Where Are All the Dildos?

This weekend was the first annual NYC Porn Film Festival, presented by Pornhub at Secret Project Robot, a space in Bushwick. The intention was to bring attention to the artistic medium of pornographic film and to get people out of victorian era thinking with respect to sexual experimentation…blah blah blah. Whatever the intentions were, the outcome was a room full of self-serious hipsters (ugh, that word) drinking PBR and discussing the artistic imagery in Tila Tequila’s latest opus (Tila Tequila: Backdoored and Squirting) and James Franco’s latest resume addition, Interior Leather Bar.

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To be real, the event definitely did not live up to our hedonistic hype. It was a platform for porn as a business and an art form; all things that would have been appreciated at the first annual NYC Business of Porn As A Serious Enterprise Festival, but not here. It had an indie-film-festival-and-yet-somehow-clinical vibe for a weekend meant to showcase high quality visual erotica. Where were the sex toy booths? The bad music? The salivating creeps? The flat screens delivering zooming close-ups and shaking hand-camera action? Was it us? Were we the perverts for going to a porn festival and thinking we would be descending into a world where Comic-Con meets a Charlie Sheen house party?

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And, getting down the main subject matter here, the films themselves were INTENSE: vanilla porn, freeze porn, older people having sex in chains, hairless people having sex covered in foam, anal, ‘real’ bodies, everything. Some were 1 minute long and some were 15 minutes. And sitting in an audience of people, some who were appreciating the angles the director used, some who were muttering ‘oh shit’ under their breath and trying to look away, and one man who just kept whispering ‘yes’ to himself over and over in a very soft voice, lets you realize just how long 15 minutes really are.

Three things did make our time worth it:

1. Hearing Cindy Gallop, who is a sextech entrepreneur, founder of Make Love Not Porn, and all-around badass who shared ideas on how to make the internet work for you in making money from porn. Her TedTalk at which she debuted Make Love Not Porn is genius.

2. Make Love Not Porn’s #realworldsex project in which they showed film of real couples having sex as they typically do everyday. Amazing.

3. Learning about Yaoi Anime: essentially, they are homoerotic relationships between anime dream men, created for straight women (think 50 shades of Grey-like fan fiction, but between Christian Grey and Bruce Wayne, in animated form).

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