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the beautiful agony. the porn industry. all of the sin. etc. etc.

March 21, 2011

i write about sex. (there, that ought to hook some of you reading this on facebook. onto you guys.) well, to be more specific, i write a lot about the body. i think that the human body is so amazing, which is probably why i also love writing about yoga on this blog, because it all ties into physicality. other people have gone through my poems, my stories, for example, and have pointed out all the instances where i use imagery of mouths (mouths seem to be a big things for me) or hands or other body parts. yes, i do tend to repeat myself sometimes – especially when it comes to the body, to the way people move and hold themselves and look. i get stuck on an idea and work with it until i beat it to death. it’s a weak point in my writing, but it’s also fun to do.

is this going to be a scandalous post? uh, who knows. probably. im only just writing about something that people talk about, have discussions about, and im trying to do so in an even-handed and educated manner. but beware – this post is going to talk about pornography and the porn industry, so if you are the faint of heart (or crotch, i suppose) turn back now don’t give me your flack. disclaimer done.

 

i know i’ve written a blog post about sex and writing before, but i’m drawn back to the subject, as most mammals are, and as a lot of writers are. i’m a font of sex-related facts – it comes from the psychology classes i’ve taken – but it also comes from independent research. (i suppose that is a euphemism. it sure sounds like it. but let me explain.) when it comes down to it, i’m very interested in the porn world, especially the porn world of the 80s and 90s, ESPECIALLY the 1990s.

hold judgment and let me explain why. first let me say that it is research for a novel-length story that i’ve been nursing for about a year. i’ve also been interested in writing a series of porn poetry based on male porn stars of the 1990s.

yes, the 1990s were an especially interesting decade for porn (i suppose my interest could specifically could be narrowed down to the late 80s to the mid 90s) because it was just a little past the “golden age of porn” but it was still an iconic time. nowadays, porn has become gonzo – directly trying to insert the viewer into the scene – and “pornstars” (mainly female) are nobodies. sorry it’s true. but back in those days – not quite as “glorious” as the 70s to 80s, but just a little after – the porn world was both tenuous and major-wattage – an odd combination. HIV was starting to scare the shit out of people, but the straight porn world was still thinking they were invincible. porn stars had face-name recognition (peter north, tt boy, ron jeremy, tom byron, christy canyon, ashlyn gere, alex sanders, gerry pike, marc wallice, keisha, jenna jameson, nikki dial, zara whites) and they maintained this status tenaciously. movies still had story lines and major sets.

and i’d prefer if you didn’t’t get all up in my grill about feminism as relating to porn because that’s a long discussion that i will be more than willing to have with you face-to-face just not over the internet, and because yes there are awful awful AWFUL misogynistic films out there – film companies like gag factor, which has been dissected in many fem lit and gender studies and sociology and anthropology classes. but keep in mind that there are also very well directed films – women should try candida royalle‘s films for a couple- or female-oriented experience. chi chi larue also is an interesting (drag queen!!) director – she was responsible for one of the first (if not the first) pairing of a gay porn star (blake riley) with a straight woman (shy love). (i think this just further backs up my theory that sexuality is rather fluid, yes?) and there are mysandric films, too, of course. there are all sorts of niches to thrill and disturb you.

chi chi la rue

the 1990s are also interesting to me because there was a major HIV breakout and scare in the straight porn world, which really shook the industry, and really started to bring safe sex to the forefront. (i know that chi chi larue, at least, says that she won’t direct films without condoms, from an interview that she did with james st james.) and i know all of this stuff because i’m researching for that novel-length story i’ve planned out about this world and that’s all you’re getting on that subject. shh. and let me tell you, the porn world is fascinating and odd and not entirely sexy at all at times.

my final opinion?

the porn world is really interesting, really disgusting at times, and totally a scary place with a lot of facades. and there is ALWAYS going to be something that offends you, so tread lightly and don’t get yer knickers in a bunch. this goes for gay bisexual pansexual transgendered fetish bdsm hentai cartoon gangbang 3d costume latex everything porn, not just straight porn, so don’t scream about heteronormativity on my behalf. i’d like to think i’m fairly well-informed on the subject. and i find the world extremely, extremely fascinating, not entirely misogynistic, and at times totally arousing. just know that yes, the majority of pornography, especially modern-day porn, pisses me off and is pretty vile, and there’s a really disturbing fascination with anal sex, but that’s usually not what i’m talking about. i’m usually talking about previous decades. and if you do want to learn more about porn, especially the birth of major porn in north america, look up the back-stories on the devil in miss jones, behind the green door, or deepthroat, all thought to be some of the first porn movies. deepthroat was shown in theatres. interesting facts abound.

right. so i started talking about pornography because i was talking about the body, and i wanted to talk about the body and sex because people write about the body and sex. i guess i write about the body and sex.

and people shy away from writing realistically about the body and about sex. and yet so many novels or poems or short stories hinge on the idea of sex.

porn is interesting to watch in terms of the body reacting. we are writers. we take ideas to write about, but we also take things that we see and write those down, and i happen to think that pr0n can be an interesting study in the human body, in physicality, in body interaction, in relationships – if you know where specifically to look in the porn world, that is. realistic bodies do exist. not everyone is silicone pumped and hyper-excited. in fact – these two sites ARE NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR THE LIBRARY OR ANYWHERE WHERE YOU ARE NOT ALONE – there are actually two websites – the beautiful agony and i feel myself – which concentrate on the beauty of the orgasm alone. the beautiful agony shows only the faces of people in the midst of orgasm – it’s amazing, that so many people – both men and woman – have filmed themselves doing it. it has the feel of an art project – very cool. i feel myself is much more explicit, but still extremely tasteful and actually very beautiful. IFM is more lesbian-centric, but i have seen a few men on there (not many).

sex is a thing, you know. being uptight about it isn’t going to help anyone. and what better way to learn about the human body than to actually see it in action? as i said before – if you know where to look, you can find references that will help beyond all measure. the 1990s porn i mentioned before is probably not your best bet, as it’s still that slick packaged stuff that sells in VHS tapes at the video store, just saying.

anyway, it’s an interesting world, the porn world. it both inspires and disgusts me at times, and i still haven’t hashed out my feelings toward it in entirety. but if you have any questions, let me know.

if you want to further read about porn, check out the toronto star’s newest article on quebec and pornography (really interesting and even handed, i think).

i’d definitely peg robyn’s “fembot” onto this post – considering one of her lines is “initiating slut mode/all space cadets on deck” atta girl robyn.

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