27 noviembre, 2014

I am a huge fan of Milo Manara and his erotic works. So much so one of my XConfessions shorts is based on and named after his works  “The Art of Spanking”. So to read the numerous articles shaming his drawing of Spider-Woman on the front cover of a Marvel comic as sexist, was a little upsetting. But not only this, it also brought a much bigger and relevant issue back to my attention: sexism within superhero comics.

First lets take a look at Manara’s drawing. The point in focus is Spider-Womans position, which Manara explains on Fumetto Logica as depicting a woman who “after climbing the wall of a skyscraper, is crawling on the roof… advancing at the pasture low.” On the one hand this image is very similar to that of the one used of Spider-Man on the front of his comic which causes no issue. But others see her as seemingly “presenting” herself to the city with many linking it to a very similar Manara drawing in his Italian erotic comic Click!. However, with Manara admitting he drew his inspiration from the pre-existing images of the character, I highly doubt the later to be true.
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With Manara taking an image from an already sexist franchise, it was inevitable he would portray a problem present in all superhero comics: depictions of over-sexualised female characters. Spider-Woman is encased in red “paint” depicting her as “nude” according to Manara, which he says is an attribute to all superhero’s, male and female. I would argue that not only are many of her attributes similar to those of fashion magazine and adverts, but also of mainstream female porn performers: big red lips, perfect caboose, long flowing hair and tiny waist. This would seem the intention with comics having initially been geared towards adolescent boys. But I don’t feel this is to be completely true with 50% of Manara’s fans and 47% of comic readers being made up of women.

But with all superhero’s drawn with their bodies ‘in view’, is it possible to argue that this is the point? To over-exaggerate “super” versions of normal human beings? Like a caricature painting or cartoon, they all have enhanced features. In the case of comics, I think women are being depicted in many ways as symbols of independence and power, with numerous female characters playing leading roles in the comics and films. Plus the Wonder Woman film is being headed by a great female director Michelle MacLaren. With comics and the films having a large female following, could this not be liberating for them as well even if they are depicted as perfect beings?

But on the flip side, are the females still depicted as a lesser-counterpart of the men for the most part? Take a look at the poster for the Avenger promo art: only Scarlett Johansons Black Widow has her bottom facing us. So it was great when I stumbled across artist Kevin Bolks redrawn version with the male characters in her protruding leather bum look. Maybe this is nitpicking, but it makes a point.

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In reality I think that there is still a long way to go to really tackle the sexism in superhero comics, but it seems that things might be moving forward in the films being adapted from them. With Manara, it’s really a question of whether he was the right person to be used for the drawing… probably not considering he is know for his erotic comics and draws in “celebration of the body.” So in this case we may need to look at the sexism of the person who commissioned him. But you can’t deny the ability of Manara’s works to evoke thought, so if you want to get a real feel for his talent, head over to XConfessions and watch a short inspired by his works,  “The Art of Spanking”.

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26 noviembre, 2014

Did you ever think that being a woman meant you might be paying more for certain products seen as “feminine”? No? Well apparently you are. So called “Woman Tax” has been swirling up a storm on Twitter recently after French women’s rights groups found that many stores were imposing higher prices for certain products ranging from razors and shampoos to even some backpacks and childrens toys.

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Photo: Woman Tax Tumblr

The petition attracted 30,000 signatures which has spurred the French government into action, whilst the hashtag #womantax has sparked off international frenzy across Twitter. They even have a designated Tumblr page where pictures of different products are being posted up.

The issue also came up on Ellen Degeneres’ TV show where she fantastically mocks the release of a “Pen for Women” by company BIC.

Whilst this seems to be a ridiculous reality, what this really comes down to is clever marketing strategies based on gender stereotyping… because of course a women is more concerned than a man about her looks, the way she smells, the way her hair falls around her face, or whether her legs or private parts are hairless. So of course they will buy these items because the media tells them they need them to be attractive to, for the most part, men. It’s basic gender stereotyping and a strong example of the chauvinistic values that are still routed in our society.

This was also done when female Russian Comonaut Yelena Sorova was asked if she would take make-up with her to outer space! Because of course she is female so she will need to make sure she looks her best at all times! God forbid a pimple appeared and she didn’t have foundation to cover it up whilst she’s IN SPACE.

So in some instances it seems true that women are indeed paying a “tax” – but the bigger picture from me leans towards gender stereotyping – what is seen as a male and female product. It´s seems absurd when men are using and exploring  just as much, if not more products than women, so who´s to dictate who should pay more? So despite people thinking it’s unnecessary, feminism is very much still relevant in today’s society as things are far from equal between men and women.

So to celebrate women everywhere and make things a little easier on your bank accounts, we are giving you a 25% discount in the Lust Store! Just enter the code WOMANTAX at checkout! Enjoy ladies!


25 noviembre, 2014

 

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T’is that time of year again and I have a festively fun array of sexy gifts to get you through the winter! Treat your other half (or yourself!) to our ONE YEAR OF LUST gift pack: a naughty gift box containing a yearly subscription to XConfessions.com. You’ll have access to all the shorts in my already extensive catalogue, with 26 more coming in 2015! It’s the gift that keeps on cumming… and so will you ;)

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You can also grab all your sexy stocking fillers in one place using our discount code BLACKFRIDAY to get 30% off everything in my store! I have personally handpicked everything from DVDs and digital downloads, to vibrators and rabbits, accessories and body paints. Everything you could need for her or him! If you haven’t already, head over to store.erikalust.com and enjoy! Merry Christmas!

 

 


24 noviembre, 2014

Dutch rock band DI-RECT have gone and done something incredibly unique, personal and sex-positive for music and amateur erotica, and I have to say I absolutely love it!

They’ve created LOVE-TAPES; a project which allows loved-up couples to submit their home-made erotica to be used in the music video for upcoming track “You & I”. The project expresses great values, with the website stating “We’d like to make the ultimate love tape, a visual experiment with real people, real love.” Whilst the song itself has a beautiful story behind it, creating the perfect inspiration behind the project; “is all about intimacy, that moment when it all comes down to body language. When every word is one too many and a single touch is the thing you’d die for.”

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With intimacy, realism and body language being all key goals of my latest project XConfessions, I was incredibly flattered when the band approached me to introduce me to the project and ask if they could source material from my own work! So expect to see footage from the two free short films LET’S MAKE A PORNO and BEFORE THE GUESTS ARRIVE from XConfessions.com!

So will any of you be submitting your loved-up erotic home videos? I hope you do as this is just another way erotica is becoming much more interactive, personal and crowdsourced. So go on, support the porn of the people and MAKE LOVE, TAPE LOVE and SEND LOVE!


21 noviembre, 2014

Being anonymous can be a great thing – it can lower your inhibitions, make you take that step out of your comfort zone, confess your deepest, dirtiest secrets… I get submissions to my XConfessions site every day, from people who want to live out their fantasy without really having to open up or do it in the ‘real world’! But recent research has shown me that anonymity can also be a bad thing if not used for the right purpose… You may have heard of the Instagram account Bye Felipe, set up my Alexandra Tweten to display and shame the men who abuse or harass women on social media like Tinder.

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I understand that uncertainty and rejection can hurt, but can you imagine a man speaking to you like that in person? Would they be so quick to hurl abuse and turn on the ego? Or is it easier for them to act this way when they’re hidden behind a social media persona? On the other hand, would most women find it so easy to reject a guy if it was in real life and not via text?? Its become apparent recently that the same type of behaviour in men occurs in revenge porn.

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 We’re seeing more and more instances of men sharing and shaming images of ex-girlfriends over the internet and social media sites. In extreme cases, this leads to women losing jobs, changing their names and relocating in order to escape harassment. And if you’re not a celebrity like Jennifer Lawrence, good luck getting your pictures taken off Reddit! Sites like End Revenge Porn aim to offer support and legal advice to victims and educate the public. Their ambition as they put it, is to gather much more data on revenge porn, create school programs to educate our youth on the issue of revenge porn and cyber harassment, and work with law enforcement to come up with training programs that can help officers handle revenge porn cases.” As we see in this recent article in the Guardian, more education needs to happen to create widespread change when it comes to sexism and harassment, rather than a focus on outing individuals who perpetrate a much larger problem. 

 

 

 


20 noviembre, 2014

This week welcomes the latest offering from XConfessions: BOAT BUDDIES (WITH BENEFITS)! I just had to shoot this having had a sailor past myself and I was so inspired to film in the middle of the open sea! This confession is based on the story of two business partners who decide to buy a boat to fix up and rent to tourists. But, after spending many long hours together, sexual tensions built and before long things became much closer than business.

It was by far one of the most fun short films to create, albeit the most challenging, filming atop a boat from the 70s in the gorgeous open waters of the Mediterranean! But it was worth every moment, with two of the most fabulous and charming performers, Pau Pappel and Clarke Kent. Plus the day ended with a swim which was the best reward I can assure you! So take a dip into the scorching Mediterranean heat and experience erotica in the open ocean!


19 noviembre, 2014

I recently came across news of the new “plus size” Calvin Klein model. There seems to be a huge debate happening about whether a UK size 10 is really plus size, but it really got me thinking about body image again and how women are viewed and shamed in the media generally. And for someone who spends a lot of time looking at women’s bodies, it still baffles me! I mean, when I cast actors there are certain things I look for – something unique in their personality, mannerisms or something new they can bring to my movies. But I can tell you right now that you’ll never come across the same type of body twice. So, in 2014, why is it still news that women come in all shapes and sizes?

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It seemed like we’d reached a point where women were celebrating each other. Curvy, skinner, whatever! It’s all great, right? Apparently not! In the wake of Kim Kardashian’s rear end appearing in Paper Magazine, those women with smaller behinds were being chastised! For example, male music producer Diplo claiming that, the effortlessly beautiful, Taylor Swift could do with putting on a few pounds (not without backlash from other women in the industry)! I think I agree with the wise words of Tina Fey from her book Bossypants (which came out three years ago!).

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She describes how under the disguise of a liberal and proud new community of women, there seems to be a new rule on how to look and what size to be. These days, the list of ideal body parts is longer than ever and almost impossible to find in one women. Why is it that these opinions are still thrown in our faces every time we go online or open a magazine? Is it all just marketing? Or are people still as superficial as ever? This is still a huge problem in mainstream porn as well as any other media. And it’s something that needs to change.

 

 


18 noviembre, 2014

With one of the most common fantasies on XConfessions.com being to have sex with 2 other people, it’s no wonder that an app for threesomes has appeared.

3nder is the new app for couples and singles to pursue each other and create their ultimate fantasy, on their own terms. It already has around 60,000 users to swipe through which goes to show just how sexually mischievous we all are! The creator, 23-year-old Dimo Trifonov, says the app “is about being open and sharing who you are, what’s your desire and who you want to be.” Being such a sex-positive feminist like myself, I don’t see the harm in this. However there have been a few problems with profile verification so always be cautious when using these apps as well!

But I can totally understand why this app would be so popular. I even filmed a threesome for XConfessions called We Know You Are Watching about a couple who invite over their neighbour after they watched them fuck through their window!

Sex, relationships and technology seem to be the way to do it nowadays with the excitement of the next sexual encounter just a click away. Surely it won’t be long until we just have robots doing everything for us!? Oh what a tech-dependent life we lead!


17 noviembre, 2014

I’ve just arrived to my sunny Barcelona from a rainy Paris! Despite the weather, Paris was amazing. I was invited to give a conference in Happy Happening, an amazing and female empowering event organized by Aufeminin.com.

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The event was organized during a whole weekend at Le Carreau du Temple, a beautiful space where they had an interactive exhibition with stands and conferences. Everything was around women: careers, beauty, health, sex…

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You can see my talk called “It’s Time For Porn To Change” during the HAPPY BRAIN conference here.

I also attended the first “Bourdel Poetique” in Paris, where I met my old good friend Tennessee Pink. He started the Poetry Brothel together with The Madame in New York a few years ago, an event that now has branches all over the world. By the way he also performs in my film Cabaret Desire. That night I totally fell in love with Louise De Ville, MY NEW FAVE burlesque performer.

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Crazy night with Louise De Ville, La Madame and Tennessee Pink.