Feminist Porn

Lately I’ve been really into feminist porn director Erika Lust. I’m reading her awesome book, Good Porn: A Woman’s Guide and it’s totally blowing my mind. Do you know the history of pornography? Or about the individual (male) director who started getting the mainstream porn industry away from public hair and natural bodies and towards fake boobs and no body hair? I didn’t before but thanks to Good Porn, now I do!

Photograph from Nailed Magazine

 

Defining anything feminist is a bit tricky, who is one to tell someone they aren’t feminist because they shave their legs or wouldn’t chose abortion for themselves? However, I’m really tired of hacks like Sarah Palin claiming that they’re feminists. Just because people have different definitions of feminism doesn’t mean you can be an anti-choice, racist, sexist bigot and say that you’re a feminist because you’re a woman in politics. Sorry, it doesn’t work like that. Personally, I believe in the bell hooks definition of feminism:

“Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression.”

And like this great feminist thinker says, if feminism means everything (nice try, Palin), then it means nothing.

Back to the issue at hand though, what about feminist porn? I’m into both the definitions on the Erika Lust blog post.

1. Alison Lee, manager of Good for Her in Toronto believes for porn to be feminist, “a woman must have been involved in the production, writing, or direction of the work; or the work must convey genuine female pleasure; or the piece must expand the boundaries of sexual representation and challenge mainstream porn stereotypes”.

2. “Chanelle Galant, organizer of the Feminist Porn Awards, says it “makes women and couples feel good about themselves and about sex.” And I totally agree with her. If we had to sum up feminist porn in one sentence, I think that would be it. Being able to watch and enjoy a type of porn that makes you feel good, that makes want to explore your sexuality and your partner’s.”

The second definition is pretty awesome. My first experience with any type of porn was with my boyfriend at 18. We found one of his porn tapes in his basement and I thought it would be a good idea to watch it, get all hot and bothered, and then take a trip to bonetown. We popped the sucker in and I was immediately turned off. Why did these women look so fake and uncomfortable? Why were the guys so gross? No one seemed like they were having a good time. I lost my boner and wouldn’t let my boyfriend touch me. It was not hot. And it was def not feminist porn.

So, what’s your definition of feminist porn?

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