Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Can porn be ethical?

I've observed with amusement the" Beware o novice philosopher of charming young girls"  post climbing the popular post rankings.  Apparently people who stumble onto this blog spy the attractive lady holding her  buns and click on the link for a closer look.

It made me wonder if porn could ever be ethical, by feminist standards?  Most feminists are taught porn is made by the evil male patriarchal and is inherently evil because it objectifies women.

So in the interest of philosophical inquiry I trawled the internet  for 20 years   for ethical porn. I present three websites that stand out from the torrent of badly made trash. Obviously the links are NSFW.

1) Beautiful Agony

Beautiful Agony began as an experiment, to test a theory that eroticism in human imagery lies not in the body, but in the face; that film of a genuine, unscripted, natural orgasm can succeed where the most visceral mainstream pornography fails, and that is, to actually turn us on. Like most things we consume, Porn was invented to fill a need. Not recently, either - it predates written history, and so one could say that it's had a fair chance to mature and evolve with our changing needs. So we sought to answer the question - why is so much of it, the vast majority, just completely missing its mark? Modern porn derives most of its cliches from the pinup girls of the 1940's, who nuded up for mass circulation in magazines like Playboy from the 50's, and became more explicit with each decade, until the internet came along in the 90's and the smut peddlers had a sustainable audience for every fetish imaginable. [link]


2) IfeelMyself

In its focus on male pleasure, mainstream pornography marginalises the female experience and often deprives it of its dignity. We want to do our part to restore the balance by creating images of female sexuality that are constructive, honest, and personal. If we really want to know everything there is to know about female pleasure, we need to look at it carefully and respectfully, to focus on its nuance. IFM finally makes the space for female sexual representation that considers these values in its production. We want to reveal what everyone else overlooks.
IFM also offers you a chance to consider sexual media on an aesthetic level, and our particular approach prioritises high production values and distinctly feminine imagery. We play with light and shadow, colour and composition, in order to reveal movement, highlight the forms of the feminine, and to illustrate the depth of pleasure experienced by our contributors. The IFM aesthetic has evolved significantly since its inception as the tastes and skills and creative energies of its creators have progressed. It has also included the transition into High Definition, which allows us to translate her experience more clearly. [link]

3) Hysterical Literature 

This video sequence features an attractive lady respectably dressed sitting behind a desk reading from a book of her choice while, out of camera shot, the photographers girlfriend is ensconced under the desk with a vibrator. The model then provides her thoughts of the experience on her personal blog. One of the more interesting models, is Danielle :

First and foremost, I’m an artist and curator. Most people know me as such, and not as a model, actor, or sexual deviant (well, at least the first two), so you can imagine that this would be reason enough to contribute to the conversation. I could start off by going into the history of sex and why it’s taboo, how its relation to the progress of agriculture and the ties to religion directly correlate to its controversy in art. Though I would rather debug its negative implications, so we can begin to view art, and in turn, the human condition removed from a shit-colored lens... [link]


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