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Australia’s Thriving Art-Porn Industry Is Run by Women

 

 

While it’s legal to produce porn in Australia, it’s illegal to sell it in shops without a classification. This makes sense in principle, but in practice every state in the country interprets federal law individually. For example, R-rated videos are kosher in Queensland, but R-rated magazines can land a producer in jail for three months. Meanwhile in Tasmania it’s illegal to sell any X-rated content at all, and it carries the same two-year sentence as selling child pornography. Ironically it’s legal to give Tasmanian minors varying degrees of softcore porn (category 1 or 2 material only), as long as they’re your own, or they’re married. And all of this explains why Australian porn producers generally don’t publish DVDs or magazines. It’s too damn risky.

 

Zahra Stardust. Photo by Roberto Duran

Zahra Stardust. Photo by Roberto Duran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s internet porn, which exists in its own stateless realm and is especially immune from censorship if it has an artistic, educational, or political purpose. Which is why nearly all Australian porn exists online, but also why so much of it also straddles the line between art and erotica. What isn’t clear, however, is why so much of this arty porn is made by women.

 

 

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