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Conner Habib Asks “Why Are We Afraid to Talk About Gay Porn?”

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Following the cancellation of a contract to speak at a high school, gay pornographic film star, writer, intellectual and friend Conner Habib wrote a very thoughtful piece about sexuality and pornography for buzzfeed.com. I think it’s well worth a read:

Via Buzzfeed:

Corning, New York. Find it on the map: it hovers just above the Pennsylvania border, a long ways away from the two closest places you’ve heard of, Syracuse and Rochester. Like the small town I grew up in, it’s all alone.

Two months ago, I was approached by a curious and thoughtful group of students from Corning Community College. The students, including members of the school’s LGBT organization, invited me to speak at the school as part of their upcoming sex-positive community event, Sex Week. Other events during Sex Week include a Q&A about sex toys, and a discussion about pleasure and communication by members of Planned Parenthood and the Rape Crisis center.

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Why Do Gay Porn Stars Kill Themselves?

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Conner Habib writes at the Good Men Project:

Whenever a porn star — especially a gay porn star — commits suicide, theories show up, and people act very, very certain about them.  Arpad Miklos, who was as much as a porn “star” as anyone can be in a time when we are hyper-saturated with porn, killed himself on February 3rd, 2013, at the age of 45.  As usual, many people felt sure they knew why he committed suicide, without much evidence.  It was drugs, it was studios not treating him well, it was the feeling of dehumanization, it was the vague but all encompassing “porn industry” that did it, it was the feeling of being hollow, it was it was his loss of validation after being a star for so long.

I can’t claim any special knowledge about his death, I didn’t know him very well.  We met in passing on a set; he’d just finished a scene, and I was about to start mine.  He was huge and handsome; I’m not saying anything new.  If you met him, you were impressed by his smile and his body and his presence.  Looking at him almost made you feel a sense of unbalance in the world, like his handsomeness and flawless physique were proof of some deep inequality between people.  But then you’d forget that feeling and be drawn back into the intense attraction.

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Sex and Snuff: What Dying Twice Taught Me About Eroticized Death

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Olivia Davis writes at the Good Men Project:

[Good Men Project] Editor’s note: This is a hard article to read. It’s long and explicit and deals very frankly with the filming of one of the most extreme and disturbing forms of pornography that exists, the faux-snuff films in which a model pretends to be killed. It will be upsetting, triggering, frightening for many readers, and we have been debating for some time whether to run it. We have chosen to run it for one very important reason: because it is from the model’s perspective. The “victim” in the porn movie is telling her side, describing her own experience, her own motivations and memories. The overwhelming majority of discussion of pornography, especially such esoteric and specialized pornography, is from an outside perspective. We at the Good Men Project believe in providing a platform for perspectives that might not otherwise be heard, and we believe that Ms.

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‘Emmanuelle’ Actress Sylvia Kristel Dead at 60

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Multiple media sources are reporting that Sylvia Kristel has died after a fight with cancer. She was 60 years-old. Kristel was most famous for her role as the eponymous sexual libertine in the film Emmanuelle, a French soft-core porn that became – along with Deep Throat – improbable pop culture touchstones in 1970s America. Distributed by mainstream movie house Columbia Pictures, Emmanuelle found its way to theaters across the United States, finding fans and winning nods of approval from critics alike. It was an odd time, and one not likely to be seen again in the internet era where porn can be accessed anonymously and with little difficulty.

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Welcome to the Sexy Internets

Via Laughing Squid:

In 1996 the internet was run by beautiful women who accessed the ‘tubes Lawnmower Man-style from hackerspaces designed by Frederick’s of Hollywood. Don’t remember that? You were probably too busy playing Neverwinter Nights on AOL. Thank God that Playboy does. Check out this remixed version of “Women of the Internet” to learn what you missed.

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Bazooka Joe Artist Wesley Morse’s Porno-riffic Past

Who knew that the guy behind those little comic strips you get with a piece of Bazooka Joe gum was such a perv? Badass Digest has a selection of very NSFW (and racist to boot!) scans from artist Wesley Morse”s early days as a creator of “Tijuana Bibles.” You’d think that having a background in creating porn would have ruined Morse’s chances of finding work in the kiddy art market, but it was actually quite the opposite. These crude little stroke books were instrumental in developing his career:

 

It was his Tijuana Bible work that actually got Morse the Bazooka Joe job. Nowadays the discovery of porn in an artist’s past would be grounds for immediate dismissal, but things were way looser back then. Morse, who also created the ‘Copa Girl’ who would be the symbol of the Copacabana, drew Bazooka Joe strips until his death in the early 60s.

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Christianity And Porn

churchsignGood news – you can be healed from addiction to porn. Ashley Fantz reports for CNN:

Not long ago, it was unheard of for a pastor to talk about sex from the pulpit.

Today, clergy are talking about porn.

Many evangelical pastors say they don’t have a choice. The Internet has made porn unavoidable; it’s everywhere. And porn, they say, leads to a lack of intimacy in marriage, threatening the biblical mandate to get and stay married.

In the past few years, Christian leaders have established online ministries to tackle the problem, hosting anti-porn podcast sermons and Web chats. The popular evangelical blog Crosswalk.com recently ran an article headlined “How many porn addicts are in your church?”

Christian publishers, meanwhile, have produced a wave of recent books on the subject, including popular titles like “Porn-Again Christian,” “Secret Sexual Sins: Understanding a Christian’s Desire for Pornography” and “Eyes of Integrity: The Porn Pandemic and How It Affects You.”

Evangelical pastor Jeremy Gyorke recently came forward to talk about how porn has affected him.

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