Vinnie Tesla (vinnie_tesla) wrote in pornpositivefem,
Vinnie Tesla

Feminist men and feminist porn

Professor Sarah Whedon interviewed me for the Good Vibrations blog this week. I was very pleased with the piece (I do come across as a bit pompous, but that might be because I'm a bit pompous), but it did leave out what I thought was one of the more interesting bits of discussion

So, I'm going to inflict it on you guys here. She asked me whether I consider my writing to be feminist pornography. I answered:
I would describe myself as feminist, and i would describe my work as informed by that.

I enjoy and support a lot of feminist porn, and I'd love to claim that label for my own work, but I think it's best reserved for that subset of smut that actually expresses female sexual perspectives and desires.

I have some aesthetic and sexual tastes that can look like feminist ideological positions--the women I'm most attracted to tend to be feminists, and so the female characters in my smut tend to be feminists or proto-feminists--but I try to resist taking any sort of credit for that. They're my tastes, and I didn't get to choose them.

Before I get too self-abnegating here, I do think that there is a lot of value in declaring, "This is what I like, this is what turns me on" in a culture that has such an absurdly narow model of who may be considered attractive, or even just looked at. This, once again, connects with that trying to see and be skeptical about the recieved models--in this case for attractiveness.

Subsequent thinking has me wondering if a slightly broader label of "sex-positive porn" might be useful to describe smut by people who are trying to expand past a narrow prescriptive model of gender roles and sexual expectations. Could such a thing be useful, or is it insupportably vague?
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