Anal Advice Assessed

Valentina Nappi

Since arriving on the international porn scene in 2011 and making waves in the US industry thanks to her relentless pursuit of personal pleasure, devotion to full gender equality, or fondness for shooting anal, DP, and gangbang scenes, Italian goddess Valentina Nappi has become one of the more salient commentators on the ins-and-outs of the porn world. So, when GQ published a slightly disturbing article entitled “How to Ask for Anal Sex” only to then be followed by a red-pen wielding Complex writer who pointed out its numerous flaws and falsehoods – “Women like to be surprised,” claims GQ, but that doesn’t extend to surprise buttsecks! – we turned to the esteemed Ms. Nappi for her advice, compared it to that of GQ and Complex, and tried to figure out which source was providing the real assistance to anally-inclined readers. Guess who came out on top?

GQ writer, “sex expert” and hostess, Sarah Jane Banahan suggests forgoing mentioning or requesting an anal attempt in advance, telling readers to “undress her slowly, kiss her, tell her quietly that you are going to penetrate her from behind.” Yeah, kinda like that disturbing scene from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! Complex, for its part, wanted answers and turned to sexologist Bianca Laureano to get them. “Articles like this are dangerous because they give men the impression they may do something sexual with a partner without their consent.” Real anal sex, dear readers, is nothing like a porn scenario. You don’t start out with heavy petting, say “Turn over, baby,” then dive in cock-first. What you want to do is follow the advice of someone who’s been on the receiving end of many an butt-hungry penis in her time, Ms. Valentina Nappi.

In a blog post entitled How to Do Anal, Valentina lays it out as clearly as anyone anal adventurer could want. First, she details cleanliness protocols, discussing how to administer an enema and how pornstars stay clean on set. Some take psyllium whole husks for a fiber blast thrice daily before a shoot while others take Imodium (“not a healthy decision,” she says), but Valentina herself simply reduces fiber intake prior to a shoot to ensure she’s not leaking all over the set, the props, and her co-stars come the day of the shoot. Lubrication is next on Ms. Nappi’s checklist and, boy, is she through, a far cry from the lube-less anal attempts outlined in GQ. Size is also discussed, with Nappi insisting that every ass is different and can accommodate objects of different sizes. Crucially, she points out that the average length of the human rectum ranges from 10cm to 15cm and anything larger than that may end up smashing your colon, potentially resulting in Depends dependency.

Sure, GQ and even Complex’s guides to anal sex lacked the casual language Nappi uses, aiming for a more scientific-sounding approach to anal preparation, but really, at the end of the day which would you trust, the male equivalent of Cosmopolitan, a hip-hop-oriented youth culture magazine, or someone who takes cocks in their ass for a living and is comfortable, confident, and casually serious enough about the safety of her fans’ and fans’ lovers’ assholes that she’d even post a little infographic to help identify the (literal) shit you don’t wanna know about, as well as the (proverbial) shit you absolutely need to know before plunging your boner deep inside a surprisingly sensitive little passage.

Valentina Nappi @ HardX

Buttman’s Big Budget Lesbian Adventure

Sex brings people together, and I don’t just mean in a moist, mushy lump of entangled limbs: it really does bring people together, creating communities of like-minded practitioners, offering group safety to sexual minorities struggling to survive, and even matching pornographers with their muses, a meeting that creates even more possibilities for togetherness once it hits the retail and digital shelves. John Stagliano might not be an active adult performer anymore, but he’s still as tuned-in to today’s current crop of breakout sex stars. As if to prove this beyond a doubt, the director of the acclaimed Voracious series for his Evil Angel imprint has ventured once again into big budget porno territory to create a unique showcase of two of today’s most authentic performers.

Misha Cross and Samantha Bentley

Of the two leading ladies soon to be found adorning the cover of Hard In Love, Stagliano’s continental lesbian travelogue, Misha Cross is the newer name, the slighter physical presence, and the less mainstream-accessible one. Having appeared as not one, but three distinct prostitutes in Game of Thrones, it’s the British Samantha Bentley who takes top billing. And, speaking of billing, that’s a credit you don’t see earned by pornstars every day: Starring and Written by… An ambitious lesbian feature from a porno legend co-created by two of Europe’s most compelling, intelligent, self-assured performers (with appearances from Proxy Paige, Angel Long, and Jesse Volt, among others)? That’s certainly reason to prick up your ears and pay close attention.

Another reason is that Stagliano called in a few favors from friends to pull of this production, shooting in the private Budapest studio of Rocco Siffredi and at insomnia, a Berlin club that also hosted his Fashionistas Safado shoots. Creatively, he turned to Cross and Bentley. “I had the girls’ demented imagination to save me,” Stagliano told press. “As with so much of this movie, the ending was a surprise to me and my narrow male thinking.”

The first chapter of Hard In Love serves up four scenes to Evil Angel subscribers and is available there now, with Part 2 due to arrive June 6th.

MILFs Raise Their Voices

The early-00’s MILF explosion seemed at one point to swing the interests of porno viewers worldwide towards older women, forever relegating teens to also-rans for their inexperience, lack of confidence, and often low sexual intelligence, all contributing factors to a less-than-thrilling porno movie. While MILFs are no longer the hottest topic in porn – that’d be step-sister-fucking and interracial cuckolding – there is now a solid base of thirty- forty- and fifty-something women shooting hardcore sex for a living and, much to the surprise of the general public, turning out to be not the corruptive neighborhood deviant influences some might’ve thought, but well adjusted professionals enjoying their work as very few people are ever lucky to do. For its May issue, AVN Magazine spoke with some of today’s top mature performers to find out what makes their middle-aged career choices work for them.

Known for her fierce independence and her Forbidden Fruit line of family-based fetish scenarios, Jodi West explained to AVN that her porn empire really grew from the free webcam shows she performed with her husband. Asking Vivid for advice, they soon realized they could turn their actual sex lives into thriving careers, giving West’s work an authenticity often missing in younger performers. “Because I started working in the adult industry later in my life… I was able to do what I wanted to do rather than what people told me I should do. MILFs typically set the terms for what happens during sex.”

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Brandi Love, who recently shot her first interracial scene for Blacked, chalks up her career satisfaction to a few things: being paid to experience pleasure, taking her appearance and fitness very seriously, and being picky about her projects. “I only shoot scenes that are a turn-on for me personally… I love working with men and women who have as much passion for sex, and for the scene, as I do.” Love’s commitment is often as clear as day, as her dialog-heavy but insanely hot Blacked scene has just proved.

Recently returning to the porno fold, Ryan Conner is a MILF performer with a difference. And that difference, dear readers, isn’t that she co-headlined an Evil Angel release with the infamous Lex Steele, matching his every thrust and parry. And it isn’t that Conner leapt back into anal, DP, and gangbang porn with a vengeance. “I can’t honestly say motherhood ever affected the roles I took,” Conner told AVN, referring to her performer daughter Dylan Phoenix. “I can’t say it’s a bad way of life. I have had an amazing time with a fun and lucrative career so why shouldn’t she?” Conner’s initial forays into porn found her in an early scene for the highly influential MILF Hunter. Now that she’s returned, she’s not holding anything back, shooting intense interracial anal and DP scenes, and blowbangs for everyone from Evil Angel to Dogfart’s Blacks on Cougars. “[People] want to see women who don’t care that their hair is out of place at that moment but are so lost in the pleasure that their hair is the last thing on their mind.”

If the future of MILF porn looks more like Ryan Conner’s well-satisfied cum-stained face and less like Brit-accented teachers wielding riding crops and cleavage but little actual sensual power, I’d say the future is very promising indeed.