Panel Discussion

The Skin of Your Ass

With Heather Berg, Jennifer Lyon Bell and Michael Portnoy

4 November 2021
15:00 — 16:00

Location: Het Huis Main Stage

Panel conversation moderated by Sara Janssen // 

Sex is everywhere. And yet, weirdly, it remains a social taboo – all the more so when it comes to sex that is non-heterosexual, non-monogamous, casual, kinky, filmed, or transactional. In this panel we will discuss the social perception and (un)acceptance of sexuality, nudity and pornography. 

How can pornography be a liberating expression of individual identity? How can pornography become art, and vice versa? What are the business models of commercial websites and social media platforms on which these sexual expressions – whether mainstream or alternative – manifest themselves? What are the policies of the various platforms? What alternative spaces and websites are there out there, and what is their vision? How do people who work with or in pornography see their profession and position in society? How has the landscape evolved over recent years and how does the current landscape of online bodies, nudity and pornography inform and influence the way (younger) generations understand intimacy?

These are some of the many questions that we will discuss with Heather Berg, Jennifer Lyon Bell and Michael Portnoy. Heather Berg is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Washington University St. Louis. In her recently published book Porn Work, she explores porn workers’ strategies for navigating—and subverting—precarity. Jennifer Lyon Bell of Blue Artichoke Films is an erotic film director/producer, curator, teacher, and writer. She is one of the early members of the feminist pornography movement and ethical porn movement. Michael Portnoy is an American visual artist, filmmaker, choreographer and performance artist. His film Progressive Touch, part of the IMPAKT Festival screening programme, combines explicit sex with dance, comedy and music.


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