And now for something different: Feminist porn manifesto

In a departure from my traditional fare of cloth caps, Converse and class struggle, here is a 10 point manifesto for feminist porn, written to accompany the Swedish made collection of short films ‘Dirty Diaries’. ‘Dirty Diaries’ is a collection of 12 short porn films directed by 13 different female directors. It was released in September last year.

1. Beautiful the way we are
To hell with the sick beauty ideals! Deep self-hatred keeps a lot of women’s energy and creativity sapped. The energy that could be focused into exploring our own sexuality and power is being drained off into diets and cosmetics. Don’t let the commercial powers control your needs and desires.

2. Fight for your right to be horny
Male sexuality is seen as a force of nature that has to be satisfied at all costs whihle women’s sexuality is accepted only if it adapts to men’s needs. Be horny on your own terms.

3. A good girl is a bad girl
We are fed up with the cultural cliché that sexually active and independent women are either crazy or lesbian and therefore crazy. We want to see and make movies where Betty Blue, Ophelia and Thelma & Louise don’t have to die in the end.

4. Smash capitalism and patriarchy
The porn industry is sexist because we live in a patriarchal, capitalist society. It makes profit out of people’s needs for sex and erotica and women get exploited in the process. To fight sexist porn you have to smash capitalism and patriarchy.

5. As nasty as we wanna be
Enjoy, take charge or let go. Say NO when you want, to be able to say YES when YOU want.

6. Legal and free abortion is a human right! Everyone has the right to control their own body. Millions of women suffer from unwanted pregnancies and die from illegal abortions every year. Fuck the moral right for preaching against birthcontrol and sex information.

7. Fight the real enemy!
Censorship cannot liberate sexuality. It is impossible to change the image of women’s sexuality if sexual images in themselves are taboo. Don’t attack women for displaying sex. Attack sexism for trying to control our sexuality.

8.Stay queer
A lot of opposition to erotica is homophobic, and even more transphobic. We don’t believe in the fight between the sexes but in the fight against sexes. Identify as any gender you want and make love to whoever you want. Sexuality is diverse.

9. Use protection
“I’m not saying go out an’ do it, but if you do, strap it up before you smack it up.” (Missy Elliot)

10. Do It Yourself
Erotica is good and we need it. We truly believe that it is possible to create an alternative to the mainstream porn industry by making sexy films that we like.

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~ by swedishzine on February 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “And now for something different: Feminist porn manifesto”

  1. I’m sorry, but strip away the righteous radical rhetoric, and the above is simply incoherent and self-contradictory. How do they propose to “destroy the patriarchal porn industry” and at the same time “fight censorship”. For starters, if you’re really against censorship and everybody being able to express their sexual vision, then you have to allow for the kind of traditional male-oriented pornography that this manifesto rails against.

    • Yeah, I see what you mean, but I think that you are making the mistake of seeing all of the points as equal in status, whereas I think that they represent different stages or goals in the process of struggle. So for example, the fight against censorship is part of the struggle right now, fighting against conservative tendencies in the women’s movement and elsewhere, while the “destruction of the patriarchal porn industry” can only be achieved with the overthrow of capitalism, and so is an ultimate or end goal. The manifesto is really short and succinct, so can’t really tie these ideas together into a coherent strategy, but that shortness also makes it quite effective and snappy (in my opinion). That said, I didn’t write the text, I simply copied it from dirtydiaries, so it’s very possible that they have another take on it than I do.

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