Come to My Porn Panel!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am one busy mofo. I absolutely hate it when a friend contacts me at 4:30 pm, when I’m getting ready to leave work and go run around the city like a crazy person trying to run my errands, show up at the right parties at the right times, network, eat, and get drunk all before hopefully finding some time to read or sex it up before bed, and invites me to some event happening that night. Or even three days ahead of time. It’s NOT ENOUGH TIME, people. I need at least a week and a half notice.

So, out of respect, and deference to my own vastly inflated ego, I’m giving you all a week-and-a-half notice about my discussion panel at apexart on April 25.  It’s got rather a silly name, if you ask me, but here’s the info:

Panel Including:
Sarah Forbes
Cindy Gallop
Dan Reilly
Madison Young
Sinnamon Love
Where does the responsibility of the pornographer lie?With the media’s insistence that adult entertainment is becoming “mainstream,” studies showing young people accessing porn at earlier ages than ever before, and sexually explicit materials increasingly easy to access, questions begin to arise. Is “porn addiction” a serious problem or a conservative bugaboo? Are sexual behaviors changing with the prevalence of pornography, or are things the same as always, just with more access to camera phones? Studies abound, but reliable statistical information on the impact of pornography on our brains and bedrooms is hard to pin down; theories fly from every moral and political corner, conflating fears and hopes with reality.Lynsey G., porn critic and curator of the current exhibition Consent, moderates an evening of discussion of these important issues. The panel discussion between porn and sex aficionados Cindy Gallop (founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv), Sarah Forbes (curator of the Museum of Sex), Dan Reilly (former adult producer and screenwriter), and Madison Young (artist, feminist, adult performer, and director) will focus on pornography’s impact by examining the medium’s role as education versus entertainment; the responsibility, or lack thereof, of the porn industry to consumers; and social, economic, and ethical sustainability in the industry’s future. Bring an open mind and your own questions!In conjunction with the current exhibition Consent, curated by Lynsey G.

Yes, my beauties, you heard right: Dan Reilly (adult screenwriter and producer, excellent cook, and all-around awesome guy), Madison Young (artist, performer, director, producer, activist, feminist, lovely human being), Cindy Gallop (founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv and IfWeRanTheWorld.com, owner of The Black Apartment, TED luminary, and fabulous cougar), Sarah Forbes (curator of New York’s Museum of Sex), and Sinnamon Love (performer, director, industry veteran, and super-smart-sexpot). They’re going to come talk to me about porn’s role in education, entertainment, and our lives. And how it can work better and how it does work and how it can change. The IQ level in a room where porn is the topic of conversation may never have been higher!

If these topics sound a little familiar, it’s probably because Smitten Kitten held a panel in Vegas during the AVN extravaganza in January of this year, featuring Danny Wylde, Dylan Ryan, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Tina Horn, Nina Hartley, Courtney Trouble, and Sophia St. James. The discussion absolutely blew my brains out through my eye sockets, and I really think that the topics discussed there need to be carried out into more discussions, wherever and whenever possible, so I’m bringing it to New York with a new group of panelists, and we’re going to see where it goes.

I cordially invite you! And hey, even if you’re not sooo interested in the discussion, there’s free booze AND we’re giving away a Fleshlight! 🙂

Stay tuned to the website, folks–I’m working on some video from the art show to be posted here for those of you who can’t make it. I’ll also have some fiction, poetry, and photos up soon! Video from the discussion panel will also be posted on the apexart website after the fact!

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