Extreme Pornography

Posted: May 30, 2010 in Porn

In my real life, I am much better known for being political than for being kinky.

My blog leads to many more conversations about  its kink/erotica than its politics.

On a friend’s erotica  blog, I was drawn to the only post that was very political. I found that post incredibly sexy.

People try their hardest to seperate sex/arousal from thought/serious action.

I am going to continue to do my damdest to make that separation impossible.

Call me Foucault’s disciple. Call me whore. Call me Jeanette Winterson’s biggest fan. Call me a rubbish pornographer.

Pornography is defined in America as material with no artistic merit with the sole purpose of achieving sexual arousal.

Artistic merit is not defined. The purpose of making profit is not mentioned.

In the UK it is illegal to possess extreme pornography. But not to make it, if you are participating in the extremities.

I am participating in the extremities. But these are only words so how can you be sure?

Currently, sexually extreme words are still not illegal. This may not always be the case.

My pornography is just another form of resistance.

I hope you came.

Comments
  1. Thank you – I think it’s really important to relate sex to other parts of our lives, ourselves and our society, because our sexuality doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

    In feminist circles there’s a lot of talk about the objectification of women for male sexual pleasure, and of reclaiming female sexuality; it’s really important to talk about those things but I think talking about reclaiming female sexuality in a sexy way is vital – and often it’s done either in an angry or a dry way.

    Besides, sex is so much sexier when it’s intelligent.

  2. haha that made me smile english thorn.

    Feminists reclaiming their sexuality in an angry or a dry way!

    Me, I prefer my sexuality nice and wet.

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  4. maymay says:

    So, the law you refer to is likely Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which seems an unlikely place for anti-porn legislation to be found. I wrote about this when I first heard about it almost a year ago. (Warning: Clicking on that link could make you a criminal if you are in the UK. Crazy, right?)

    Also, I want to highlight what English Thorn said:

    I think it’s really important to relate sex to other parts of our lives, ourselves and our society, because our sexuality doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

    I think that’s such a crucial point. I talk about that very fact very, very, very, very often.

  5. Thanks maymaym, and for picking up on a law in the UK that as you say, was tagged onto a major criminal justice bill, partly in the hope it wouldn’t get picked up on or challenged!

    At the time I did oppose the law, but I was very much involved in the kink ‘community’ and I felt people went on about it a bit too much, and a bit too uncritically, simplistically. I also knew it would be difficult to enforce. But since I spend less time in kink circles I have been much more aware of the wider context of prejudice and censorship in which this law was passed, and I feel much stronger about highlighting how it fits into wider discourses that pathologise BDSM sexualities.

    • maymay says:

      The irony, really, is that sex-positivity is such a diverse arena that our many varied camps often experience tunnel-vision of an unfortunate scale. Unlike the social conservative movements, which prioritize a homogenous view of many issues to the point of near-fascism, “progressives” are (perhaps by definition) a pretty good showcase for diversity. That diversity, however, is not without its challenges.

      Most of my projects, despite having “Kink” in the name, don’t actually use the term to indicate BDSM sexuality, although that orientation is certainly a welcome part of my work.

      Also, note that pro-censorship groups such as the anti-porn contingent that’s been making so much noise of late are very fond of slipping legislation into places that are not expected. See, for instance, the recent passage of HR4899 in the United States. These pro-censorship groups’ methods are absolutely despicable and I strongly believe that ideals of transparency—which they eschew—is a key weapon in combating such disingenuousness.

  6. me too, re transparency. My research into OBJECT in the UK (which I have put on hold for a while, due to demoralisation!) showed how secretive they can be, and how they refuse to share platforms with sex positive feminists. As a funded charity this is really bad practice. But it is their way.

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