Tuesday, November 27, 2012

get your signed copy of after pornified at a discount

Reading at Monkey See Monkey Read
Bring on the season of holiday joy with the positive vision of After Pornified: How Women Are Transforming Pornography & Why It Really Matters! I got stock and am selling my book at a $5 discount. Here's how it works:

You mail me a check (email me for my address) and I mail you a signed copy with a personalized greeting once your check arrives. It's that easy.

What people are saying:
"all written with intelligence and aplomb … a goldmine for all sex-positive women and men." — From review at Evolved World

"a pleasant tip-toe through the pleasant-smelling tulips that are sticking their heads up above the standard, porny mud." — ForTheGirls.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

free-range porn or how to be a woman

In How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran delivers a naked and entertaining portrait of herself and our time that makes a compelling case for the need for feminism not as theory but practice. For instance in terms of sex education and better porn. The problem is as Moran points out that in the 21st century, the majority of children and teenagers grow up with an understanding of what sex is all about based on Internet porn: mainstream hardcore porn that "blasts through men's and women's sexual imaginations" with its formulaic predictability vending a "porn monoculture" so embedded in our culture we don't even realize it when we're looking at it. (BTW, Moran does allow for the availability of "niche stuff.")

Yet as Moran points out; "it's not pornography per se that's the problem here. ... The idea that pornography is intrinsically exploitative and sexist is bizarre: pornography is just some fucking, after all. The act of having sex isn't sexist, so there's no way pornography can be, in itself, inherently misogynist.

So no. Pornography isn't the problem. Strident feminists are fine with pornography. It's the porn industry that's the problem. The whole thing is as offensive, sclerotic, depressing, emotionally bankrupt, and desultory as you would expect a widely unregulated industry worth, at an extremely conservative estimate, $30 billion to be. No industry ever made that amount of money without being superlatively crass and dumb."

Monday, November 19, 2012

video impression of dusk!'s launch party for my book in amsterdam

Great to see this little video impression of the launch party that Dusk! threw for me in Amsterdam on my final night in Europe promoting my After Pornified book. Dusk! is a TV channel solely devoted to providing erotic material to straight women, and is in fact the only channel of its kind in the world.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

after(noon) pornified event in amsterdam

Watch the video at MFE.TV

Check out this video at MFE.TV capturing the After(noon) Pornified event hosted by the woman-owned sex shop Mail & Female in Amsterdam; a delightfully stimulating conversation about women and porn between myself and Ella van der Gang (Mail & Female porn curator), Marloes Meuzelaar (MFE.TV), Madeleine Vreekamp (Mail & Female Buyer) and Marije Janssen (Get a Room! events organizer), chaired by Sue du Plessis (Mail & Female events organizer and MFE.TV hostess).

The discussion was attended by an intimate and engaged audience, including independent erotic filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell of Blue Artichoke Films and Dutch golden age filmmaker Willem van Batenburg.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

snapshots from my tour in europe

Me at the launch party at the film festival in Berlin flanked by filmmakers
Ingrid Ryberg, Nenna, Erika Lust and Jennifer Lyon Bell
I am back! And my After Pornified book has now officially been launched, with copies available in the US and Europe both in paperback and eBook for Kindle (purchase here). I've really enjoyed all the events so far, both here in the US and in Europe, even if touring overseas was exhausting with all the traveling and packed schedule all the while jetlagged. It was great to connect with so many new groups of audiences and people who also care about sex-positivity and sexual empowerment for women and men.

The panel discussion at Mail & Female in Amsterdam was a really positive and stimulating event. Attended by an intimate audience, including independent erotic filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell of Blue Artichoke Films and Dutch golden age filmmaker Willem van Batenburg, the discussion was video recorded for Mail & Female's MFE.tv from where you'll be able to watch it once it's edited and up. I'll also share it here together with photos that were taken at the event.
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