The reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood is under one of the worst attacks from the US government that it has ever had to face. The House of Representatives, a group who is in no way, shape, or form, representing me on this matter, has voted to stop ALL federal funding to Planned Parenthood health centers.
You might be thinking What can I do about this? Good Question! First, understand that you are powerful. Your opinions, thoughts and desires, whether in person, on video, paper, or the internet, matter. Next, please follow these links to support Planned Parenthood:
This video is from two of my favorite filmmakers, Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman of 1 Giant Leap. Catto and Bridgeman go around the world asking what they call the unanswerable questions. Questions of religion, technology, desire, fear, death, sex etc. I saw their first film, entitled 1 Giant Leap, a few years ago and was impressed with how they made a simple idea into such a beautiful work of art. Not to mention the music is orgasmic.
Today we are taking a look at a relatively unknown type of sex worker called a sex surrogate. You might be thinking, What’s a sex surrogate? Good question. The following is part of an explanation of sex surrogacy from author and educator Cory Silverberg:
Why I like Mckenzie's Photos: Subtle sexualization of the male body.
All photos from: http://mckenziejames.blogspot.com/
In this interview pornographic film actress Sasha Grey shares some thoughts regarding her work in the adult film industry.
In this interview hijra and sex worker rights activist, Laxsmi Tripathi, talks about the difficulties of attaining legal rights for sex workers, especially in the transgender community. A note about hijras:
Hijras have been a part of Indian culture for some time. They are considered a third sex, which is why trying to understand hijras using a male/female or homosexual/heterosexual model is not very helpful. Here is an essay about Hijras, which can serve as an introduction to the understanding of this "third sex".
This week I will continue focusing on the lives of people working in the sex industry. We'll discuss why later. Right now I want to share this simple and honest interview with porn actor François Sagat. I love the way the interview was conducted. It is sparse, yet filled with subtext.
One of you good people sent me a link to the documentary Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography.
The film gives some insight into how pornography and feminism have combined to show a side of female sexuality that was previously not, or under, represented on the screen. In true feminist style, the film makers chose to interview women who have actually worked in the porn industry, to give their opinion about women's roles in adult cinema.
I thought we should go against the grain for today's post and feature a male porn actor who I would consider a more mainstream porn performer, at least when compared to the porn I usually post. Yet, if his blog is any indication, his thoughts on pornography, sexuality and his role in both are not what I would consider mainstream or what I would've expected.
I was introduced to Danny Wylde's work via Tristan Toarmino's film Rough Sex. If you recall, the film was not my style, but I did feel as though Wylde was the best
It's nice to see people considering more sustainable erotic products!
Sustainable sex is not limited to condoms. There are sexuality stores that specialize in sustainable products and many shops now have eco-friendly sections.
Here are a few stores that are respecting sexuality and the planet:
An e-buddy recently sent me a link to the Sex Is Not the Enemy photo collection. Upon seeing the collection e-buddy thought "That might be something Palesa would like." E-buddy, you were right.
The site features a variety of photographic expressions of sex and gender with written pieces interspersed throughout. There is a very sex positive, inclusive, and often fun vibe to the site.
All photos found on: http://sexisnottheenemy.tumblr.com/
Sins Invalid is a performance project that explores and celebrates the sexuality of people with disabilities. Lots of beautiful, intelligent and humane commentary in this video clip. People with and without disabilities will be able to resonate with this video.
I’ve been working my way in and out of a depression this week. I’m overwhelmed by the lack of quality higher level sex education in my country. The ridiculous assumptions people make when I mention my desire to further my sex education have been grating my nerves, and I was recently chastised for being sexually responsible and honest. I’ve spent the weekend in a funk.
I was going to post this video weeks ago, but then I witnessed the most rain I'd ever seen, and absorbed, in my life. It finally let up along with my trauma, so I can now post this video without having a bout of PTSD.
I keep running into online dating ads. Maybe the universe is trying to send me a message. From what I understand, online dating was created to make meeting people easier. One feels as though they have met a more suitable match due to the fact that they are able to skip some of the initial small talk, and can make assertions based on levels of similarity and electronic compatibility.