz says that while kids have a sense that they should view pornography as fiction, she doesn’t think they do.

“That takes a lot of high-order thinking to maintain that, especially under the influence of sexual arousal. It can start getting blurry when there’s an excitement associated with it.”

Wendy Maltz says you won’t stop young people’s curiosity about sex, but that it’s important for them to know that curiosity is normal. Maltz receives an award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, presented by Patrick Carnes on Oct. 25 in Portland, Ore. (Larry Maltz)

Maltz, author of The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography, says “the image is the reality on the internet.”

She adds that you won’t stop young people’s curiosity about sex, but that it’s important for them to know that curiosity is normal. “It doesn’t mean you’re sick if you found this stuff exciting.”

But it bothers Maltz that, because of the prevalence of pornography, “kids are getting robbed of having their own sexual conditioning come from real-life romantic experiences.”

She would like to see kids start getting a healthy sex education before they start viewing pornography.

Getting educated about porn

The questions is where should young people get that education?

Linda Kasdorf is studying the impact of pornography on children and youth for her social work degree at the University of Regina, and she works at Saskatoon Christian Counselling Services. She says parents have the responsibility not only to protect kids from pornography, but also to educate them about sex.

“Sexual intimacy is totally missed when kids view porn, and there’s no way to prepare them to understand that void.”

McGill University student Alice Gauntley would like to see a media literacy component on pornography as part of sex education, to help students “recognize the differences between sex in porn and in real life.” (CBC)

Kasdorf argues when it comes to pornography, the education needs to begin with the adults. “Many parents have no idea that their children can even access pornography, they’re that naive.”

She adds that, “parents needs to be taught how to talk about pornography with their kids, how to help dissect experiences when kids are exposed to pornography.”

But she also wants to see pornography become a component of school sex education programs. Those programs should ensure that, “kids actually have trusted adults that they can talk to about things they’re curious about.”

Gauntley would like to see a media literacy component on pornography, “because it encourages teens to be critical thinkers — to be able to recognize the differences between sex in porn and in real life.”

Chris Markham, head of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, argues that sex education is a shared responsibility for parents, schools and the community, while acknowledging that, “parents are the first educators of their children.”

Markham says the provincial curriculum should address the internet pornography issue and that this is a pressing need for kids in Ontario, but his organization hasn’t taken a position.

The Ontario curriculum for sex education dates from the 1990s, when internet porn was in its infancy and before most of today’s students were born.

Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size Hits #5 on AVN’s Top 50 Specialty Rentals Chart

 

Check out the AVN Chart here: http://www.avn.com/charts/Top-50-Specialty-Rentals/

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In honor of this I wanted to share some Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size images. Enjoy!

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jessica drake’s Guide To Wicked Sex: Threesomes Every Man’s Fantasy Stills

Purchase here: Guide to Wicked Sex: Threesomes

Join Wicked Pictures’ award winning resident sex educator jessica drake and explore the “ins and outs” of Threesomes. In this inspirational guide, you’ll learn about the dynamics of a three-way between a man and two women – and how to bring your fantasy to life. With candid interviews and instructional demos from a real life couple and a few eager singles, you’ll realize the pleasure potential is limitless. In addition, the two hardcore scenes (with optional commentary) will certainly get you in the mood!

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Masturbation – Tips for the Newbie

Those searching online for guidance on ‘sexual pleasure’ will be swamped with articles on how to please your partner.  This goes to show sexual pleasure is mostly thought of as a feeling flowing outward towards another person.  Before you can communicate what would satisfy you to your lover, it is important you know how to satisfy yourself.  Touching yourself is a way of getting in touch with what type of stimulation turns you on.  At its very core, great sex is comprised of communication and knowledge of self-love and self-pleasure, which is derived from masturbation.

Society has long shamed the act of masturbation even more than sex.  As a result, there are many people who feel a sense of embarrassment about masturbation, even though it’s a beautiful and important thing to make time for.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your alone time:

Find a space.  Masturbation requires uninterrupted concentration; find a private space in which you can be as comfortable and as loud as you want.  If you live with other people, timing is key and having a door which locks might come in handy.

Relax.  Get into the mode of “me.”  This requires letting go of all the worries of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Do whatever you need to quiet down the buzz inside of your head.  You can light candles, listen to music, or have the hum of your favorite xxx feature playing in the background.

Oh yeah… watch porn.  Porn can be the catalyst you need to get your libido in desire mode.  Have your favorite genres, scenes or performers close by, then hit the play button… and I’m not just talking about the remote!

Or use your imagination.  While men often rely on more visual stimulation, women have been using their imagination since long before Eve bit into the proverbial apple!  Take a moment and really think about what turns you on.  Perhaps it’s a woman or man you met the other day, a coworker you’ve been vying for, a celebrity, a made-up person, or two, or three.  Pretend you’re the director of your own adult flick.

Find what feels good.  You have nerve fibers all over your body.  Use your hands to graze lightly against your skin everywhere because likely it’ll feel good and some spots will call out for more touch.  For most people, nerve fibers are concentrated in the lips, tongue, nipples vulva, pussy, clit, cock head, anus… well, you get the idea.  Recognize which spots are the most sensitive to you.  Use your fingers to find spots that tickle, but instead of laughing, you’re tightening and going “Mmmm…” During your exploration remember your feel-good spots and remember precisely how you touch them.  You will want to revisit often. 🙂

Use adult toys.  Consider purchasing a vibrator or dildo for a pleasurable experience your hands can’t offer.  You can insert a vibrator or dildo inside you and figure out which strokes and moves you enjoy.  Women can also leave their vibrator on their vulva or directly on their clit, figuring how much pressure to apply for earth shattering orgasms.  Men will also find a lot of pleasure from a bullet vibe placed against their balls or cock.  If you’re on a budget, you can use certain household items as well, detachable shower heads for example.  Use a certain amount of discernment when choosing what objects to pleasure yourself with. Always make sure that the base is wider than the top; when you have something to hold on to, it makes for successful removal. 😉 The objects should also be hygienic and safe.  For example, wash any pesticides off that beautiful cucumber before you insert it…

Keep practicing and have fun!

XO,

jd

University of Southern California Hosts ‘The Piracy of Sex’ Panel Featuring jessica drake, Nate Glass

USC Students Treated to April 30 Discussion on

Digital Piracy of Adult Movies by Wicked Pictures

Contract Star drake & Takedown Piracy Owner Glass!

 

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2014) — The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts will host adult entertainment performer and sexual wellness authority jessica drake and digital piracy expert Nate Glass as featured speakers.  Addressing the interrelated effects of sexual stigma and digital piracy in a panel titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” drake draws upon her experience as a Wicked Pictures contract performer/director, while Glass expands on his work as the owner of Takedown Piracy.  Moderated by David Lerner, Ph.D., the discussion and open format Q&A is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30 in USC’S Ray Stark Family Theatre.

For more event details, visit USC School of Cinematic Arts’ event page by clicking here.

In their ongoing lecture series, “The Piracy of Sex,” Nate Glass and jessica drake explore how the problem of digital piracy is even more prevalent with sexual content.  While the autonomy of the Internet helps generate a larger audience, including women, for porn, fetish videos, and live sex shows, it also allows people to hide behind aliases and justify their actions.  The stigmas still surrounding sexuality contribute to the rampant pirating, as do performers’ lack of funds and resources.  Glass and drake discuss the effect of piracy on sex workers and adult entertainment producers and how they can fight back and protect their copyrights!

“I’m excited to speak with USC students,” jessica drake says.  “When I speak on the topic of sex education, I usually focus very heavily on consent.  Piracy is a virtual violation of consent, which is why I’m so glad to have someone like Nate helping protect the movies I make, while also touring with me to educate people on the matter.”

Nate Glass adds, “Many people dismiss piracy as a way of life – it’s something the younger generation has grown up with, and it’s ingrained in the way they think.  I don’t agree with that.  I’m not the same person I was when I was twenty, and I like to think it’s for the better.  Our goal is to have an honest and open dialogue with USC students, as well as other college students.  From there they can make up their own minds, but at least we helped give them all the facts first.”

USC is the most recent stop in jessica drake’s tour of college campuses, speaking on topics relating to the modernization of sex education.  In February, drake was a featured speaker at UCLA, participating on a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of sex work and the censorship of the female body.

In addition, drake visited University of Chicago’s Sex Week to share how her experiences in the adult industry motivated her to differentiate real sex from reel sex.  Nate Glass joined drake for a second seminar at U-Chicago to present “The Piracy of Sex.

Tech blog BetaBeat.com recently featured “The Piracy of Sex” series by interviewing its presenters.  In the interview, jessica drake shared her first experience with piracy: “Things changed for me when I saw one of the biggest movies that [I’d made so far], Fallen, [had been pirated].  I found Fallen online on a tube site pretty much right after it was released, and it was such a personal feeling for me all the way back then.  I didn’t know a lot of about piracy back then, but it felt like theft, like a violation.”

“Something I tried to hammer home at University of Chicago [is] consent,” stated Glass in the BetaBeat.com interview.  “It’s a buzzword for sex positive cultures about making sure in your relationship you have consent, which I’m all for.  When somebody takes jessica’s movie and uploads it to a tube site, that’s a violation of her consent.”

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 Speak at CatalystCon East, Saturday, March 15

                                                                    ‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ Creator & Sex Educator Discusses ‘Real Sex                                                                       Versus Reel Sex’Alongside Cultural Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen!

MARCH 5, 2014 – Arlington, VA — Sexual wellness authority, sex educator and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake is a featured speaker at CatalystCon East, held March 14 – 16 in Arlington, VA. drake will speak alongside Dr. Carol Queen on Saturday, March 15, on the panel, “Real vs Reel Sex.” The popular guest speaker will share her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modernized sex education.

“In the absence of clear and pleasure-focused sex education… is sex as portrayed in adult movies really as fake as it’s often described?” asks the CatalystCon site in its description of the panel discussion. “‘Real’ people just don’t do those freaky things – or do they? A screen sex professional and a sexologist with more than a passing interest in porn discuss sex in the movies: the difference between on- and off-camera sex in porn and mainstream cinema, the growing ‘porn made for women’ genre, the rise of the anti-porn explicit movie, and much more.”

Held at Hilton Crystal City at Reagan Airport, drake and Queen’s conversation will take place in the Madison Room from 10:30am – 11:40am. For more information on CatalystCon East, visit http://catalystcon.com. Additional information can be found on the conference’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak with the amazing Dr. Carol Queen about the adult industry and it’s relationship with the general public, specifically in the realm of Sex Ed.,” says drake.

“I’ve had the privilege of both directing and starring in adult feature movies, plus producing and directing my line of instructional movies, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” adds drake. “Those experiences, along with the workshops and college campus chats I’ve been invited to, have provided me first-hand access to the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. I am really looking forward to a great panel both with Dr. Queen and with the input of Catalyst attendees.”

drake will also be interviewed while at CatalystCon on the WhoreCast podcast, hosted by multifaceted sex worker Siouxsie Q. “The WhoreCast is all about showcasing stories, art, and voices of American sex workers, so we are just ecstatic to have jessica drake in our studio at CatalystCon,” says Siouxsie Q. “It’s a unique opportunity for me to do an interview in front of a live audience, which always adds an element of magic. It’s so important to have mainstream stars like jessica as part of the WhoreCast mission, as we fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Whore. I can’t wait to have her on the show!”

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, Tasha Reign to Speak at V-Day Event at UCLA February 18

Adult Stars, Positive Sexuality Advocates to Address UCLA Students on ‘Porn, Prostitution, & Censorship’ Panel!

February 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Wicked Pictures contract star, sexual wellness authority, and sex educator jessica drake, and Reign Productions owner/producer and adult star Tasha Reign, are scheduled to be featured guest speakers at UCLA. The panel, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” will be held in Moore 100 hall, on Tuesday, February 18, from 7pm – 10pm.

drake and Reign were invited to be discussants on an academic panel presented by the Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art (SANAA) in honor of Eve Ensler’s V-Day Organization. Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” is an annual presentation on the UCLA campus, and includes additional dialogue between students, educators, and media luminaries to discuss women’s issues.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/637459086290655/.

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“We are extremely thrilled to have Tasha Reign and jessica drake on board for our Panel,” says Alec Moore, who is coordinating the event. “As a sex industry insider, and a Bruin, Tasha can provide us a unique perspective from her own epistemological standpoint, lending us her valuable insight into the politics of sexual representation.”

Tasha Reign is one of UCLA’s most renowned students, as documented by her school paper, The Daily Bruin. “I’m extremely thrilled SANAA has invited me to speak on this panel,” says Tasha. “As a UCLA women’s studies major, and a performer, producer, and director in the adult industry, I feel I can provide a unique view for students curious about how current media views of strong female sexuality can empower women. I’m looking forward to speaking with everyone attending the discussion and hearing all sides about this very important topic.”

Reign is a dynamic and multi-dimensional Penthouse Pet, adult performer, director, and feature dancer, who pens regular columns on sex for OC Weekly and BroBible.com. In addition to performing, dancing, and writing, Tasha is the founder / owner of Reign Productions, a high-end adult studio bringing Tasha’s sexual fantasies to life.

“jessica will also add great insight through her experiences as an adult actress, philanthropist, and sex educator,” continues Moore.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak with students on UCLA’s campus,” says jessica drake. “I absolutely love when I can speak with people, especially students, about the adult industry, its relationship with media and the general public, and how it can empower women in the new millennium. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at UCLA and discussing how we can all grow into strong, self-aware women.”

jessica drake is a highly sought-after sexual health and 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.

Joining Reign and drake will be Jennifer Moorman and Dr. Christopher Mott. Moorman is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. Her dissertation, Women on Top: The Work of Female Pornographers and (S)experimental Filmmakers, examines the gender politics of the adult video industry and associated marginal and experimental film production cultures, with a focus on the contributions and experiences of women filmmakers. Dr. Mott is a Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, currently teaching a seminar entitled, “Pornography and the Politics of Sexual Representation.”

“Every year during February at UCLA, we strike up a movement on our campus to celebrate women, take a stand against gender violence, and change our culture’s taboo against discussing sexuality,” says Kausar Mohammed, SANAA’s V-Day Executive Producer. “Having Tasha and jessica speak on our panel allows us to discuss the effect of the porn industry on the everyday woman. Does it empower? Or does it objectify?”

“The discussion surrounding the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body have long divided feminist theorists and activists,” continues Mohammed. “Through this panel, we hope to foster a dialogue about feminism and the porn industry, and are eagerly anticipating Tasha and jessica’s participation on February 18.”

“(The porn panel) brings a more academic flavor to V-Day because we get to engage UCLA faculty in the movement with discussions like this,” adds Moore, who is a third-year art history and gender studies student and producer of SANAA’s “The Vagina Monologues,” in a Daily Bruin article. “Sex work is such a poignant and vilified facet of feminist theory, and it divides a lot of theorists as to who it empowers.”

Many events held during the SANAA V-Day campaign, including the “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment” panel, are free to attend, while admission to the production of “The Vagina Monologues” later in the week is on a donation-only basis. The proceeds will be given to two beneficiaries this year. Both organizations, A Window between Worlds and Peace over Violence, advocate for survivors of domestic violence. For more information on SANAA, visit http://mysanaa.webs.com/ or follow the organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VDayUCLA.

About Tasha Reign:
Tasha Reign is the most dynamic and multi-dimensional new star in entertainment. Long before becoming sexually empowered through adult movies, Tasha found herself in front of the camera on the third season of MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” Realizing her love for the spotlight, Tasha began dancing regularly at gentlemen’s clubs, while pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA. The 5’5” SoCal beauty was featured in Playboy 2010’s “Girls of the Pac-10” and named May 2011 Penthouse Pet of the Month. A desire to further explore her sexuality led Tasha to adult films, where she is one of the most sought-after rising stars, appearing in movies for the top studios. Tasha’s acclaimed performances were recognized with a 2012 Best New Starlet nomination at the XBIZ Awards, where she also served as a Trophy Girl. Noting her rising celebrity status and unique views on music, Rock Confidential magazine made Tasha a weekly reviewer – porn, rock, and Tasha Reign are a platinum combination. Tasha also pens regular columns for OC Weekly and BroBible.com and is a recurring co-host on KX 93.5 FM in Laguna Beach. In addition to performing, dancing, and writing, Tasha is the founder / owner of Reign Productions, a high-end adult studio bringing Tasha’s sexual fantasies to life. Reign Productions’ DVDs are distributed by Girlfriends Films. Tasha’s entrepreneurial enterprises also extend to adult novelty products, like Tasha’s Reignbow Pony Plugs, which are manufactured by Crystal Delights. For more information about Tasha Reign, visit www.TashaReign.com or www.Twitter.com/TashaReign.

About jessica drake:
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