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Friday, July 04, 2003

Porn 

(sarcastically) Hey, about time we used the web for what is was designed for.

A fellow student is writing a blog on Courting and Cavorting Forever, which got me thinking about the difference between romantic scenes and pornographic scenes. It's going to have to be motivation, no? What do people want from love? And what from lust?

Let's use some love stories first: Swept From the Sea is about finding the beauty in everything, Bound about trusting your lover, BackBeat about getting over grievances, The Velocity of Gary (who, oddly enough, is a porn star) is about our need to touch each other, What Dreams May Come about accepting imperfection. In all these themes, there is both a power struggle and a power surrender; amplified to the limit just like obstacles and objectives should be. By sharing power, there is a net gain of power. In a love scene, people get more than just "off", they get an understanding of each other, an education.

Which brings us to porn. Porn scenes are the flipside to love scenes; with neither partner interacting very deeply with the other. Instead what we have is mutual masturbation, and power being neither ceded nor gained. What do we learn from porn? Not much, it seems. Often we learn that sex feels good, that it's not imperative to know your partner in order to achieve orgasm, that it's okay to degrade women/men, and that money will get people to do almost anything to themselves. Why do we watch the stuff? Perhaps for the same reasons. Also, many romantic scenes just don't have the ability to go all the way into humiliation (which inhabits the core of intercourse) for fear of having the actors/writers drop out of the scene. It's actually quite hard to be honest with someone when you're busy pumping.

So pornography often treads heavily on dishonesty? Yup. Sure. Hey, we all need a break sometimes. Yet, as a writer, I feel an obligation to avoid it. I don't know who said "Truth at any cost" first, but I think it's worth repeating quite often in our f*cked up society. Much of what I see being produced around me resembles pornography - self-indulgent, self-satisfying garbage that has little relevance, little universal appeal, little exploration, little merit, and little to offer the viewer except an invitation to worship the artist. Brittany Spears *is* a porn star.

The whole idea of everyone telling each other what to do (exemplified by directing the actor) attracts people to this industry who have no understanding of themselves, yet a complete need to control - usually increasing alongside a firmly held belief in their own version of "independence" and "freedom". So which way do you think the motivation is going to be directed? And what will they produce? From my 15 months of experience, almost everything I’ve seen resembles a big circle jerk; without imagination or an ability to motivate. Ask yourself the next time you're being entertained, do I love all my fellow humans more now, or only those that will satisfy me?

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