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NSFW: Punk Band Uses Porn to Protest Westboro Baptist Church

Warning: This video contains graphic content that may not be appropriate for the workplace or young children.

The Westboro Baptist Church is famous for protesting the funerals of soldiers killed in action, terrorist victims or other noteworthy people to say that those deaths are God’s penance for rampant homosexuality. The goal is to enrage those trying to bury their loved ones to the point of physical violence so they assault any of the protestors – and then the Westboro Baptist Church sues. Pretty despicable, right?

Many have come up with creative ways to deal with these monsters – from blockading the protestors from their intended funerals or buying the house across the street and painting it with rainbow colors – but a California punk band called Get Shot! may have come up with the most outrageous way to protest the WBC.

They filmed their bassist masturbating on the front lawn of the church headquarters. (Video is below. Warning again: Graphic)

“The Phelps family and Westboro Baptist Church are ridiculous and do nothing except spread hate and cause controversy,” Laura Lush, the girl in question said in a press release put out by the band.

Get Shot! has been known for other headline grabbing press stunts according to the comments of the Gawker article. But you have to admit it’s a creative, if totally twisted, way to get back at WBC for their hate speech tactics. Obviously the band will benefit with more clicks to their website, and maybe even sell a few CDs, but does it do anything to WBC itself? Does it make us feel any better that this happened?

It’s at least a little funny for those with a crude sense of humor (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but the stunt feels almost like dropping down to the WBC level. Maybe you make a few of them uncomfortable, but does any change come from that discomfort or do they just re-up their efforts? The best way for us to rise about the hatred spewed by the WBC is to rise above them, to show love for one another and be the better example. If we stoop to their level just to grab headlines – are we really any better?

What do you think of the stunt? Was it a good idea or a cheap shot at attention? Tell us in the comments below!

Are Girls Selling Their Bodies To Pay For College?

Marcel and I Doing Our Thing

Every now and then a story like this comes into the public arena. Burdened by college loans and living costs, a girl turns to porn (or escort services or being a dominatrix) just to stay above water. We feel sympathetic to these stories, bemoaning a troubled education system or the poor job market. But with social networking sites like MyGirlFund now littering every corner of the internet, and every fetish, fantasy, and “deviance” attainable at the click of a button, such techniques may become the way of the future. And that’s a scary reality.

MyGirlFund markets itself as a place for men and women to come together to “achieve their specific goals.” By that it means that women sign in to the site and set a fundraising goal they’d like to meet. Men sign in and can peruse the women, engage them in chat and video conversations, and contribute to their funds if they wish. The women will up the ante by posting nude or semi-nude photos and videos of themselves and set prices to certain “goods.” As an example, one woman posted: “$55 til goal… hit it for me and you get 6 vids.” Another posted: “All content $30!!” And there’s no mistaking what the “content” entails.

MyGirlFund is now reporting that many college girls are flocking to the site before matriculating, hoping to make some money for their college tuition. The site’s Director of Business Development, Stefan Patrick commented:

Members list their financial goals when they join and the new coeds are vocal about their tuition needs. One new member penned the memorable line, ‘When good girls can’t pay their tuition, anything can happen,’ on her profile, but overall these are young women who would never consider stripping, porn or public group cam shows.

Patrick argues that the women have total autonomy and that the site can actually be very empowering for them, allowing them to achieve their goals in a safe and private environment. Clearly this guy, and others involved with the website, can’t appreciate the deeply degrading and sexist system we live in that makes girls think their bodies can be assigned monetary value. But we’ve lived in this world with its rampant gender inequality long enough to know that men will pay for women to bare their bodies.

On that note, we’d like to know who these men are who get pleasure out of gawking at women in such a materialistic way. Perhaps it wouldn’t seem so offensive if the exhibitionism and voyeurism at least went both ways, but MyGirlFund organized the site in such a way that male and female roles are rigidly defined. Either way, we have to find healthier ways of paying tuition and making a living — not to mention connecting with other human beings in meaningful ways.

What do you think? Is this an acceptable way for girls to earn their college tuition, or is this as backwards, sexist, and disrespectful as it seems? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Dustin Hoffman Breaks Into Tears Discussing Society’s Pressures on Women

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 10.22.16 AMThe notion of ‘beauty’ in our culture tends to be more limiting and shame-inducing than cathartic. What should be a soul-expanding experience of aesthetic pleasure gets confined to a manufactured pill box, forced down our throats by television, magazines, advertisements, the porn industry – you name it. We all suffer from this together as a society, but women, most of all, bear the brunt of the abuse.

In preparing to make the 1982 film Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman was determined to look as much like a woman as possible. If the audience had to suspend disbelief to follow the story, Hoffman explains in an interview with AFI, then it wasn’t going to work. It wasn’t until he looked at himself in the mirror, fully costumed as a female, that he realized the reality women live with every day. If Hoffman saw his female self at a party, he confesses, he wouldn’t give her the time of day. The realization brings him to tears. Take a look:

This might seem overly tidy. “Hey, Dustin Hoffman, try being a real woman for even a day and you’ll experience some truly gnarly things. And before you whine about not making an attractive woman, let’s think about what beauty really is.”

But his emotional response is more nuanced than that. Hoffman bemoans the socialized notions of beauty that kept him from approaching women who might have otherwise added to his life with wit, intellect, and grace. How many women, he wonders, did he miss the opportunity of knowing, just out of prejudice?

The question we would add to that is: Why do we as a society continue to let anything but our own hearts dictate what we find beautiful?

What do you think? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

“Public Sex, Private Lives”: The New Documentary That Will Challenge Everything You Know About Porn

“Who in their right minds would want to have sex in front of a camera? They must be damaged.”

This is how pornography actress Isis Love describes the common perception of the industry – that it’s a bunch of love-starved sex fiends who get off as a way of dealing with past traumas. The new documentary Public Sex, Private Lives is about to blow all of those preconceived judgments out the window and force us to take a good, hard look at this multi-billion dollar industry.

The film, directed by Simone Jude and produced by Simone Jude and Haley K. Jude, is an intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. Capturing moments of joy and struggle, it follows the women as they navigate their lives as artists, daughters, and mothers who have made careers in the adult industry. Asked to defend their choices to their families, communities, and even the United States Government, these women share their unique motivations and shifting visions for the future.

‘Public Sex, Private Lives’ Feature Documentary Trailer from Simone Jude on Vimeo.

As Jude writes:

I became inspired to shoot a feature length documentary on the complicated identities of porn performers when I met Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love in San Francisco in the mid-2000s. As I got to know them, I was struck by the fact that their intelligence, charisma, and passion for their jobs contradicted dominant narratives of porn performers. I also began to realize how powerfully their choice of career impacted the rest of their lives, whether they wanted it to or not. Intrigued by these tensions between public and private, between societal expectations and personal aspirations, I was called to document the three women’s stories on film.

I created Public Sex, Private Lives to explore the personal complications and interrelated stigma that comes with performing in pornography, while also revealing these women’s real lives, relationships and dreams for the future.

I hope this film sheds light on a rarely explored subculture, giving viewers behind-the-scenes access to a hotly debated profession. Pornography is a charged subject in public discourse, and this film brings an important (and yet often ignored) perspective into dialogue, that of the performers themselves. My aim is to raise questions, rather than answer them, complicating the things we think we know and want to believe about this controversial field of work.

The film premieres June 8 in San Francisco at the SF DocFest and is bound to stir up plenty of discussion on the sex industry and perceptions of female sexuality, in particular. It is a sensitive issue, to be sure – let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Is Porn Becoming A More Acceptable Career Choice For Women?

The latest porn-related headline fodder and worst parenting nightmare come true: Laurence Fishburne’s 19-year-old daughter Montana Fishburne making her very public XXX-rated movie debut in order to get famous and successful. Her inspiration being Kim Kardashian’s claim to fame after her leaked sex tape.

Oh, really? This is the sort of twisted causal logic I would imagine for The Onion to come up with than an actual human being.

The less scandalous news that you may or may not be aware of: more and more women are working in the porn industry behind camera, even as higher-up executives. For many women, as the ones detailed in an old news article “Women On Top: Female Execs Rise In Porn Biz,” working in the adult industry is just another 9-to-5 job. That part of your industry that involves naked people getting it on in front of the camera? Whatever.

A while back, the no-limits documentary team Vanguard did a fascinating episode on the changing face of porn in their episode “Porn 2.0,” which also acknowledged the increase of women joining the industry as non-actors.

So is it a good thing that more women are in the porn industry a good thing? Are the increasing numbers of women  in the XXX business an opportunity to make adult film more women-friendly, or are they simply being brainwashed by an inherently misogynistic system that exploits women? 

Allison Vivas, president of her own adult entertainment company Pink Visual, asserts in her opinon piece in The Daily Princetonian that being a feminist and working in porn are not mutually exclusive. After all, in gay porn and lesbian porn, heterosexual male desire is not even a part of the equation.

Certainly, more women working in the industry makes for more diverse interpretations of sexuality that aren’t about drunk sorority girls showing their titties for free. But no matter how progressive and gender-equal the porn industry becomes with more female directors, executives, writers and marketers calling the shots, trying to get famous for a pre-emptive “leak” of a sex tape and announcing your intentions for doing so probably isn’t the best strategy for a long-term career that lasts more than your 15 minutes of Warholian fame.

Originally published August 2010

photo by: Helga Weber

Women-Friendly Porn? Yes, It’s Possible

Looking for some online smut to watch with your partner-in-crime–or just by yourself? Certainly, there’s no shortage of porn, nudity and other X-rated material when you are surfing the web. But what if you are getting bored of seeing the same bleached blond sorority-type with the pierced nipples and boob job getting gang-banged by five douchey-looking bros in some guy’s apartment? 

Not all porn sites are created equal. And contrary to popular belief, not all porn has to be just about some dude getting off on dominating some chick with a spray-on tan. Is it possible that porn can be about celebrating female pleasure, too? 

And contrary to another popular belief, not all males enjoy watching Barbie-doll lookalikes– and actually would prefer to see very real-looking women achieve orgasm on their own without the help of any studly male "professors" or "gynecologists."

I asked one male acquaintance for his recommendations of non-mainstream, women-friendly porn sites that fit his erotic cup of tea. Coupled with my own internet research, I have found other additional resources for women-friendly porn and other erotic websites that challenge the traditional notions of porn for the heterosexual male gaze–or are still for dudes, but at least look way more interesting. 

Enjoy your smut and celebrate some non-fake human sexuality. And let’s GET IT ON.

BeautifulAgony.Com. Feel completely dirty from head to toe without seeing a single naked body. The premise of Beautiful Agony is very simple: it is an ongoing archive of videos submitted from men and women all over the world, with one format: a single person on camera, shot from the neck up, masturbating himself or herself to complete orgasm. Audio included. No matter what gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, sexuality, body type you like to fantasize about, there’s gotta be something for everyody. Plus, everyone loves a good orgasm! 

IFeelMyself.Com. Just like what the URL says: videos of real women touching themselves. Sexy and inspirational for both men and women, for different reasons.

IShotMyself.Com. With a digital camera, that is. Whether you want to play with your inner naughty exhibitionist, get over your own stupid body image issues, or do an anonymous eff-you to an ex-boyfriend who didn’t like your body, you are invited to post your own anonymous nudie photos of yourself with scores of other women of all ages, shapes and backgrounds who have dared to do the same. Simply fascinating to see the diversity of women from all over the world sharing their naked body with the internet.

Le Chagrin. If only this Tumblr still updated! Beautiful erotic photos of men, women, men and women that look more cinematic than anything else. If "classy porn" existed as an actual genre, this would be it.

A FUCK A DAY. Okay, this Tumblr is totally for guys. But also sensual visual pleasure of classy and artsy erotic photos for girls who like checking out other girls.  indie porn is another Tumblr that fits in this category.

Here are other great online resources for women-friendly porn: 

The Women’s Guide To Good Porn from Babeland.com. How not surprising that the most women-friendly sex shop has its own porn guide. Check it out. And also check out Babeland’s highly informative resources and sex products! 

 The Smart Girl’s Guide To Porn. A comprehensive guide of porn, for the female perspective, in book form.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / alexdram

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