Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every year, I try to do something to raise money to donate to a foundation that I’ve been working with for a long time, called Keep-A-Breast. The first time I worked with them was MANY years ago through the Burlesque Hall of Fame. They took casts of dancers breasts, mine included, and then had great artists paint the casts and then auction them off to raise money. Since then, they have been my foundation of choice for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

This year, I made a video where I am simply caressing my breasts. I’ve had the idea for the video for a while to give to my fan club. When it was filmed last week, I thought that this would be the PERFECT video to release to raise money for the foundation.

This video is now available for purchase and features the music of one of my favorite new bands, ‘So Below’ (who did give their approval, by the way)! A portion of proceeds will be donated to Keep-A-Breast when you make this purchase from now til the end of the month.

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!

Bare Books

Join me in Chicago on September 6th for the 10th annual, ‘So You Wanna be a Naked Girl‘! This event features women who are reading naked in front of an audience for the very first time. I absolutely adore them for stepping into their vulnerability and coming together in a safe and supportive space. Now, the show is set up as a faux reality show (like So You Think You Can Dance). The readers choose their passage from any genre and the selections are required to be under 8 minutes.  When all the readers have finished, the audience gets to vote for Naked Reader 2019! This is not a serious competition and there is not a massive prize package, but it is FUN!

Come and support these brave, beautiful women! Please keep in mind that we are at a new location: 3100 N California. Get your Tickets now!

Fan Club Anniversary

My fan club is celebrating 3 years of exclusive photos and videos this month! If you aren’t already a member, you can join at the $15 level or above and receive a free HD video download. This will be a best of video of the past 3 years! Join the club now!

For those that are already members, your patronage has been life changing. I am so grateful for your contributions. I have been able to create new acts and save for future show productions and creative endeavors. Thank you so much for being a fan! Let’s do another 3 years at least!