Creating Ethical Porn in an Unethical Industry – The Problem with Porn Today and How It’s Changing

If you’ve ever been curious about the way porn is made, Rashida Jones’s Hot Girls Wanted documentaries are an essential watch. They delve into the porn industry to discover the lack of safeguards in place to protect actors from exploitation: it’s a male-dominated industry, with men taking the roles as agents, directors, and production company CEOs. Women are most frequently placed in roles as performers alongside (you guessed it) more men. However, their point isn’t to slander pornography. Jones looks into how erotic film director Erika Lust creates a more ethical, female-driven working environment, and how she aims to change the approach to making adult films through her production company, Lust Cinema. Porn performers interviewed in the documentaries voice their discomfort with the demeaning content of the films they’re pushed to produce – particularly so the frequency of requests for images that depict sexual violence. The need for change is made obvious by Jones, but the first step in creating this change is the hardest: getting porn consumers to be more ethically conscious of what they wank to.

First thing to do to achieve this: ruin free porn sites for everyone by talking endlessly about the layers of dubiousness littering their pages.

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What It’s Like to Dream Whilst Being Awake: An Introduction to Life with Depersonalisation-Derealisation

Hi there. It’s been a while I last posted, and that’s mostly due to being busy at university and having an up-and-down time with my mental health – so, this article is a little different to what I usually post on here, but as a way of showing that this blog is not dead, and as a way of raising awareness of this particular mental illness that I have, I thought I’d do a wee post of an essay I wrote for a creative writing assessment this year. Enjoy! 

Let’s say you’re having a birthday meal with your family. You just turned eighteen. You got dumped the week before. You’re in a restaurant by the sea, it’s your home, you’re with people that love you. You’re in the middle of exam season. Your stress acne decided to turn cystic in the run-up to your eighteenth. You got a cool new phone for your birthday, books, a vinyl. You’re not sure any of it’s real though. After all, you might not be real. You’re not quite sure anything’s been real since you were fourteen, when all of this started, when the doctors thought this was epilepsy and sent you for an EEG at the hospital.

(Side note: it’s not epilepsy.)

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What’s Up With All the Sexual Deviancy in ‘Black Mirror’?

This article acts as a sequel to a piece written about porn in Black Mirror last year, so I’d recommend taking a cheeky peek at that one over here before reading this one. There’s also major spoilers for series four throughout this article, and a trigger warning for discussion of sexual abuse, so careful with this, kids.

It’s 2018, it’s been over a month since Black Mirror season four was released, and I still have a concerning obsession with sex in Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology series. Delving deeply into the in’s-and-out’s of these new episodes gives an insight into the accessibility of sexually deviant behaviour in the modern age – paraphilias such as voyeurism and BDSM exist in new forms now with so much online pornography and fan fiction floating around the net (bet Brooker would love to know what kind of antics he and David Mitchell get up to on Archive of Our Own, arguably the kinkiest fan fiction site out there). Black Mirror finds some really zany ways of exploring how technology allows its characters to bash one out in the most inappropriate and morally questionable ways possible.

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How Netflix United ‘The Defenders’ With The Team’s Past Trauma

All four of The Defenders have seen some crap. In fact, they all continue to get themselves into seriously messed up situations time and time again, and probably need a good therapy session. Yet, without their past traumatic experiences, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist probably wouldn’t have discovered each other and teamed up to take down the Hand. So, should we be glad that they experienced such trauma? Of course not; that’s messed up. Nobody should have to deal with that. But, that’s exactly what happened, and now they’re stuck dealing with even more crap because the NYPD are way out of their depth. Fantastic.

Superhero team-ups are usually brought together by sharing ideologies, but Netflix’s band of misfits are brought together by their shared trauma, making for some interesting television.

So, on top what these guys deal with in their eight-episode Netflix superhero extravaganza, here’s how the Defenders’ dreadful lives link them to one another, and why that’s so important to the series.

Warning: Here’s the part where I let you know that there’s spoilers littered around this article, so be careful out there.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ On How Messing Up Can Actually Be A Good Thing

If you sat in the cinema theatre after watching Spider Man: Homecoming saying to yourself, “Wow, having Peter Parker fail so frequently throughout this film and clumsily navigate his way through dangerous missions really has a lot to say about how making mistakes can really be a strong learning experience for a young person to help them to find their calling in life and discover what their true core values are”, then you weren’t the only one, because that’s actually exactly what I was thinking.

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What ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Teaches Us About Girls’ Education

When Emma Watson was cast as Belle for the live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, it was pretty much confirmed that this new version of the well-loved story was going to have an underlying feminist message beneath it — and it certainly hasn’t failed to deliver just that. Amidst the controversies of the discussions about Stockholm syndrome, Emma Watson’s Vanity Fair shoot, and the introduction of Disney’s first openly gay character, another, particularly significant theme in the film was overlooked: the topic of education for girls.

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‘Lovelace’: An Insight Into the Reality of an Abusive Relationship

So to start this off: I know Lovelace is not the only film out there to depict an abusive relationship on the big screen. I know that it’s not the most fantastically accurate representation of an abusive relationship out there. I know that it fails to address a lot of the abuse and controversy surrounding the story that the real Linda Lovelace – Linda Boreman – experienced in her own life.

Why bother writing this, then?

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Women, Sex, and Singing: What Musicals Can Tell Us About Sexual Empowerment

If all the Oscar nominations are anything to go by, there’s a lot of hype surrounding La La Land at the moment. In particular, people seem to love Emma Stone’s character, Mia – and it doesn’t surprise me. Aside from having a sharp sense of humour and a set of insecurities many artists can relate to (self-doubt is strangely endearing), Mia is extremely comfortable showing interest in Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) in a few creative ways, e.g. requesting his band to play ‘I Ran’ by A Flock of Seagulls at a pool party as a way of mocking the serious musician.

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What ‘La La Land’ Shows Us About Relationships And Daydreams

If you don’t get why people keep talking about how great La La Land is, go and see it. If you have seen it, and you still don’t get it, keep reading this and I’ll do my best to explain it to you. Grab a snack, settle down in a chair and let me tell you a little bit about being a daydreamer.

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‘Sherlock’ Throwback: 5 Unexpectedly Dramatic Moments

With Sherlock being one of the BBC’s most popular drama TV programs, there is, quite shockingly, a lot of drama in it. From the face-off between Sherlock and the murderous cabbie in the very first episode, ‘A Study In Pink’ to that horrifying moment concluding the series’ latest episode, ‘The Six Thatchers’, we’re no strangers to shitting our pants at the intense events Holmes and Watson find themselves in during their ludicrous adventures.

There are some other moments during Sherlock that are undoubtedly dramatic, but… unusually so. Here’s a brief, spoiler-free look at the times Sherlock and John ended up in some unexpectedly action-packed circumstances in the first three series of this quirky crime drama.

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