Political Smut Makers

Feminist porn takes center stage at historic event

Good For Her Manager Chanelle Gallant, Candida Royalle, and Abiola Abrams at
the 2006 Feminist Porn Awards
photo: Tania A.
Good For Her Manager Chanelle Gallant, Candida Royalle, and Abiola Abrams at the 2006 Feminist Porn Awards

Feminist porn both responds to dominant images with alternative ones and creates its own iconography. In one speech during the evening, the speaker shouted, "Take over the means of production!" The new porn may involve naked people fucking, but that doesn't mean there isn't an agenda or message behind it. Although some auteurs wouldn't call their smut political, I think making porn can be a political act, just as valid and valuable as other forms of activism within the women's movement. Although I am trying to make a different kind of porn, once I put it out in the world, I can't control how it's received. Some people may grasp what I'm trying to do; others may simply see a hot fuck film that turns them on. Ideally, people get it and get off on it.

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