On inspiration

I’m also starting an inspiration series. I guess I’m into making things happen these days.

I’m keeping this space strictly words only, so this new curated series will be happening on my Instagram and Pornhub (NSFW 18+ Please be careful of harmful advertisement)

Yup, Pornhub. My thinking is, if I decorate my space, I will show up more as who I am. And there’s nothing quite like not following the rules of convention, so classical and feminist art feels just right for these walls.

Forgot to add: suggestions are welcome. Let’s make counterculture happen on Pornhub!

Update: Last night I took down my first post after remembering that I don’t own the rights to the painting. Then this morning I put it back after remembering that a 1887 painting is public domain. Oh copyright. Oh intellectual and artistic property. I forget about these things because my views are pretty out there when it comes to ownership. It’s why I use Creative Commons licensing on Vimeo. It’s why I don’t really care that Pornhub co-owns the rights of my work as long as I host it on their platform. It’s why I still can’t figure out how to earn money from my work.

Copyright will definitely limit the amount of newer feminist art I wanted to share. But I did see a photo of Frida Kahlo on Lena Dunham’s Instagram the other day. So either that photo is also public domain or nobody cares. I guess it all depends on why and how you share someone else’s work? That’s my personal philosophy anyway.

 

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On sex stars

I’ve been very outspoken here about my conflicted feelings towards porn. Clearly I’m having an emotional journey navigating my interactions with it. But I realize I’ve failed to balance it out by stating how I do not ever want to judge or shame those who make porn, especially not the women, and men, on screen.

I may not know if what I do is porn or not, but some people are very clear that that’s what they are making and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. I especially admire the work of pornstars like Stoya, Sasha Grey and others who are giving voice to their experiences and are empowering themselves while contributing to bridging the split worlds.

I also think that all those who choose to make and share explicit videos of themselves are part of a new wave sex revolution. The umbrella term “amateur” doesn’t do justice to the courage that’s involved in demystifying sex by expressing your sexuality openly.

So, despite my other ambivalences, I am proud and humbled to add my work to the achievements of all these known and unknown sex stars.