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The Dark Arts’ LIGHT / SHADOW / COLOR and power in restraint

by Jiz Lee on / Art, BDSM, Books, Erotica & Anthologies

Restraint, or rather, the act of being restrained, can reveal power. Of all the elements of BDSM, at this moment in my life I’m finding inspiration in the art of restraint. It is within the act of locating and testing barriers, of pulling and fighting against tension that I discover what’s possible. It’s a feeling of physical and emotional strength that is the opposite of submitting or giving in, or of being dead weight. It’s an active push against limitations that creates a counterbalance, defies gravity, and transforms into dance.

This element is what I explored recently when I had the pleasure of shooting bondage photos with The Dark Arts. We produced some stunning photographs, and I’m very proud to see them included in a beautiful and unique new bondage photography book, LIGHT/SHADOW/COLOR.

If you follow my Instagram you’ve seen a few “SFW” versions, but here’s a quick taste without the ridiculous, needless censorship. (Can you tell I abhor censorship of the body and believe it does more harm than good? But I digress…)

LIGHT/SHADOW/COLOR is available for pre-sale through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The book is beautiful and at $45 well worth the price of a full color 300 page photography book. There are other perks available, such as a framed print of the image I’ll share below. I’ve never felt so powerful and super-hero like than in this pose! If you do order this print along with the book, The Dark Arts will see that you’re added to my Holiday Card mailing list as well.

Pre-order a copy for yourself and support the creation of a beautiful and unique (and a hell of a lot more diverse) addition to bondage photography genre, one I’m honored to be a part of. Also, much love and shout out to Nenetl Avril, whom was among the first models I saw pose for The Dark Arts, and a big part of why I wanted to pose too.

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“Born into Porn” Kickstarter Documentary about Porn and the Family

by Jiz Lee on / Goals and Ideas

I’m a big fan of crowdfunding, and frequently search Kickstarter and IndieGoGo for projects related to queer sexuality, gender, pornography, and other things that I find of interest. Such as this new project, a documentary on the private lives of performers who have children, called “Born into Porn.”

As a performer myself, I’ve worked with and have gotten to know a number of porn performers who are fantastic parents. It’s disheartening to see the prejudice they — and their children face — by other parents, school officials, and anyone who may happen to know and judge them about their chosen profession.

Here’s information about “Born into Porn” which I hope will enlighten and inform viewers to see, as one interviewee puts it, that pornstars “are people too”. And perhaps to re-think, as another so eerily exclaims, that we “should be shot.”


Family Values. Pornography. One would be hard-pressed to find two terms seemingly more at odds, and yet many of the people who choose to work in the adult-film industry also make that most human of choices: having children and raising a family. What are these families like? Are they dysfunctional or, for lack of a better word, normal, even mundane? Do the career choices of the parents negatively impact the children, particularly when their peers as well as other parents learn what Mom and Dad do for a living?

“Born Into Porn” delves into the complex dynamic that exists behind the scenes once the cameras have turned off and the porn stars have gone home. It is not a sensational look at the private lives of these performers, but rather an in-depth exploration of the issues faced by the parents and children, both with each other and the world outside, as well as an examination of 21st century cultural mores in a society where pornography has become both ubiquitous and polarizing at the same time.

The money raised on Kickstarter is slated for completion of initial interviews.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Miki and Janet

Back their project on Kickstarter, which features past-performer Hyapatia Lee, and I hopefully more porn parents. I am looking forward to seeing the final film.

As a side note, this project relates to me in that I’m working on a book called “How to Come Out Like a Porn Star“, which involves family dynamics, queer and gender issues, and a collection of essays by performers and people behind the industry and how they have come out (or not) about their chosen line of work. At this moment in my life, the topic feels like where theory meets practice and sex-positivity hits the pavement.


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