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  • Join Scout Willis’s Fight to Put Nipples on Instagram

    NEW YORKERS! Don’t be surprised if you see Scout Willis walking around your great with her tits out. Instead, you should take your top off and join her fight against Instagram’s ludicrous “no nipple policy”. Let’s review what happened.

    It started over a week ago, when Scout posted a photo to Instagram on May 20th, of a sweater featuring to sexy ladies topless. Of course, it was deleted off Instagram, so she turned to Twitter to share her sweater: 

    Then she asked this very important question:

    And Instagram, being the monolithic, nudity-hating monster that it is promptly deleted Scout Willis’s account. Because if there’s anything Instagram hates more than full-frontal nudity (nipples in particular), it’s people asking questions about their ultimate authority. Check out Scout Willis’s reaction to her Instagram account getting deleted:

    Which raises an excellent point…HOW DARE INSTAGRAM DELETE RIHANNA’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT? Badgalriri was by far the best thing about Instagram, and she shares a pic of her nipples and they take her Instagram away from us? How else are we supposed to know what tropical beach Rihanna may or may not be twerking on? Or what clubs she might be grinding up on fools at? It’s just not fair. Sure, it’s been reinstated, but it will never be the same.

    Scout would rejoin Instagram on the 26th, posting only artistic nudes to see how long it would take to have her banned. Instagram banned Scout Willis’s new, artistic nudes-only Instagram account in less than 24 hours.

    Now, Scout Willis is busy pointing out the hypocrisy of Instagram’s anti-nipple policy, namely that women can legally walk around topless in the streets of New York City (thereby solidifying itself as the world’s greatest city) but they can’t share their topless pictures on Instagram.

    Ultimately, it’s not just an Instagram problem, but Western culture’s deep-rooted discomfort with nudity, sexuality and the human body. Lina Esco, director of the Free The Niple documentary, pointed out in a piece for The Huffington Post, ““Did you know an American [minor] sees over 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on TV before they turn 18 and not one nipple? Yet the FCC fines CBS $550,000 for Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction; which was covered by a metal ‘nipple shield’ if one looks at the footage.”

    Maybe it’s just me, but for me, violence is worse than nipples. Nipples are dope. They keep us alive when we’re first born, and then you reach adulthood they’re fun to play with, suck on, tweak, pinch, whatever! Violence is straight lame. So why is it ok to show violence over nudity? Simply, it shouldn’t be. Rather than teach the future generation that violence is normal, acceptable even, is just not right. Why not let them know that they have no reason to be ashamed of their bodies? 

    All this to say, if you’re sick of how violence is perpetuated and nudity is frowned upon, join Scout Willis in walking around topless (if it’s legal in your city/country) and posting nudes on Instagram.

     

    May 29, 2014 • Sex, Sex News • Views: 6332

  • Will This Hashtag Convince You To Pay For Porn?

    If you follow your favorite pornstars on Twitter, I’m sure you probably noticed a high-volume of them tweeting the hashtag #PayForYourPorn.

    Though the hashtag is pretty self-explanatory, allow me to explain it anyway. It’s a campaign within the adult industry urging porn consumers to start paying for their porn rather than pirating porn for free.

    Let’s take a look at some of the participation in this porn industry hashtag activism:

    #PayForYourPorn became a movement shortly after actor and bad motherfucker Samuel L. Jackson made a joke about Redtube, a free internet porn site, at an Avengers press conference. Some pornstars saw his joke as a winking endorsement of pirated porn, which needless to say didn’t go over well.

    Coincidentally, when Jackson made his Redtube joke, the anti-piracy campaign was initiated by the company Adult DVD Empire, which, as a porn DVD retailer, has obviously been hard-hit by the widespread availability of free online porn, which spawned a website and PSAs from two of our favorite pornstars, Chanel Preston and Tasha Reign.

    Watch those PSAs below:

    “The fans don’t understand: we get paid once for shooting the scenes and that’s it,” says Tanya Tate. “The fans are like, ‘don’t you make money from the sales? Don’t you make royalties?’ And you’re like, ‘No.’ But you still want them to pay for your product, because you want the companies to keep going and keep hiring you to shoot for them.”

    The aim of #PayForYourPorn is simple. Get fans to stop thinking of porn as something they’re entitled to. That sense of entitlement is hurting those behind the content. Performers, producers, distributors, and crew members all suffer from porn piracy.

    Getting people to start paying for porn is not a modest task: Given how ubiquitous tube sites are, it’ll require nothing less than a total paradigm shift, let alone a modestly popular hashtag. “The majority of the porn-consuming public thinks of porn as something that has a baseline value of ZERO,” says the adult performer Siri, a vocal anti-piracy advocate who has embraced the #PayForYourPorn hashtag. “[…] We have to change people’s minds about porn, and convince them that adult films ARE valuable and it’s worth it to support those performers whose work they enjoy.”

    Of course, things get more complicated when you consider the fact that MindGeek owns most of the major studios as well as all the prominent tube sites.

    “In the mainstream movie industry, a company like Warner Brothers, if they saw one of their films on a tube-like site, they would immediately get their lawyers and get the scenes taken down,” Tanya Tate told the Daily Dot. “But in our industry, the big players are also the ones behind the tube sites. They’re the ones that direct where all the traffic goes.”

    So with that in the way, it’s hard to see how the smaller guys and the performers can make a change, since we only have to look at the Twisty’s Treat of the Year controversy to see how MindGeek feels about its talent (that they’re expendable).

    It’s easy to criticize hashtag activism, since it’s trying to implement real change on something that’s fleeting by nature. But then again, at least people are exposed to the issue.

    Honestly, I feel like the concept that porn should be free is so entrenched in the minds of people all around the world that its too late to change the minds of the vast majority. Of course, die-hards and the technologically inept will continue to pay for porn, but what about everyone else?

    Will you start paying for porn now that you know your favorite pornstars want you to?

    Do you feel any guilt knowing that when you torrent porn, you’re taking food out of the mouths of hard working pornographers?

    Just think about and discuss in the comments.

    May 16, 2014 • Porn, Porn News & Highlights • Views: 8625

  • NO on Measure B

    home logo NO on Measure B

    Measure B is a proposed mandate that would force all adult performers to wear condoms in their films. Despite the syphilis scare that happened this summer, the adult industry is very serious about blood tests for performers. Why should city health officials be sent to sets throughout Los Angeles to make sure performers are wearing condoms? Is it not the responsibility of the industry and the performers to ensure their health and safety?

    Give the kids and seniors their goddamn flu shots and stay off the set.

    Mind you, it’s never a bad idea to wear a condom when you’re having sex in your personal life. Sex in your personal life doesn’t require monthly blood-tests so it’s best to be safe.

    September 25, 2012 • Sex News • Views: 284