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Yes, Porn Can Be Feminist: Interview with Lynsey G

Yes, Porn Can Be Feminist: Interview with Lynsey G

Lynsey G is a porn expert and the author of Watching Porn: And Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist.  Are women in porn okay?   Usually, yes. In professionally produced pornography, most women knew what they were getting into beforehand. They’re getting into it because they want to be in it. Many performers are exhibitionists! They’re into it because they enjoy the idea of making porn. At the same time, you can never look at what performers are doing in any scene and know with 100 percent certainty that they’re into it or having the time of their life. Try to be discerning and pay attention to the people you’re watching. You can tell when somebody is not okay. If you...

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A History of Clit, Vagina, and Vulva Worship

A History of Clit, Vagina, and Vulva Worship

Art by Victoria Liu Far before the words ‘vagina’ and 'clitoris' had to be spoken in hushed tones—or worse, euphemized out of existence—everyone knew how to find a clitoris. No, not just find it. Worship it. We now live in a culture where female genitalia is politicized, yet hidden. It’s hard to believe that it was ever revered and celebrated. But lo-and-behold, there is a looooong history of vagina and clit worship! In The Story of V: Opening Pandora's Box (a book that everyone who has or loves a vagina should read), Catherine Blackedge notes that the word ‘vagina’ didn’t appear in English until 1682. However, non-English speaking cultures revered the vag for a variety of reasons. We need to recapture that...

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Our Favorite Feminist Porn

Our Favorite Feminist Porn

“Sex isn't something men do to you. It isn't something men get out of you. Sex is something you dive into with gusto and like it every bit as much as he does.” -Nina Hartley What is feminist porn? Ooh baby doll, are you looking to indulge in your most pure, somewhat voyeuristic/human desires, but without the misogynistic lens of the male gaze? Let’s take a moment to unpack.   The Male Gaze Back in the 70s, feminist theorist Laura Mulvey came up with a concept we all know and love: the male gaze. It was this crazy idea that women are constantly “looked at and displayed” for the male spectator’s pleasure–particularly in cinematic production. It’s 2017 and women have...

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BDSM Community Resources and Great NYC Dungeons

BDSM Community Resources and Great NYC Dungeons

Whether you’re exploring BDSM for the first time, or exploring NYC for the first time, you can’t exactly Yelp “best dungeons in NYC”. We’ve got you covered with the following list of dungeons and resources to satisfy your intrigue and desire in the big city. We’ll start you out with a few resources to explore on your own, and then a nice long list of dungeons to satiate your curiosity. Just call us your Buzzfeed for BDSM. The Resources Let’s start you out with a few resources: This Wink—your sexual save the date The blog This Wink is self-described as “this week in kink”. Think of it as your weekly newsletter of all the kink-related and sex-positive goings-on in NYC…straight...

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One-on-One with a Dominatrix

One-on-One with a Dominatrix

Sitting down with Mistress Victoria Robinson, lifestyle domme & pro-domme (9 years). Scroll to watch the whole interview. How do you become a dominatrix (domme)? In BDSM, a lot of people find it important to indicate whether you’re a “lifestyle domme” or “pro-domme.” Lifestyle-wise, my first boyfriend had a foot fetish…so it sort of just happened! As I became more conscious about my inclination for BDSM, I decided to work at a house (dungeon). If you’re interested in building skills or BDSM training, working at a house or at an apprenticeship is a great way to start. Anyway, after working at several houses, I began my own practice. I call it a small business–I’m an independent contractor, I’m in the service industry,...

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