The Feminist Porn Show

Gah!! The Feminist Porn Show was so much fun! Tristan Taormino was informative and funny, and an awesome tour guide through the show she created.
 
Tristan’s definition of Feminist Porn is as follows:
“Feminist porn both responds to dominant images with alternative ones and creates its own iconography. It strives to represent a diversity of gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, fantasies and desires, sexual roles and activities, races and ethnicities, body types, and historically underrepresented and misrepresented minorities. It challenges cultural norms of beauty and sex appeal, heteronormativity, race and class stereotypes, and the very definition of what “sex” is and what it should look like.”
See Tristan’s perspectives on FP here (this is also the link from which I took her definition).

Her show consisted of feminist porn from the 1980s until 2011, and she organized it based on the focus of the clip: Ladies First (those that showcase women’s desires and sexual agency), Well Lit Stories (those that use story lines, artistic and flattering lighting and filming), Queer Factor (those that focus on sex among queer partners), Hot for Teacher (porn that teaches about particular sexual acts, such as oral sex or pegging), To Be Real (porn that focuses on actors who choose their partners), Upside Down (I forget the theme of these clips- whoops!), Trans Triple X (focusing on trans actors), Dangerously Diverse (focusing on racial and ability diversity), and Artcore (porn that uses highly artistic means, such as nonlinear story lines).


The most memorable clips for me included:
-Two men going down on one woman (so funny in light of mainstream porn focus on having two women go down on one man!)
-A different kind of gangbang in which the central woman uses men, who are slaves, to fulfill all of her sexual and erotic desires
-Tristan’s “Chemistry” series in which actors are together for 36 hours in one house and choose who they do and how
-Tristan’s “Rough Sex” series, in which the actor chooses her rough sex scenes and partners
-A woman in a wheelchair discussing how she has just as much want and desire as otherly-abled people
-Buck Angels’ Sexxing the Transman, in which he interviews and films a transman discussing his sexuality


One thing that caught my interest was the fact that there is virtually no age diversity in mainstream or feminist porn. I asked Tristan about this, and she said there are basically no porn actors over 35. It seems potentially like an untapped market! Well, maybe. I don’t know 🙂 There is also a gap in all porn when it comes to trans porn.


Also, I am incredibly turned on my gay porn. I should just buy myself some.
Woot!

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