Tag: Feminist

SWELLCon: Sex & Media Video Conference

by Jiz Lee on / Gender, Sex, Queer Porn

SWELLCon is a free, online video conference that presents a number of videos on the topic of sex and media.

One of the videos is CRASHCOURSE: How to Create a Comfy Environment on Set by Jiz Lee and Shine Louise Houston. Shine and I collaborated on this video, which details some key ingredients from the work that we do on the set of CrashPadSeries.com where I work on set as Production Assistant, helping talent during shoots. While there’s a lot more to be said about the various elements that make for a great experience for everyone involved in a production, this video is off to a good start. CRASHCOURSE is an upcoming Pink & White project, with more in the works. 

CRASHCOURSE: How to Create a Comfy Environment on Set by Jiz Lee & Shine Louise Houston

Feminists talk about the virtues of “ethical porn,” but how does one DO it, exactly? From a production standpoint, several factors combine to ensure a sex-positive and respectful experience on set. With performers AND crew in mind, these steps help to create one of the fundamental elements of an ethical production. Pink &White Productions founder and director Shine Louise Houston and performer/production assistant Jiz Lee detail the specifics of an ethical environment in producing porn, including: communication and consent, performer care, safer sex, boundaries, gender and language in directing, and much more. With over eight years of award-winning production and performing experience on indie and mainstream sets, Shine and Jiz come together to show how a comfy environment can produce a knock-out porn scene that everyone can be proud of.

Note: There are clips from the set of CrashPadSeries.com in this video which shows naked performers. This video is meant for viewers who are 18 years or older.

About Swellcon: Media has an enormous impact on how we view and engage in conversations about sex and sexuality. We see this on a daily basis at The Smitten Kitten in the way our customers communicate with us, in the ways in which we engage with them and our broader community, and in the broader perceptions of our work and the industry as a whole. Erotic media can be a tool for social change while also furthering sex negative culture and stereotypes. Whether it is a porn film, a book of erotica, or sexy illustration, it is clear that erotic media is abundant and has impact. This year Smitten Kitten is turning 10 years old. In honor of our birthday, we wanted to create something that would be accessible to all our friends and fans regardless of where they are. We have created a video collection entitled Swellcon that could be viewed by everyone for free. All the videos were made by amazing folks who make the sex industry and the field of sex education better. Our hope is that these videos will inspire, create conversation, and celebrate good work.

If you’re interested in participating: Submit a Video.

Browse all the videos at SWELLCON.com.

[Update: SwellCon has since expired. JL 06/2017]

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Meet the Porn Queens

by Jiz Lee on / Interviews, Queer Porn

I’m pretty impressed with an article that came out recently in Marie Claire INDIA (NOT the US version, but the global one) written by Mandy Van Deven who also rights for Bitch Magazine, Curve Magazine, and a number of queer women/feminist publications in the United States. While I wish I could have seen the article before it went to print to clear up my genderqueer identification — or things like Shawn’s name (as she is now going by Syd Blakovich) — it’s still very very cool to see this make print in such a big way. Women and queers taking power with media of our own stories and sexualities is essential. Between female pornographers in Europe – especially Erika Lust and Jennifer Lyon Bell, and in Canada (along with the Feminist Porn Awards), it’s true that this is definitely a global interest.

You can see the articles here — bigger view by clicking on the image — or by scrolling through the files at this online YuDu Library.

If you want to learn more about these female pornographers, check out some of the DVDs by Erika LustShine Louise Houston, and Courtney Trouble at GoodVibes.com or HotMoviesForHer.com.

They also run membership sites such as CrashPadSeries.com (Shine Louise Houston); No Fauxxx.com (Courtney Trouble); and GoodDykePorn.com (Bren Ryder).

Also a shout out to female pornographers not mentioned in the article, those in the past who set the first groundwork for others to follow, and also a nod to those I’ve worked with including Tristan Taormino, Belladonna, Joanna Angel Kathy & Shoosh of Triangle FilmsMadisonYoung, and newbies like Tobi Hill-Meyer and Jincey Lumpkin and so so so many others!

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