Have you ever stopped to think about where your porn comes from, or if porn actors receive fair pay? These aren’t generally pressing questions for the average porn consumer as they scroll through their search results for a 5-minute clip. But as with all parts of consumer culture, it’s important for us to think about how we can support higher and more ethical production standards.
Euphemia Russell is a pleasure and sexuality educator in Melbourne who regularly holds adult education events. A few weeks ago, I attended one of her events, a screening of select, tasteful and diverse adult erotica.
Not only did we explore different styles of adult film, we also explored the labour of production and the technical side that we’re not always so privy to. With Euphemia’s approachable facilitation style, the event created a safe public space to talk about pleasure and sexuality.
These are the topics explored in the latest episode of All We Cannot Say, a one-hour long unpacking the state of the Australian adult entertainment industry, and how we can help to support artistic integrity and fairer production standards.
 

In this episode, we also discuss:

  • The state of Australian sex education
  • The cultural, political and institutional barriers to running a sex education business
  • The state of the porn industry
  • Does ethical porn exist?
  • Why sex work is work
  • The politics of Porn Hub and its heteronormative cis-gendered bias
  • One cup, two girls
  • What really goes on inside the porn industry?
  • Do we need more realistic porn? Is there a place for fantasy in our intimate lives?
  • Porn screenings and safe spaces for understanding public and private perceptions of porn
  • Why we NEED more public spaces to talk about sex safely
  • Row Murray on Episode 23 
  • Kids are watching porn from as young as 8-years-old
  • When is the time educate our kids about safe, consensual sex?
  • Porn tropes and their place in rape culture
  • The demise of high quality porn in the 90s
  • Why you absolutely HAVE to pay for porn
  • Crash Pad Series
  • The problem with ‘feminist’ porn and ‘ethical’ porn
  • SWERFs and social exclusion
  • Why do so many straight women love lesbian porn?
  • How you we be better consumers? Vote with your dollars!
  • Visit Pinklabel.tv for loads of high-quality, ethically produced porn
  • Porn actor Jizz Lee
  • Catalyst Con
  • Why is Australia so conservative?
  • Victorian legal frameworks and sex work 
  • #gymtw
  • Sex Worker’s Outreach Program 
  • Estelle Lucas on Episode 17 
  • Why rape fantasies are common – but are they ‘normal’?
  • Esther Perel and the concept of a secret garden
  • How to cultivate healthy fantasies
  • Lube is the BEST SEX TOY
  • The difference between oil, silicone and water-based lubes
  • Passionfruit in Richmond, Melbourne
Be sure to follow Euphemia’s work on Instagram and Facebook.

 

NEW EVENT: Butt Plug Dance Party in Melbourne

Join a consensual, safe and exciting party to explore anal stimulation.
Euphemia will be hosting a one of a kind event in Collingwood this November, with the aim to help people of all identities and abilities explore safe anal pleasure.
Want to join? You can buy tickets via Facebook. And there’s no need to worry about your privacy – the RSVP list is completely hidden.

 

 

All We Cannot Say is a dating podcast that explores love, sex, joy and heartbreak through a lens of philosophical enquiry. Subscribe via iTunes to learn more about relationships 2.0, ethical non-monogamy, sexuality, lgbt issues, modern romance, adventures on Tinder, online dating, compassion, empathy, sex tech and more.

 

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