Pornographic Bikini Noodle Branding?

Pornography is one of those subjects that will perpetually be the cause of dividing opinions. Such differences know no borders. According to Alex Swerdloff, of Vice, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation is pushing to ban the branding of Bikini Noodle’s instant noodles for being, as they’ve decided, too pornographic:

All this hit home this week when the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency declared that a noodle snack should be pulled from shelves in the Muslim-majority nation because its packaging depicted an image they considered to be out-and-out pornographic.

Alex Swerdloff c/o Vice

Bikini Noodle? Rigorous Definitions of Porn

In the western world, we might think that marketing like this isn’t pornographic at all. After all, bikini clad is far from lewd, even if we are encouraged to squeeze the bag. It’s simply another category of outfit, right? In fact, with brands like Skinny Girl being prevalent in the United States, we might think that Bikini Noodle is designed to be low-calorie alternatives.

Unfortunately for Indonesia, this isn’t the first time that censorship in the noodle industry has reared its head. In fact, according to Swerdloff, an Indonesian politician made the claim that instant noodles and formula cause babies to become homosexual,

Arief R. Wismansyah, the mayor of the Indonesian city of Tangerang (just west of Jakarta), has shocked the world after asserting that instant noodles and formula milk are actually “making babies gay.” He made the unnerving comment during a government-run pregnancy seminar held in Tangerang earlier this week.

Alex Swerdloff c/o Vice

It’s important to realize how fortunate we are, in most of the western world, for having the freedom of expression that we do. We certainly wouldn’t have such a vibrant and diverse industry that is pornography in other countries.

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As Always,

C.K.


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Donald Trump VS Pornography

It was inevitable that this election cycle would involve the pornographic industry and pornography community. After all, porn is a hot topic where opinions can be passionate. This time, however, unlike the Hilary Clinton parody that happened last year, Donald Trump’s involvement comes from outside the industry. According to Josh Guckert of the The Libertarian Republic, Trump is ready to take on pornography:

On Monday, the nonprofit group Enough is Enough announced that Donald Trump had signed its pledge. The oath calls for “preventing the sexual exploitation of children, better enforcing Internet obscenity laws, and recognizing that exposure to Internet porn is deforming the sexual development of younger viewers,” according to PC World.

Josh Guckert c/o The Libertarian Republic

Is Donald Trump Advocating Against Porn?

No one is going to argue against preventing the sexual exploitation of children. If it exists, it absolutely needs to stop, and I don’t think anyone in this industry would fight such regulation. But what exactly does better enforcing obscenity laws entail? Where does obscenity begin, and safe sexual exploration end? What exactly should be censored is entirely up to the imagination of those in power. For members of the industry, and enthusiasts a like, that could stir some fear. As Guckert wrote,

However, other portions of the pledge may frighten onlookers as resembling the attributes of a nanny state. This includes the “serious consideration” of a Presidential Commission to examine the “harmful public impact of Internet pornography on youth, families, and the American culture.

Josh Guckert c/o The Libertarian Republic

Adults who look at legal pornography are not children, and shouldn’t be treated as such. The freedom of sexual expression in the form of pornography, while not universally protected, shouldn’t be censored if all parties are consenting adults.

Donald Trump’s action might not be an all out declaration of war, but Guckert makes an excellent case for worry. According to Guckert, Trump has made some outlandish claims, such as threatening network neutrality and increasing surveillance under the banner of combating terrorism. If pornography is deemed harmful to the nation’s culture, like it has for the UK, will we see the end to porn in the United States?

In an election year where so much is at stake, it seems necessary to be diligent in making it known that our freedoms are important to us. We’re consenting adults, and we want our freedom of expression to remain intact.

As Always,

C.K.


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Nadia Ali Banned In Pakistan

Expression of sexuality for women in the Middle East has always been a difficult and controversial topic. Because of the inherent power imbalances for many middle eastern countries, women are often not afforded the same rights they may have in the west. According to Aurora Snow of The Daily Beast, Nadia Ali may be challenging these notions, and as a result, according to Snow, she’s “banned” from Pakistani society.

They may look suppressed, but given an opportunity to express themselves freely, their wild, untamable natural sexuality is released. This may just be what was in bin Laden’s porn collection, experience it for yourself.

Women of the Middle East c/o The Daily Beast

Nadia Ali: Banned and Still Fighting Back

According to Snow, Ali is a fully practicing Muslim, but finds no conflict between her religion, culture, and chosen profession. According to Pakistan, however, pornography itself should be banned. As one can imagine, the issue of being a female Muslim practicing hardcore pornography comes with it plenty of vocal opposition,

I’ve been told, ‘you’re not a Muslim, you’re a disgrace to Pakistan, Pakistan won’t accept you,’ but I do come from a Middle Eastern background and I am Muslim, not the way my parents are, but by practice.

Nadia Ali c/o The Daily Beast

Despite the opposition, Nadia Ali has no plans to stop. She may be new to the industry, and with that comes some shocking introductions to the way things appear to play out, but she’s committed to her work. Since her debut, she’s become increasingly popular.

As mentioned in her interview above, despite the overwhelming appreciation for her contribution to the industry, racism from the Middle East continues to permeate the conversation. Although the split was apparently 50/50, for an entire nation to condemn a single person for their

Doing porn was a breakthrough in how women should be able to masturbate; women should be able to do these things. I want to be a voice for women in the world. I am all about the women’s movement and want to help other women take a stand.

Nadia Ali c/o The Daily Beast

Even though Nadia Ali has plenty of difficulties ahead of her, her perseverance is a symbol of her attitude toward challenging the lack of rights and freedom of women in the Middle East. Expression of one’s sexuality is important, and Nadia Ali is willing to go to great lengths to ensure that she remains a voice for Islamic women worldwide.

As Always,

C.K.

Gary Herbert, Porn Is Not The Public Health Crisis You’re Seeking

According to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s resolution, pornography is a public health crisis. Yeah, right. According to Corky Siemaszko of NBC News, Herbert’s resolution calls for a fight against pornography, through:

Education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level

Gary Herbert c/o NBC News

Except Herbert’s so-called policy change isn’t binding, doesn’t stop pornographic websites, and is simply fluff. It just looks like Utah’s incapability to create a separation between the government and religion may be clouding the judgement of its politicians.

Gary Herbert and Todd Weiler for Suppression

According to the masterminds behind this resolution, “pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment” and that pornography consumption is akin to addictive substance abuse. That’s kind of stretching it—but even if that were the case, aren’t there already safeguards available to parents who wish to prevent their children from utilizing porn? That being said, Siemaszko reports that Senator Todd Weiler would like to:

See default settings on the internet changed to make access to pornography more difficult.

Todd Weiler c/o NBC News

Censorship Begins With ██████████

Wait a minute, you want to make access to pornography more difficult for everyone, including competent, mature, free citizens of these great United States? What happened to a free and liberal society? Once censorship begins, it’s likely hard as hell to contain. Is this really in the best interest of all peoples, or is this just another case of arrogant, affluent, politicians imposing their own moral values on others?

Think about it.

Stay Flamin,

Harley


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IEAU: Unionizing Adult Entertainment

Until very recently adult entertainment wasn’t considered a unionized industry. In fact, before the IEAU, otherwise known as the International Entertainment Adult Union, the next best thing was APAC, which has been under continued scrutiny and stress. While the concept of protecting performers is a noble one, it appears the IEAU has gone about it in the wrong way.

Enter IEAU; Possible Performer Protection

According to Aurora Snow, from The Daily Beast, there has been some push back toward the union’s creation, but not because of what it stands for, but how it’s been brought to fruition,

No one seems to have an issue with a performers’ union but many are concerned with its organizational aspects. One way to interest performers is to gain their respect. Offer transparency. Be honest, even when you make a mistake.

Aurora Snow c/o The Daily Beast

According to Snow, the initial formation of the union resulted in individuals being nominated and approved before accepting their nomination. Further, apparently only roughly sixty ballots were cast in all. Even those in attendance found issue with its origination,

No offense to the people running this union, but most of them have been out of the industry for so long. We’ve had such an influx of new performers in the last five years that they aren’t going to know who these people are.

TarantinoXXX c/o The Daily Beast

The concept of a union is promising, however, as it could lead to better education and protection for performers. Safety in the adult entertainment industry has been a long and controversial topic, but things have been shifting toward a safer environment. According to Snow, a union could lead to even better long-term security for performers,

dult entertainers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about 401(k) plans, social security, or life after porn—not until they actually leave the business. This long-term financial thinking and planning is where a credible union could make a huge difference

Aurora Snow c/o The Daily Beast

The people behind the IEAU clearly agree, and have put forth numerous goals, including financial education, health insurance, and even OSHA compliance. If successful, this could mean a safer, more comfortable environment for those who wish to transform their jobs in adult entertainment into full-fledged careers.

Unfortunately, the way the IEAU has gone about their introduction into Porn Valley, have put plenty on edge. As written on Mike South’s website, the potential for petitioning the IEAU for re-elections is certainly viable. As Snow said, admitting mistakes could go a long way to breaching the divide in regard to opposition toward a union.

Others seem to be in favor of the union, even as it stands. If the IEAU makes good on their goals and promises, this could be a significant chapter in the world of adult entertainment. With transparency, this would provide performers and production companies alike the opportunity to standardize the industry and produce reliable and forward-thinking content.

As Always,

C.K.