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  • 1. + Notes from a Porn Island: Barebacking Bloggers and the Utopian Pirates of San Francisco Chris Ashford Principal Lecturer in Law, University of Sunderland
  • 2. + The Porn Context  Evolution of porn  ‘Straight’ porn – ‘Soft porn’ – Attwood (2002)  Scally and Chav ‘gay’ porn – Triga - Johnson (2008)  Where’s your cock shot? Pornification of everyday gay life – Gaydar, Manhunt, Fitlads  Everyday queer interaction (Mowlabocus 2007)  Emergence of ‘barebacking’
  • 3. + Barebacking Bloggers  Celebrations of Slutdum  ‘Load counts’  Erotic ‘real’ stories – authenticity  Reconstructing the domestic  Reconstructing relationships/partnerships  Identity and ‘backstory’ formation  Other tools = Twitter, Facebook, MySpace.
  • 4. +
  • 5. + Damon Dogg  Damon Dogg’s Blog  http://damondoggsblog.blogspot.c om/?zx=6d6fcbe4dcf7013a  The Damon Dogg Show  http://thedamondoggshow.blogspo t.com/
  • 6. + Liam Cole  Liam Cole  http://liam- cole.blogspot.com/? zx=6eb849bb93f0b73a
  • 7. + Paul Morris  Paul Morris/Treasure Island Blog  http://www.treasureislandblog.com/
  • 8. + ‘We at Treasure Island Media have been lionized and damned for our balls-out cum- felching, our bareback manrape footage, our underground gay porn work featuring all and every kind of hardcore gay sex action: felching, snowballing, ass-to-mouth action, ass-rimming, bareboning-- you name it.We are without doubt the most controversial and the most imitated gay porn bareback studio in the world.’ Paul Morris,TIM Founder/Director,‘Statement of Purpose’
  • 9. + Island Trailer
  • 10. + Introducing Sully  Paul Morris Flickr photostream  First post on RSI 12 Dec 2008  Ryan Sullivan (Sully from ep20)  24yrs old  Raised in Grand Island, Nebraska  Refers to brother  Refers to a grant  First episode a week later
  • 11. + Introducing Sully  Ep24(21)  ‘I think I may have crossed a line between documenting and making porn’  Ep25(22)  ‘My name is Sully’  ‘I am a pornographer’  ‘I was born in San Francisco’  This is the stated moment of ‘re-birth’ – of ‘life’ in a world conceptualised as ‘death’  Ep37 (sept 2009) Contract
  • 12. + Ryan Sullivan’s Island  ‘I was really close to my brother, and odd as it may sound, once he was gone it made me feel closer to him knowing what he jerked off to’.
  • 13. + Opening Episodes  Introducing the city  Introducing Ryan Sullivan  Introducing Treasure Island Media  ‘Treasure Island Media is the most controversial gay porn company in the world’  ‘TIM is a cult, not a porn company’  ‘Men around the world have the logo – a pirate symbol – tattooed on themselves’  ‘Paul Morris is the embodiment of the post human’ – David Halperin.
  • 14. +  Meet sales  Meet production assistants  Episode 9 (8) concludes with ‘End of Island Part 1’  Introduced to some key characters – e.g Dan Fisk – exclusive model  Revelation of the ‘truth’ – nervousness - authenticity
  • 15. + Dan Fisk ep
  • 16. + Playing with authenticity: the Brother and the Bloody Dick  John Sullivan  April 28th 2010, Paul Morris/TIM blog  ‘The TIM Crew will be in Chicago this Saturday, May 1st to host a gangbang for infamous TIM slut John Sullivan. He wants as many loads as possible in his sloppy fuckhole, so if you wanna add to the DNA pool, text: “GANGBANG” to (415)533-5260 and someone will get back to you with more details.You don’t have to show your face.The cut-off time for an invite is Friday, April 30th at midnight.’
  • 17. + The Brother  Paul Morris/TIM Blog – August 13 2009  ‘Paul’s Latest Obsession: Doug’  ‘Paul has a special fondness for totally submissive wholesome Midwestern boywhores. Doug Stanowicz is his latest obsession’.  http://www.treasureislandblog.com/?p=1341
  • 18. +  Ep41(38) …
  • 19. + The Brother  A model Paul met in Chicago  Paul bringing him to SF  Following episodes reflect a mood of introspection.  Footage of brother being interviewed – he is HIV positive  Ryan goes to a shoot with his brother – his brother is blindfolded  They kiss (brother apparently not knowing it’s him).
  • 20. + Pirate Utopias  ‘Temporary Autonomous Zone’ (TAZ)  Hakim Bey  Pirate construction of ‘a third, chaotic space’  Paul Morris draw men into their orbit, and just like Christians ‘turn’d Turke’ in the seventeenth century  Truth is (re)constructed – barebacking, HIV, so why not names, identities too?