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    Hitachi Magic Wand, minus the “Hitachi”

    It looks like our old friend the Hitachi Magic Wand is getting a bit of a facelift. Notice anything? Yep, the word “Hitachi” is being dropped from its name. Don’t panic — it’ll always be the powerhouse we’ve always loved. But, as it turns out, Japanese company Hitachi has grown weary of having its name attached to a device far more well-known for its pleasure-inducing properties than its “intended” purpose of massaging sore muscles (although it does that quite well, too!). Despite the fact that the Magic Wand has been in production for over 30 years, Hitachi planned to cease production of the product. Thankfully, distributor Vibratex stepped in with a better…

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    Industry Spotlight: Courtney Trouble

    Gifted with a Polaroid instant camera at age 8, Courtney Trouble was destined to be an artist. As a teenager in Washington, they spent their days in their high school’s dark room — and their nights running in grunge and riot grrrl circles. Trouble attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, where they continued pursuing print and digital photography. They snagged publishing, entertainment journalism, and photography gigs for a while, then started working as a phone sex operator. Phone sex was lucrative and allowed them to be their own boss, but it was exhausting catering to clients’ fantasies all the time. Trouble was itching to explore their own rebellious queer desires. So in 2002, at just 19 years old, Trouble founded…

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    A closer look at Erika Lust’s films

    We love the work of erotic filmmaker Erika Lust. Her movies are sensual, beautifully shot, and expertly directed. But a lot of customers aren’t quite sure which Erika Lust film they should purchase. The truth is, they’re all great, but there are definitely a few differences between them — primarily when it comes to length, scene pairings, and vignette plotlines. So here’s a more in-depth look at four of Lust’s movies featuring partnered scenes: Five Hot Stories for Her, Life Love Lust, Cabaret Desire, and X Confessions. We’ve taken screenshots of each scene as well, so there is nudity. (If you’re looking for solo masturbation scenes, check out Lust’s wonderful Barcelona Sex Project.) Jump to: Five…

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    Industry Spotlight: Madison Young

    Madison Young always had a mission. Growing up in conservative Loveland, Ohio, she immersed herself in theater, painting, and dance. Drawn to the honesty and playfulness of the arts, she was also similarly interested in sex — a subject that was very hush-hush throughout her upbringing. Young was always kinky; even when she was first discovering her sexuality, she fantasized about bondage, power play, and exhibitionism. With partners, she was able to explore and grow her love for BDSM, dabbling in flogging, caning, puppy play, fisting, and submission. In doing so, Young broke away from the shame and silence that had previously surrounded the topic of sex, and it was then that she…

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    Industry Spotlight: Shine Louise Houston

    Shine Louise Houston grew up in Southern California, where the beaches were all the rage. As a boogie-boarding tomboy, her earliest career aspirations included veterinarian, archaeologist, and designer — but her first venture as an entrepreneur involved completing other kids’ science homework for $2 a packet. Houston graduated from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, and later got a job at Good Vibrations. It was there that she encountered some of her first porn movies. Like other feminist pornographers, Houston saw a void in the porn landscape. She was dismayed by the lack of representation of queer identities — both in front of and behind the camera. After five…

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    Interview with Jiz Lee for Fisting Day 2012!

    Tomorrow, October 21st, we will celebrate the second annual Fisting Day, created in 2011 by queer porn revolutionaries Jiz Lee and Courtney Trouble as a way to honor the act of fisting and debunk myths about it. Courtney and Jiz are ramping up the festivities this year, making it an even more action-packed day. At 6 p.m. PST on QueerPorn.tv, there will be a livestream sex ed presentation, Fisting 101 For All Genders, taught by Tobi Hill-Meyer. And for just one day on Indie Porn Revolution, there will be a free scene from the film Fucking Different XXX, featuring a real life couple in a romantic, yet explicit, love story. Folks over 18 are invited to share…

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    Industry Spotlight: Buck Angel

    Before he was a groundbreaking trans filmmaker, motivational speaker, educator, and advocate, Buck Angel was a little girl in Southern California. He grew up roughhousing with boys and fantasizing about being John Wayne. But when puberty reminded him of his biological sex, he became tormented. As a young woman, Angel worked as a high-fashion model, but his unhappiness with his body led him to substance abuse, depression, and homelessness. It was only when he got sober and started seeing a therapist that his life began to turn around. It took him some time to find a therapist who understood him, but when he did, he began taking testosterone and later underwent breast…

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    Jimmyjane and sophisticated sex toy design

    Jimmyjane is one of the most recognizable names in luxury sex toys, and that certainly didn’t happen by accident. In a great article from The Atlantic, the author peels back the curtain on the Jimmyjane enterprise, using it as a springboard to muse about the influence that thoughtful sex toy technology and design can have on the way people view the role of sex toys in their lives. The founder of Jimmyjane, Ethan Imboden, holds an electrical engineering degree and a master’s in industrial design. For a while, he designed consumer products such as cell phones and electric toothbrushes. But when a potential client asked him about designing a sex toy,…

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    Industry Spotlight: Tristan Taormino

    In college, Tristan Taormino thought she wanted to be a lawyer. During her time at Wesleyan University, she participated in LGBT activism, lived in a special interest house called Womanist House, and wrote her thesis on lesbian sexual identity, but it took thirteen law school application rejections and an astute advisor to really clue her in. “I don’t think you want to go to law school,” her advisor told her. “I think you want to write about sex. And I think you’re really good at it.” So after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies in 1993, Taormino landed a gig with Cleis Press, editing the Best Lesbian Erotica series, one of the…

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    Industry Spotlight: Erika Lust

    Erika Lust is an erotic screenplay writer, film director, producer, and all-around entrepreneur. She loves the beach, Absolut vodka, and her favorite porn movie is Behind the Green Door. Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1977, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science at Lund University, with a specialization in feminism and human rights. During her time at college, Lust produced a few short films and studied the writings of Linda Williams. She was fascinated by Williams’ way of analyzing and critiquing porn. Although Lust had seen her share of porn over the years, it had never impressed her. The first time I ever saw a porno film, I had the same…