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Amazon – Amateur Pornographers – X-rated Material – Adult Rated – Erotica

Amazon is trying to figure out how to handle the proliferation of what they consider to be self-published porn & Erotica. Several months ago the cover of the Erotic Literary Salon’s ebook – volume one “SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013” had to be altered to adhere to their policy. It seems that their software program or self-appointed censors do not appreciate artistic photographs.

Excerpts from various articles on Amazon’s pornography dilemma.

Boom in self-published porn: How amateur pornographers are sharing X-rated material on Amazon By LUCY WATERLOW

…Despite Amazon having a policy on not ‘accepting pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts’, there are currently numerous titles for sale on the website that break this rule.

Just some of the e-books available with pictures of naked women include ‘The Dirty Blonde’, ‘Topless!’ and ’40 and Still Foxy’. Some of the pornographic titles have been uploaded by individuals sharing their home-captured pictures while others come from those like ‘Camera Erotica’ who seem to have made a business out of self-publishing porn.

In a move that will shock many parents concerned about the easy access their children have to online porn, many of the saucy e-books have a ‘click to look inside’ function, so people can view the adult-only content for free.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2289102/Boom-self-published-porn-How-amateur-pornographers-sharing-X-rated-material-Amazon.html#ixzz2Rlk4bs5h

Amazon looks pathetic by excluding porn from its search engine (but still selling it) By 

…without warning, Amazon removed the ability of anything rated “adult” to show up in a search on its main website. Upmarket porn is still there; but to find it, you have to go into the books or Kindle section and search specifically for the title you’re looking for.

Previously, this sort of filtering had only been applied to books which contained things like incest, and quite right too, but now it’s across the board on all erotic fiction. Even 50 Shades of Grey, one of the most ubiquitous books in the world right now, is caught by the filter.

Obviously, this makes it much harder to find very ordinary smut. As a result, publishers, authors and readers are all up in arms. “It’s a pornocaust”, said one online erotica author I spoke to. The grumbles of writers in the erotica industry are well founded. “We sell a huge amount of books through Amazon, yet we’re treated with utter contempt. We aren’t even allowed to classify our books,” said another. She directed me to a blog post which makes the argument in detail:

With over 86,000 titles in “Erotica” on Amazon, that means there’s twice as many erotic e-books as scifi … Romance has 120k titles, and 15 subgenres. Fantasy, with its 56k titles has 10 subgenres. Poetry, 43k titles, 11 subgenres. [Yet] Erotica gets no subgenres, no way of distinguishing itself. There’s no heat levels, no way of knowing if you’re getting contemporary, fantasy, or taboo.

So, despite the huge sales of erotica through its Kindle platform, Amazon still thinks hiding the books away on a virtual top shelf is a good idea. This level of prudishness, of trying to protect adults from themselves, is pathetic. It’s yet another example of pre-emptive, absurdly risk-averse censorship, appeasing a probably non-existent offended user.

Read More:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/willardfoxton2/100009064/amazon-looks-pathetic-by-excluding-porn-from-its-search-engine-but-still-selling-it/

“Writing Erotica for Film – A BetterSex Webinar – Ms. Candida Royalle

If you are interested in screenwriting for erotic movies, the following free webinar is an excellent Resource. Candida Royalle produced the first successful female/hetero coupled centered erotic films in the 80’s.

Connect to hear free webinar presented by BetterSex:

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Hysterical Literature: The Orgasm as Art

Turning Orgasm into Art – Interview of photographer Clayton Cubitt by Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon. Excerpt of interview below sample video of Session Two: Alicia

View more videos:

http://www.criminalwisdom.com/hysterical-literature-the-orgasm-as-art/

Excerpt from Salon.com – The black-and-white video begins with a woman sitting at a table with a book in front of her. She looks into the camera and states her name, the name of the book, and begins to read. It seems she’s overwhelmed by the words — there’s a slight twitch, a smirk, a straightening of the back, a desperate breath in — and she struggles to continue reading.

Eventually you realize there is more to this scene than it at first seems — maybe when you notice the ever-so-slight buzzing sound in the background, or maybe not until the moans begin. Either way, before the end of the video there is the unmistakable appearance of an orgasm. But you never see just what has produced it: Is there someone or something under that table? Was it just the words that produced those paroxysms of pleasure?

This is the setup of art photographer Clayton Cubitt’s new video series, “Hysterical Literature.” So far, there have been two installments: one starring porn performer Stoya reading “Necrophilia Variations” by Supervert, the other featuring a woman identified simply as Alicia reading Walt Whitman’s sensual “Leaves of Grass.” But frankly, they could read their grocery lists and I’d still hang on their every word, every breath, every squirming movement during their vulnerable, resistant build to orgasm.

I talked to Cubitt, also known as Siege, by email about his fascinating new project, the line between high and low art, and authentic portraiture in the age of self-branding.

OK, what exactly is going on under that table?

I won’t divulge explicit technique, but the assistant is equipped with a back massager and instructed to distract the reader.

What instructions did you give the readers?

Readers are told to state their name and the name of what they’ll be reading, and then to read it out loud for as long as they can. When they have to stop, they’re asked to again state their name and what they’ve just read. Some of them aren’t able to do the last part.

And did they give any instructions to the person under the table? Or is the person under the table just incredibly adept? (And, if so, what are they doing tomorrow night?)

No instructions are given between reader and distracter. Part of the intrigue comes from that tension.

How do you go about selecting the book and the particular passage?

Readers are given full control over what they choose to read. I simply ask them to choose something personally meaningful to them, and something long enough to read from. We’ve had everything from Walt Whitman to a science book on fungus.

Are the videos you’ve posted so far first takes? Any entertaining outtakes? Read More:

http://www.salon.com/2012/08/24/turning_orgasm_into_art/