What it Means for Queer & Trans People to Watch & Produce Porn

Fri, 08/12/2011 - 07:39
Submitted by Anonymous

Hello again, Dodson and Ross readers!

As previously mentioned, we are both interested in kink and pornography--and especially in the political implications that our sexual practices have.

We'd eventually like to describe our experiences of making porn together, but first, here's a quick overview of our own individual thoughts on the subject and what it means for queer and trans people to watch and produce porn:

Ju:

I want to do porn because I love it, I love to expose myself, I love to feed my exhibitionism. I involve myself a lot in my sex life. I think it is the most creative part of my life and it is so beneficial to me, so liberating that I want to share it to other people. I want to do porn because I think it is a political act when you are a queer feminist. In my experience of being AFAB (assigned female at birth), I have been taught I shouldn't be too into sex, even less into porn and I shouldn't be interested in masturbation at all. I have been taught that my sex life should be private, as showing it publicly and/or being paid for it would be self-degrading. In this context it is political to do porn and to be happy with it.

Another thing the sexist heteronormative society I live in has taught is the idea that my trans body is ugly, weird, unattractive and that I should hide it, be ashamed of it. So even if it is challenging for me to expose my naked body, I want it to be shown. I want my trans body and what I do with it to be more visible. I want more queer porn and I want to be a part of it. Also I would like to try to make the kind of porn I would jerk off on. The kind of porn that would make me hard and wet but would also ease my mind knowing it was made in ethical conditions.

Emily:

I've been interested in doing porn for a lot of reasons. For one, in spite of all the messages I received not only as a queer person who grew up in the conservative Midwest but also as the daughter of an anti-porn feminist, porn has been an important part of my sexuality since I was in my early teens when I would watch it on the family computer after everyone had gone to bed. Even if I'm critical of much of the porn out there (including some of the porn I myself watch), I still can't deny the visceral effect much of it has on me. The titillation alone would be reason enough for me to want to make porn. But beyond even that, my decisions are also motivated by my desire for hot, accountable porn showcasing a wide variety of people with different body types. By accountable, I don't necessarily mean feminist porn: I mean porn made by people who are willing to transparently discuss the conditions in which the scenes were shot.

Over the past year, Liandra Dahl gave us the opportunity to shoot 2 scenes together. She also filmed interviews with us either before or after each scene so that we could explain some aspects of sexual dynamics to potential viewers. Given that we took these
opportunities to showcase some of our more taboo fantasies (including rape play), it was incredibly important for us to be able to explain how we approach BDSM and how we reconcile the trickier aspects of our sexualities with our politics.

In our next post, we hope to delve deeper into the subject, with, of course, even more details.

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I admire your bravery

Fri, 08/12/2011 - 21:02

Welcome to the site! Ju, I think your reasons for wanting to do porn are very noble. You are putting yourself out there as a role model for others who might be struggling. All of us suffer with body image issues, but your whole "I'm going to own it attitude" is very sexy. Emily, I feel the same way about a lot of the porn I watch, it's like eating junk food. Every now and then I see something that makes me sit up and pay closer attention. I like the idea of accountable porn. I look forward to reading more (and maybe seeing more) of your work.

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