Category: Gender, Sex

Doing It Again: Support Tobi Hill-Meyer’s New Trans Woman Porn Project

by Jiz Lee on / Gender, Sex, Goals and Ideas, Queer Porn

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Though he may have not been thinking about pornography when he said it, the message most definitely applies to sexual expression and visibility. It’s been my motto, in porn and otherwise — it’s a matter of being pro-active and creating positive experiences for a happy and healthy life. While being critical of something is valid and important, when we take an active part in helping to make change we can alter the path for ourselves and others. Sometimes we have to do it ourselves.

(And if we can’t do it ourselves, we can support those who can!)

I want to share one of the Kickstarter projects I’m supporting, an erotic documentary by my friend Tobi Hill-Meyer that weaves together explicit scenes and interview footage from trans women and their partners. Tobi did it the first time with “Doing it Ourselves: Trans Women Porn Project“, and now she’s Doing it Again (kickstarter).

Tobi’s kickstarter has not only met it’s initial goal, but it is now only moments away from reaching a new level of funding goals — and this part applies to genderqueer and non-binary people so you know I’m particularly excited!

Find out more about the project on Kickstarter and check out the Casting Call if you’re interesting in doing it, literally.

Please consider funding and sharing it with others, today!

UPDATE: CONGRATS TOBI ON MAKING A $15,000 GOAL — AND THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PITCHED IN!

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Tough Titties: Instagram Ban on Nudity

by Jiz Lee on / Geek, Gender, Sex

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service.

Instagram, an addictively fun social photo network recently acquired by Facebook, is now undeniably extremely conservative when it comes to posts containing nudity or suggestive sexuality. I learned this the hard way a few weeks ago when I posted some photos from a shoot, including a nude-ish image of me and Danni Daniels. I uploaded them, and then went off-line.

When I returned to my phone a few hours later, I found an email from the service, announcing that my account had been deactivated due to violating the Terms of Service.

Instagram doesn’t fuck around.

Because the app uses a phone’s unique id, there’s no way of signing up for a new account. Contacting their non-responsive customer support did not help, either. Even “jailbraking” an iPhone and using a UDID Hacker App would not work. Do a quick search online and you’ll find countless users abandoned by Instagram for posting nude images. Even cleavage shots! The most famous example was Daniel Arnold, who got banned for posting boobs. Even the “best photographer on Instagram” himself couldn’t lobby for account reactivation.

Fortunately for me, the banned account came at a time when I was eager to upgrade my phone anyhow. So with my new phone, I was able to sign up again — and create “JizLeePG”, an account which I SWEAR will be as non-sexual as unhumanly possible.

Nude behavior — This image got me booted.

Naturally, I can’t help but post nude/sexually-suggestive images, so I’ve got a work-around.

I’ve set up an iPhoneography section of this website to post images, keeping the fun, filtered square aesthetic, as well as commenting options. I’ll link to the images here from social networks, just as I would with Instagram. So follow me on Twitter or RSS my blog for easy access.

I’m able to post from my phone by using the Twitter Image Host plugin along with Tweetbot App for it’s custom photo API. If you want the same flexibility and don’t have your own website, you can also just use Tumblr.

Had I realized Instagram was so explicitly strict about their TOS, I wouldn’t have spared an inch of flesh in letting the images push nude boundaries.

May this post serve as a word of caution to any user who thinks a flagged image will only end with a slap on the wrist.

From Instagram’s TOS:

Basic Terms
#2. You may not post nude, partially nude, or sexually suggestive photos.

General Conditions
#1 We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Instagram service for any reason, without notice at any time.

I hope this helps for any current Instagram User to serve as a cautionary tale, and I hope you will like my JizLeePG Instagram images as much as you like my self-hosted XXX ones. It sucks that this issue bumps up against nudity and cisgender nipple policing, that I can’t show my bare chest in a way that is not seen as “nude” or “topless” because of my female breasts. This inequality has been a long struggle for me, and it doesn’t help that we still can’t find a way to share human experiences in a way that isn’t fraught with prudish and inconsistent segregation. Banning nudity doesn’t keep us safe, and luckily for us, technology will always have a work-around. Until that day, love the skin you’re in.

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