NEWS: Mindbrowse to Host 'Taboo by Context' Live Panel Discussion

The live studio session, “Taboo by Context — Mainstream Sex and Violence, Adult Entertainment and the Social Consequences of Selective Production Standards,” will consider the impact of selectively enforced mainstream and erotic production standards.

The event will be held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. (PST), a the at XBIZ 2017 conference, and Live Tweeted at #SexTalkTuesday, with a Periscope Broadcast @SsshForWomen.

SYNOPSIS: "Between self-determined production codes and extra-industry standards, hardcore erotic content cannot touch on certain themes seen in mainstream programming. This impacts both the adult industry, as well as wider society. Panelists will explore the effects of selective production standards — from distribution and billing to implications regarding free speech, creative expression and interpersonal social connections."

Mindbrowse live-panel discussion events are directed and produced by Sssh.com founder Angie Rowntree (@AngieRowntree), a pioneering producer and director of porn for women. The events are moderated by sociologist and author Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals (@DrChauntelle), who serves as the Mindbrowse series’ collaborative organizer.

A man screams as he’s subject to a viscous, bloody pegging/murder. A brother rapes a sister when she refuses to have consensual sex. These are the types of scenes featured in popular mainstream content today. “You see it in ‘Game of Thrones’ — sexual themes that would never be explored in porn. You see it in ‘The Walking Dead’ — violence that would never be showcased in porn,” Tibbals explains. “And yet somehow, it’s adult entertainment that’s censored, corralled and generally stigmatized.

“Like any sort of double standard, selective production standards have a very real impact on both the production community and the viewing public,” she says. Tibbals says that she is excited to explore this highly important topic, from the deleterious impact that comes from creating “bad” media to the vast array of social ails that come directly from our culture’s love/hate relationship with porn. “I’m especially excited to uncover the more ‘unseen’ spaces and impacts of discrimination, [including] distribution, processing, traffic and more,” Tibbals adds. “Though to an untrained individual these dimensions might not seem sexy or significant, these dimensions are actually some of the pillars shoring up the pen that delineates porn from everything else.”

Rowntree says there are countless ways that people perceive the same theme and even the exact same manner of depiction, completely differently in the context of porn than they do if they see it in a mainstream production. “Whether it’s an HBO program, an arthouse film or a Hollywood blockbuster, these works are in many ways given leeway to explore darker and more difficult sexual territory, even in a sexually-explicit fashion, so long as the end result isn’t considered ‘hardcore porn,’” Rowntree says. “As a director of adult films, it’s a double standard I find troubling from a creative standpoint, as it hampers my range and limits my options when I’m crafting storylines and developing characters.”

Among the session’s speakers are Penthouse’s Kelly Holland (@Penthouse), attorney Karen Tynan (@KarenAttorney), director/producer Dee Severe (@SevereSociety), NETbilling’s Wendy Nelson (@NETbilling ) and mainstream film critic William Bibbiani (@WilliamBibbiani).

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MindBrowse is a Production of Sssh.com, The Web's Premiere Porn for Women and Couples site.

About MindBrowse

WHAT IS MINDBROWSE?

MindBrowse is a place where the adult entertainment industry’s ideas go to grow up. Here, various notions are debated, discussed, turned inside out, parsed and reassembled. It’s a place where people talk about issues that affect everyone involved in porn, from the corporate executives who pay for its creation to the men and women who perform in it – and the fans who watch it. Put more prosaically, MindBrowse is a site that hosts live videoconferencing discussions of compelling and challenging topics. For each discussion, we assemble a panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds and opinions encouraging a ranging and balanced discussion of each topic with audience participation via Twitter (#SexTalkTuesday) or on SexTalkTuesday.

“Porn has reached a point where it’s just part of the broader cultural landscape now, so this isn’t just a discussion to be had by the industry and its critics” Angie Rowntree (@AngieRowntree) founder of sssh.com and producer of Mindbrowse said. “We’re giving porn’s fans and detractors a voice in the discussion too.”

MindBrowse is a Production of Sssh.com, The Web's Premiere Porn for Women and Couples site.

Mindbrowse Episodes

MOST RECENT BROADCAST: Consent In Porn - Debunking Myths & Managing Realities
MOST RECENT BROADCAST: Mindbrowse brought together key members of the adult entertainment industry for the panel “Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths and Managing Realities.” The event was live broadcast from Los Angeles on Mindbrowse.com, free of charge, on February 25. Speakers included Mercedes Carrera - Adult Film Performer @TheMercedesXXX, Nina Elle - Adult Film Performer, @NinaElleXXX, Conner Habib - Author, Adult Film Performer, Sex Workers’ Rights Advocate @ConnerHabib, Mickey Mod - Adult Film Performer @theMickeyMod, Mark Schechter - President ATMLA @ATMLA, Dee Severe - BDSM and FemDom Film Director @SevereSociety. Moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD, author of “Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment". Read Full Story Here at XBIZ...

It’s Porn, Not HBO!

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‘Pioneers of Feminist Porn’


June 16 at 3pm EST / Noon PST. Groundbreaking feminist porn director, producer and author Candida Royalle was joined by award-winning New Sensations director Jacky St. James for a discussion about the history, evolution and future of feminist porn in a fascinating live event.


May 12 at 3pm EST / Noon PST: “Women in Porn: A Discriminating Audience”.


Adult stars Vicky Vette, Julia Ann joined Sherri L. Shaulis at AVN and Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland on the panel moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals. As the panelists attested, despite porn’s global popularity, social acceptance remains very hard to come by for current and former performers, producers, and others who work in the adult industry.

Recent Broadcast: "Men of Porn - A Peek Behind The Curtain" Tuesday, March 24 at 3 pm Eastern time (noon Pacific).

We spoke to two top men working in porn today, delving deep into what it's like to be an integral star in adult entertainment. Guests: Steven St. Croix and Tyler Knight. Moderated By Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals.

Recent Broadcast: "50 Shades of Reality - Insights from BDSM Professionals"

Professional dominatrix Rebecca Knox and sex educator/sex worker Ava Mir-Ausziehen lead the discussion in the “50 Shades of Reality: Insights from BDSM Pros” event. Broadcast on Feb. 24 at noon PDT/3 p.m. EST, Knox and Mir-Ausziehen talked about a variety of BDSM-related topics, from the daily realities of the BDSM lifestyle to the positive and negative aspects of the popular “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy.
'Women In Porn' Event Live Broadcast From XBIZ 360
The Mindbrowse. com “Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths” debate was broadcast at XBIZ 360 at The Andaz Hotel in Los Angeles on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. “Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths” is an interactive panel discussion that brings prominent individuals working in the adult entertainment industry together to debate the nature of women’s’ changing roles and issues that currently confront the industry. Panelists included Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland, sex educator/writer Elle Chase, director/performer Courtney Trouble and attorney Karen Tynan. The debate was moderated by Dr. Chautelle Tibbals. During the discussion, the panel was assisted on stage by “celebrity tweeters” Jacky St. James and Alex Chance, who spurred Twitter users by contributing their own observances and perspectives on the debate.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Porn’ Comedy Event

Moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals. The panel for the event consists of directors Jacky St. James and Will Ryder and performers Evan Stone and Casey Calvert, four of the industry’s brightest and wittiest creative minds. December is a festive time of year in porn – award nominations come out and there are a bunch of fun holidays leading up to the great community events in January What better way to get in the spirit than with a fun, lighthearted conversation that gave viewers the opportunity to get answers from people in the know!

Feminism & Porn: Can they Coexist?

From Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014: With ‘Feminism & Porn: Can they Coexist?,’ we gathered some of the most influential filmmakers and performers in adult entertainment to address just this — how does feminism factor into their work specifically and into the industry overall? Interestingly, though not everyone necessarily identifies as a feminist, we can see key feminist principles operating in the most nichey, the most hardcore and the most mainstream corners of adult. Thus, just like Beyoncé publicly declared feminism as an integral component of her brand at this year’s VMAs, we’re left to wonder: do feminism and porn go hand in hand? Panalists - Dana Vespoli, Dylan Ryan and Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals.

An Intimate Conversation With Nina Hartely and Ernest Greene

From Tuesday, Aug. 26: A live videoconferencing event produced by Sssh.com, the iconic husband and wife duo talked about Ernest Greene's new novel “Master of O,” the recent appearance of BDSM on the pop culture radar and their careers in adult entertainment, each of which spans more than 30 years. Nina Hartley, who performed in her first adult film in 1984, is also well known for her work as a sex educator and author. In addition to performing in nearly 1,000 adult movies, Hartley has released a line of instructional videos, and in 2006 published the book “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex.”

Women In Porn – Shattering The Myths, Round 2

Archive from the Mindbrowse.com November 18th. 2014 live broadcast. Moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, the discussion covered a variety of hot-button issues regarding the evolving place of women within the adult entertainment industry. Speakers included adult performer/director Ashley Fires, MakeLoveNotPorn.com co-founder Cindy Gallop, Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland, and author/attorney Frederick Lane.

Women In Porn - Shattering The Myths
From July 22, 2014: More and more, women are found in the board rooms and director’s chairs in this industry. This is changing the nature of porn and the way the public perceives it. Critics of the porn industry basically deny that these changes are taking place, or argue that women are just pawns in the game. Among other things, this event gives us an opportunity to engage these points head on. Speakers included Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland, adult performer/director Ashley Fires and MakeLoveNotPorn.com co-founder Cindy Gallop, Author/Lecturer Fred Lane, and moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals.