Congrats Toronto International Porn Fest nominees!

The 2017 Toronto International Porn Festival looks so incredible that I’m already having viewer envy! Because of this, I thought it would be fun to put together a post highlighting what’s so great about their lineup. Think you know what porn looks like? Check out all the nominees here. You can follow the fest here on Twitter.

This is the first year for the festival, which runs from April 20-23. They have an illuminating FAQ here, which illustrates how modern porn is actually the opposite of what today’s anti-porn campaigners think, say, and believe about porn. I hope you enjoy the tease and taste of TIPF’s terrific selections below, which showcase cutting-edge erotic filmmaking, censorship-defying artists, indie pornographers, and innovations in erotic storytelling. Oh, and lots of diverse hotties.

Some highlights from the TIPF list:

XConfessions Vol. 6 (Erika Lust)

XConfessions Vol. 8 (Erika Lust)

Having My Cake, with Bishop Black, Morgana Muses (Permission 4 Pleasure)

Blue Room, with Jiz Lee and Mad Kate (Goodyn Green)

SNAPSHOT (trailer here, at page bottom), with Beretta James, Chocolate Chip, Lyric Seal, Nerine Mechanique, Verta (Pink and White Productions)

Trinity, with Lina Bembe, Parker Marx, Rooster (Bright Desire)

Fetish Fvckdolls, with Alyx Fox, Chelsea Poe, kelli lox, Mistress Kara, ramses rodstein, Stefani Special, suzie spindrift (Chelsea Poe Productions, Foxhouse Films, Trouble Films)

Fifty Shades Of A Tranny (Michelle Austin)

Glitter (& Gold), with April Flores, Chelsea Poe, Cinnamon Maxxine, Courtney Trouble, Isiah Maxwell, Jade Rose, James Darling, JlF, Karla Lane, Moe the Monster (Trouble Films)

BED PARTY, with Jack HammerXL and Nikki Darling (Pink Label TV)

See Me, with Mel Lou (Bright Desire)

Gone: A Story of Love and Courage, with Gee Richards, Madeline Blue (Sssh; film review here)

Breathe, (Goodyn Green)

Hand Jobs, with Amity Adams, Rob Paulson (Bright Desire)

Last Call, with Alliano, EO, Franky, Graf Porno, Grey, H Ohne D, Kinky Twinky, Lestat, Lira Liam, Mark Windsor, Mika Gattino, MJ, Moondancerin, Sadie Lune, Sage, Simon, Spiralena, Surjan, Vittorio (Cum Different)

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Sex News: No more porn at the Armory, PornHub’s ID grab, gay slang does ‘Dropbox’

  • “A British law that forces porn site owners to check visitors’ ages could lead to a global database of viewing habits ripe for hacking, say digital rights activists. The Digital Economy Act of 2017, passed into law on April 27, is expected to require websites to check user ages using a regulator-approved verification method starting in May 2018. Privacy advocates are fearful that MindGeek, which has over 100 million daily visitors to its sites that include PornHub and Brazzers, could create a database of adult viewing habits on a scale never seen before.”
    * PornHub’s Owner is About to Card Everybody in the UK (Inverse)
  • “For Feminista Jones, ‘12 Years a Slave’ raises important questions about sexual agency and our community’s history of sexual abuse. … “The opening scene of 12 Years a Slave helped me to think about the orgasm as an act of resistance, sex as an act of reclamation for the enslaved Black body.”
    * From Slavery to Sexual Freedom (Ebony)
  • “Kink.com has released the movie that became the final shoot at San Francisco Armory. “Twin Peaks” parody “Damn Fine Pie!” marked the end of adult film production in the historic San Francisco Armory. … Since “Damn Fine Pie!” was shot in February, Kink.com production has largely moved to Las Vegas.”
    * Kink’s ‘Damn Fine Pie!’ Marks End of Adult Filmmaking at Armory (XBIZ)

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  • “Even if you are lucky enough to have some modicum of control over who knows and who doesn’t, you will still probably be outed. You will be outed again and again. Your naked images will be found and sent to your brother by his friends. They will be emailed around by your classmates. A local news station will do an expose on the studio you work for — they will wait outside to film you as you are leaving at the end of the day, and they will show this footage on the evening news.”
    * Once You Have Made Pornography (The Establishment)
  • “Gia Paige was just one person who appeared in the six-part follow up to 2015 documentary Hot Girls Wanted which looks at women working in the sex trade, appearing in an episode which explored racism within the porn industry. The adult star’s real first and middle names were used in the episode titled ‘Money Shot’ – something Paige claims she didn’t give her consent to.”
    * A porn star featured in Hot Girls Wanted is ‘living in fear’ after Netflix revealed her real name (Independent)

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  • Ethical.Porn has launched, exploring multifaceted aspects of “ethical porn.” Guided by the ethos “Transcend Genre. Emphasize Consent. Start A Conversation,” Ethical.Porn examines adult content as a complex entity that is synergistically interconnected to wider society.”
    * Ethical.Porn Launches With Myriad Industry Voices (XBIZ)
  • “She speaks in a curiously high-pitched Scottish accent and tells me that she loves science fiction and, of course, Matt. Mr McMullen claims that she learns from her users but when I ask Harmony what it feels like to be jealous, she apologises and says that she “needs to improve [her] skills”. The app that powers Harmony is already available to buy, although only directly from the Realbotix website, a spin-off from Abyss. Neither Google’s nor Apple’s official stores will carry it because of the explicit content.”
    * A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony? (BBC)

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Sex News: Porn production halted, Republican porn scare, UK sex for rent scandal

  • “The US porn industry’s leading trade body has called for adult film production to be halted amid fears that an actor has HIV. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) issued the warning to prevent the potential spread of the virus, after a performer on a database used to protect the health of actors underwent an HIV test. … It added that the performer had not worked on a set during the window of transmission and “had not participated in any fluid exchange shoots since their last negative test.””
    * Porn production in the US shut down over HIV fears (Independent UK)
  • Hey look yet another article with no actual news about this (potential?) issue. “The Trump administration has yet to take any concrete action against the adult industry—and probably won’t anytime soon because it has a lot of other things going on.”
    * Republicans Are Coming for Your Porn (Vice)

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  • “Joseph John Schmidt III, a Navy chief special warfare officer who has spent 23 years in the military, has made more than 30 porn films since 2010 under the name “Jay Voom,” most of them with his wife, porn star Jewels Jade, she told The Huffington Post …”
    * Navy SEAL Under Fire For Moonlighting As Porn Actor (Huffington Post)
  • “New research from Brigham Young University (I know right?) examines the role of pornography use, self-perceived “addiction” to pornography, and religion on relationship anxiety. Results were surprising, and confirmed a building school of research which indicates that the effects of pornography vary based on moral and religious beliefs, and that seeing oneself as addicted to porn is actually far more damaging than actually using pornography.”
    * Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships (Psychology Today)
  • “Vulnerable young people are resorting to paying for accommodation through sexual services advertised on classified ads posted online, it is claimed. An investigation by BBC South East Today uncovered numerous adverts offering free rent in exchange for “services” on websites such as Craigslist. ”
    * Sex-for-rent adverts are ‘exploiting’ young homeless people (Independent UK)

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Sex News: Netflix series outs sex worker, GOP and Red Pill, YouTube fixes LGBT censorship, all about nunsploitation

  • “Netflix’s new documentary “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On” is ostensibly a series about the intersection of sex and technology, but its main focus is the treatment and experience of women in the porn industry. Now, at least four sex workers feel the show itself has exploited them — by allegedly featuring them without their consent and, in one case, outing a performer’s real name.”
    * Netflix’s New Doc ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Is Accused Of Outing Sex Worker (Voactiv)
  • It’s the birthplace of Milo Yiannopoulos and nurturer of mass murderer (of women) Elliot Rodger. “Last November, voters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region re-elected to the state house of representatives a man who appears to be one of the secret architects of the internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere.””
    * The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’ (Daily Beast)
  • “It took a long time for Odiele, now 28, to come out of hiding, but in January she came out publicly in Vogue, and instantly brought into focus the sixth – and least appreciated – letter in the queer acronym, LGBTQI. “For a lot of people, the first time they hear about it is when they talk to me,” Odiele says. “Most people really have no idea.””
    * Intersex and proud: the model finally celebrating her body (Guardian)

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  • “A hacker has planted both pornographic and intimate images of homosexuality on more than 250 Isis twitter accounts. The hacker, known only as ‘WauchalaGhost’, began targeting accounts 18 months ago on the principle that he had to oppose the terrorist organisation’s hatred. He has been threatened with beheading by the group. He took the decision following the Orlando gay nightclub shooting, replacing hundreds of profiles’ pro-Isis images with Pro-LGBT messages. He frequently tweeted links to gay pornography.”
    * Hacker takes over 200 Isis accounts and fills them with gay porn (Independent/Indy 100)
  • Starts by describing what they’re wearing, unfortunately. “A lot changed for these women when, about a year ago, a law was passed making paying for sex in France illegal. Chloé points to a few younger girls on the other side of the street. “The networks are still there, so nothing changed there. But more than anything, this law has put us in danger.” ”
    * Who Do French Sex Workers Want as Their New President? (Vice)

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  • “Posting nude pictures of service members without consent is now, for all intents and purposes, a crime in the Navy and Marine Corps — a response to the nude photo-sharing scandal that surfaced when a reporter outed a private Facebook group of Marines and sailors that was used at times to swap nudes.”
    * Posting private nude photos is now a crime in the Navy and Marine Corps (Navy Times)
  • “Although nunsploitation peaked in the 1970s, it belongs to a much longer legacy of stories spawned from rumours about the mysterious life of nuns. As early as 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron includes the tale of a handsome young man who pretends to be mute so he can work within the otherwise forbidden walls of a convent. The beautiful cloistered women grow increasingly bold, eventually using the protagonist to explore their carnal curiosity.”
    * When Hard Meets Soft: The Painful Pleasures of Nunsploitation Cinema (cléo)
  • “This was a very enlightened family, and this would have been a very loving gift from a husband to wife. You can see that because the level of detail is incredible, down to the folds of the skin. There’s a heart carved at the base of it, where her finger would have been, and a receptacle in which she could keep a lock of his hair.”
    * Victorian-era ivory vibrator generates excitement at Irish auction (Guardian)
  • This post is GREAT. “The word is often used in a misogynist context and for many women, it’s irredeemable. But I learned to love the word one day in the late 90s with my husband and our friend. On a whim, we decided to say it at every opportunity that day, peppering the conversation with it, deliberately shouting it, relishing the percussive force of the word. … Later, when I’d entered the realms of porn, I came to properly appreciate “cunt” as a feminist, erotic descriptor.”
    * The Impressive History of Cunt (Ms. Naughty)

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Sex News: Anti-porn law stalker, Facebook in hot water, neural lace and orgasm, RealDoll’s sex robot

  • “Conservative lawmakers in over a dozen states are pushing a bill that would force consumers to pay a ransom to access pornography … And the only thing more bizarre than the Human Trafficking Prevention Act itself might be the man behind it … Chris Sevier (aka Mark Sevier, aka Chris Severe) once famously tried to legally marry his computer to protest same-sex marriage, and was charged with stalking and harassing both country star John Rich and a 17-year-old girl … Sevier has a warrant out for his arrest in Tennessee (…)”
    * The Man Who Wants to Tax Porn Thinks His Past Assault Case Is ‘Fake News’ (Daily Beast)
  • “Over the course of a month YouPorn surveyed thousands of women to get a better sense of what makes them tick. … 1 in 4 YouPorn visitors are female. … with this survey we’re going beyond the surface and scratching much deeper to take a closer look at how women in particular interact with porn.”
    * What Women Really Want When it Comes to Porn; a YouPorn Survey (YouPorn)
  • Facebook is quick to ban people like me and anyone posting about human sexuality, but… “Facebook has been accused of refusing to take down child porn and terrorist propaganda posted on the site, despite being made aware of it. Robust allegations made by The Times following an investigation claim the world’s biggest social media site could even be prosecuted in the UK, as some material was identified as illegal by a top barrister.”
    * Facebook ‘refused to remove child porn and terrorist propaganda’ (Metro UK)
  • “The robotic head is far from complete, but when it finally goes on sale (for about $ 10,000), it could be the world’s first commercially viable gynoid. She’s not the first of her kind, but take one look at Harmony’s predecessors, and it becomes clear she that was cut from a different cloth.”
    * RealDoll’s first sex robot took me to the uncanny valley (Engadget)

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  • “Elon Musk, billionaire business magnate and tech mogul, has launched a startup called Neuralink, which aims to connect brains and computers using implantable electrodes. Musk hopes that these “neural laces”—a term borrowed from the science-fiction novels of Iain M. Banks—will allow humans to remain competitive with advanced AI. … The neural laces of Banks’s utopian Culture novels are biomechanical meshes that regulate endogenous chemicals, increase memory storage, and enhance intelligence. They also augment orgasms.”
    * What Elon Musk’s ‘Neural Lace’ Project Could Mean for the Future of Sex (Future of Sex)
  • “Pushing beyond the ripped-Californian-pizza-boy-bangs-tanned-Californian-beach-babe paradigm, [London’s first Porn Film Festival] introduced audiences to a world of queer, feminist erotica with actual relevance to our messy, marginalised sex lives.”
    * Behind the scenes at London’s first queer porn festival (Dazed)
  • “From the start, Stubblefield claimed that “D.J.,” as he’s known in court documents, consented to their affair through what’s called “facilitated communication.” That is to say, he typed out his words on a portable keyboard, with her hand supporting his and pulling back against his frequent muscle spasms. ”
    * Can a Multiple-Choice Quiz Prove a Disabled Man Consented to Sex? (Slate)

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  • “MindGeek’s PornHub once again was made available in Russia, according to reports. The Roskomnadzor, which is Russia’s communications regulator, blocked the adult tube site property in September after it issued a ruling that said the site could be harmful to users. Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky stated in media reports that access to the site was opened on April 7 “by court order,” and that the PornHub case was sent for a new review.”
    * PornHub Gets Unbanned in Russia (XBIZ)
  • “Yet somehow, in assuming that there must be a TV show, or a book, or a secret art project, I forgot the number one driving force behind nearly all Instagram trends. Why have you created a puppet? Why does your puppet have genitals made out of felt?”
    * Inside the sex, money, and scandal of Instagram’s puppet community (New Statesman)
  • “Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of design label Eckhaus Latta recently ignited controversy with images from their new spring 2017 campaign. The designers got real people (not professional models) to actually have sex for the ads, where pixelated sections leave little to the imagination.”
    * Real People Had Real Sex In These NSFW Fashion Ads (Huffington Post, main post image via)

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