This is the weekly Lust news roundup: catch up on the week’s sex-tech, sex-politics, feminism, and industry news here every week.
The Women Proving That Muslim Feminism Is Not A Paradox — “more Muslim women are increasingly identifying with intersectional feminism, which looks at how elements like religion, race and other overlapping identities of women influence how they experience discrimination and oppression.” [Refinery29]
Petra Collins and Alexa Demie are releasing a book of erotic fairytales. Each story will be a rework of a classic but will “combine elements of camp, prosthetics, and shibari”. Say no more, when is it out… 👀 [Dazed]
Also if you haven’t seen XConfessions director Charlie Benedetti’s rework of Sleeping Beauty on XConfessions yet, go go go! It’s an erotic reimagining of the classic fairytale that tackles issues of rape culture and consent.
Women’s safety: where do we go from here? Following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard in London, people are starting to understand the severity of dangers that women face everyday. The Face speaks to Sisters Uncut, Tender UK, UN Women, Everyone’s Invited and The Hollie Gazzard Trust about how we can tackle gender-based violence going forward [The Face]
The Atlanta Spa Shootings Are Fueling Far-Right Attacks on Porn and Sex Work. EJ Dickson writes about the intersection of anti-Asian sentiment and whorephobia in the case – “But as the shootings sparked a difficult and necessary conversation about the intersection of race, misogyny, and whorephobia, the far-right rushed in to blame an entirely different culprit altogether: porn.” [Rolling Stone]
Finally, this one isn’t from the past week but it was such an important read I wanted to share it regardless. ‘If they sound like a man, hang up’ – how transphobia became rife in the gender-based violence sector. Moya Lothian McLean reveals an underbelly of transphobia in the gender-based violence sector that alienates trans survivors. [Gal-Dem]
The Fucking Playlist Takeover: Natalie Krim [Lust Zine]
Every day I receive crowdsourced sexual confessions and fantasies that XConfessions guest directors and I turn into indie erotic films. Head to XConfessions now to confess your sexual fantasy. If your confession is chosen, you are rewarded with a one year access pass to the site and get to see your story on film.
It would be fun if I found a portal to an alternate reality. One where nudity has always been the norm. Clothing does not exist in this reality. So when I appear out of nowhere with clothing on, the residents of this reality are stunned. They try to communicate with me but I can't make out what they are saying. They analyze me for a while. Then I begin to see signs of arousal on them. Hard nipples and penises. Then they begin to masturbate to me. My lack of undress has given them arousal. Some of them begin to fornicate among themselves. When I decide to join in, I begin to undress but then they plead with me to keep my clothes on, with hand gestures and such. I say sure, fine with me. One individual comes near me and is apparently hoping to get with me, and so I end up dry humping with this nude person cause I'm still dressed. I orgasm which is only evident by the wet stain on my trousers. Once we're all finished, I get an awkward sense from the residents. Some of them are blushing, others cover their eyes. Some signal me to take my clothes off. I think they're offended by my state of dress now that they have had sexual release.