Porn and Movies Fail at Human Sexuality

povpnx-17 glitch porn by stallio via Flickr

povpnx-17 glitch porn by stallio via Flickr

While we are not producing “porn” on the website, we are doing nude women (and men eventually) in different situations from simulated sex to extremely fringe areas, and one of the things I am strongly wanting to portray is that such fringe acts are NOT necessarily borne from psychological problems or exploitation.

In many ways John Waters’ oeuvre, especially his later work, helped to reenforce the public’s perception of kink as being something comedic but ultimately caused by things that are “wrong” with those that practice it. His film “A Dirty Shame” being my favorite example; several fringe/kink writers have discussed this also and there are some great articles out there. Don’t misunderstand me, I am only pointing out one aspect of his work, I could just as easily make the case that such comedic treatment is necessary to bring the issue into the public mindset in a positive light.

The porn industry has in many ways been the victim of both it’s own success and of the same pressures facing “straight” productions. Top among these is what will be forever branded “MTV style”, post-classical editing, and the issues it brings to storytelling in general but in giving proper context in particular. In genres of porn or sexuality where the discomfort, pain, abuse, or gross out factor is in fact something the receiver desires there is little incentive for more than a tired smile at the end of the sex act. Some do interviews for inclusion before the sex, however it actually makes the context worse as well as being generally not entertaining or sexy. And long gone the days when “all porn” included a basic storyline wrapped around the hardcore scenes.

There are ways to present material, both normal and porn, where the context from the website to the video intentionally portrays a simulated “illegal act” for purposes of fiction. Ironically the producers of up-skirt/hidden camera, backroom casting couch, and BDSM material have led the way in making sure they comply with the law. While you really only need to fulfill the US 2257 code requirements, a contract for the shoot that spells out the terms and activities helps both cover yourself and any future distribution channels. A video interview both before and after would do more good if you could make it interesting and available to the public with the work or as an extra, however as a legal documentation it would really only matter in cases where it is alleged the participants were victims or participants in a crime.

Only a handful of companies are really interacting in entertaining ways during pre and post interviews that are seen by the public. I believe they include them mostly for sidestepping the legal issues and show willingness to engage in “forced sex” acts. I have looked into it due to making sure my site and planned work complies with the law, filming this stuff is legally very tricky especially in the US.

I don’t want to rely on the well tread tropes, especially some of the horror standards. The best example of this is torture porn without a valid context, in a way such “Gorn” (portmanteau of “gore” and “porn”) is the least interesting of the psychological issues that can be considered horror genre. Scenes such as we are working on, where a nude girl uses a killer’s blood to paint her way into another world, are far more interesting. But without the context we are going to build around it, it becomes a set piece, having to be judged without context because it is presented without context. Being able to make those moments meaningful instead of just another action beat, car chase, bar fight, porn scene is where both Hollywood and Porn have failed too often.

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