Well, it seems there's straight porn, there's gay porn, there's interracial porn, there's bi-sexual porn, there's sado-masochistic porn, there's good porn, bad porn, soft porn, hard porn, illegal porn and now we've got a new one to add to the list. Feminist porn.
Yup, that's right. In these days of relaxed or eased restrictions on allowing people to be who and what they are, there's progression in the porn industry as well. For a while, there was something referred to as "porn for women." It seems that's now been replaced.
As people such as James Deen have pointed out, claiming that women need specially-made pornography just because of their gender seems to lump all women's sexuality together. Feminist porn, on the other hand, sounds like something we could get on board with.
Well, it seems you can't get much more authoritative in the porno business than star, James Deen. I'm not a prude. I've done my homework. I know who he is. But I'm not so sure I know what he means by feminist porn. So, I turned to that bastion of all things women, Cosmo:
Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued. Feminist porn explores ideas about desire, beauty, pleasure, and power through alternative representations, aesthetics, and filmmaking styles. Feminist porn seeks to empower the performers who make it and the people who watch it.
Feminist pornographer and sex educator Tristan Taormino (love her name, BTW) sums it all up:
Feminist porn isn't "porn for women" at all -- just ethically-made pornography that shows women enjoying themselves.
Now with that kind of endorsement, I'm going to go check out some viewing for me and my wife but I'm going to look to make sure it's got the Feminist Porn Seal of Approval.
Gosh, I wonder what that icon looks like?
One of my favorite movies of all time is Raiders Of The Lost Ark. For pure matinee fun and adventure along with some nervous laughter and cliffhanging moments, this film has no real competition (except two of the sequels). I can watch it over and over again.
Recently, a lost version of the original ending of the movie resurfaced. It was considered too "violent" and would have gotten the movie an "R" rating. So Spielberg went back and came up with the ending we've all seen.
If you're interested here's the original ending before Spielberg changed it. Exploding heads and graphic carnage were in the director's early versions. Funny how times change things. Today, you'll see more shocking carnage on AMC's Walking Dead, but then again, Midnight Cowboy was rated "X" when it won the Oscar for Best Picture.
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Oh, those wacky London Bobbies. Those police sleuths that gave birth to Scotland Yard, always considered a crack group of law investigators. Now I think they may just plain have cracked up.
Reading the story that follows, you'll see why. HuffPo:
LONDON (AP) — A spy whose naked, decomposing body was found inside a padlocked gym bag at his apartment likely died in an accident with no one else involved, British police said Wednesday — a tentative conclusion that is unlikely to calm conspiracy theories around the bizarre case.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said the death of Gareth Williams, whose remains were found inside a bag in his bathtub in August 2010, was "most probably" an accident.
Okay, let's consider the facts of this accident for a moment. I'm no Sherlock Holmes so some "obvious" details might escape me. But others don't.
Start with the victim-- a spy.
Williams, a cyberwarfare expert, worked for Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping service and was attached to the overseas espionage agency MI6 when he died.
He's naked inside a padlocked gym bag? How'd he lock it on the outside while he was inside? And this gym bag was found in the bathtub. Did he hop himself home from the gym and try to shower without taking the locked bag off?
Is this starting to sound a bit bizarre to you?
Maybe in the spy world you have to learn all kinds of skills, but I doubt hiding out naked inside a gym bag and contorting yourself enough to lock it from the outside is on that syllabus. So based on what does Hewitt declare this incident is probably an accident? What was he doing in the gym bag, then, practicing some long lost Houdini escape illusion?
When does common sense take over an investigation like this? To borrow from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through his Holmes character, The Sign of the Four, ch. 6 (1890) (Doubleday p. 111)
"when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,however improbable, must be the truth? "
I think Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Hewitt better revisit this crime. He seems to be focusing on the impossible, rather than the improbable and he's missing the truth. I'm not alone in this thinking. A number of experts don't agree with his finding either.
The police verdict also disagrees with a coroner's inquest, which concluded last year that Williams had probably been killed by another person in a "criminally meditated act."
Hewitt defends his findings, saying there was no evidence that the apartment had been cleaned to remove forensic traces and nothing to suggest a struggle or a break-in. Yet at the same time, the police say that the lock on the gym bag had no prints or DNA that matched the deceased spy. So what did Williams, the spy, do? Did he wipe down his own prints from the lock, remove all the DNA and then make the cleaning rag disappear?
Maybe the part that the Deputy Assistant Commissioner doesn't understand is that if the late Mr. Williams was done in by another spy, perhaps the assailant knew not to leave any evidence behind or leave the place looking suspicious. Maybe he even wiped down the lock this dead man supposedly secured from the inside.
You gotta hand it to the Brits-- they sure know how to make an interesting mystery story a page-turner. If there ever was a case that called for the fictional Holmes sleuthing, this would definitely qualify. I think Commissioner Hewitt might be like Inspector Lestrade, in a bit over his head.
"Pip pip, ol' boy. Stiff upper lip, Lad. We'll eventually get to the tea twigs at the bottom of the kettle."
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Years ago I wrote a movie for Warner Brothers called Divorce and Consent. It was about a married couple who for tax purposes, decide to take advantage of the tax loophole which allowed them to save about $20,000 in taxes by being divorced. In this romantic comedy, they use the money to take a Christmas Caribbean vacation with plans to return after the first of the year and remarrying. Finding themselves suddenly single and at a romantic tropical resort, the once again single and date-able couple, find their love being tested.
Maybe it's time to dust off that script and make a few changes -- like Reagan to Obama as President, and Federal tax loopholes to Obamacare loopholes. The rest seems to be pretty much the same.
Oh, BTW, the reason this picture didn't get completed is that the studio and the director didn't see eye to eye. And when they finally came to an agreement, the tax loophole had been fixed, and thus the picture lost its true foundation.
The foundation is back according to this story as reported in MailOnline.
Nona Willis-Aronowitz, 29 and Aaron Cassara, 32 got married in 2009 because Aaron needed health insurance. Four years later they might divorce because of Obamacare.
The Brooklyn couple, recently featured on a CBS News segment, would not qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act because they make a combined income of more than $62,0000.Those costs include monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs for things like copays, deductibles and out-of-pocket medical expenses.
But if the couple were to divorce, Nona and Aaron could save hundreds of dollars each month on healthcare related costs. That's because if they divorce and live together they could earn over $90,000 and still qualify for Obamacare subsidies.
So, if this story holds water, and it probably does, there are certain issues that need to be addressed.
If you saw my post last week, Reverse Obamacare Horror Story, one woman found that with her subsidies, she was only going to pay $1.11/month for family coverage -- so there's lot's of anomalies. But the point is that it's interesting that this young Brooklyn couple and this Black mother of three would not only find some sort of anomalies in the system, but that they were on the system at all. So the conclusion I'm seeing that the site, battered and bruised as it may be, does work and people are looking into getting coverage. That saves everyone money. Even if it shows other types of subsidy issues, the law is working and people are signing up. We can tackle the subsidy loop holes along the way. Getting people to signed up is the important part.
Wait a minute, come to think of it, I hope they don't plug those subsidy loop holes too soon. First I've gotta get my agent to call Warners and see if he can get them re-interested in Divorce and Consent.
This week in the entertainment industry is actually quite memorable. During this week, but in the past, there were some landmark productions from a kid friendly TV series, to a sexually/racially controversial Micheal Jackson video, to a movie that launched a thousand "Ahhh's" and four sequels.
So, here's a bit of nostalgia for you--
On November 10, 1969, 44 years ago today, a classic which endures and continues strongly today: Sesame Street. Here's the first time the audience was asked if they knew how to get to Sesame Street.
On November 14th, 1991, Micheal Jackson caused quite an uproar with the release of this music video. Remember when we used to watch those? Back when MTV had VJ's? And look who's the young lad who carries the narrative. And we all will recognize the man who plays his father. So here's the video that set tongues wagging for controversial and overt sexuality, not to mention a message of black/white unity.
Finally that brings up another celebrant whose start came on this week. Home Alone, on November 16th, 1990 made Macaulay Culkin, as Kevin, a household name and spawned four sequels. "Ahhhhh!"
So this was surely one memorable week in entertainment. I wonder what this week, in 2013, will bring? So far, the biggest expectation is the return of Thor. In comparison to these landmarks, is that the best we can do?
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