Feminist Porn Is A Thing

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The last time I was in Bookay Ukay in Maginhawa was months ago with friends. We were celebrating Lex’s birthday at The Burger Project but stopped by the bookstore first. We all just got redundiated at the time from our jobs as copywriters so I’m not sure why we are spending money (haha).

Still, I bought a couple of books (couldn’t EVER resist it) and sift through their CD rack, which included a neat Jazz collection and old Radiohead CDs but I opted for books instead. Although in my previous visit, I got a copy of a Pharrell album which I religiously enjoy from time to time.

So one of the books I bought was this. I haven’t read the entire thing since it’s a collection of stories. The first story is written in two different points of view: erotica and pornography. Now, most people would argue, “What is the point of ‘reading’ porn when there’s a massive material that can be found in the Internet, or anywhere, in that matter?” More intriguingly is the word ‘feminist’ in the title. In the stories I read, the focus is mainly on the women having the upperhand on sexual situations/encounters. They are in control of their partners, of everything. Interesting, in my opinion. As opposed to porn as we know it, mere visual stimulants that aid people in their sexual fantasies or needs. Since men are visual mammals, it’s very safe to say pornography targets the male population, even with the emergence of other ‘categories’.

I have always been fascinated by how the human brain works and how the body deviates from nature and/or adapt to it, which was why I primarily chose to study nursing – more or less a broad study of the human body, one step away from medicine itself. Part of it is psychology, which dictates a lot of things in our lives and from it I learned how to see sex not as a perversion of any kind (although of course, there are always extreme cases in everything), but as a natural human act, human need that can be indulged or inhibited as we wish, lest any medical condition. Also, I’ve read too much Cosmo magazine when I was a student so go figure (FYI: Cosmo magazine is theoretically more vulgar and more sexually littered than men’s magazines).

This topic is eternally fascinating in whichever discourse possible.

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One thought on “Feminist Porn Is A Thing

  1. therealgynomite says:

    Hey, I just saw your post about the book I edited, “Gynomite: Fearless, Feminist Porn,” oh-so-long-ago. I especially appreciate that you noticed this: “the focus is mainly on the women having the upperhand on sexual situations/encounters. They are in control of their partners, of everything.” Too often that point is somehow missed. So thank you! –Liz

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