This year’s GOP platform is just full of interesting information, isn’t it folks? We’ve learned that it includes a section on creating a Federal Personhood law that would outlaw all abortion, many popular forms of contraception, and severely limit access to in vitro fertilization. We’ve seen that its immigration plank rests on a concept that was introduced as a joke and parody, “self deportation.” And now, we know that it’s coming after porn of all kinds. More
Though we’re usually on the same page with most issues, the writers and editors at Blisstree don’t always see eye to eye on controversial matters–like the new law in L.A., which requires men appearing in porn movies to wear condoms in order to get a permit to film. Hanna thinks that it’s a good idea, if only in theory, while Elizabeth isn’t into laws that try to regular already self-regulating industries, like porn. Here, we’re going to let you in on our discussion. More
In April 2004, a male porn star in L.A. tested positive for HIV, which lead to positive testing of three women who had performed unprotected scenes with him. Lara Roxx, a young, naïve Montreal girl, had only worked in the industry for two months but was the first woman diagnosed. The press followed her story initially—she was even interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Primetime Live —but soon forgot her.
Director Mia Donovan has followed Lara Roxx since 2004 and her self-reflexive approach and handheld camera reveal the relationship between filmmaker and subject with all its complications of trust and narrative control. The resulting documentary, Inside Lara Roxx, premieres May 5.
The raw, gritty and delicate story begins in a psychiatric ward in Montreal and follows five years of Lara’s ups and downs as she tries to reinvent her life. Roxx returns to L.A. and Vegas to reconnect with the industry, attempts to establish a foundation for the protection of sex workers, and falls into crack addiction followed by rehab. I caught a screening during Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival last week and chatted with Donovan about the dangers of porn, shooting the doc with Lara, and the friendship that developed between the two of them. More
Last week, Carlos Batts, an award winning artist, photographer and director, was an invited panelist at the sixth annual Feminist Porn Awards, a Toronto event that celebrates woman-centric pornography from around the globe. Producing films that star his wife April Flores, Batts attempts to tap into a sex-positive, progressive way of thinking about women’s porn. However the world of porn and feminist ideologies have rarely gone hand in hand. Can we find a place for pornography in our sex lives without comprising our feminist beliefs? Batts answered some of our questions about fem porn, why he does it, and why it should be viewed as art: More
Could Do-It-Yourself Pornography be the cause of, and solution to, all of your sexual problems?
As more and more relationships turn sour, pornography is baring the brunt of the blame. We turn to our monitors for satisfaction rather than our partners, and when our partners refuse to enact the scenarios we see online (or can’t perform them simply because they’re just not limber enough), our sexual lives begin to suffer. But one Globe and Mail writer thinks that while pornography might be the cause of our problems, it could also miraculously be the solution.
DIY Porn, people. Grab your camcorders, your fire-engine-red lipstick, and lacey boustiers, because you are about to give Jenna Jameson a run for her money. Welcome to PornstarVille. Population: two. More
Kids of divorced parents are often caught in the crossfire of bad arguments and legal disputes. But Jack and Crystal Buckner’s daughters are in the middle of a uniquely controversial case in northern Texas. NPR reports that when the couple’s … More