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Rollergirl from 'Boogie Nights,' filming away. Read on for some more artful porn at the NYC Porn Film Festival.

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6.3.2016

Explore The Intellectual Side Of Porn At The NYC Porn Film Festival

Porn is one of mankind’s oldest creations: our Greco-Roman forebears left behind plenty of sexy illustrations on their pottery; the first-ever book of erotic engravings was published in 1524, less than a century after the invention of the printing press; eighteenth-century Japanese artists regularly painted guy-on-girl, girl-on-girl, and girl-on-tentacle scenes called shunga (which evolved into hentai). Porn has a long and storied history—where there are people, there is porn—and thanks to the wonders of the internet, it’s more accessible now than ever before. According to a 2013 statistic, 70% of American men and 30% of American women watch porn on a regular basis.  Yet it still remains a taboo. Porn—and sex in general—is still considered not only vulgar and inappropriate, but also dangerous and depraved; it’s considered something that should only be watched behind closed doors for the express purpose of getting off, if you deign to watch it at all.

But porn can be more than just sexy people doing sexy things—it can be experimental, it can be subversive, it can even be feminist. These alternative forms of pornography are exactly what PornHub’s annual NYC Porn Film Festival, which will be held in Williamsburg on June 4th and 5th, seeks to highlight.

“The journey of our Festival is not to act as a dispositive influence on what constitutes art or feminism,” Robert Choi, Managing Director of the Fest told Milk. “Notwithstanding this, we do believe that all artistic expression, including and perhaps especially sexual expression, should be included in sociological conversations that extend into vital aspects of our shared experience and consciousness. Whether it’s policy or patriarchy, whatever may impede the participation of individuals or groups or artists in those conversations deserves a scrutiny that the Festival is happy to support.”

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If ‘Boogie Nights’ is to be believed, porn will basically ruin your life.

In a statement on their website, the smut film giant stated their commitment to “bringing the best and most diverse body of work in New York City” and giving “credit to adult film as a significant and socially/culturally relevant art form.” Given the breadth of selections—which range from ‘70s throwbacks like Captain Lust to new releases like Zefrey Throwell’s Vamping: Part Three – The Provisional Adoration—it seems like they’re staying true to their word. Read on to discover the films, talks, and performances you can’t miss at this year’s Porn Film Festival.

The Social Sex Revolution

It’s more than a little ironic that the Porn Film Fest includes a panel discussion led by Cindy Gallop, founder of  MakeLoveNotPorn.tv—isn’t making porn the whole point of the festival? But Gallop’s website, a half porn site, half social network hybrid where users can post nudes and snapshots of their own sex lives, resonates perfectly with the idea of diversifying pornography. Sex can be spontaneous, vulnerable, personal—porn, on the contrary, is usually none of these things. With the exception of “amateur” porn, it’s a performance involving professional actors, hair and makeup stylists, flattering lighting, a camera crew, a director, and a post-production team. MLNP describe themselves as being “pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-known the difference.” You can catch the discussion and a screening of #realworldsex, a 40 minute showcase of everyday peoples’ sex lives, on June 4th at 2:00 p.m.

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Porn sex vs. real sex: sometimes they’re the same, but they usually aren’t.

FinDoms Present: Financial Domination

We live in a world where suburban moms read 50 Shades of Grey—whose film adaptation grossed $571 million worldwide. According to PornHub’s 2015 Year In Review, searches for “BDSM” were up 88% from the previous year, meaning once-subversive kinks are now definitively mainstream. Although the first thing you think of when it comes to kink is leather, whips, and chains, not all forms of kink are that explicitly sexual. Financial domination, a niche subsect of the BDSM community, has very little, if anything, to do with actual sex. Doms and Dommesbut really, almost entirely Dommescontrol their submissives’ economic lives, their bank accounts, and in some cases even their investments. In most cases, the submissives (called “pay pigs”) never meet the women they pay to demean them via webcam. On Saturday at 9:00 p.m., some of NYC’s premier FinDoms will showcase clips from their archives, giving you a sneak peek at the FinDom community without draining your wallet.

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Financial domination: a very expensive fetish. Best revenge is your paper?

Revenge Porn

The beauty of MakeLoveNotPorn is that it’s content created by everyday people with the intent of being shared with the world. In other words, the beauty of MakeLoveNotPorn is that it’s about consent. However, there are plenty of situations of nudes pics and videos being leaked without the consent of the people in them, often as a means of shaming or embarrassing them, a phenomenon that has come to be known as revenge porn. Last year, PornHub itself took a stand against revenge porn—this year, they’re going a step further. PornHub has partnered with entertainment and first amendment rights attorney Daliah Saper to raise awareness about revenge porn. On Sunday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m., Saper will be leading a can’t-miss discussion intended to educate attendees about the technical and legal hurdles its victims face when they choose to prosecute against their offenders.

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Images via MakeLoveNotPorn, HungerTV

The NYC Porn Film Festival will run from Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, June 5. Tickets are available here.

Stay tuned for more porn. We’re only human.

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