Cinekink The Kinky Film FestivalNote: I’ve helped judge the Cinekink Shorts competition for a number of years (maybe since 2008?) – Viviane

CineKink NYC returns for its twelfth annual appearance on Tuesday, February 24th, bringing with it a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, presentations, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala and a concluding afterglow party.

Billing itself as “the kinky film festival,” the event will run February 24-March 1, 2015. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

“With so much attention on kink in the mainstream, and the release of ‘Fifty Shades,’ it’s exciting to be back with such a rich and diverse festival line-up,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “We’ve been keeping it kinky for twelve years now, and we’ll have offerings that will appeal both to those who’ve been with us since the start, and to those who have just recently been inspired to explore.”

The CineKink NYC festivities begin Tuesday, February 24th, at 8 PM, with a fundraising kick-off extravaganza to be held at Taj (48 W. 21st Street, NYC), a pansexual celebration that, in addition to music and sexy performances, offers several cinematic gems up on the screen.

The festival then moves to Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC) from Wednesday, February 25 through Saturday, February 28, with several different film and video programs scheduled for each day.

A DIY filmmaking workshop, an awards celebration and an AfterGlow play party complete the festival’s run on Sunday, March 1.

WEDNESDAY
Among the headliners, first up on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 PM, the festival’s CineKink Season Opener screening of INSIDE HER SEX, a thought-provoking, boundary-pushing film, explores female sexuality and shame through the eyes and experiences of three women. Then, at 9:00 PM, contestants pantomime sexual encounters with imaginary partners in a raucous documentary, AIR SEX: THE MOVIE, that follows The Air Sex championship tour around the country.

THURSDAY
On Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 PM, BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY is a definitive look at the personalities that created what might be the most offensive magazine of all time. Then, at 9:00 PM, a double-feature, LOVE HARD and BODY OF GOD, celebrates the exploration of limits…be those of mind, body and/or soul.

FRIDAY
On Friday, February 27 at 7:15 PM, LUST STORIES is a hot set of lust-filled, female-centric shorts. And at 9:30 PM, A TRIBUTE TO CLUB 90 brings together four denizens of NYC’s “Golden Era of Porn” – Veronica Hart, Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle and Veronica Vera – for a rare public reunion and frank reminiscing.

SATURDAY
Kicking off Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 PM, HIGH SHINE: 15 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MS BOOTBLACK pays tribute to the many woman-identified bootblacks of the leather community, and the traditions and practices that sustain them.

At 3:00 PM, in AGE OF CONSENT, the story of the Hoist, London’s first and only gay sex/fetish bar, coincides with the history of AIDS, gay gentrification and the ongoing struggle to decriminalize homosexual activity, including BDSM, in the United Kingdom.

At 5:00 PM, an annual porn showcase, BRING IT!, features a dazzling array of talent from today’s adult cinema, each representing a wide range of genres and visual styles, all stepping up with a hot sampling of their recent endeavors.

At 7:15 PM, a collection of kinky shorts, MORE THAN 50, moves beyond gradations of gray to celebrate a wide gamut of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission and sadomasochism.

And at 9:30 PM, the festival’s closing competition film, MARRIAGE 2.0, looks at the possibilities and pitfalls of an open relationship, following one couple on their search to balance personal freedom with emotional and sexual bliss.

SUNDAY
For those who may have been inspired to take a go at creating their own erotic cinema, a workshop, FROM FANTASY TO FILM: INTRO TO MAKING YOUR OWN PORN, will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

CineKink NYC concludes the evening of Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 PM, with a CINEKINK AWARDS CELEBRATION, including presentation of the annual festival awards, to be followed at 9:00 PM by the CINEKINK AFTERGLOW party, one last chance to mingle with like-minded festival-goers and enjoy a few additional screenings, this time in a relaxed play party setting.

The locations for all three Sunday events is Bowery Bliss, a club located in the Lower East Side; exact address will be provided to all ticket holders.

For more information, visit http://cinekink.com.

DIRECT LINK TO EVENT:
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TICKETS AND PASSES
Tickets and passes may be purchased via http://cinekinknyc2015.eventbrite.com

ADMISSION
Tickets to most screenings are $10; $8/seniors & students. Other events priced as noted in description.

A limited number of CineKink All-Access Passes, covering admission to all screening programs/panels, plus all parties, are available in advance for $85; $60 for students/seniors; $45 for CineKinksters & Friends w/Benefits (CineKink member supporters).

SPONSORS
Sponsors for CineKink NYC/2015 include Bowery Bliss, KinkyMedical.net and njoy, along with Dom Sub Friends, Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Pandora’s Box, Pleasure Salon, Purple Passion and The Eulenspiegel Society.

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CINEKINK NYC – Program Descriptions
February 24 through March 1, 2015

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 ************

Tuesday, February 24 – 8:00 PM

KICK-OFF GALA & FUNDRAISER
Put on your shiny finery and come help us kick off CineKink NYC in proper style! A pansexual celebration of epic proportions, in addition to music and performance, the festival’s opening night gala will feature some filmic morsels worthy of capping off a decade of cinematic decadence.

With all proceeds going to support the continuation of CineKink’s sex-positive and kink-friendly program mission, it’s mixing and mashing for a good cause!

Performers include Crimson Kitty, Foxy Squire and Violet Olds, while featured films, from a talented trio of CineKink alumni filmmakers are:

TARZAN
Directed by Signe Baumane, 2014, USA, 3 minutes.
Say you wanna be my Superman, I’ll be your Lois Lane…

FAHRENHEIT 69
Directed by Oliver Bonenfant, 2014, Canada, 5 minutes.
In a laser dome where women imprisoned in jumpsuits that prevent them from touching themselves and the others, the chosen one will be able to defeat the evil holographic cyclops and free the human race. Like, yeah.

ZOLUSHKA
Directed by Wes Hurley, 2014, USA, 7 minutes.
Cinderella meets Tom of Finland in this retelling of a classic folk tale, starring adult superstar Colby Keller and international burlesque sensation Waxie Moon!

SPECIAL LOCATION:
Taj Lounge
48 W. 21st Street (@ Fifth Ave), NYC

SPECIAL ADMISSION
Suggested donation: $20 door/$15 advance

PROGRAM LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/kick-off-gala/

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 ****************

Wednesday, February 25 – 7:00 PM

CineKink Season Opener!
INSIDE HER SEX
Directed by Sheona McDonald, 2014, Canada, 68 minutes. US premiere.
A thought-provoking, boundary-pushing film that explores female sexuality and shame through the eyes and experiences of three women – Candice, Elle and Samantha – each brave enough to chart her own course of sexual discovery. While they have little in common, they are all sexual. And be it through circumstance or happenstance, they have each faced their sexual selves head on, choosing to step outside the bounds of what society has dictated and find their own way forward.

preceded by

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY AND I’LL FLY IF I WANT TO
Directed by Morgana Muses, 2014, Australia, 12 minutes. World premiere.
One women undertakes a transformative journey when she grants herself permission to indulge and enjoy life, culminating in the gift she commissions to commemorate her 50th birthday.

PROGRAM LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/inside-her-sex/

Wednesday, February 25 – 9:00 PM

Plus live (air) sex!
AIR SEX: THE MOVIE
Directed by Jonathan Evans, 2014, USA, 80 minutes; US premiere.
Think Air Guitar, but instead of pretending to play a musical instrument, participants pantomime sexual encounters with an imaginary partner(s). That’s the hilarious social phenomenon known as The Air Sex Championships, which are detailed in this raunchy, raucous and sometimes moving documentary, following New Orleans comedian Chris Trew as he hosts and produces the show on the road. A live Air Sex competition will complete the screening and a first-ever Air Sex Champion of CineKink will be selected.

PROGRAM LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/air-sex-the-movie/

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 ******************

Thursday, February 26 – 7:00 PM

BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY
Directed by Michael Lee Nirenberg, 2014, USA, 89 minutes; New York premiere.
With unique access to the story – Michael Lee Nirenberg’s father was one of “Hustler”‘s original art directors in the 1970’s and 1980’s – this is a definitive look at the personalities and features that made what is seen to be the most offensive magazine of all time. From its humble inception as a night-club rag, through its adjustments to pornography in the 21st century, the “Hustler” story is told by its infamous publisher, Larry Flynt, as well as the editors, cartoonists, models, attorneys, art directors and cultural figures that shaped it. (Among the interviews are Paul Cambria, Gail Dines, Jimmy Flynt, Al Goldstein, Chris Gore, Nina Hartley, Ron Jeremy, William Nirenberg)

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/back-issues-the-hustler-magazine-story

Thursday, February 26 – 9:15 PM

LOVE HARD + BODY OF GOD
A double-feature celebrating the exploration of limits…be those of mind, body and/or soul. First, LOVE HARD (Directed by Sensate Films, 2014, Australia, 46 minutes; US premiere) a work of docu-portraiture about BDSM and intimacy, presents unique, articulate and thoughtful perspectives on how kink can function in our lives – as a practice of art or intimacy, as a mode of expression or release, as an iteration or an obliteration of self, as a way to play, a way to have sex, a way to love, a way to be ordinary. And then, BODY OF GOD (Directed by Jouni Hokkanen, 2013, Finland, 68 minutes; US premiere), the first documentary to depict the history of modern body modification, traces the phenomenon from Fakir Musafar’s early experiments as a 12-year-old boy in the 1940s, through its worldwide, mainstream breakthrough in the 90s. (Total program running time is 114 minutes.)

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/love-hard-body-of-god/

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 *********************

Friday, February 27 – 7:15 PM

LUST STORIES (Shorts Program)
One longing gaze can tell an entire story…but then, so can a date with a gigolo! This set of lust-filled, female-centric shorts includes:

LIANDRA LOVE, PT3
Michelle Flynn, 2014, Australia, 6 minutes.
The final installment of the Liandra Love vignettes.

PUT THE NEEDLE ON THE RECORD
Shine Louise Houston, 2014, USA, 11 minutes.
Remember that one person from high school… so hot EVERYONE wanted them? For these four friends that person was Samantha, and as they get high and spin vinyl, one of them claims to remember her just a bit better than the others.

NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
The Madame, 2014, Canada, 5 minutes.
The best part of waking up…

“I HAD SEX WITH A GIGOLO ON REALITY TV”
Margie Schnibbe aka Vena Virago, 2014, USA, 8 minutes.
Margie celebrates her fiftieth birthday with a top male escort, Vin Armani, on the Showtime original series ‘Gigolos.’

KIMI KABUKI
Yoko Okumura, 2014, USA, 19 minutes.
Madeline, a devoted housewife discovers her husband is attending an Adult Industry Expo behind her back. Resolving to confront him about his deceit, she follows him to the convention, hoping for a sincere conversation.

SILVER SHOES: THE HOUSESITTER
Jennifer Lyon Bell, 2014, The Netherlands, 13 minutes.
Looking after an apartment, a lonely young woman has a surprisingly intense reaction to what she finds in the owner’s closet.

AMATEUR
Audrey Kovar, 2014, USA, 8 minutes.
When a young model meets with a mysterious photographer and his eager assistant to work on a shoot, the stage is set for an experience that literally no one sees coming.

THE SILENT GUY (Toytool Comittee, 2014, Spain, 8 minutes.
An experiment in POV with a broken camera reverses the mainstream construct of such a scene, where men usually have control of the action.

TEASE
Directed by Ms. Naughty, 2014, Australia, 10 minutes.
Lucie Bee and Ryan James are hot for each other. But just when Lucie thinks she has the upper hand, Ryan takes control – and puts on a show for her.

PROGRAM LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/lust-stories/

Friday, February 27 – 9:30 PM

Special event!
A TRIBUTE TO CLUB 90
Five adult film stars from New York’s “Golden Age of Porn,” Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle and Veronica Vera, came together in 1983 to create Club 90, the first-ever porn star support group. Named for the address of the living room where they regularly met, the group forged a bond that would continue for more than thirty years. Turning to one another as they began to navigate life after starring in blue movies, these dynamic women went on to pursue their own personal and creative goals, and in the process, blazed new trails in the fields of human sexuality, women’s empowerment, erotic expression, and free speech. Bringing together four of the club’s founding members for a rare public reunion, A TRIBUTE TO CLUB 90 will feature clips of the group’s favorite work from both sides of the camera, along with a special remembrance of Gloria Leonard, who passed away in 2014, and frank and funny reminiscences of the days when NYC was America’s sex film c
apital, movies were shot on 35mm film, and Times Square was strictly x-rated!

Admission: $20 door/$15 advance

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/a-tribute-to-club-90/

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 ***************

LEATHERAMA – see both matinee shows, 1 PM & 3 PM, for discounted admission!

Saturday, February 28 – 1:00 PM

HIGH SHINE: 15 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MS BOOTBLACK
Directed by Christina Court, 2015, USA, 90 minutes; World premiere.
In the dark corners of America’s leather bars, you can often find a bootblack hunched over, lovingly cleaning a patron’s boots for not much more than the tips that pay for their shining supplies.Increasingly, that bootblack in the backroom is a woman and, since 1999, many woman-identified bootblacks have taken their bootlicking and leather-loving selves out of the bar’s dark corners and onto the stage, ready to compete for the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) title.

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/high-shine-15-years-of-international-ms-boot-black/

Saturday February 28 – 3:00 PM

AGE OF CONSENT
Directed by Charles Lum and Todd Verow, 2014, USA, 88 minutes.
The story of the Hoist, London’s first and only gay sex/fetish bar, coincides with the history of AIDS, gay gentrification and the ongoing struggle to decriminalize homosexual activity, including BDSM, in the United Kingdom. It includes interviews with barmen, patrons, trans-men, human rights activist Peter Tatchell and AIDS emeritus Dr. Joseph Sonnabend. It contains explicit sex, as its subject insists.

Plays with M4M: SEEKS LOVE (Barton Girdwood, 2014, USA, 4 minutes) and KANGAROU (Damien Moreau, 2014, Mexico, 5 minutes).

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/age-of-consent/

Saturday February 28 – 5:00 PM

BRING IT! (Industry Showcase/Clip Program)
A dazzling array of talent from today’s adult cinema, working in a wide range of genres and visual styles, steps up with a hot sampling of their recent creative endeavors. This year’s program, a special feminist porn edition, includes:

BAG OF DICKS DELIVERY
Directed by Creamy Coconut, 2014, USA, 11 minutes; featuring Carmen Casanova, Corbin Dallas and Gwyndolyn.
Carmen and Gwyndolyn order up a bag of dicks, and little does Corbin know what’s in store for him when he makes the delivery. When the dicks are turned on him, he gets a Mandarin lesson he won’t soon forget.

THE CLEANER
Directed by Alyx Fox, 2014, USA, 14 minutes; with Audrey Fox.
When Audrey shows up for a cleaning job, Alyx, the new boss, is more demanding than expected. Incompetence will not be tolerated.

THE FANTASY PROJECT: THREESOME
Directed by Ms. Naughty, 2014, Australia, 13 minutes.
In a fantasy episode inspired by Nancy Friday’s “My Secret Garden,” cunnilingus and female orgasms are plentiful, and porn taboos are broken with a rare MMF bi encounter.

FEMME FACIAL
Directed by Zahra Stardust, Australia, 19 minutes.
Queer feminist porn stars Courtney Trouble and Zahra Stardust get messy in this sticky, wet explosion of femme-on-femme lust.

PAPI COXXX & STUD SLAYER
Directed by Papi Coxxx & Stud Slayer, USA, 10 minutes.
The most requested scene on queerlysf.com finds lovers Papi Coxxx and Stud Slayer doing some queer exploring of T-Wood’s Rec Room.

PROXIMITY III
Directed by Four Chambers, United Kingdom, 11 minutes. Featuring Dwam and Magenta.
Hands, tongues, camera explore the bodies; tender, passionate, intimate, close.

(S)HE COMES: LUST
Directed by Petra Joy, United Kingdom, 22 minutes. Excerpt features Lianda Dahl, Wolf Hudson and Jiz Lee.
In this wild threesome, the (multiple) orgasms flow freely. She comes, he comes, they come!

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/bring-it/

Saturday, February 28 – 7:15 PM

MORE THAN 50
Moving beyond gradations of gray, this collection of kinky shorts celebrates a wide range of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission and sadomasochism. Program includes:

THE GORDON GAME
Directed by Jared Robbins, 2014, USA, 14 minutes.
A role-play attempt goes absurdly awry.

BE MINE SOMETIME
Directed by Carson Parish, 2014, USA, 6 minutes.
Shot in the style of old leather films from the 70s, two femmes share an intimate encounter.

STUDIES IN SILENCE: 3. DOMESTICATING WILD THINGS
Whitney Johnston, 2013, USA, 3 minutes.
An experiment in silence and its effect on perception.

RUBBER ROMANCE
Directed by Sophie Dros, 2014, The Netherlands, 15 minutes.
A trip through the dark fantasies of a submissive S/M-slave, and his unlikely romance with the woman he sees as his dominant mistress.

WAITING FOR GODOT
Directed by Sensate Films, 2014, Australia, 8 minutes.
Breath is beautiful. One of those basic indicators of aliveness, it’s what we’re often testing for when we wander to the fringes of our bodily or psychological capacities.

THE TABLE
Directed by Izabel Grondin, 2014, Canada, 14 minutes.
A man goes to interview at a potential employer’s house, only to find that the job started as soon as he got in the house.

INSTRUCTED
Directed by Ms. Naughty & Pandora Blake, Australia/United Kingdom, 10 minutes.
Pandora Blake arrives at a hotel, planning to meet her lover, D. Instead she finds a letter, and a list of erotic instructions she must carry out in his absence,

HEAVENLY SPIRE: JACK HAMMER & JESSIE SPARKLES
Directed by Shine Louise Houston, USA, 11 minutes.
Rough, anonymous sex with little negotiation occupy Jessie’s fantasies of late, and muscular Jack Hammer is all the more willing to oblige.

THE ART OF SPANKING
Directed by Erika Lust, 2014, Spain, 13 minutes.
After a man indulges himself and buys a graphic novel, ‘The Art of Spanking’ by renowned erotic artist Milo Manara, he begins to obsess about this new realm of pleasure.

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/more-than-50/

Saturday, February 28 – 9:30 PM

MARRIAGE 2.0
Directed by Paul Deeb, 2014, USA, 126 minutes; World premiere.
Can an open relationship work? For all its potential pleasures, jealousy and vulnerability do not magically disappear. This love letter to San Francisco – a cultural epicenter of the alternative relationship movement – follows one couple on their search to balance personal freedom with emotional and sexual bliss, suggesting that the ideas of growth, novelty, and sexual adventure can exist within a millennial marriage, one where unfettered physical and emotional intimacy can fuel our passion while strengthening the bond of those we love. Cast includes Ryan Driller and India Summer, along with Andre Shakti, Mickey Mod, Sadie, Lune, Dylan Ryan, Beretta James, Daisy Ducati, Christian Wilde, Juniper Gold, and erotic cinema legend Nina Hartley, and features many luminaries of the sex-positive community, including Carol Queen, Marcia Baczynski, Reid Mihalko, Emily Morse, and noted TED speaker and author of the ‘NY Times’ best-seller “Sex At Dawn,” Christopher Ryan.

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/marriage-2-0/

SUNDAY, MARCH 1 ******************

NOTE: All events are at Bowery Bliss, lower east side location. Address emailed to ticket holders.

Sunday, March 1 – 2:00 – 5:00 PM

FROM FANTASY TO FILM: INTRO TO MAKING YOUR OWN PORN
Imagine a perfect porn film, designed with your own erotic tastes and quirks in mind. Guess what? You can make it! In this beginner’s workshop, award-winning CineKink filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell (“Headshot,” “Matinee,” “Skin Like Sun,” and this season’s “Silver Shoes”) presents the tools to plan and create your very own porn movie – whether you later decide to pick up a camera and do it, or whether you just like knowing that you could.

Note: $25 admission; not included in the CineKink NYC All-Access Pass.

EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/from-fantasy-to-film-intro-to-making-your-own-porn/

Sunday, March 1 – 7:00 PM

CINEKINK AWARDS CELEBRATION
Come out and drink a toast to this year’s fantastic crop of CineKink filmmakers!
LOCATION: Bowery Bliss, address emailed to RSVPs.
ADMISSION: Free w/RSVP: http://cinekinknyc2015.eventbrite.com
21+ only/BYOB, mixers available
EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/awards-celebration/

Sunday, March 1 – 9:00 PM

CINEKINK AFTERGLOW PARTY
One last chance to meet, mix and mingle with fellow CineKinksters, this time in a relaxed play party setting. Snuggle into the sofas, find a private nook or recline across a friendly lap and settle in for one final evening of CineKinky goodness unfolding all around. Featured works for the evening include:

A CALL FOR HELP
Directed by Morgana Muses, 2014, Australia, 35 minutes.
Can’t get yourself off? Rebecca is having one of those days! Frustrated, when achieving the elusive Big O was beginning to feel like the Big Agh, she calls on her friends to help her out!

MOMENTUM
Directed by Michelle Flynn, 2014, Australia, 42 minutes.
Set in the 70’s, sun-kissed and authentically Australian imagery builds the sexy tension, then bursts with nostalgia and fun.

NAKED
Directed by Lucie Blush, 2014, Germany, 30 minutes.
An explicit film/documentary about the director’s first time having sex with a woman, and her first time as a performer.

TREACHEROUS
Directed by Aiden Starr & Dee Severe, 2014, USA, 227 minutes.
An underground sex and bondage club features amazing acts of gleeful depravity. And you should see what goes on behind the scenes!

LOCATION: Bowery Bliss, address emailed to pass and ticket-holders
ADMISSION: Priority entrance given to festival all-access pass-holders; a limited number of advance purchase admissions will be available for $30/individual, $40/couple, $50/triad, no door sales. 21+ only/BYOB, mixers available
EVENT LINK: http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/cinekink-nyc-2015/afterglow-party/

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My father, Andrew Jefferson Offutt V, grew up in a log cabin in Taylorsville, Ky. The house had 12-inch-thick walls with gun ports to defend against attackers: first Indians, then soldiers during the Civil War. At 12, Dad wrote a novel of the Old West. He taught himself to type with the Columbus method — find it and land on it — using one finger on his left hand and two fingers on his right. Dad typed swiftly and with great passion. In this fashion, he eventually wrote and published more than 400 books. Two were science fiction and 24 were fantasy, written under his own name; the rest were pornography, using 17 pseudonyms.

In the mid-1960s, Dad purchased several porn novels through the mail. My mother recalls him reading them with disgust — not because of the content, but because of how poorly they were written. He hurled a book across the room and told her he could do better. Mom suggested he do so. According to her, the tipping point for Dad’s full commitment to porn, five years later, was my orthodontic needs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/magazine/my-dad-the-pornographer.html

…Whatever one thinks of BDSM, given the pain and intensity associated with it, it certainly doesn’t come across as a stress-reducing activity — to most outsiders, there wouldn’t appear to be anything relaxing about whips and handcuffs. And yet practitioners say that BDSM is more than just kinky sex. Some practices, they argue, can enhance the psychological well-being of their participants. And recent science has started to support these claims, suggesting that certain forms of BDSM may have anti-anxiety effects, as well as other mental health benefits.

The transformative effects of bondage are well known within the BDSM community. “We call it ‘rope space,’” says Roxie, who leads the New York chapter of Hitchin Bitches, a rope bondage group for women. Also called “subspace” or being “rope drunk,” submissives describe entering an altered state of consciousness in which one feels totally released from stress and present in the moment…

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/01/can-bondage-reduce-anxiety.html

Ht to my pal RopeDreams for this article.

After E. L. James tapped the female-fantasy mother lode with her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy—on which she has been building an erotically themed empire—the first-time novelist negotiated unusual control over the hotly anticipated film that hits theaters on Valentine’s Day. But her approved director was another strong-willed British woman, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Vanessa Grigoriadis learns about their clash of visions, as well as the invisible force on the set: the fans.

http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2015/01/fifty-shades-of-grey-sex-scenes

barbara_nitke

 

IRREVERENT: A Celebration of Censorship

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, NYC
February 13 – April 19, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, February 13th, 6-8pm

Curated by Jennifer Tyburczy

Inspired by the creative and activist responses to the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s art in the 1980s and 1990s and the more recent withdrawal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery in 2010, Irreverent explores how sexuality has been, and continues to be, used as a tool to prohibit LGBTQ cultural artwork.

I got a note from my friend Barbara Nitke, that she’ll be in this show:

“My part in the show stems from Nitke v. Ashcroft, a US Supreme Court case I fought against censorship on the internet along with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and our attorney, John Wirenius.  Jennifer included an insightful description of that lawsuit in her recent article about the show for The Archive.  History buffs can read more about the case in John Strasbaugh’s 2002 article in New York Press. ”

Read the press release:

https://www.leslielohman.org/about/press-release/2015/irreverent-pr.html