Banned on YouTube

After all of these years, I am continuing to cause trouble. This is a recent communication from YouTube (I bolded all the important/upsetting bits):

We’d like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines your YouTube account Michelle L’amour has been suspended.

Graphic sexual contact that is meant to be sexually gratifying is not allowed on YouTube. We review educational, documentary, artistic, and scientific content on a case-by-case basis. Limited exceptions are made for content with sufficient and appropriate context and where the purpose of posting is clear.

Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts.

Now, I can assure you that nothing I posted on YouTube was GRAPHIC. Yes, I posted some performance videos. I posted some family friendly Patreon promo videos (all things that would fall in line with a Victoria’s Secret commercial) and I even posted some interviews I had done and also, my Big Reveal, where I came out about alopecia.

A few weeks ago, I was notified that a video I put up with me posing with snakes was taken off my account and I was given my first warning. Nothing else came from YouTube until this banning email above. I am going to assume that the video that threw this into high gear, was my ‘Pleasure is Power‘ video, a tribute to Andy Warhol’s ‘Blow Job‘.

In this video, all you see is my face. There is no music. There is no sound. It is completely silent. I experience pleasure in this video, but all of that is off camera. It. Is. Just. My. Face. Well, as it turns out, a woman with sexual agency and pleasure is a thing to be feared. While my video is down and my whole channel is removed AND I can’t even access YouTube on my phone, the original video by Warhol with a man being pleasured continues to stay on this platform with millions of views. There is an imbalance here.

Back in the day, at the height of burlesque, girls were getting arrested and thrown in jail for their ‘lewd’ behavior and scandalous headlines were splashed across newspapers all over the US. Many of these women, and club owners, orchestrated this scene to get more press for their club and in turn, getting more asses in the seats to see the asses on stage. Nowadays, while we aren’t being dramatically thrown in jail, we are being silenced. Our voices are being taken away, but it’s all happening in secret. Women who deal in the sexy arts are being left in the shadows, with a huge effect on their bank accounts. Remember how branding, marketing and promotion is so important? What do you do when all your avenues to grow your business are taken away?

Well, that’s what I’m hoping to fix. Taking a cue from the dancers’ past, I want press on this. A lot of it. I want articles, podcasts, whatever! If you know someone that would be interested in this story, let me know. This is not just happening to me. So many of my friends cannot post more than a picture of their eyeball without getting into trouble. We’re being watched and judged. I am not going to stand for this!

Recently, I took class at the Martha Graham School in New York City. During that class, the teacher said, ‘There is no movement, without opposition’. I will move through this opposition and come out the other side stronger. I encourage you to join me.

In the meantime, follow me on Vimeo or join my fan club!

PLEASURE IS POWER

I had an idea to do a tribute to Hedy Lamarr’s famous orgasm scene in the film Ecstasy. I wanted to experience real pleasure but just show my face in a soft focus glamour look in black and white. After the video was already filmed, I discovered Andy Warhol’s film ‘Blow Job’. It’s just a man’s face while he is experiencing pleasure. There is no sound and it is intense. I decided to combine these two inspirations in to what you see here.

Now, it is one thing to have an idea, and another to complete it, and another to present it. You know how it is when you hear your own voice in a recording? This is kind of like that, but more so. I assure you that these reactions are real and I am not faking it.

I hesitated about posting this because it’s very personal but I think the greater good it can do is important. A woman’s pleasure is important. We know this but it seems that the world is doing all they can to keep us in our place. They censor us, take away our autonomy and silence our voices. I will not stand for it and I encourage all women to stand up and fight. We have been shamed for centuries and in order to combat the forces against us, we must first attack the internal damage that has been done. The battle starts within. This is a video to remind you to take pleasure in your power.

Chicago/LA events

Ok people. There is a lot going on so try to keep up with this one! I’m headed to Chicago for a few days and would love to see you there, but don’t worry LA! I’ve got things planned for you too!

May 16 – Opening of Unbridled ROCKS at Untitled in Chicago 9pm 

May 18– Workshop – Pussy Confidence at the Chicago Academy of Burlesque
2-3:30 – REGISTER

May 18 – Naked Girls Reading Chicago: Girls Gone Oscar Wilde 8pm  – TIX

May 18 (yes, this is a big day) – I’ll be doing Butthoven at Comedy Cabaret at the Comedy Bar at 11pm! TIX

Then, I return to LA in the early morning of the 19th and I’m back at the studio with a fan dance workshop where you will learn how to remove gloves and bras while also fan dancing. Fans will be available to borrow but if you have your own, please bring those.

May 19 – FANtasy Workshop 2:30-4pm at Fit and Bendy Studios –  REGISTER

I will have a brief moment to catch my breath and then Pretty Funny returns with its monthly residency at the Virgil. This show features TOP burlesque and stand up comedy.

May 22 – Pretty Funny at the Virgil 8:30pm – TIX

And, if you aren’t in either of those cities but still want to get in on the action, check out my brand new online burlesque video collection. You can rent or purchase over 100 videos and learn burlesque in your own home. Rent or buy here.

Girls Gone Oscar Wilde in Hollywood

Naked Girls Reading hits Hollywood on April 25 with Athena Fatale, Kristina Nekiya and me! The show is exactly as it sounds. Think of the literary salons in Paris, but naked…and in Los Angeles! We’ll be at the Burgundy Room Gallery (1621 N Cahuenga) at 8:30 reading the very best of Oscar Wilde. Get your tickets now!

Then on April 28th in LA, I’ll be teaching my class Pussy Confidence at Fit and Bendy, 12:30-2.

Women are taught from a very young age to give up their space, to apologize for their presence, and to appease those around them. We are taught that we are weak and ‘less than’. But, certainly, we are not. We are greater than or equal to. It is time to take back your power and own what is rightfully yours. It is time to embrace the things that make you vulnerable and use them as your strengths. In Pussy Confidence, we will learn to accept and love the things that make us different. We will learn to love the things that make us ‘woman’. The class will feature a talk from Michelle L’amour, sensual movement, and a bit of choreography that encourages you to move from your sex. Let’s be done with compartmentalizing our bodies and our minds. Let’s imagine and embrace the power of our whole being working as one. This is Pussy Confidence!

Please wear clothes you feel comfortable in. Do not dress for others. Dress for yourself. Heels are optional. Bring a notebook as well if you wish.

You can read more about this class in this recent Playboy article.

And, if you’re in Chicago, I’ll be teaching this workshop on May 18th. More details to follow.

Thank you for your continued love and support! My instagram account is now back up and running. I appreciate all your help. Remember, if you want to see all of my work, you can always join the fan club!