’Juicy Pink Box’ opens new world of lesbian porn
Jincy Lumpkin, Esq. was dissatisfied with what lesbian porn there was available to view; which led her to create her own. Called Juicy Pink Box, she takes the genre to a new level -- offering women the opportunity to watch sensual porn made by lesbians, for lesbians in the comfort of their own home. EDGE's Winnie McCroy spoke to Lumpkin about what she didn't like about lesbian porn, how she got her company going and what the future has in store.
Blond bimbos in tacky lingerie, leaving lipstick smears and stroking each other with their long acrylic nails: until recently, this "gay-for-pay" lesbian porn is what most women have had to be contented with. But now, thanks to Juicy Pink Box founder Jincy Lumpkin, Esq., women can watch sensual porn made by lesbians, for lesbians in the comfort of their own homes.
"As a lesbian porn watcher, I had few options," said Lumpkin. "There was mainstream gay-for-pay porn, made for men by men, which for a lot of other lesbians was not arousing because it was not real. A second option came later, with the Crash Pad series out of San Francisco. Dyke porn is what they call it, and many lesbians find it too extreme. I wanted something in between, something real yet beautiful and cinematic, and that's what inspired me to start Juicy Pink Box."
A place to share erotic experiences
As a banking litigation lawyer, Lumpkin said she found her 70-hour work weeks unfulfilling, and the long wait periods between cases frustrating. Single at the time, Lumpkin remembers spending most of her down time amusing her straight male coworkers with stories of her dating exploits. Because she had intended to practice fashion law, she had maintained a fashion blog, but at her coworkers urging, started an anonymous sex blog in 2008.
"There was a surge of interest-it took off in a way the fashion blog had not," said Lumpkin. "I thought that if people wanted to talk about their sex lives on the Internet, I might as well make a space for them to do it."
Lumpkin connected with a network of lesbian sex bloggers and in the fall of 2008, launched Digiromp.com, a social network for women to share their erotic experiences. According to her, the site soon gained worldwide popularity as a space for lesbians, bisexuals, and genderqueer folks to talk about sex. Looking to make her site into a successful business, Lumpkin began toying with the idea of creating porn for women, by women.
"I had it in my mind that I wanted to do porn videos, but as a lawyer, I had no contacts in the porn industry," said Lumpkin. "So I left my law job, and started contacting porn stars through fan sites. In July 2009, I shot my first video series, Taxi, a dozen encounters between women in the back of a cab."
High quality, unscripted vignettes
The series had professional-quality styling, lighting, and aesthetics, all produced with a cinematic quality. The 10-minute erotic vignettes didn’t bother with the premise of plot lines, but unlike soft-core "Skinemax" flicks, did feature graphic footage of penetration. The dialogue was unscripted and the narrative loose, but the scenes were shots with "all that stuff that makes it more like a movie than porn."
Lumpkin said that although all of the scenes are filmed with the same aesthetic take, the actors "encompass a range of womanly beauty from pretty femmes to butches, styled in a way that makes them their sexiest possible." The Taxi series featured a classic retro look, with butches styled in a way reminiscent of Grease, cigarette packs rolled in sleeves in a soda-shop vibe. Her upcoming series Therapy, set for release this summer, will feature women in a therapists office, sharing their fantasies with an aesthetic she describes as monochromatic and futuristic, with a Studio 54 vibe.
Lumpkin does not work with amateurs, but often uses the same actors, like crossover lesbian porn star Dylan Ryan. She asks her actors to keep their nails natural, and to keep the hair down there. "I don’t need them to have disco-era bush, but I want real bush, not shaven. That’s too prepubescent. I think it’s crazy how porn has penetrated our culture, so that women think that’s how they have to do things. I like it to be natural but glamorized."
She released a new scene each week via her website JuicyPinkBox.com, a $25-per-month subscription site. Due to overwhelming demand, Lumpkin has began investigating releasing the series as full-length DVDs for home use, and has also added a new three-day trial membership for five dollars.
Her work has been screened at several film festivals, including CineKink in New York; Lumpkin was among audience members at the screening, and said women approached her after the film to thank her. According to Lumpkin, the site has reached its target demographic. "Honestly, most subscribers are bicurious and bisexual women, followed by lesbians, with straight men as a distant third," said Lumpkin. "People seem to be really excited about it. There is a market out there for those interested in seeing real lesbian sex in a way that’s glamourous."
And while she no longer spends her days negotiating banking litigation, Lumpkin’s background in law has given her leverage in making her new business a success. Understanding the legalese of state and federal regulations has allowed her to safely push the boundaries of her content to include more graphic acts like fisting, which she says many lay people falsely believe is not permitted. She also writes all of her own contracts, without which she refuses to conduct business, saying, "I can see where the sticky points are from the beginning, and that has given me the armor to go forward in business, because I know the legal repercussions."
The success of JuicyPinkBox.com has prompted Lumpkin to pursue a line of products, events, and parties. With her eyes on the model established by the Playboy Mansion, Lumpkin hopes that a successful series of parties may eventually be parlayed into a club, and a larger, more well-known brand featuring articles about the lesbian lifestyle and culture.
"I am in it to win it, for the long haul," said Lumpkin. "This is an interesting time for lesbians; everybody is fascinated by them, and it’s reached a fever pitch in pop culture. I get creative fulfillment out of being a pornographer, and would like to become a household name."